Digital Portfolio-Shannon Schlater

May 1, 2016

Introductory post

Reading Reflections:

Week 2 The Meadowlands

Week 3 Garbage Matters

Week 4 Desert Solitaire

Week 5 The Fantacism of the Apocalypse

Week 6 Nature Part 1

Week 7 Nature Part 2

Week 8 Eating Animals

Week 12 Environment and Society

Week 13 Placing Animals-I presented with Larynn, but blog postings were seperate

Week 14 Garbology

Current Events:

Week 2

Week 3

Week 4

Week 5

Week 6

Week 7

Week 8

Week 10

Week 12

Week 13

Week 14

Project Updates:

Initial ideas

Update 1

Update 2

Update 3

Project Proposal

Update 4

Final Project

 

 


Catie Beach: Digital Portfolio

April 30, 2016

Digital Portfolio

April 27, 2016

-Ashley Tims


Project Presentation

April 27, 2016

Overview of campus habitats:

Animals

  1. Current & Future Bird Habitats:

a) Carolina Wren Nest Boxes- These are already in place at selected SLUs, such as the  Interfaith House, and the Citizens of the World House, and boxes were built and installed in 2014. Today, these boxes still remain where they were installed, and require being cleaned out each year in the summer, and any other maintenance would involve the wear and tear of the boxes, and these responsibilities will remain on the shoulders of the SLUs that house them.

 

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b) Chimney Swift Towers- This is a project that is still being worked out, and now that there is a price estimate the project can move forward as soon as the proper funding has been raised. The project consists of the construction of a single tower near the residential side, Stuyvesant Hall and the old observatory. The tower itself would have something along the lines of a rain garden beneath it to collect and purify the runoff, and maintenance involved here would be minimum because the birds would reuse the tower for nesting for five consecutive years.

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c) Bird Feeders- The plan for bird feeders on campus has already been implemented, however, there are plans for the implementation of more bird feeders in the future. As for the ones that are currently in place, they can be found outside of the science center, and outside of the drama center near the library. There is some maintenance required with the bird feeders such as, general wear and tear, replacement parts, and cleaning to ensure that there are no bees or hornets nesting in the feeders. As of now there is no place on OWUs campus to house the bird seed, and this is something that, Dick Tuttle, has to bring to campus to restock the feeders himself, so there is an opportunity for a future proposal for a storage site on campus for these seeds.

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d) Blue Bird Nest Boxes- Proposal for the addition of these Blue Bird nest boxes is still in progress. Potential maintenance would coincide with the maintenance associated with the Carolina Wren boxes.

e) Bird of Prey Nesting Platform- Still in proposal stage, and future plans are not yet known, but the maintenance is estimated to be similar to the California Wren (with a longer time span between when the nest site would be cleared, and the maintenance of removing any bee or yellow jacket hives from the platform.

f) Bird Pebble Habitat- Still in proposal stage, but the implementation process would not take much planning or effort. Simply adding smaller stones to the roof of the science center would be adequate to support the nesting circumstances necessary to allow for birds that nest in pebbles to nest atop the science center. As of now there would be no maintenance predicted for this project.

2. Bee Living on Campus:

a)  Bee Hotels- Have already been proposed and constructed, and the maintenance of these hotels involves minimum effort, and replacing damaged ones would require minimum costs and the time spent constructing these hotels would be minimum.

b) Solitary Bee Houses- Projected plans for more bee hives and hotels for the future are in the making, and costs are not yet estimated. However, the costs, maintenance, and construction of these is estimated to be low.

c) Other insect housing- There are project proposals for lady bug homes and other insect homes being developed as well, and the process is still in the beginning stages.

3. Bat Boxes- This project is completed, and boxes have been installed at  the SLUs, the Tree House, and this SLU is burdened with the task of maintaining the boxes. The boxes are designed to be maintenance-free, but they are susceptible to wasp nest, which need to be removed professionally. In the plans, it also mentioned that if the houses were not in use after 3 summers they would be moved.

4. Squirrel Dens- There is talk about future project and plans for the addition of squirrel dens across campus.

5. Salamander Swamp- This project was a student Theory-into-Practice Project, and it was part of an ongoing project to clean up the salamander swamp and to help remove invasive plants to allow for the creation of salamander “houses.” This project maintenance involves keeping the swamp clear of trash and pollutants, and presents the further development of the swamp from an accidental habitat to a real habitat.

6. Retention Pond- Is currently in the last few stages of planning and acquiring native plants to be planted in designated rain gardens, to catch and filter run off water and also create native habitat for birds and other wildlife. Maintenance is expected to be minimum to none existent at times due to the plants being able to come back each year, and being that they are native will grow without the use of fertilizers.

7. Restore Delaware Run- This project has been multi semesters already, and is going to need work throughout a few more semesters before it can be implemented. So far students have gathered a list of plants and tree species that are native and can help restore the run, and allow for the soils to be restored to their natural state. Six signs have been installed along the Delaware Run to allow for the general public to become more aware of the Olentangy watershed, and what tributaries are involved in feeding the Olentangy (Delaware Run being one of those).

