Spring 2012 Finalizing Projects

April 15, 2012

On Monday April 16 groups will present a brief overview of progress on the course projects. For each project, please prepare a project report that documents and illustrates your project. The reports need not be lengthy, but instead concise. These reports will be read by other faculty, and students interested in continuing the projects in future semesters.

Below find a series of project reports from previous courses and independent studies. Your project should be documented in a similar manner, and submitted as a Word document (so I can edit if need be).

Class Project: Sustainability Region / Green Action Trail

January 31, 2012

Digital print; assemblage of historic museum labels. Made by Rebecca Jewell while Artist in Residence on the Melanesia Project at the British Museum, 2006. (via British Museum)


As indicated the first day of class, the course project in Geography 355 will be coming into focus as we brainstorm ideas in the context of previous work on the Delaware and Campus green maps, the sustainability region idea, and the green trail idea. Below are basic components of the project, as well as the results of student interests expressed in class, and our meeting with Sustainability Coordinator Sean Kinghorn.

After that, find a section (“Project: Sustainability Region & Green Action Trail”) where I try and pull together a plan for the project this semester. Hopefully students can find some aspect of this project that fits their interests and abilities. We will discuss Wednesday in class, after the reading presentations.


Course Project

General Context: Sustainable Region | Green Mapping OWU | Delaware (map & map)

Green Trail + Habitats + sites (brochure map and map back and proposal)

Sustainability Region Initial Draft Proposal (PDF)


Sustainability Region & Green Action Trail: Revised Draft for NSF Grant

We propose a sustainability region, encompassing Ohio Wesleyan University and Delaware Ohio, arrayed with a system of research “action” locations linked by a pedagogical green action trail. Our project seeks to enhance the understanding of science by non-science Environmental Studies majors, to enhance the understanding of social factors by science Environmental Studies majors, to ensure substantive theory-into-practice research experiences for all Environmental Studies majors, and to contribute to the sustainability of the OWU campus and the city of Delaware.

I. The Idea of a Sustainability Region

  • Sustainability
  • Campus and City Sustainability
  • The Regional Concept of Sustainability
  • Anthropogenic Biomes, Urban Ecosystems, Political Ecology
  • City of Delaware, Ohio & Ohio Wesleyan University Sustainability Region
  • geography & ecology of the sustainability region
  • partners & progress on sustainability
  • motivations

II. Pedagogical Issues: Undergraduate Education

  • STEM
  • Interdisciplinary Environmental Programs

III. Interdisciplinary Environmental Programs & Sustainability

  • Environmental Studies at Ohio Wesleyan
  • history & goals of program
  • need for engaged, research or practical experience as part of major
  • ties to curricular initiatives: theory-into-practice
  • natural science + environmental studies majors: understand the importance of the social / human context of science in practice
  • social science / humanities / arts + environmental studies majors: understand the importance of natural science in practice
  • Enhancing ES Major with sustainability in practice
  • joint sustainability and student research coordinator
  • collaborate with faculty to provide all Environmental Studies students with a 1-2 semester sustainability project in the sustainability region. Project budgets and stipends.
  • projects contribute to regional sustainability and include
  • real data collection and analysis
  • implementation of action plan for sustainability
  • engagement in environmental practice, with faculty and environmental professionals

IV. Green Action Locations

  • locations of data collection and monitoring within region: focus of student engagement
  • linked to sustainability issues, faculty, campus, and city interest
  • equipment: remote sensors, field monitors, app data collection, etc. Low to high tech.
  • long term monitoring and assessment of sustainability practice impacts
  • data funneled through a database / web server (Ohio Link? OWU Libraries/Info Services)

V. Green Action Trail

  • marked trail linking green action locations
  • tours, K-12 education, exercise, “destination science”


Project: Sustainability Region & Green Action Trail

Given the in-class ideas and brainstorming, I propose that we proceed on the course project through the steps outlined below. In essence, we are building upon the existing Green Trail project and feeding into the Sustainability Region research proposal. Ultimately, I envision a network of locations for monitoring and ongoing student/faculty research as well as class activities, connected by marked trails that will allow OWU to highlight it’s commitment to sustainability, the environment, student research, engagement, and action.

Consider the campus/Delaware area as a sustainability region: what kinds of habitats (ecological and human) are there and what are their characteristics? What kind of data do we have now, related to sustainability and the environment? What are the range of “action” locations throughout the sustainability region? How are they or can they be monitored? How to connect these locations to existing trails and provide access to them? How do we provide access to the information?

(1) and (4) below will take a person or two each, possibly with some skills for carrying out the tasks (in consultation with Krygier and other faculty/staff)

(2) and (3) below can be divided up among the rest of the people in the class. I grouped the “action” locations into categories, possibly corresponding to student interest areas (social/human, science, environmental, etc.)

(5) and (6) are issues Krygier will work on.

With the issues in 1, 2, and 3 below in mind, read this article on anthropogenic biomes, which, in essence, incorporates humans in ecological studies. This is an important intellectual component of our “sustainability region.” Please blog your notes on the reading, as well as how the reading can help us to develop and refine the class project. You can also google the term (anthropogenic biomes) and see if you can find other projects or ideas that will help to shape our project. Please be as particular as possible, in your blog posting, in modifying or adding to the issues outlined below in 1, 2, and 3.

1. Sustainability Region Habitats: Revise map of habitat types:

  • expand to entire city of Delaware (or most of it)
  • evaluate existing habitats and modify if necessary
  • develop a series of urban habitats (instead of just “gray spaces”)
  • classifying humans (what categories? habitats)
  • consult with OWU faculty (ecology, geography, etc.)
  • Julian Kusin, John Reierson (+ Krygier)

2. Sustainability & Environmental Data: Gather existing data related to environment and sustainability

  • real-time data
  • non-real-time data
  • potential data collection/monitoring
  • monitors which allow pre/post evaluation of sustainability efforts
  • monitors which allow competitive sustainability contests (eg., two dorms compete to cut down on energy usage)
  • range of human and environmental activities
  • consult with Sean Kinghorn
  • consult with city of Delaware
  • consult with OWU faculty
  • consult with Delaware environmental people (Sustainable Delaware)

3. Revise map “action” locations

  • monitoring or data collection locations
  • research sites
  • important environmental phenomena
  • exemplars of different habitat types
  • urban and natural areas
  • ongoing projects and potential projects
  • Action locations tied to Delaware Schools, kids
  • humans, animals, plants, water, air, geology, etc.
  • develop green “trading cards” idea
  • consult with OWU faculty
  • consult with Delaware environmental people (Sustainable Delaware)
Examples of “Action” Locations:
Atmosphere: Weather, Climate, Air
  • weather monitoring station w/real-time data collection
  • air quality monitoring: outside
  • air quality monitoring: inside (Sci Center Atrium)
  • impacts of climate warming monitoring
  • Christina Fesz, Xandi Titus
  • Delaware Run: water monitoring (agricultural and lawn run-off)
  • City of Delaware water: real-time data collection (?)
  • Retention ponds (Meeks, new Delaware YMCA)
  • Sulfur spring monitoring
  • ground water / well monitoring
  • Water runoff monitoring (buildings, pavement)
  • Locations for rain gardens (Wilmer ditch)
  • Wetlands preservation, monitoring
  • Delaware Run restoration (Sandusky St. to Olentangy River)
  • soils
Energy & Utilities
  • Silas Jolliff, Sam Newman, Adam Pinkerton, Jon Rux, Mason Tice, Keegan Varner
  • wind turbine w/real-time data collection (proposal here)
  • Solar energy issues and data; real-time data collection potential (Sam Newman)
  • Campus building energy usage: real-time data collection
  • Campus and Delaware Map of Energy Usage: like this NYC Map
  • Campus water and sewer use: data
  • Campus gas use: data
  • Geothermal monitoring (Meeks)
Waste & Recycling
  • Reed Callahan, Zack Khalifa
  • Campus garbage: data
  • Recycling locations: assess and collect data
  • Food waste locations: assess and collect data
  • paper usage (track by rate/program)
  • plastic bottled water sales (track at different locations; relate to hydration station)
Biosphere: plants, animals
  • Christina Fesz, Xandi Titus
  • Delaware Run: wildlife monitoring (bird counts, fish, etc.)
  • Delaware Run: plant monitoring
  • Tree monitoring: carbon sequestration by city trees, arboretum trees
  • Invasive species monitoring
  • Linear habitats to encourage wildlife movement
  • Monitor feral cats
Biosphere: humans
  • Amy Carr, Sophie-Helen Kiendl
  • Green business assessment: how to assess and collect data?
  • Human health assessment: how to measure, where? Delaware Health Department
  • Campus transport: monitor cars in Selby lot (vs walkers)
  • Parks: data on usage
  • Census and other demographic data
4. Green Action Trail: Develop a series of trails to connect the “action” locations
  • investigate access issues
  • connect to existing recreational trails
  • time to walk, kinetics
  • markers
  • potential users: existing students, staff, faculty, prospective students, Delaware City Schools

