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Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Byrd Center March Public Tour

5:30 PM - 7:30 PM, BPCRC Auditorium (240 Scott Hall). Enter Scott Hall through Door #2 on the east side of the building and go up the steps near the statue of Admiral Byrd.

This monthly public tour includes:
1. An overview presentation of the Byrd Polar & Climate Research Center.

2. Explanation of the research groups and brief history of BPRC as an Ohio State institiution.

3. Tour of the building along with videos, satellite images, clean room lab, ice core freezer, and polar rock repository.

Please RSVP to attend.

Contact: Jason Cervenec (cervenec.1@osu.edu)

https://bpcrc.osu.edu/events

Friday, March 24, 2017

Byrd 1933 Movie Screening

7:00 PM - 9:00 PM, Westerville Public Library, 126 S. State Street, Westerville, OH 43081

Showing and panel discussion of Byrd 1933, a record of Admiral Richard E. Byrd's expeditions in Antarctica with staff from Ohio State's Byrd Polar and Climate Research Center. The event, open to the public, will be at the Westerville Public Library on Friday, March 24th at 7:00pm in the meeting rooms. Doors open at 6:30pm.

Contact: Jason Cervenec (cervenec.1@osu.edu)

https://bpcrc.osu.edu/events

Saturday, April 1, 2017

Spring into Service

9:15 AM - 12:30 PM, U.S. Bank Conference Theater, Ohio Union

Join Pay It Forward on April 1st for Spring Into Service – a day of service focused on environmental sustainability to kick off Earth Month! Join your fellow Buckeyes in giving back with environmentally-focused nonprofits around Columbus. Breakfast and Spring Into Service 2017 t-shirt provided for all attendees!

Limited spots are available – SIGN UP HERE!

Contact Natassja Boham (boham.8@osu.edu), Caroline Corona (corona.37@osu.edu), or Kishan Patel (patel.2183@osu.edu)

payitforward.osu.edu/SIS 

Monday, April 3, 2017

*Time For Change (TFC) Week

12:00 AM - 12:00 AM, Various

Ohio State's Undergraduate Student Government, the Sustainability Council, Office of Student Life and the Office of Energy and Environment are teaming up to present "Time For Change Week 2017," a series of fun events, talks, outdoor activities and a concert to focus on how we can protect and sustain our Earth.

See go.osu.edu/time4change for full schedule!

TimeForChangeWeekOSU@gmail.com

*=Time For Change Event

*Student Sustainability Fair

10:30 AM - 2:00 PM, Ohio Union, Great Hall Meeting Room

The Sustainability Fair has become a hallmark on campus and now kicks off Time for Change Week, with over 40 environmental organizations setting up booths to showcase their sustainability efforts to Ohio State students. Notable guests from Central Ohio include The Columbus Zoo (with animals), Roll Bicycles, and COSI.
Sponsors: Undergraduate Student Government and the Office of Energy and Environment.

http://oee.osu.edu/3rd-annual-sustainability-fair-great-hall-meeting-room.html

*Sustainability Fashion Showcase

6:00 PM - 8:00 PM, Nosker Burgee Room

Student models will model sustainable/organic/vegan clothing from REI, LBrands, LA Relaxed and more to illustrate how to have a more environmentally friendly wardrobe that is also fashionable and won’t break the bank. This event will also serve to advertise for the April 12th Environmental Professional Network’s keynote lecture by Vikram Sahney, REI’s VP of Sustainability.
Sponsors: Undergraduate Student Government and Environmental Professional Networks

http://oee.osu.edu/sustainability-fashion-showcase.html

*Conscious College Road Tour

10:30 PM - 2:00 PM, Ohio Union, Great Hall Meeting Room

Turning Green, an environmental nonprofit based in Sausalito, CA, joins Students for Sustainable Campus to host an interactive tabling display on conscious living outside of the Sustainability Fair. This event will feature eight unique tables, each focusing on a different sustainability theme, with educational resources for students to learn from and eco-product samples to hand out on each. By the time a student has visited each table, they will have a newfound knowledge on key sustainability topics and the tools necessary to start their transition towards being a more conscious consumer.
Sponsors: Students for a Sustainable Campus and Turning Green

