Angela Keane Nov 27, 2013
Angela Keane Nov 11, 2013
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Spencer Hunt, The Columbus Dispatch Nov 4, 2013
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:
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.
Director of Energy and Environmental Programs
Ohio University Voinovich School
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.
The Appalachian Ohio’s Open Geographic Information System Web Access project will help counties in southeastern Ohio to more effectively create and manage their parcel data. The project will create a shared web mapping service allowing counties to publish their data online and make it available to the public. This will allow citizens, as well as public and private interests, to have access to the data for real estate, investment, and economic development purposes, and more.
The PORTS Habitat Project, part of our PORTS Future contract with the U.S. Department of Energy, demonstrates the breadth of skills of the CE3 Land Team. The team is conducting detailed field assessments of 150 sample plots on the 3,700-acre DOE facility and some neighboring private lands. The result of this process will be a georeferenced database and land use map that can be utilized as a land planning tool and for wildlife management.