Research Projects


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County, OU collaborate to test water near injection wells

David DeWitt for The Athens NEWS Sep 14, 2015

CE3 Work Study Position Available Starting Fall 2015

Join the CE3 Student Team!

Elissa Welch Aug 11, 2015

Space studies team project harnesses space tech to monitor Ohio hydraulic fracturing sites

Pete Shooner for the Russ College of Engineering and Technology Aug 6, 2015


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 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.

Tags: Land,Waste

Appalachia Ohio Zero Waste Initiative

The Voinovich School, in partnership with Rural Action, has been awarded Phase Five 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 four phases, 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. Starting in 2015, Phase 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/. Also, 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

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