http://oee.osu.edu/conscious-college-road-tour.html

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

*Pollinator Garden Kick-off and Rain Barrel Discussion

12:00 PM - 1:00 PM, John Herrick Drive East at Aronoff Lab

Students for a Sustainable Campus will be hosting a small kick-off in order to inform the community on the creation their new campus pollinator garden. Members of TerrAqua will be informing students and community members of the efficiency as well as other benefits of rain barrels in order to teach about various sustainable garden practices.
Sponsors: Students for a Sustainable Campus and TerrAqua

https://u.osu.edu/timeforchange/2017-calendar/pollinator-drive-kick-off/

*Pollinator Speaker Panel

7:00 PM - 9:00 PM, University Hall 014

In honor of their new pollinator garden, Students for Sustainable Campus will be hosting a panel on the importance of pollinator species, and what we can do to protect them in a time of environmental uncertainty. Panelists include Beekeeping Professor Reed Johnson and others discussing topics such as the effects of pesticides on pollinators, their roles in an ecosystem, and the economic value of protecting them. Free Chipotle dinner will be provided to guests.
Sponsors: SSC, Landscape Services, Chadwick Arboretum

http://oee.osu.edu/pollinator-speaker-panel,-university-hall-014,-6-pm-8-pm.html

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

*Bottle Exchange

11:00 AM - 3:00 PM, Union Credenza outside of the Performance Hall

On the first day of the bottle exchange, students can bring 5 plastic water bottles, Gatorade bottles, coke bottles etc. and receive a reusable Nalgene in exchange. Avid recyclers are encouraged to bring bottles they might find littered on/off campus. On the second day, a game will also be available to play to receive a Nalgene that way (in addition to the 5 bottles option). The goal is to get students to start using reusable water bottles to eliminate plastic waste.

http://oee.osu.edu/students-for-recycling-bottle-exchange-union-credenza.html

Contact: Elizabeth Sturges (sturges.19@osu.edu)

*Below the Surface: Uncovering Environmental Justice

6:00 PM - 8:00 PM, CBEC Building 130

This is event focuses on environmental discrimination in the U.S. (i.e. how minorities and low-income areas are disproportionately affected by poor environmental conditions). The event will examine environmental justice in the lense of politics, economics, public health, law, and the natural environment with a panel of Ohio State and Columbus-area experts.

http://oee.osu.edu/environmental-justice-seminar-cbec-130.html

Thursday, April 6, 2017

*Bottle Exchange

11:00 AM - 3:00 PM, Union Credenza outside of the Performance Hall

On the first day of the bottle exchange, students can bring 5 plastic water bottles, Gatorade bottles, coke bottles etc. and receive a reusable Nalgene in exchange. Avid recyclers are encouraged to bring bottles they might find littered on/off campus. On the second day, a game will also be available to play to receive a Nalgene that way (in addition to the 5 bottles option). The goal is to get students to start using reusable water bottles to eliminate plastic waste.

http://oee.osu.edu/students-for-recycling-bottle-exchange-union-credenza.html

Contact: Elizabeth Sturges (sturges.19@osu.edu)

*Erin Schrode Talk

6:00 PM - 8:00 PM, Wexner Theater

The Sustainability Council will be hosting speaker Erin Schrode in this TED-like talk at the Wexner theater center. Erin is a social entrepreneur and a leading voice on sustainability, social impact, and vocal advocate among millennials for environmental action, public health, and equal justice. This past Fall, Erin ran an unprecedented campaign for US Congress in California at age 25. Erin is on air with ABC News for the election season, speaks internationally, consults with corporations, organizations and governments, and writes for Glamour, Cosmopolitan, Refinery29 and Fusion, among others. She will be talking to OSU students about the importance of civil activism in times of national upset. A Q&A will follow.

