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OBIC Bioproducts Innovation Center to complete second summer of sustainability

Through the support of the Ohio Soybean Council, the OBIC Bioproducts Innovation Center at the Ohio State University will continue its education and outreach program, the Ohio Soy Sustainable Summer, throughout the summer of 2019.

This program reaches a wide audience through a mobile platform, delivering an interactive display to various STEM-based events, youth camps, and county fairs throughout the state. Participants will have the chance to interact with soy-based products while learning about the positive impact they have on sustainability and the American economy.

Program assistant, Brad Collins, and student assistant, Haley Wilson, a senior studying agriscience education, will be conducting the programs this summer. They will facilitate various activities that will inform consumers and students about how they can decrease their carbon footprint by living a biobased lifestyle.

According to the OBIC Bioproducts Innovation Center 2018 Consumer Market Survey, only 8% of Americans are very familiar with biobased products or packaging. Collins and Wilson are hitting the road this summer to spread the word of sustainability across Ohio.

This program has already found success in three Columbus-based events: Blue & Gold to Scarlet & Gray, the COSI Big Science Celebration, and West Fest at the Ohio State University. The OBIC Bioproducts Innovation Center is looking forward to a full schedule of outreach this summer.

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