Going Green


Plastic Beach

Growing up, I was fortunate to have direct access to the Lake Erie shoreline. My relatives shared a house in Geneva on the Lake that my great-grandparents had purchased in the 1960s. The beach was a short walk from the back door, and I grew up with what was essentially a private environmental land lab. I could explore geology, astronomy, meteorology, zoology, engineering, and other sciences for days or weeks at a time. Of course, I didn’t know a lot of those words at first. It was mostly play, exploration, and asking questions.

When I was younger, much of the trash on the shoreline seemed like treasure trove. Broken glass turned into polished fragments. My cousins and I used sand dyed purple-black by iron-ore from freighters in imaginary potions. Aluminum cans and rusty iron could be scrapped for video arcade quarters.  A sand-scarred vintage Boba Fett figure was an especially great find. The beach was the perfect place for a Sarlacc pit.

Exploring Plants at COSI

Be sure to visit Big Science Park during your next trip to COSI. There you will see our new container garden featuring a variety of herbs and produce. This garden, which was made possible thanks to support from The Scotts Miracle-Gro Community Garden Academy Fund of The Columbus Foundation, was created in partnership with the George Washington Carver Food Research Institute.  Some of the produce harvested from the garden will be used to feed COSI’s animal collection. Any additional produce will be donated to the Mid-Ohio Food Bank. We hope you will enjoy watching our garden grow this summer and fall.
Photo of the Community Garden at COSI.

What really happens to the things we throw away & recycle?

Every day we place items in the trash can or recycle bin, often with little thought as to what the next step in that item’s ‘life’ will be. A group of COSI Team Members took two field trips to learn more about waste collection and recycling in Central Ohio.
Photo of aluminum bale.

Keeping Your Cool in the Kitchen

It’s hard to think about keeping cool this time of year, but a recent article on reducing food waste caught my attention. The Natural Resource Defense Council’s message also included a guide to where food should be stored inside a fridge.  You can find a link at the end of this post. I’d like to add a few tips on keeping a fridge running efficiently. A refrigerator that runs well also helps protect food.

Thinking about Climate Change: What can we do about it?

My last few blog posts have focused on climate change vocabulary. In addition to understanding the terminology associated with climate change, it is important to understand the basic mechanism driving the phenomenon so that we can find ways to lessen the damaging impacts.
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