http://oee.osu.edu/lecture-by-turning-greens-erin-schrode.html

*Environmental Poetry Session

9:00 PM - 10:00 PM, Kafe Kerouac

A night of shared poetry and environmental musings will take place. With upwards of 30 students present and encouraged to bring an environmental poem we will go around a circle and share our words for the planet.  We will have musicians to make the words into song, a call-and-repeat opportunity to create chants, and an energetic opportunity to bring together environmentalism and feverish spoken word.
Sponsors: Defend Our Future, The English Department of OSU

http://oee.osu.edu/environmental-poetry-session,-kafe-kerouac,-9-pm.html

Friday, April 7, 2017

*Peace Fest

12:00 PM - 4:00 PM, The South Oval

Peace Fest is an outdoor tabling event that encourages all members of the campus community to be mindful of themselves, others, and the environment. The project aims to inspire people to become socially engaged and reconnect with the natural world through meditation. THis is a unique opportunity to get involved, as the organizations participating in Peace Fest will not be attending the Sustainability Fair. 

http://oee.osu.edu/peace-fest,-with-toms-and-yoga-club,-south-oval,-noon.html

*Buckeye Blackout Concert

8:00 PM - 12:00 AM, Newport Music Hall

The Buckeye Blackout Concert is an event where all of campus can celebrate sustainability and reinforce the lessons it can teach us about our lifestyles. Held at the Newport Music Hall, a staple of Columbus music culture, the event features three local bands and two bands comprised entirely of Ohio State students. In addition to providing a dream venue for the students to play and creating an the easiest opportunity for OSU students to hear local music, the concert features training on how to lead a more earth-mindful life before equipping guests with giveaways that facilitate such a lifestyle.

http://oee.osu.edu/buckeye-blackout-concert,-newport-music-hall,-8-pm-12-am.html

Saturday, April 8, 2017

*Bulk Food Buy

9:00 AM - 12:00 PM, Scott House

Best Food Forward, the new food co-op on campus, will be holding its final bulk buy of the year. For $10 a student will receive $25 worth of healthy produce! In addition, BFF will be organizing a speaker to talk about the environmental benefits of local food bought in bulk.
Sponsor: Best Food Forward

http://oee.osu.edu/best-food-forward-bulk-buy-scott-house,-900-am.html

Earth Day Columbus

12:00 PM - 12:00 PM, Sites All Over Central Ohio

Be part of something great. Participate at Earth Day Columbus 2017 from April 8 through 15 and plant trees, clean up streams and parks, remove invasive species and enjoy contributing to a better community. Green Columbus invites you to volunteer at a service site of your choice. Give back to the community. You can sign up to volunteer at earthdaycolumbus.org.

Questions about Earth Day Columbus service sites or volunteer opportunities can be directed to worksites@greencbus.org.

For media inquiries, send an email to Earth Day Director Kristen Pendrey at kristen@greencbus.org.

*MetroPark Hike

1:00 PM - 3:00 PM, Union Turnaround

Parks and Recreation will be shuttling students from the Ohio Union to Battelle Darby MetroParks to visit the 7000 acre park and the resident bison herd.
Sponsors: Parks and Recreation Club, Council on Student Affairs

http://oee.osu.edu/columbus-metropark-hike-(parks-and-recreation-club),-1-3-pm.html

Sunday, April 9, 2017

*Seeds of Service

11:00 AM - 2:00 PM, Olentangy River

Seeds of Service is a large scale event along the Olentangy, wherein nearly 25 student organizations plant trees, remove invasive species, and pick up trash in partnership with a Columbus non-profit, Friends of the Lower Olentangy Watershed (F.L.O.W.). Following the success of last year’s Seeds of Service, USG will be paying each student org $75 for participating.
Sponsors: Undergraduate Student Government, F.L.O.W.

http://oee.osu.edu/seeds-of-service-for-the-olentangy-river,-schottenstein-center,-11-am-2-pm.html

