Sources for Compost Projects

December 10, 2017


Large Scale Composting places to start:

Other past projects to look into:

What other colleges have done:

Possibilities for funding:

How to compost

                Small scale composting: (how to, benefits, uses)

               What not to compost:

Composting in winter:

Indoor composters:



Link to Niemeyer Final Project Write Up

December 9, 2017

Final write up

Sources for Compost Projects

Allie Niemeyer’s Digital Course Summary

December 6, 2017

Links to class readings and news events:

August 30

Allie Niemeyer- intro, news, project ideas and reflections

September 6

Allie Niemeyer Desert Solitaire and News

September 13

Allie Niemeyer’s Fanatacism post

September 20

Nature part 1 reflection and news

September 27

Niemeyer Nature reflection and News

October 4

Eating Animals Response Niemeyer

October 25

Niemeyer Environment and Society and news response

November 1

Niemeyer-environment and society

November 8

Placing Animals Response and News-Niemeyer

November 15

What we think about-Niemeyer

Reading presentation: 

  • Coates’ dedication in the preface is to his children stating he hopes they will remember their childhood visits to different “natural” environments to local and faraway places, calling them inspirational places. Do you feel that nature is inspirational? Does this give it a value (and if so what)? Is it worth saving?
  • 1: Coates calls nature an “objective reality with universal qualities unaffected by … time, culture, and place” and this gives it an “external authority”. Do you think this is true, are there examples of this that you have felt or run across? Does this separate humans from nature?
  • Pg 3: Definitions of nature historically: A physical place; The collective phenomena of the world (including or excluding humans);An essence, quality or principle that informs the workings of the universe; A source of authority governing human affairs; A conceptual opposite to culture
  • Do you agree with these definitions, do you think any or all are important to our society today? Is it important to define nature, why? (Politics, writings, history, how we feel about it) on the next page he says the definition of nature as a physical place takes away from it, is that true?
  • Pg 6 Humans have overcome natural laws, “depending on your standpoint, humanity had either fallen from this state of grace where it had been unencumbered by institutions, or it had risen beyond its barbaric confines through the salutary mechanisms of culture and human laws”. Does this have truth? Are these the only options? Have we overcome natural laws?
  • 8 nature is in a constant state of change, which humans could never control, so is preservation worthwhile?
  • Pg 14. Topophilia-the idea that we have biases to specific natural features, like animals or trees and these lead to conservation efforts, Do you think these are good or bad? Is it important that we identify these biases? He later describes (pg 39) that during the Greco-Roman times there was a general nature considered as the Gaia concept where individuals (like animal species) are looked at in terms of the entirety of nature instead of their individual value, is there a point to looking at nature in this way, as an environment, rather than just certain species we like or don’t? Where does this place humans?
  • Pg 17 the only reason the human impact on nature has grown is because of the increase in population, should we be doing something about this?
  • Pg 31 During Greco-Roman times there were specific areas that were set aside because there were believed to be gods dwelling in them that you wouldn’t want to accidentally offend, and he compares these to national parks, do you think that our conservation efforts have improved since those times?
  • He makes a point throughout the entire book of describing that nobody is immune to degrading nature, including jainists and monks, and though this is true, it once again removes humans from nature, so is there a value to pointing this out?
  • 46 CS Lewis said “what we call Man’s power over nature turns out to be a power exercised by some men over other men with Nature as its instrument” Is this true?
  • Do you think it’s fair to blame Christianity for our views about man’s place in nature?
    • Is Christianity the only one with beliefs that man is superior to nature? There are many Christian leaders who strongly believed that God put these creatures here and therefore it was our duty to conserve his creation, where others thought this was idolatry
  • Pg 63 Humans overtake nature during the 12th century because it no longer spreads fear, people no longer care about destroying it or entering it, is this a valid point?

Project postings:

Niemeyer Project Proposal: Composting

Link to Niemeyer Final Project Write Up


Digital Portfolio: Ellen Sizer

May 8, 2017

Blog Postings:

W1: nothing was due

W2: Cronon “The Trouble with Wilderness” + Sullivan The Meadowlands

W3: Edward Abbey:”Desert Solitaire”

W4: Pascal Bruckner “The Fanaticism with Apocalypse”

W5: Coates “Nature: Western Attitudes Since Ancient Times”

W6: Coates: “Nature:Western Attitudes Since Ancient Times” P2

W7: Jonathan Foer: “Eating Animals” This is when I presented.

W8:Robbins and et al.: “Environment and Society”

W9: Wednesday March 15: No Meeting / Spring Break

W10: Wednesday March 22: Meet in Columbus at my haüs (7-8:30pm)

But I did a post: W10:Hodgkinson:” How to Be Idle: A Loafer’s Manifesto”

W11:Robbins et al.: “Environment & Society” (2ndhalf)

W12:Urbanik: “Placing Animals”

W13:Stoknes. “What We Think About When We Try Not To Think About Global Warming: Toward a New Psychology of Climate Action”

Current Events: (order is chronological)

W2: E-Waste Is Growing Rapidly in Asia

W3: Cowspiracy

W4: Why climate change is good news for wasps

W5: Underwater photographer of the year 2017 winners – in pictures
W6:Wind Power Sets New Record: Briefly Provides Majority of Electricity for 14-State Grid

W7: Got Almond Milk? Dairy Farms Protest Milk Label on Nondairy Drinks

W8: K-Cups will kill us!

