Mahnoor’s Project Report

November 25, 2019

Green Roofs at OWU

Ohio Wesleyan University and the City of Delaware

Environmental Geography, Professor John Krygier (, Fall 2019

Mahnoor Ansari (, Kayla Adolph (, Janelle Valdinger (


An example of a green roof using a variety of plants

The Problem:

Currently, the City of Delaware does not treat its storm-water before discharging it into larger waterways due to its MS4 permit, which can lead to non-point source pollution. MS4 permits authorize cities, counties, or other governmental entities to discharge storm-water collected by their storm sewer systems to waters of the United States. This kind of pollution can augment to cause eutrophication or algal blooms, such as that which has occurred in Lake Erie. Ohio Wesleyan University (OWU) is located in a hilly location and a city that produces more rainfall per year than Seattle (38 inches versus 37.5 inches), creating the potential for relatively high levels of storm-water runoff. Installing a green roof to prevent polluted storm-water runoff is an example of executing best storm-water management practices and a practical solution for addressing the problem.

Project Summary:

The aim of this project is to install a ~ 5500 sq ft green, sedum plant roof on the Delaware Entrepreneurial Center (DEC). This location is ideal because it is central to both OWU and Delaware. This project, initially proposed by the City of Delaware to manage storm-water, would benefit the student population, the university administration, the Delaware community, and the campus as a whole in multiple ways. Thus far we have investigated the feasibility of this project, researched its benefits, discerned key stakeholders and supporters, addressed safety and accessibility concerns, created a budget and implementation timeline, identified sources of funding, and considered maintenance planning. 

These are mark-ups to show what a green roof at OWU could potentially look like

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Mahnoor’s Digital Portfolio

November 25, 2019

Book Reviews and Reflections: 

Week 1: Cronon’s “Trouble with Wilderness” and Sullivan’s “The Meadowlands”

Week 2: Abbey’s “Desert Solitaire”

Week 5: Bruckner’s “Fanaticism of the Apocalypse”

Week 6-7: Coates’ “Nature”

Week 10: Foer’s “Eating Animals”

Week 11: Latour’s “Down to Earth”

Week 12: Urbanik’s “Placing Animals”

Week 13: Stoknes’ “What We Think About When We Try Not To Think About Global Warming”

Environmental News Items:

1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th

Project Posts:

Project Ideas, Proposal Draft, Project Presentation

Digital Portfolio: Kayla

December 14, 2018

Week 1: Intro

Week 2:W2 Kayla’s take

Week 3:Desert Solitaire Reflection-Kayla

Week 4:Week 4- The Fanaticism of the Apocalypse

Week 5:Reading and Environmental news (Kayla)

Week 6:Reading

Week 7:Reflection on Reading

Week 8: Fall Break!

Week 9: House meetin’

Week 10:Environment and Society

Week 11:Environmental Geography

Week 12:Week 12

Week 13:Week 13

Week 14: T.Hanks giving.

Week 15: Project Presentations

Week 16: Project Presentations

Additional Current Events:

Environmental news

Environmental news

Project Stuff: Project Proposal

Final Posting

December 14, 2018

All psotings except for those sepearted were wrote, blog posting and environmental news piece for the week.

Week 1 introduction and posting

SUllivan-the meadow lands
Desert solitare
Enviro news-week 3 w/ desert solitare
FAntacism of the apocolypse- present by me
Project proposal
Nature week 1
Nature week 2Eating Animals

Environment and Society

Environment and society 2

PLacing AnimalsWhat We Think About When We Try Not To Think About Global Warming: Toward a New Psychology of Climate Action

GEOG 360 Digital Portfolio

December 14, 2018

GEOG 360 Digital Portfolio

Project PowerPoint

Project Report

Week 2 – “The Trouble with Wilderness” & “The Meadowlands”

Week 3 – “Desert Solitaire”

Week 4 – “The Fanaticism of the Apocalypse”

Week 5 – “Nature” (First Part)

Week 6 – “Nature” (Part 2)

Week 7 – “Eating Animals”

Week 9 – Good News Current Event

Week 10 – Environment and Society” (Part 1)

Week 11 – “Environment and Society” (Part 2)

Week 12 – “Placing Animals”

Week 13 – “What We Think About When We Try Not To Think About Global Warming: Toward a New Psychology of Climate Action”


G. Garcia Digital Portfolio, of blog

December 5, 2018


Project Report

Powerpoint Presentation

2.) Blog posts (by date)

August 8th, 2018. The Meadowlands

September 4th, 2018. Desert Solitaire

September 11th, 2018. Fanaticism of the Apocalypse

September 19th, 2018. Nature pt. 1, Project Proposal

September 26th, 2018. Nature pt. 2

October 3rd, 2018. Eating Animals

October 24th, 2018. Environment and Society pt. 1

October 30th, 2018. Environment and Society pt. 2

November 7th, 2018. Placing Animals

November 14th, 2018. What we think about when we try not to think about global warming

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: