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OHIO’s Voinovich School to participate on $4.5 million USDA study

Five-year program to explore agriculture and water management on tribal lands

Voinovich School Staff Mar 24, 2015

Ohio University receives Silver rating on first STARS report

Olivia Miltner, OU Compass contributor Mar 24, 2015

Environmental Studies Director Dabelko leads climate change talk at Purdue

Courtesy of Purdue University News Mar 20, 2015

Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission State of the Region 

Hilton Downtown Columbus 
Thu, Apr 2 11:00 AM


Land Program 

The Land Program component of CE3 involves the application of quantitative and qualitative tools to promote improved land use planning, resource use efficiencies, minimization of waste, resource conservation, and improved communication and implementation of these strategies. Specializations of the Land Team include planning in Appalachia’s local communities, natural resource management, floodplain management, emergency planning and disaster recovery, open space and recreation planning, building and infrastructure reuse, using GIS as a planning tool and “comprehensive” planning. Comprehensive planning may include a suite of services such as:

  • Compact and conservation development
  • Stream, floodplain, and wetlands management
  • Storm water management/erosion and sediment control
  • Source water protection
  • Land conservation and land trusts
  • Steep slope protection
  • Brownfield redevelopment
  • Agricultural protection
  • Historic properties
  • Viewsheds
  • Access management

Land use planning involves an understanding of a place, its people, natural resources, economy, history, and the built environment. The faculty and staff at CE3 believe that the best way to improve a place is through a deep and full understanding of it. CE3 has the assessment tools needed for resource management and land planning to do just that. The recommendations provided by our teams are based on sound research and intended to be manageable for local governments and all of our clients.

Point of Contact

Scott Miller
Director of Energy and Environmental Programs
Ohio University Voinovich School


Example Projects

All Projects 

Ohio Shale Development Community Impact Survey

The Voinovich School is conducting the first of what is anticipated to be a longitudinal investigation of the impact of shale development activities on communities in eastern Ohio. The report is based on the results of surveys conducted with local officials across 17 Ohio counties. The findings include what types of shale development activities are being reported and how shale development has impacted local populations, housing, public safety, infrastructure, employment, environment and the local economy. To learn more about the project, click here. For more information, contact Robin Stewart at ce3@ohio.edu.

Tags: Data,Land,Shale

Ohio Shale Supply Chain Database

The Ohio Shale Energy Conference in April 2012 informally launched CE3’s business outreach efforts related to shale: the event convened more than 500 attendees interested in exploring opportunities to grow the local supply chain for shale in Ohio. The resulting Ohio Shale Supply Chain Database, funded by the USDA’s Office of Rural Development, has grown to include more than 1300 companies in regional shale supply chain. The database serves as a tool to help buyers and suppliers connect to source their shale development needs locally and, on a larger scale, showcases Ohio’s strengths to support economic development through an important regional strategic resource.

Tags: Energy,Land,Shale

Appalachia Ohio Zero Waste Initiative

The Voinovich School, in partnership with Rural Action, has been awarded Phase Four funding from The Sugar Bush Foundation to continue the important work of the Appalachia Ohio Zero Waste Initiative (AOZWI). The research conducted by the Voinovich School in the first three phases, including case studies of select Ohio recycling programs, a residential recycling survey, wasteshed mapping, and a materials recovery facility feasibility study, will be used to inform a community-supported Zero Waste Action Plan. Phase Four will include offering a multidisciplinary university course that brings the expertise and experience of AOZWI partners into the classroom to encourage students to develop innovative solutions to address zero waste goals. More information can be found at http://ruralaction.org/programs/zerowaste/. Also, for a unique perspective on the project, watch the newly released video of former Voinovich School Graduate Research Assistant Megan Chapman, as she shares her experience working with AOZWI.

Tags: Land