W9: Wednesday March 15: No Meeting / Spring Break

W10: Wednesday March 22: Meet in Columbus at my haüs (7-8:30pm)

But I did a post:



W11:The U.S. Government Is Making It Legal To Shoot Hibernating Bear Families In Their Dens

W12: Russian Conservationists Launch Survey of Elusive Snow Leopard

W13:Climate Change Is A Major Threat To Us All, But Here’s Why You Might Not Care

Fun Links/Misc Links:

Nature Rx Part 1 this video is in conjunction with Week 3 post.

Local Food Sourced Salad Bar or Hyper Local Salad Bar Proposal

Electric Cars Aren’t As Green As You Think this video is in conjunction with Week11 post

Digital Course Portfolio

May 3, 2017

Post One- Introduction and Meadowlands

Post Two- Desert Solitaire

Post Three- Current Event (for Desert Solitaire Week)

Post Four- Fanaticism of the Apocalypse

Post 5- Nature (pt 1)

Post 6- Project Proposal

Post 7- Nature (pt 2)

Post 8- Environment and Society (pt 1)

Post 9- Environment and Society (pt 2)

Post 10- What we think about when we try not to think about global warming

Project Report

Wildlife Friendly Campus

Kylie Shaw

Making a College Campus More Habitable to Local Wildlife

College campuses are scattered across the country, owning a lot of land and there are significant pieces of these properties that aren’t being used or already green spaces.  These spaces are usually either made into gardens designed for aesthetics or left to grow without much litter clean up.  These areas could be used as natural wildlife habitats, with some minor changes or additions.

According to the guidelines for a wildlife friendly habitat set out by the National Wildlife Federation, these habitats should include three food sources , a water source, two places for cover, two places suitable for mating and breed, and two sustainable practices. These things are important for the native insect, bird, reptile, amphibian, and mammal populations and help grow the biodiversity for even small locations.  These locations are especially important to the migration butterfly and bird species who need plenty of food and water along the paths they take for their migration.  Also, examples of sustainable practices would be a reduction in the use of harmful chemicals and litter, which keeps these things from being taken in by the local plants and animals.

The location on the Ohio Wesleyan campus that I chose is surrounded by the Meek Aquatic Center, Selby Stadium’s parking lot, the field for throwing events for track and field, the rugby field, and a highway.  So, it’s a small space that’s constantly surrounded by human activity, but it’s a great place for small wildlife since it has a thick cover of trees and bushed. The main problem for this area is that there is a lot of litter.  This poses a choking or poisoning hazard to any animal that tries to eat any of it, but some litter can also leak harmful chemicals left over from the production process.

For my project I located all of the different things that fulfilled any of the requirements listed out by the National Wildlife Federation and also cleaned up the litter found in the area. 

The woods provides good cover and plenty of dead and fallen trees that are good for cover and raising young.  The throwing field next to the woods could be useful for some species’ mating displays, but, since it’s in use for most of the typical breeding, I don’t think it would usually get used for mating.  There is also a pond across the street that could sustain larger animals that can’t drink from the large puddles that are usually under the trees and bird houses lining the outer edge of the woods.  There are also bird feeders across the street at the science center.  There could be more native plants within the wooded area used as food for local animals, but for most of the semester the plants weren’t out and couldn’t be identified. I was able to pick up almost two full trash bags of litter, which I then separated into trash and recyclables and disposed of.

In the future, I think it would be helpful to know the plants that can be used as food for native animals as well as which are native and which are invasive species.  Also, the clean up process needs to be an ongoing thing, which could possibly be a responsibility that the university takes on.

Final Evaluation: Max Kerns

December 15, 2016

About Me

Discussion I led – The Fanaticism of the Apocalypse, Pascal Bruckner

Current Events Postings:

1. Colorado Towns Work to Preserve a Diminishing Resource: Darkness

2. Pressure on UK to sign climate deal

3. World’s watersheds lost 6 percent of their forests in 14 years

4. Climate Impacts: Melting Glaciers, Shifting Biomes and Dying Trees in US National Parks

5. Geoengineering in the sky with diamonds

6. Groundwater discharge to upper Colorado River Basin varies in response to drought

7. China makes headway in reversing desertification

8. REPORT: Oregon Lost 500,000 Acres to Deforestation Since 2000

Notes on Reading:

1. Meadowlands

2. Desert Solitaire

3. The Fanaticism of the Apocalypse – See above

4. Nature I

5. Nature II

6. Eating Animals

7. Environment and Society

8. Placing Animals – Missing Notes

9. Garbology

Project Related

1. Ideas

2. Proposal

3. Presentation

4. Project Report





Pacia Purcell: Course Portfolio

December 15, 2016

Notes for Reading

The Meadowlands

Desert Solitaire

The Fanaticism of the Apocalypse

Nature Part 1 (my presentation)

Nature Part 2

Eating Animals

Environment and Society

Placing Animals


Current Events

Week 2

Week 3

Week 4

Week 5

Week 6

Week 7

Week 11

Week 12

Week 13

Project Postings

Project Ideas

Project Proposal

Project Report