Thoughts on a OWU / Delaware Green Map

February 15, 2010

Deadline 1: Delaware’s Earth Day, April 22: table w/preliminary Green Map parts & gather feedback

Format: Series of maps (5.5″ x 8.5″, 8.5″ x 11″, 11″ x 17″) that fit together + and web site / app

  • “dissected green map” – page or smaller size maps that fit together into a poster; expandable for future projects, trading card idea for promotion (“collect them all!”) on the reverse of some maps, or as smaller parts that fit into the entire layout (subdivide the 5.5″ x 8.5″)
  • digital: development platform? long term maintenance?
  • set up web site for “crowdsourcing” local environmental information?

Audience: how might different audiences shape the content of the map?

  • Delaware community members, kids vs adults
  • OWU students, faculty, staff
  • potential OWU students: using green amenities to promote OWU (Admissions Office)


Please get me corrections, additions, links to your blog postings on projects ASAP


Major Green Map Components Spring 2010

1. Green Map of OWU & Delaware: centerpiece of project

Elizabeth Lambert, Alex Linde, Michelle Lee (“Green Businesses” preliminary proposal here)

  • 11″ x 17″ two-sided
  • side A: traditional Green Map of area
  • side B: additional information, details, directory, activities

Procedures for collecting and assessing data for this kind of Green Map (initial explorations of “Green Map” earlier this semester).

Web/Internet component?


2. Bird Map of OWU & Delaware

Paul Gruber, Kristin Kovach, Kristen Lear, Michelle Lee

Preliminary proposal here.

Side A: map of habitats and typical bird species (extent of coverage?)

  • Important: the habitat map should be applicable to other species of animals as well as plants; determine the procedures for creating a habitat map, define the extent (how far should the map extend – all of Delaware, or campus and near campus?).
  • Future projects: can add additional animals, plants to habitat map, and update habitat map if need be

Side B: bird trading cards (problem is that side A would get cut up).

  • Alternative: fit cards in the many smaller spaces in the entire poster layout.
  • Activities: tie to Decker Arboretum, activities for K-12 (bird education)

Web/Internet component

  • PDFs of map and cards
  • use interactive web site to collect information on bird sightings (crowdsourcing)


3. Walkability and Bikeability Map of OWU and Delaware

Dani Beauford, Tim Schmidt,

Content: walking vs biking vs driving times, calories vs fuel, map a series of car paths (GPS)?

Size: 11″ x 17″ (?)

Public transportation: DATA and connections to Columbus (flip side of map?)

Web/Internet component?


4. Green and Black Map of OWU & Delaware

Kyle Karczynski & John Romano (?)

Content: one side: all grass, woods, etc. areas on campus and in Delaware (near campus?), with flip side a black map (gray map) of all paved areas, roof tops, and also any nasty toxic sources (EPA Toxic Release Inventory).

Size: 8.5″ x 11″ (?)

Web/Internet component?


5. Utility Costs & Building Trading Cards

Bibhas Acharya, Jack Stenger,

Content: based on utilities data, calculate some appropriate data for mapping – take into account number of students using buildings, etc. Rapid assessment of energy loss in key buildings (past energy audit, new audit planned?). Building cards that stress green and not so green characteristics, plus “activities”  that would help save energy in specific buildings.

Size: 11″ x 17″ (“where the students are” data on flip side?)

Web/Internet component?

Projects from Geog 360 that might be part of the Green Map


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M F 8 Reading Presentations III + Project Proposals

February 8, 2010

Annabelle in a box


Today: Monday February 8: Blank Dominoes: Mitchell ch. 2, 3, and 4

Wednesday February 10: Wooden Legos: Mitchell ch. 5, 6, and 7

Monday February 15: Percolator Tops: Apply all of readings to Green Map project

Wednesday February 17: Project Proposals Due!


Project Proposals: Detailed Plan of Action (Based on Mitchell Chapter 1)

1. Frame the Question

  • pose your question: what exactly is your project aiming to do?
  • where are endangered ecosystems in Delaware County?
  • where are potential recreational trail corridors in Delaware County?
  • how can viable OWU food waste be efficiently distributed to area food banks?
  • where does the food sold on campus come from, and what are the consequences of our consumption of these foods?
  • who is your audience?  what is your ultimate goal?

2. Understand your Data Needs

  • what is the context of your question?  who are the experts?  literature, people
  • what do you have to know about the context of the question to answer it?
  • what is an endangered ecosystem?  what are specific examples?
  • what are the goals of recreational trails?  what do they connect?
  • how is food waste reuse assessed and how is it collected?