*Olentangy River Excursion

2:00 PM - 3:00 PM, Olentangy River

The Sierra Club Student Coalition will be partnering with the OAC to take a group of students on a canoe paddle and river cleanup down the Olentangy.  As part of the national Sierra Club’s Past Plastic campaign, we hope to raise awareness around the issue of plastic pollution in our waterways.  While doing this service to the Columbus area, we will also be fostering appreciation for our local natural environment, helping to grow environmentalism among students.
Sponsors: Sierra Club Student Coalition, Outdoor Adventure Center, Council on Student Affairs

http://oee.osu.edu/sierra-club-olentangy-river-excursion.html

*An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power Film Showing

7:00 PM - 9:00 PM, U. S. Bank Conference Theater, Ohio Union

The Climate Reality Project will be hosting a film screening of An Inconvenient Sequel – The long awaited follow up to Al Gore’s An Inconvenient Truth. The national Climate Reality Project, which the Ohio State campus chapter falls under, was founded by the Former Vice President following the success of IT. The widely acclaimed sequel premiered January 2017 at Sundance film festival, as the headlining event of opening night, with release in theaters set for July of this year. An Inconvenient Sequel focuses on some of the most immanent threats of global climate change, investigating natural disasters and marginalized communities. Gore himself calls the film “a burst of hope” spotlighting the current successes and future benefits of a renewable energy based economy.
Sponsors: the Climate Reality Project OSU

http://oee.osu.edu/an-inconvenient-sequel-truth-to-power-film-showing,-7-pm,-us-bank-theater.html

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

EPN Signature Event- From Summits to Sustainability--Reaching for High Places, Personally and Professionally

7:00 PM - 8:45 PM, The Ohio Union, Archie Griffin Grand Ballroom, 1739 N. High Street, Columbus, OH

Vikram Sahney, Vice President of REI, (Recreational Equipment, Inc.) will discuss applying passion for sustainability both personally and professionally.    

Contact: Christy McLeod (mcleod.53@osu.edu)

Friday, April 14, 2017

Mid-Ohio Food Bank Urban Farm Tour

3:00 PM - 4:00 PM, 3220 Groveport Road, Columbus, Ohio 43207

The Net Impact OSU Undergraduate chapter has organized a visit to the Mid-Ohio Food Bank Urban Farm. Register for the tour today to learn how urban farms can help promote sustainability and feed local communities! The tour is open to all students and is free to attend; carpools will be offered. Carpools leave at 2:25 p.m.

Contact:Hannah McCarthy (mccarthy.461@osu.edu)

Carpool Sign-up: http://goo.gl/forms/XGT9reR8JG0RKTeB2

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

EPN Breakfast Series: Columbus, One Smart and Sustainable City- Using Innovative Technology to Improve People's Access to Opportunity ft. OSU Student Capstone Projects

7:15 AM - 9:45 AM, Nationwide and Ohio Farm Bureau 4-H Center

Last April, Columbus delegation went to Washington to pitch the City's Smart City application for the single $55 million smart city transportation grant.  Columbus won, besting 77 other cities.  Now on April 18 we will again hear from Aparna Dial and OSU and other partners about how innovative ideas are percolating up to planning and design stages.  The work is attracting worldwide attention and partner investments, now projected to total over $1 billion by 2020.  Also fearured will be 14 OSU SENR senior capstone teams from two courses, nine working with Columbus on Smart City elements, and five on water resources projects.  

Register by Friday, April 14, 2017 at https://epn.osu.edu/events/epn-breakfast-club-april-18-2017-0

Contact: Christy McLeod (mcleod.53@osu.edu)

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Byrd Center April Public Tour

5:30 PM - 7:30 PM, BPCRC Auditorium (240 Scott Hall). Enter Scott Hall through Door #2 on the east side of the building and go up the steps near the statue of Admiral Byrd.

This monthly public tour includes:

 

1. An overview presentation of the Byrd Polar & Climate Research Center.

2. Explanation of the research groups and brief history of BPRC as an Ohio State institiution.

3. Tour of the building along with videos, satellite images, clean room lab, ice core freezer, and polar rock repository.

Please RSVP to attend. 

Contact: Jason Cervenec (cervenec.1@osu.edu)

Website: https://bpcrc.osu.edu/events

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