Recently, OBIC had the chance to participate in WestFest, a West Campus Sustainability and Outreach Festival on The Ohio State University’s Columbus campus. This is WestFest’s second year, showcasing Ohio State departments and organizations on west campus, such as the Center for Applied Plant Sciences, Center for Automotive Research, Office of Energy and Environment, and more. Ohio State Energy Partners, including ENGIE and Axium Infrastructure sponsored the event. Their partnership with Ohio State is dedicated to reducing campus energy consumption by at least 25% in the next 10 years.
Powered by the Sustainable World Tour van, we featured an interactive Jeopardy game with questions about biobased products and the emerging bioeconomy. Jeopardy contestants were curious to learn about the bioeconomy, the USDA BioPreferred program, and how they can identify biobased products at their local stores.
Would you know the answers to the following sample questions from biobased Jeopardy?
- The organic waste from the Ohio Stadium is used to produce what?
- A: Compost
- What US President was a large provider of biofiber?
- A: George Washington produced hemp for industrial uses. Washington's hemp fibers were used to manufacture goods like rope and ship sails.
- True or False: Wood is used as a significant source of bioheat?
- A: True
Biobased Jeopardy is aimed at all members of the public with varying range of knowledge. We saw children besting their parents, friends competing, and even a full-board showdown between two biobased intellectuals. To the winners went soy-based products that showcase the many different uses of soybeans. Overall, although it was a bit wet at times, we had a great time providing education and outreach about biobased products and we’re grateful to have been part of it!
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This article was written by Shivani Patel, OBIC Student Assistant and Senior at The Ohio State University.