3. Find or Create your Data

  • what data is available to help answer your question?  cost? compatibility?
  • what data do you have to generate yourself? easy vs. difficult vs impossible
  • necessary to have the data or a plan to create it (with necessary technology)

4. Process the Data: specific analysis

  • apply ideas from readings & software tutorial to your project
  • ex) generate endangered areas by comparing areas defined as important ecosystems to their closeness to recent development
  • ex) generate potential trails by generating important points and areas to connect; and determining feasible paths between those points; relate potential trails to property ownership and other factors
  • ex) generate a plan for distributing food waste from campus to area food banks
  • ex) analyze the global impact of specific food consumption on campus

5. The Results

  • vital part of the process: communication and advocacy
  • generate a map (with a database) and use it to present results
  • ex) map of endangered ecosystems in Delaware Co: distribute to ??
  • ex) map of potential trails in Delaware Co.: planners, bike clubs, etc.
  • ex) a map that guides distribution of OWU food waste
  • ex) map of the global impact of what we eat

Example of proposal: Clara Englert: Project Proposal: Delware State park Wetlands Mapping and Assessment Project (April 2004)


Project Progress

Bibhas A.: two data sets
1. List of all courses with enrollment data + other course meta data for Spring 2010
2. Enrollment data by building for Spring 2010

Jack S.

  • Energy use by campus building (Excel file)

W F 3 Reading Presentations II + Green Map Project

February 3, 2010

Crayola Color Chart, 1903-2010


Monday February 8: Blank Dominoes: Mitchell ch. 2, 3, and 4

Wednesday February 10: Wooden Legos: Mitchell ch. 5, 6, and 7

Monday February 15: Percolator Tops: Apply all of readings to Green Map project


Today: Sprinkler Heads: cover Schuurman ch. 4 & 5 (Krygier notes on these chapters here)

Today: Green Map Progress

  • Project format: series of maps/projects that fit together as poster, but also stand alone
  • Audience: new and potential students; existing students, OWU faculty & staff, community members, kids, etc.
  • Related projects: green “cards” w/info and activities
  • Center map: a typical Green Map – lots of locations of stuff – one group
  • Other maps: atypical Green Maps – other groups + other classes / independent studies
  • focus on action, education,
  • Updates on project progress: focusing topics, work groups, problems

Key topic areas (not exhaustive!)

Traditional Green Map

  • businesses, activities, etc.
  • important: assessment procedures for inclusion



  • news: Passenger Trains: Passenger Trains for Delaware, OH
  • data: driving on and around campus
  • walkability analysis and mapping
  • calories burnt walking, biking, vs driving
  • alternatives: biking, walking, DATA, etc.


  • where students are data: important for multiple projects

Garbage / Recycling

  • analysis of garbage data; recycling data
  • map garbage generated over areas of campus
  • activities, events related to waste reduction
  • rainwater harvesting potential

Animal and Plant “infrastructure” & ecosystems

  • Campus & Delaware ecosystem maps for exploring & learning: mapping ecosystems; birds, possibly other animals/plants
  • mini green trips & activities and how to get there (Geog 360)

Energy use on and around Campus

  • building energy data: B & G records
  • focus energy saving efforts (knowing where students are & energy data)
  • heat escape imagery?


  • air pollution, Health Center and county health information


GreenOWU Blog: Information from 2009-2010 work on Green projects on and around campus. Include in comprehensive plan for OWU & Delaware Green Map (print, web).

M F 1: Reading Catchup + GIS Analysis: Reading Presentations I + Project Updates

February 1, 2010

From Geological Investigation of the Alluvial Valley of the Lower Mississippi River, Fisk, 1944.


Lets do a bit of catch-up today on the readings we have done so far this semester.

1. Krygier covers M J 14: GIS & GIS Applications I: Schuurman ch 1

2. Krygier covers W J 20: Geospatial Analysis text: Intro + Conceptual Frameworks

3. Krygier covers M J 25: The Geographic Analysis Process: Mitchell ch. 1

4. Salt&Peppa Shaker Tops cover Schuurman ch. 2 & 3 (Krygier notes on these chapters here)

5. Monday February 15: Percolator Tops: Apply all of readings to Green Map project

6. Green Map Progress

  • Project format: series of maps/projects that fit together as poster, but also stand alone
  • Center map: a typical Green Map – lots of locations of stuff – one group
  • Other maps: atypical Green Maps – other groups + other classes / independent studies
  • Brief report from groups on progress. More updates (on blogs) by Wednesday
  • Updates from people who skipped last class meeting

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