 

-Ashley Tims


Catie & Jordana Water Bottles

April 27, 2016

WaterBottle Presentation

WaterBottle Presentation

  1. What inspired this (Kristina’s assignment)
  2. -Project for Kristina’s Ceramics 1 class
  3. -Desire to fix my own problems, was not drinking enough water so making a special vessel could solve that
  4. -This is an individual problem that I figured others related to in a variety of ways,

 

  1. The experience of using the bottles
    1. HOLDING IT–DISCUSS HANDLE DESIGN THEORY (CERTAIN HANDLE DESIGNS MAKE ONE MORE OR LESS AWARE OF THE OBJECT THEY ARE HOLDING)
    2. THE BOTTLES ARE COMFORTABLE, BUT LEAVE YOU AWARE YOU ARE HOLDING THEM
    3. THE UNIQUE HAND-MADE DESIGNS, THE RAW FEEL ARE INTRINSIC TO THE BOTTLES REMINDING US OF THE NATURAL PRECIOUSNESS OF WATER. WHEN WE DRINK WATER FROM PLASTIC BOTTLES IT CREATES THIS “CLONE EFFECT”–THE FEELING THAT THE WATER IS ALWAYS REPLACEABLE…WHEREAS THIS IS NOT THE CASE IN OTHER PARTS OF THE WORLD, OR EVEN THIS COUNTRY
    4. WHAT IF THEY BREAK? WELL, THAT’S PART OF THE DESIGN AND EXPERIENCE. THIS EXPERIENCE OF A PLENTIFUL AND SAFE WATER SOURCE COULD STOP AT ANY TIME.

 

  1. Photo litho transfers
    1. Discuss process
    2. Imagery used
    3. Urban geography appreciating the nature around us
  2. SGRAFITTO METHODS (DISCUSS significance of organic designs, patterns, rustic look–what does this imagery call to beyond aesthetics? How does this impact the consumption of water?)

 

Sustainability impact:

  1. DECREASE OF PLASTIC WATER BOTTLE SALES, INCREASE OF REFILLABLE FOUNTAIN USE
  2. IMPORTANCE OF CONTINUING AND SUSTAINING PREVIOUS PROJECTS, PRACTICING INTERGENERATIONAL COMMUNITIES (IN GENERAL OF COURSE, BUT SPECIFICALLY AT OWU)
  3. OBSERVATIONS OF HOW THIS IMPACTED GREEN WEEK TABLING…IT SEEMED LIKE THERE WAS A CONSTANT FLOW OF PEOPLE AT BOTH TABLES, OFTEN TABLES GET IGNORED AT HAMWIL. PEOPLE KNEW THEY WANTED BOTTLES AND I HOPE IT ENCOURAGED SOME TO REALLY READ THE INFO TREEHOUSE WAS PRESENTING
  4. INCENTIVE BASED MODEL: SUPPORT SUSTAINABILITY, SUPPORT ARTISTS, SUPPORT COMMUNITY OF ACTIVISTS, FEEL PRIDE AND CONNECTION WITH OTHERS

 


Yanoff Digital Portfolio

April 25, 2016

Week 1: Wednesday January 13: Introduction Introduction to Course

Week 2: Wednesday January 20  Cronon “The Trouble with Wilderness” + Sullivan The Meadowlands

Week 3: Wednesday January 27: Sarah Moore “Garbage Matters”

Week 4: Wednesday February 3: Edward Abbey Desert Solitaire 

Week 5: Wednesday February 10:Bruckner: The Fanaticism of the Apocalypse: Save the Earth, Punish Human Beings

Week 6: Wednesday February 17: Project Proposal, Coates nature (Preface – Ch 5)

Week 7: Wednesday February 24: Coates Nature (ch. 6-9) Presenter** Current event

Week 8: Wednesday March 2: Eating Animals

Week 9: Wednesday March 9: No Meeting / Spring Break

Week 10: Wednesday March 16: Class Dinner

Week 11: Wednesday March 23: No Class; Current Event

Week 12: Wednesday March 30: Robbins et al Environment & Society

Week 13: Wednesday April 6: Urbanik: Placing Animals

Week 14: Wednesday April 13: Edward Humes: Garbology: Our Dirty Love Affair with Trash

Week 15: Wednesday April 20: Project Presentations: Vegan Presentation Outline

Week 17: Wednesday April 27: Project Presentations:


Cronon “The Trouble with Wilderness” and Sullivan The Meadowlands

April 25, 2016

The discussion in these two books over the true measure of “wilderness” and the place of humans and human things in consideration with nature. The common theme between both of these books revolves around this idea that humans are both separate from nature and ‘wilderness,’ and yet innately intertwined with it simultaneously. The argument that Sullivan makes through his book captures this meaning of nature in a way many people overlook. This idea that humans can be apart of nature, they can create a new kind of wilderness, and that wilderness is itself hard to define.

I particularly enjoyed the approach Sullivan had to the Meadowlands, the place itself, and how he was pulled back to this landscape of trash without really understanding what it was exactly that caught his imagination. The idea that this landscape of trash offered just as many discoveries, adventures, and sights as national parks I found to be interesting. I am a one of those individuals who idealizes nature and wilderness, and prefers the both without human impact. However, when people live in harmony with the environment, and instead of destroying it choose to live along side it I find it compelling to do the same.

Cronon’s approach to this concept of wilderness as he recaps the history of the word, and discusses the many connotations associated with the ‘wilderness’ throughout history. It is amazing to see how humans went from seeing wilderness as this dark, mysterious, dangerous, and scary place to now considering it to be majestic, beautiful, peaceful, and serine place.

-Ashley Tims


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