Courtney Price joined the COSI team in January, 2013 as the Director of Energy & Environmental Initiatives. Courtney enjoys gardening (at home and in the Team Garden at COSI), jogging, camping and spending time with her three pets, all adopted from local shelters.
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.
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.
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.
My last blog post was inspired by social media comments, such as “So much for global warming”, made after a few particularly cold days in Ohio. As I mentioned previously, some of the confusion about the topic of global warming may come from the terminology we use to describe it. In my last post I explored the difference between weather and climate. Other terms that can be confusing are global warming and global climate change.
After days of extreme cold, like the ones we experienced early last week, I often notice comments on social media sites such as “So much for global warming”. These comments seem to confuse long-term, global phenomena with short-term, regional weather events. I think some of the confusion people have about this topic comes from our understanding of the different terminology used to describe specific events and phenomena. One set of terminology that can be confusing is the difference between weather and climate.
Have you ever looked out the second floor windows near Galleries 2 & 3 and wondered what was going on with all the plants on the rooftop below? If so, you were looking at COSI's Team Garden. For the past three years COSI Team Members have been able to sign up for a plot and create their very own rooftop container garden. Now that the weather has warmed up, the Team Garden is starting to take shape. It is awesome to be able to take a break from a busy day and get my hands dirty tending my vegetable plants.
This week an exciting event occurred in the Team Garden. A praying mantis egg case hatched, releasing scores of tiny mantids to patrol the plants in search for food.
Happy Earth Day from COSI! As the new Manager of Energy and Environmental Initiatives I'm excited to take this opportunity to highlight some of the great work COSI has committed to in the name of sustainability.
One way that COSI has gone green, is through composting. If you have been to COSI in the last year, you may have noticed that we collect food scraps in our Atomic Café. But, our composting efforts don't stop there! Many of our service items (such as napkins and condiment cups) are compostable too. COSI's commitment to compost doesn't end with our visitors. Our food service staff practices what we preach in the kitchen by separating out food waste from other waste items. These efforts lead to the collection of 18.14 tons of compostable material in 2012!