Thoughts on a OWU / Delaware Green Map

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


Old Brainstorming Ideas

Goals: a map that engages people and includes sophisticated content; how can we use GIS methods to do more than just show where “green” stuff is? What can we include that will catch people’s attention, maybe make them change their behavior? Balance “I have a nightmare” and “environmental douchebag” stuff with motivational and positive information.

ex) buffers and riparian zones: what, who is close to rivers?
ex) how much area would a year’s worth of garbage from OWU or Delaware cover? Or one person’s garbage?
ex) rainforest cut each day (hour): map out area in Delaware
ex) carbon put in atmosphere each week/month/year mapped out on OWU/Delaware
ex) map out green spaces around OWU/Delaware then cut them out and put them in one place
ex) walk vs drive calories burned map, walking/biking distance to burn off particular food items
ex) mapping soils, geology beneath us, characteristics, soil-tasting tips
ex) enviro games: frisbee golf (hit as many species of trees as possible), geocaching (with cell phone), plant and animal “hit lists” (web based?)
ex) crowd sourcing specific environmental problems, cool stuff (web site)
ex) walkability (OWU / Delaware)
ex) open space for gardens (derived from air imagery)?
ex) infrared imagery: vegetation health
ex) heat mapping: wasted energy
ex) light pollution mapping
ex) animal/plant habitats in Delaware/OWU: living together in relative harmony
ex) Delaware/OWU remapped as “ecosystems” or mini-biomes: apply bio-methodologies to urban area
ex) map carbon footprints?
ex) mapping “tiny wildernesses” in our own backyard

Look at Strange Maps for strange map ideas.

Use personal knowledge / major to enhance project: computer science, zoology, biochemistry, geography, economics, environmental studies, economics management, …

Content: now: where stuff is is important: recycling, bike infrastructure, public transport, green organizations, farm markets, where to buy local food, etc.

Content: historical: any reason to include the environmental history of the OWU/Delaware area?

Content: future: speculative Green spaces (as with the bike trails map, these speculations can become reality): removal of Highway 23 bypass

Notes based on what students found first round:

Green Map – official site, with symbols showing locations

Too much information: overwhelming and complex

Composting Map: focus on one category – so a series of maps focused on different subjects (a series of 8.5 x 11 maps or legal size)

Green Infrastructure: biome or ecosystem map, protected, parks, wildlife, “habitat” – data source for Delaware area? Student and community derived info? Some on the paper map and updatable web map? Bit by bit building up the “green infrastructure.” Community green ecosystem data collection.

Green Business: promote and fund the project

Univ Kentucky: sustainable living/efforts vs green locations map

What have other student projects looked like?

A series of smaller maps divided up by geography (Delaware S, E, N, W, OWU)

Towson University Student Green Map: campus focus, aimed at students alone: too restrictive

Glasgow map mashup Green Map: too much human infrastructure

Birding Trail Maps: focus on birds, environment, activity – birdwatching

DC Tree maps: too much information – derive it somehow?

Locations of Green stuff: what categories, where do you stop?

Open Green Map: template, generic

Stress data and information that is more stable over time, but include other info (businesses, etc.)

Environmapper: toxins; relate to environmental justice

Flip over green vs grey maps (double sided) of OWU / Delaware: good vs evil

Stress activities that promote green

Poll students on cool green eco enviro things to do near campus: crowdsourcing

Potential green: passenger rail thru Delaware

Microenvironments: SEM images

Mini maps of green sites: and how to get there: “outsets” (insets?) of green spaces away from OWU/Delaware.

Rainstorm: safe places to sit out in the rain


DATA bus system

Chartwells: carbon footprint of a dinner, or specific items; local global impact of specific items

Perspective: oblique view vs view from above

Solar Panel Permits: other permit based data

Alachua County Florida Interactive Green map: lots of useful layers

Tokyo green bike map

King’s County Emerald Green Map: campus sponsored but regional in scope

Geology, etc. natural world (more natural “infrastructure”)



Brainstorming: Monday January 25

  • This is difficult! Weird! Confusing!
  • You are defining a viable, interesting, and doable project
  • Combines issues of audience, format, content goals, data, with maps & GIS analysis
  • This is difficult! But real: engagement, application, active

To these ends…

1) Form reading presentation groups: 5 groups of 3

2) Same groups: synthesizing the course project: pulling order out of chaos!

  • Who is our audience?
  • What is the format of the final project?
  • Poster, page-maps, web, apps
  • Green vs Grey map (two sided)
  • What are they goals of the project? Develop 3-5 key terms/phrases & examples of content/data/information that serve to promote these key terms/phrases all in the context of a “green map” and GIS
  • ex) activity/engagement: green “games”
  • ex) green “infrastructure:” counter the typical human infrastructure map
  • ex) community integration: campus vs Delaware community split
  • ex) awareness: toxic neighbors
  • ex) understanding/education:
  • ex) promotion

3) Presentation of ideas (today and/or next time)

  • Monday Feb 1: Group blog posting, possible re-organizing groups
  • Wednesday February 18: Project proposals (from re-organized groups)


Below: junky notes (Jan 27) that I will revise.

Perc Tops

data set: Bibhas: where students are during the day:

field work: bike count, transect (other cool stuff to collect)

360 trash analysis data – where recycling focus

model where people are / where they want to be then put stuff there

ex) placement of bike racks

Local Foods vs what we currently eat on campus and where it is from (“A Tale of Two Scales”)

Where to go do green things: audience is students who want to do stuff, not locals who already know. But could be new faculty, new locals: so audience is new Delaware people.

Wooden Legos

Removing stereotypes

Contact with community members and nature

Education: aim at K-12 audience (but can be used by OWU students

New Possibilities

Wildlife: habitat, on campus, in region

Geology: Passive GeoThermal potential

Transportation: non car (DATA, bikes, walking): relates to many different projects

Map with symbols: link to cards with more details (specific bird, geologic feature): kids

Birding, hiking, target people who don’t do this stuff

Blank Dominoes

Building electricity use: requires access to this data!

Where does electricity come from for campus?

metric: energy use taking into account number of people in space & size

Use where students are data

Quick energy assessment study OR

Wasted energy: inventory: set up a survey with a defensible sampling method

Building cards: with Green info (Admissions)

Raise awareness: unplug, turn off, green mini-activites

Recycling locations

Get maps on the web site – cycle thru on main page

Sprinkler Heads

Assess “green businesses” based on how they operate (rather than what they sell): assessment procedure.

Air pollution / health / where to get data, scope/scale,

Waste reduction NCAC thing


Energy, heat waste (regroup?)

Water usage? Waste?

Rainwater harvesting potential – use for?

Encouraging walking: methods to show that walking is possible (comparative),

MPG of vehicles on campus: sample

Audience: new students, potential students

Important audience: potential and new students.

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