Making Headlines

The following articles reflect our commitment to share sustainability-related accomplishments across the university — representing its colleges, departments, institutes, centers and other units — in the areas of research, student engagement, campus stewardship and collaborations with the public and private sectors.

Plainview Herald, February 20, 2024

Researchers at Ohio State University are finding ways to use dandelions and other shrubs to make alternative rubbers, and professor Katrina Cornish notes the plant could be the wave of an eventual future. ...

The Lantern, February 6, 2024

Katrina Cornish, professor of horticulture and crop science, is researching ways to develop more sustainable, domestic production of rubber. ...

The Atlantic, January 2, 2024

When a natural disaster strikes, renters are in trouble. In addition to damaged infrastructure, flooding, and trauma following a severe storm, tenants can face the looming threat of unaffordable rent—and even eviction. New research suggests that renters, who make up roughly one-third of the population in the United States, are hit hard by and struggle to recover from hurricanes. ...

All Sides with Anna Staver, December 19, 2023

The 2023 U.N. climate summit, known as COP28, ended last week in Dubai. Attending the summit was a delegation from Ohio State University. All Sides host Anna Staver interviews Bart Elmore, professor of environmental history and core faculty member of the Sustainability Institute, who helped lead the student delegation at the summit. ...

The State of Ohio, Ohio PBS, December 1, 2023

Researchers at Ohio State University’s Swank Program in Rural-Urban Policy and the Ohio River Valley Institute say they’ve seen a way that rural communities like those in Appalachian Ohio can revive their economies with growth, not just development that can be subject to boom and bust cycles. Their report is called “A Bigger Bang Approach to Economic Development: An Application to Rural Appalachian Ohio Energy Boomtowns.” ...

Inside Climate News, August 23, 2023

Natural gas production in the Appalachian region of the United States has failed to produce promised increases in jobs and income since the fracking boom began there in the late 2000s, with economic stagnation likely to persist now that output of the fuel has passed its peak, according to a report by Ohio State researchers. ...

Technology Networks, November 29, 2023

The slash-and-burn agriculture practiced by many Indigenous societies across the world can actually have a positive impact on forests, according to a new study done in Belize. ...

The National's Business Extra: Climate Edition, November 29, 2023

In this podcast episode, Department of History faculty members Bart Elmore and Nick Breyfogle discuss the history of COP, how it will set the tone for COP28 in Dubai and the future of environmentalism. ...

Wild Ideas Worth Living, September 19, 2023

In this podcast episode, renowned paleoclimatologist Dr. Lonnie Thompson describes his experience collecting ice core samples from glaciers around the world on over 60 expeditions. These samples hold precious clues to understand human-caused climate change.  ...

The Lantern, October 2, 2023

The seventh annual WestFest was held with the goal of igniting passion for science in kids through interactive hands-on exhibits. The event started as a way to bring families to West Campus to see university research programs and infrastructure, and has grown to 40 exhibitors dedicated to helping kids grow their interest in a variety of STEM fields. ...