5. Paper / Poster Maps:

  • Revise existing poster maps to reflect an OWU “look.”
  • Revise 11×17 Sustainability Region and Green Action Trail map.

6. Online Map: Develop interactive map of sustainability region with above data and information

Project Time!

March 16, 2011

Finish your projects!

1) Please discuss strategy with me before “bothering” real people (anyone other than faculty). Always prepare yourself by doing some research ahead of time, so you don’t sound like a lizard.

2) Think about collecting information that is appropriate for your final product: a 11×17 map. You don’t need tons of information, but you do need information that is clear, coherent, and substantial and that will resonate with our audience. Talk to me to get ideas about information/data that is appropriate for your project.

3) Discuss what you are planning to do before you start creating maps or entering data in ArcGIS. This so you don’t spend a huge amount of time doing GIS work in a non-optimal manner.

4) Think about your project in terms of the sketches we created for each project. Create new sketches, layouts, etc. with my input and feedback: this will help you think about appropriate data and maps (2 and 3 above).

5) The course for the rest of the semester is unstructured. Class time is a time you can find me and you can get together with your group members. If you are not in class, I am assuming you are working outside of class on the project. Do not let the flexible nature of the class lure you into procrastination.

6) You need to have your projects complete (data collected, mapped) by Monday April 25 for a presentation of results. A course evaluation will be assigned (you assessing your work in the class, and the class) and due finals week (this should not be a huge undertaking).

For our next meeting: Monday March 21: be prepared with a specific schedule to complete your project, if you have not already done so. Pay attention to practical details: scheduling fieldwork, any equipment you may need, contacts, etc.

Get going!

Wed. Feb. 16: ArcGIS Tutorial + Project Progress

February 16, 2011

ArcGIS Tutorial

  • Introduction to the Tutorial (updated for ArcGIS 9.3)
  • Make sure, before you leave, that you understand how to do the tutorial.
  • Access to Sci Ctr and Room.
  • Copy the tutorial files into a new folder (with your name) in the Geog 355 folder on your computer.
  • Blog chapter by chapter notes/comments (brief) with any questions, problems, key functions learned.

Green Mapping Projects

  • Progress: Car, bike, and walking routes on campus (home to class) for physiological measures; contact for Olentangy River Project (Erin Miller, Green Coordinator, City of Columbus; old project: proposed Olentangy River Trail map), OWU air travel (?).
  • The Green Trail Proposal (PDF): use as a model (adjust to your project).
  • Create new mock-ups on paper: update the sketches (back table in GIS lab): use paper, Delaware Maps
  • Presentation of proposal (and due as PDF) on project blog Monday (Feb 21)
  • Mark Cooper visit next week (M or W?)

Green Map Projects Updates

February 9, 2011

Today: Mitchell chapters 2, 3 & 4 + Projects Update

Projects: I asked each group to make a significant effort towards a project proposal for the group on the new project blogs. Each group should be prepared to update the class on their progress towards this goal today. Specify and plan expeditions, trips, field work, etc. Specify costs.

Goal: prepare for a visit by Mark Cooper and other Communications & Marketing office people next week; prepare for project proposal.

Additional issues:

Project Progress:

Main Green Map: review categories: is everything covered?

OWU Green / Curricular Trail

Olentangy River

  • Planning expedition + equipment + costs

Earthly Delights Around OWU

Eating OWU

OWU Gak Map: What is your Body exposed to at OWU?

Topics for Global OWU Map: big categories of our impact at global scale with examples

  • transportation: ex) OWU air travel data + carbon impact
  • food: ex) bananas, Costa Rica, rainforests
  • waste: ex) track e-waste from campus?
  • ???

