LOUA has a strong connection with The Ohio State University. We have OSU professors and students on our steering committee, and there is no way that we could have planted all of the many trees within the Arboretum or cleared out tons (or so it seemed!) of invasive honeysuckle without the help of Ohio State students.
But there are some other things that Ohio State has been doing on its own to help out our environment. The biggest thing (in my humble opinion) is the fact that Ohio State wants to purchase 25% of its energy needs from an Ohio wind farm. This will help put Ohio State in the lead for buying renewable energy, continuing the university’s commitment to sustainability. Pete keeps saying that he wants to put a windmill in our backyard. As long as it looks like it should be located in Holland, I don’t have a problem with that!
Check out this video about OSU’s Green Initiative:
Secondly, Ohio State announced its new network for environmental professionals. Students as well as community professionals can learn more about the network at epn.osu.edu. The network hopes to provide a place where environmental professionals can get together to better serve their constituents, exchange ideas, have questions answered, and share information.
Finally, OSU’s wetlands have provided research on how man-made wetlands compare to natural wetlands. Turns out the man-made wetlands aren’t quite up to efficiency of wetlands that just happen. Plants that were thought to be invasive, such as cattails, worked very efficiently to capture more carbon dioxide, more so than other native plants.
Until next time!