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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

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OHIO Zero Waste

OHIO Zero Waste is part of the Appalachia Ohio Zero Waste Initiative (AOZWI), with a specific goal of bringing together student organizations and OHIO administrative and academic units to promote green events and zero waste choices. Led by a student coordinator, OHIO Zero Waste works with campus events of all sizes, including large events like Athens Beautification Day, OHIO Commencement and Move Out to reduce waste and promote reuse and recycling. To learn more about Green Events, or to register your event as a Green Event, please visit http://www.ohio.edu/sustainability/programs/Green-Events.cfm or contact zerowaste@ohio.edu. Interested in where to recycle your stuff during Move Out? Here's a pdf map of donation sites around the city! Or click here for the web link, which is great for mobile devices: www.ce3.ohio.edu/15. . For updates about our projects and to be part of the #ZeroWasteCrew, follow us at @OHIOzerowaste on Twitter.


Tags: Land,Waste

Appalachia Ohio Zero Waste Initiative

The Voinovich School, in partnership with Rural Action, has been awarded multi-year 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, including case studies of select Ohio recycling programs, a residential recycling survey, wasteshed mapping, and a materials recovery facility feasibility study, helped inform the development of a community-supported Zero Waste Action Plan. Year Five activities will continue to grow tools and services for communities and businesses and increase on-campus efforts including a Principles of Waste Management course at the Voinovich School and numerous green initiatives (see “OHIO Zero Waste” project). More information can be found at http://ruralaction.org/programs/zerowaste/. Check out this YouTube video about the AOZWI called "Changing the Way We Think About Waste," and for a unique perspective on the project, watch the video of former Voinovich School Graduate Research Assistant Megan Chapman, as she shares her experience working with AOZWI.

Tags: Land,Waste

Site Repurposing Efforts for the US DOE PORTS Facility

The U.S. Department of Energy former Portsmouth Gaseous Diffusion Plant (PORTS) near Piketon, Ohio has been an important economic player in the Pike, Scioto, Ross, and Jackson County region for many decades. As the decommissioning and decontamination process continues at the PORTS site, it is expected that this transition period will lead to further changes in the region’s socio-economic profile. The extent to which decision-makers can minimize transitional stress and maximize the economic prospects for the region hinges greatly upon the cleanup and transfer of the PORTS site and site assets for other economic use.

Through a grant from the US DOE Office of Environmental Management Portsmouth/Paducah Project Office, the Voinovich School’s contributions to PORTS site repurposing efforts build upon findings from the School’s PORTSfuture public outreach task completed in 2011. Under the outreach task, Ohio University conducted a 15-month, broad-based, grass-roots, public participation process to identify the community’s future-use preferences for the PORTS campus. Based upon the community preferences, site repurposing activities are focusing on integrating the results of the public preference voting with the overall plan for the future of the site. The Voinovich School is part of a collaborative team engaged in a data-driven process to identify viable industries to target for site reuse and identify marketing tools aimed at potential future users at PORTS. Energy sector opportunities are explored in the white paper, Energy Sector Opportunities for the PORTS Campus (pdf). For more information on the PORTSfuture project site repurposing efforts, please visit: http://www.portsfuture.com/siterepurposing.aspx.

Tags: Energy,Land,Policy