OWU Transportation

  • Bobby St. Clair: survey (to be sent to students) + GPS tracking + Faculty/Staff commute
  • Physiological / Health (shift to other side of the Gak Map?)

OWU Green Map Online: Java Mapping (need blog)

Spring 2011: Initial Thoughts on a “Green Map”

January 22, 2011

I have compiled ideas generated in class on Wednesday, and included some additional ideas about our green map project.

There are details below regarding audiences, form & design, collaboration, and content.

Veronica Malencia (who is in our class) and Alecia Welu will focus on the general green map and its content as part of an independent study this semester. Students in 355 can contribute to that part of the project, but it is not a primary focus.

Students in 355 will work (alone, or in groups) on a “substantive” content project. I list a few independent study projects that will be part of our overall green map project, along with some ideas for other projects.

Green Map Audiences:

  • Potential OWU students: distributed by Admissions: appeal to students with interests in social and natural science environmental focus in studies; general appeal (“OWU is a Green University”).
  • Existing OWU students: informational, engaging (get people to do stuff), and to get students to think about how what they do impacts the environment. Short-term residents, 18-21, etc.
  • OWU faculty and staff: informational, engaging (get people to do stuff), and to get faculty & staff to think about how what they do impacts the environment. Longer term residents, 20s-80s, etc.
  • Delaware community members: informational, engaging (get people to do stuff), and to get faculty & staff to think about how what they do impacts the environment. Longer term residents, children t0 elderly, etc.

Green Map Form & Design

  • Paper map: Green Map Assemblage: one main OWU, Delaware City, and Delaware County map with general content (22″ x 17″ or larger) with series of smaller separate printed maps, brochures, cards, etc. (11″ x 17″ or smaller). Combined together in folder. Additional elements can be added in the future.
  • Online map: map mashup from template vs programmed/designed site vs app.
  • Graphic/cartographic design of project: does it need to tie into “look” of other OWU sponsored materials?

Collaboration on Content

  • Geog 355 students (building on some previous work)
  • Geog 360 (Environmental Geography) students
  • OWU Sustainability Task Force (faculty, staff, students)
  • Specific faculty & staff at OWU
  • Sustainable Delaware (community)
  • Earth Day 2011 (mid to late April)

Green Map Content: Overarching Issues

  • What does Green mean? Compile list (what does it mean to us and to our audiences) and include aspects throughout our Green Map project.
  • Relate audiences to content: what will appeal to each audience?
  • Relate final form to content: how does end product shape class research on topics?
  • Define relevant collaborators

Green Map Content: General Content

  • Outsource: Veronica Malencia and Alicia Welu (independent study)
  • Main (22″ x 17″ or larger) map. Campus and Delaware City on one side, Delaware County on other side.
  • Compile categories of general content (recycling, food, transportation): Location of sustainable efforts (action), recycling facilities, energy-efficient buildings, alternative transportation, Green organizations, farmer’s markets, local food sources, re-use stores, sustainable living, Green business (who decides?).
  • Include content included in sustainability assessment measures (CSAF, Sustainability Report Card).

Green Map Content: Substantive Content

  • Focus of course projects: results of study and analysis of “green” topics
  • Majors in course: will shape content of projects: Economics Management, Environmental Studies, Geography, Geology, Physical Education, Zoology.
  • Topics: preliminary ideas
    • Outsource: Food: Brandt McDonough, Jack Schemenauer (independent study, StAP): sources of “green” food, vegan, vegetarian, organizations, cooking, recipies
    • Outsource: Transportation: Bobby St. Clare (independent study): faculty and staff “drive shed” and analysis of student driving, biking, walking patterns
    • Outsource: e-Waste on campus: Tim Schmidt (independent study)
    • Campus/area ecosystems & wildlife (birds, fish, etc.): project and cards from Spring 2010
    • Connections between ecologically important areas (existing and proposed)
    • Development of “Curricular Trail” like Mt. Holyoke College. We have somewhat less ecologically substantive areas, but still may work: tie together existing study/ecological areas on campus, indicate what is known about them, propose new areas to study (such as Olentangy River).
    • Map “grey” and “black” (bad stuff) vs. “green” areas on campus
    • Olentangy River: low-head dam removal, ecological impact, drugs in river, “blue way” and riparian issues: linear map
    • Storm drains and surfaces: see maps in this PDF
    • Global OWU: map connections: where what you eat is from and impacts, etc. Economic/political ecology
    • Development and green space in area (old green space project, updated, DALIS): enhance with evaluation criteria such as Forestland Evaluation and Site Assessment (FLESA) + GIS tools
    • Micro-geography of environmental topics (a la Green Man Moop Map)
    • Cool To Do Not So Far from OWU: see last project in Geog 360 Projects Fall 2010
    • something for econ people: ?
    • something geology: ?
    • something for phys ed people: ?

