Feb 27, 2019
The time for New Year’s resolutions may have passed, but warmer weather is quickly approaching, and for many that means continuing to exercise and eat healthy. At OBIC, we want “consumers to feel good about the products they use, the companies they support, and the environment they leave behind.” Here are some ways to reach your health goals while reducing plastic waste in the kitchen.
Jan 28, 2019
Nowadays, many news outlets are reporting on the “plastic straw ban” sweeping across America. Consumers boycott disposable items like straws and cups to end the era of single-use plastic. While mainstream media focuses on the harmful effects of plastic straws, we are not considering other major environmental polluters such as the healthcare industry.
Nov 29, 2018
When thinking about sustainability, the three big R’s come to mind: reducing, reusing, and recycling. However, this makes it easy to overlook how we can be sustainable in other aspects of life. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency says that residential and commercial building contributes up to 40% of landfill wastes, and 40% of global carbon dioxide emissions are linked to the construction industry. In 2015, the United Nations gathered in Paris to unite our efforts of combating global climate change.
Nov 16, 2018
It's 11:30pm on a Sunday night, you look around your house and think about all the time you should’ve spent cleaning over the weekend. The Sunday scaries start to get the best of you and the urge to clean overcomes your lack of ambition; we’ve all been there.
You reach under the sink for some pine-scented remedy for your mess, and to your dismay, you realize that you’ve exhausted your inventory of cleaning supplies. It’s too late to run to the store, but the thought of waking up Monday morning to a disheveled interior is overwhelming.
Nov 14, 2018
Dr. Ajay Shah, an Assistant Professor in Food, Agricultural, and Biological Engineering, and Shivani Patel, studying Biological Engineering, represented The Ohio State University at the Advanced Bioeconomy Leadership Conference (ABLC Global), a conference dedicated to the most important issues in the bioeconomy.
They were among over 50 Student Delegates, Faculty Mentors, and Leadership Team members of the Consortium for Advanced Bioeconomy Leadership Education (CABLE) who attended the conference in San Francisco, California.
Oct 24, 2018
Science of Agriculture has successfully completed its 17th year! The two-day program is hosted by the Ohio Agriculture Research and Development Center (OARDC) in Wooster, Ohio and was attended by almost 500 middle school students. The goal of the event is to ignite students’ passion for science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM).
Oct 9, 2018
"The program is geared toward enhancing two things that I was working on within myself: leadership, and networking. It was a natural choice for me due to my research interests and career development."
Chelsea Tyus is a Ph.D. student at Louisiana State University. Learn about what Chelsea hopes to gain from CABLE, her struggle in deciding between academia and industry, and why why she considers herself a jack of all trades.
Oct 2, 2018
During the summer of 2018, the OBIC Bioproducts Innovation Center travelled over 4,500 miles of Ohio’s highways and rural backroads, all in the name of sustainability. With support from the Ohio Soybean Council, OBIC conducted the Ohio Soy Sustainable Summer education and outreach program at Ohio FFA Camp Muskingum and 22 of Ohio’s county fairs.
Sep 27, 2018
A total of 108,074 visitors attended the 56th annual Farm Science Review at Molly Caren Agricultural Center, over the span of three days, in the third week of September. Between watching the field demonstrations and checking out some of the 600 commercial exhibitors, visitors were able to test their BioSmarts at the OBIC Bioproducts Innovation Center’s display, located in the Energy Tent.
Sep 26, 2018
The biobased product market is growing at an exciting pace in America, as well as overseas in Canada and Europe. Companies, both new and old, are seeking to make a difference and reduce their carbon footprint. If you’re new to the biobased economy and want to learn more without feeling overwhelmed, listen to our newest Biobased Radio episode starring Jim Lane, editor and publisher of BioFuels Digest and Nuu. Both of these newsletters cover everything from sustainable fuels, chemicals, materials, policy, and more in an easy-to-read format.