Ohio University

Sustainability Project Laboratory

The Sustainability Project Laboratory is a program which will identify and engage faculty interested in incorporating a multi-disciplinary, outcomes-based approach in their courses similar to the existing EcoChallenge program. As part of their coursework, students from different classes will form teams to identify sustainability issues within themes; engage stakeholders for data collection and analysis of potential solutions including their impact on the sustainability triple bottom line of People, Planet and Prosperity; choose a solution, and pitch the idea to the University or local community for implementation.

Propose a sustainability project that will result in a simultaneous benefit to people, planet and prosperity

Request a sustainability project for an Ohio University course

 

Title Possible Academic Connection Project length Experiential Learning? Community Engagement? Brief description
Increasing Active Transportation Marketing or Psychology semester Yes Yes Increase healthy, active transportation (particularly commuting) among University employees and WellWorks members
Barn Renovation Civil Engineering multi-year Yes Yes Design and renovate the abandoned barn at Hebbardsville Farm using sustainably harvested wood and recycled corrugated metal roof
Determining Carbon Emissions from Commuting – Average Distance GIS/Geography or Environmental Studies < month (repeated annually) Yes No Utilize GIS data from Parking Services to determine average distance commuted by Ohio University faculty, staff and students
           
           
           
           
           
           
           

Increasing Active Transportation

Project description:

Project goals/connections to learning outcomes:

  • Increase healthy, active transportation (particularly commuting) among University employees and WellWorks members.  
  • Encourage active transportation to the fitness center.  
  • Be able to track active transportation as a Check-In at WellWorks and/or incentivize rides
  • Routes Evaluation:  safety, timing, etc.

Resources available to students/faculty to complete project:

  • WellWorks staff time

Project triple bottom line costs and benefits:

  • Health benefits
  • Quality of life benefits
  • Productivity benefits
  • Gasoline savings
  • Parking savings
  • Reduction of carbon emissions

Project contact:   Annie Laurie Cadmus, cadmus@ohio.edu 

Barn Renovation

Project description: 

Design and renovate the abandoned barn at Hebbardsville Farm using sustainably harvested wood, recycled corrugated metal roof, and paint created from acid mine drainage.  A renovated barn could be used as an education and events center for community and University sustainability activities.

Project goals/connections to learning outcomes:

  • Students will be able to renovate properties, including roofing, flooring painting and insulating
  • Students will understand the embodied value in used (not new) materials
  • Students will understand the benefits of sustainably harvested wood
  • Students will understand the origins of paint pigments

Resources available to students/faculty to complete project:

  • Student and faculty time
  • Existing structure and land
  • Used metal roofing material
  • Sustainably harvested wood for flooring

Project triple bottom line costs and benefits:

  • Educational benefits
  • Avoided costs of virgin materials
  • Faculty time

Project contact:   Dominick Brook,  brookd@ohio.edu

Contact Dave Bayless at bayless@ohio.edu or Elaine Goetz at goetze@ohio.edu for more information.