Some updated thoughts… Wednesday, January 26:

Ohio Wesleyan | Delaware Green Mapping Project

1. Ohio Wesleyan | Delaware Ohio | Green Map

  • see “Green Map Content: General Content” above
  • Veronica Malencia and Alecia Welu (independent study)
  • Larger format, 2 sided map (OWU area on one side, Delaware County/watersheds on other)
  • Categories of content (transportation, recycling, efforts/actions, organizations, etc.)
  • Content from individual class projects (how to include some but not all of the info)

2. Olentangy River | Delaware Ohio

  • Veronica Malencia, Ethan Perry, Everett Smith
  • diverse issues affecting the Olentangy River
  • plan “Olentangy River Expedition” for spring: canoe or wade & document (photos, etc.) from dam (north) to county boundary (south)
  • ecological issues: low-head dam removal, pollution/runoff, water testing, animals, plants, development, etc.
  • action: use issues: prospects for recreation: a “blueway”

3. OWU Green / Curriculum Trail

  • Rachel Bowes, Meredith Palmer, (Joanne Neugebauer)
  • research & map a proposed “trail” connecting key habitats, ecosystems, and study areas around OWU; develop a proposed trail (proposed stuff)
  • what is extents of area covered
  • compile various “ecosystems” or habitats on and around campus, study areas used for classes, etc.
  • compile related birds, animals, trees, plants, insects, etc.
  • trading cards
  • action: get people out and noticing and understanding the environments near campus

4. Earthly Delights around OWU

  • Alexandra Bishop, Mary Boatwright
  • map with places near OWU to go and do green stuff: camping, canoeing, fishing, hiking, biking, etc.
  • plan expeditions for all activities, compile details from start to finish how to go about doing these activities
  • activities should be diverse, and in diverse environments, walkable, bikeable, and drivable
  • stress learning about the environmental issues surrounding each activity
  • stress health benefits (physical, mental)
  • action: get out in the environment off campus

5. Global OWU Environment

  • Christopher Demecs, Neil Michaels, Robert Striler
  • Map stressing the global environmental impacts connecting OWU to our region, state, country, continent, world. Positive and negative examples. Examples at different scales.
  • generate a series of ways OWU is connected into a global ecosystem: examples
    • food: banana (connection to rainforest destruction in Costa Rica), factory farms (impact on environment here of food shipped all over US)
    • transportation: data on vehicles registered on campus; CO2 impact; Honda Plant; CO2 generated by student, staff, and faculty flying
    • energy: car dealership wind turbine, OWU geothermal
    • vegetation/plants: native tree nursery (replacing non-native tree species)
    • water: prescription drugs, agricultural chemicals in water
    • waste: sewage (where does it go), garbage, e-waste (to Africa? China?)
  • action: think about and act in an environmentally responsible manner

6. OWU Transportation

  • Nicholas Chilkov, Zachary Frentsos
  • Map of “drive-sheds” of faculty, staff in central Ohio with calculations of CO2 and other impacts
  • Map of student movement on and around campus: track walkers, bikers, drivers & environmental and personal (calories, etc.) impact
  • Action: draw attention to driving; encourage alternatives

7. Eating OWU

  • Sophie Gage, Zack Kaminski
  • Map and information on where to get “green” food, where to prepare it (kitchens and utensils), how to prepare it (recipes) and food socialization.
  • Action: eat for the environment and yourself

8. OWU and Delaware Gak Map

  • Michael Davidson
  • Map and information on water, soil, air contaminants, bad food choices, pollution sources, cars and traffic dangers; focus on what you as a person are exposed to, the chances of bad stuff happening, etc. Smoking.
  • Action: get depressed, don’t come to OWU, etc.

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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