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My Brother's Keeper Ohio Virtual Leadership Series

Join U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown, The Ohio State University’s Kirwan Institute, and Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center for a second event in the My Brother's Keeper Ohio (MBK Ohio) virtual leadership series. Josh Cribbs, the former Cleveland Browns wide receiver who was recently named to the Browns’ Legend Class of 2020, will also participate and provide opening remarks on the importance of mental health to overall success. The event takes place on Monday, Decemebr 14, 2020 at 6:30 p.m. EST.

Urban Agriculture: Needs, Opportunities, and Actions

Extension Directors and Administrators are invited to network and engage with expert panelists who will present multiple strategies that support the sustainable development of commercial and community-focused urban agriculture. Joining ECOP Chair Chris Watkins will be Anu Rangarajan, Director of the Cornell Small Farms Program, and Brad Gaolach, Washington State University Extension, Director of Metropolitan Center for Applied Research & Extension (WCMER). The event is taking place Thursday, December 10, 2020, at 3:00 p.m.

NUEL December 2020 Semi-Annual Steering Committee Meeting

This meeting is a business meeting of the NUEL national steering committee that will be focused on moving the National Urban Extension Initiative Implementation Plan forward, planning for the National Urban Extension Virtual Summit (May 18-20, 2021) and the National Urban Extension Conference (May 2022) and working on kicking-off the national Urban Priority Program Teams. The business meeting is open to anyone interested NUEL's work, and will take place Thursday, December 12, 2020 from 12-4 p.m. EST.

Strengthening Legacy Cities - A Panel Discussion

Legacy cities such as Cleveland, Youngstown, and Akron (Ohio), Buffalo (New York), Leipzig (Germany), and Manchester (UK) face major challenges in the 21st century economy, including loss of economic base, aging infrastructure, social polarization, and continued sprawl despite population stabilization. Ohio’s legacy cities have many highly-sought features such as dense, walkable centers, abundant and affordable housing and infrastructure, and closely-knit communities and skilled workers from their industrial past and immigration history. How can legacy cities leverage these asset

Biocultural Stewardship: Transforming our Urban and Community Forestry Practices Webinar

Diverse perspectives and approaches to learning and knowing can strengthen our work in urban and community forestry. Indigenous and local knowledge is embedded in the concept of biocultural stewardship - an approach to working with communities recognizing that the stewardship of place is inseparable from the stewardship of people, and that cultural resources are as important as natural resources. A shift toward biocultural stewardship can help cultivate sustainability and well-being in communities undergoing rapid environmental, social, and climate changes.

People, Nature and Justice: Ecosystem-based Adaptation in Cities of the Global South

Ecosystem-based adaptation (EbA) encompasses a broad set of approaches to adapt to climate change, that involve the management of ecosystems and their services to reduce the vulnerability of human communities. EbA has gained popularity as an approach to climate adaptation, and a wide body of evidence for EbA across the spectrum of green-grey approaches has been generated. However, few of these examples are in urban contexts, and of those, the majority are concentrated in the Global North.

Study Finds Health Trade-Offs for Wildlife as Urbanization Expands

City living appears to improve reproductive success for migratory tree swallows compared to breeding in more environmentally protected areas, a new five-year study suggests. But urban life comes with a big trade-off – health hazards linked to poorer water quality. Researchers found that city-dwelling birds bred more nestlings because of warmer local temperatures. But they also had much higher levels of mercury in their blood – presumably from eating insects that spent their larval stages in contaminated water – than their counterparts breeding in less urban areas.

Ohio State Presidents Past and Present Celebrate Land-Grant Mission

A celebration of the land-grant mission of The Ohio State University brought together past and present leaders of the university to discuss the successes and challenges facing higher education.

This month, Ohio State President Kristina M. Johnson joined former President E. Gordon Gee for a virtual fireside chat. The conversation was moderated by Stephen Gavazzi, professor of human development and family science, and David Staley, associate professor of history.

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