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Celebrate Earth Month and Arbor Day with Ohio State

Sunday, March 17, 2019

Robert M. Hazen -The Story of Earth: How Life and Rocks Have Co-Evolved

3:00 PM - 4:00 PM, Ohio Union U.S. Bank Conference Theater, 1739 N. High St.

The grand and intertwined tale of Earth’s living and non-living spheres is just now coming into focus. Robert M. Hazen clues us into our planet's 4.5-billion-year saga of dramatic physical, chemical and biological transformations, and explains how the co-evolution of life and rocks unfolded in an irreversible sequence of evolutionary stages.

Click here for more information about this and other Science Sundays events.

Friday, March 22, 2019

Byrd Center Symposium

8:00 AM - 6:00 PM, The Byrd Polar and Climate Research Center, 1090 Carmack Rd., Columbus, OH 43210

The Byrd Polar & Climate Research Center is pleased to announce the inaugural Byrd Center Symposium: Climate Change Research at Ohio State. The Symposium will gather all of the climate research here at OSU under one roof for a day in order to increase visibility of your research on campus and to help you connect with other OSU climate researchers. Click here for more information.

Saturday, March 23, 2019

Spring Into Service

8:00 AM - 1:00 PM, Archie Griffin West Ballroom

Help over 15 local nonprofits for a day of service geared towards environmental stewardship and sustainability! After service there will be a free lunch and panel on ways to live sustainably. Don't forget to bring your Buck ID!

Please register here.

Wednesday, March 27, 2019

The 11th Annual R. Jack and Forest Lynn Biard Lecture in Cosmology and Astrophysics

7:00 PM - 9:00 PM, Ohio Union Performance Hall - 1739 N. High St. Columbus, OH 43210

Attend this hour lecture, "The Glass Universe: How the Ladies of the Harvard Observatory Took the Measure of the Stars", by Dava Sobel. She is a former New York Times science reporter, an author and co-author of many books, and currently writes for the on-line Aeon. Learn more about Harvard's female workforce in the 1870's and enjoy a reception afterwards. 

Click here to register and for more information. 

Monday, April 1, 2019

Sustainability Fair

11:00 AM - 2:00 PM, Ohio Union's Great Hall

The Sustainability Fair, hosted by the Undergraduate Student Government (USG) Sustainability Committee is back for its third annual year! Attend to learn about different sustainability-related departments and organizations across campus, companies around Columbus, and everything else in-between while at the same time picking up some awesome giveaways. 

Tuesday, April 2, 2019

Women in Sustainability Breakfast

7:30 AM - 9:30 PM, Curl Hall, in the Viewpoint (2nd floor)

The Time for Change Week 2nd Annual Women in Sustainability Breakfast, sponsored by the Sustainability Institute at Ohio State, is Tuesday, April 2, from 7:30-9:30 a.m. at Curl Hall, in the Viewpoint (2nd floor). To attend, register through this link:


Thursday, April 4, 2019

Smart = Energy: How Energy is Related to Smart Mobility

4:30 PM - 6:30 PM, Smart Columbus Experience Center, 170 South Civic Center Drive, Columbus, OH 43215

Join the energy and mobility experts from The Ohio State University at the Smart Columbus Experience Center for an inspired evening of interactive dialogue around the questions driving innovation in smart energy and mobility. Click here for more details.

Saturday, April 6, 2019

Native Tree Planting

10:00 AM - 4:00 PM, 2400 Olentangy River Rd, Columbus, OH 43210

Be a part of Ohio State's Society for Ecological Restoration's effort to plant more than 10 different tree and shrub species to prevent regrowth of invasive species. Long sleeves, long pants and comfortable shoes are reconmended. Bring a water bottle and pack your lunch. Snack will be provided!

Find more information and register here!

Monday, April 8, 2019

2019 Environmental Professionals Network Signature Event: "Women in Conservation"

6:00 PM - 8:30 PM, The Ohio Union - Archie M. Griffin Grand Ballroom

Learn from two leading women who have helped to shape the more diverse and more effective community of environmental professionals of the past, today and tomorrow. Frances Beinecke and Michelle DePass will focus on a wide range of environmental topics, including climate change and environmental justice. 

Click here for more information!

Wednesday, April 10, 2019

American Society for Environmental History: Annual Conference April 10-14

6:30 PM - 8:30 PM, Columbus, OH

The conference is the largest environmental history meeting in North America, with panels and events on regional, national and international topics ranging from agriculture, forestry, disease, and climate change to histories of environmental politics and policies. Student volunteers can attend for free. To learn more go to


Saturday, April 13, 2019

Native Tree Planting

10:00 AM - 4:00 PM, 2400 Olentangy River Rd, Columbus, OH 43210

Help Ohio State's Society for Ecological Restoration plant different species of trees and shrubs! Wear long pants and sleeves, comfortable shoes, and dress for the weather. Bring a water bottle and pack a lunch. Snacks will be provided!

Find more information and register here!

Earth Day Volunteer Week: April 13-20

12:00 PM - 12:00 PM, Various

Earth Day Columbus is a great opportunity for everyone to spend time outdoors, build relationships, and beautify and strengthen our communities! Volunteering is great for individuals looking to meet new people or groups looking to build team spirit. With dozens of sites around Columbus, there are opportunities to meet every group size and ability level. To learn more and choose a spot go to:

Saturday, April 20, 2019

Columbus Earth Day Celebration 2019

12:00 PM - 8:00 PM, Genoa Park

Join the city of Columbus, rain or shine at Genoa Park (near the river by COSI) downtown for a day-long celebration featuring great local bands, family-friendly activities, eco-friendly artisans, an electric vehicle ride & drive, and Columbus' best food trucks. See you there!

Monday, April 22, 2019

Hospital-wide Earth Day Fair

11:00 AM - 2:00 PM, Ross Auditorium, 452 West 10th Avenue, Columbus, OH 43210

Celebrate Earth Day at the Medical Center with these activities!

  • Green Team table and Sustainability Game
  • Boren Brother’s – learn the do’s and don’t’s of Single Stream Recycling
  • SWACO - will discuss their role in county wide recycling & sustainability
  • The Nutrition Services department will present on Healthy Foods and have their display van with food samples available
  • A table dedicated to home gardening and growing herbs
  • EVS Departments and the usage of Green Chemicals
  • ECOSIA informational table
  • Facilities table talking about energy & water sustainability improvements

Friday, April 26, 2019

Arbor Day

10:00 AM - 12:00 PM, Chadwick Arboretum, Kottman Hall (west entrance), 2021 Coffey Road

Celebrate Arbor Day at the Chadwick Arboretum. Get together to learn about and celebrate the importance of trees and hear guest speaker, Joe Blundo, columnist for Columbus Dispatch.

Get the details!

Saturday, April 27, 2019

Hospital-wide - Earth Day Give Back

9:00 AM - 1:00 PM, Morehouse Pavilion (in the back)

Bring any of the items listed below for the Hospital's Bring Back Day!

  • Confidential document shredding truck
  • Drop off station for e-materials(computer screens, laptops, I-Pads, etc)
  • Alkaline Battery Collection (up to 9 volt)
  • Bike Station – bike recycling and basic bike check
  • Fleet Feet – gather and repurpose used athletic shoes
  • Plastic bag collection (SWACO)
  • Medical Center Green Team table and Sustainability game
  • Lions Club Drop off box for used eyeglasses.


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