David Digital Portfolio

December 19, 2017

The Meadowlands:  https://environmentalgeography.wordpress.com/2017/08/29/davids-blog-posts/

Desert Solitare: https://environmentalgeography.wordpress.com/2017/09/05/david-week-2/

The Fanaticism of the Apocalypse:  (only current event) https://environmentalgeography.wordpress.com/2017/09/13/david-week-4/

Nature:  https://environmentalgeography.wordpress.com/2017/09/20/david-week-5/

Project Proposal: https://environmentalgeography.wordpress.com/2017/09/27/david-week-6/

Week 8 current event:  https://environmentalgeography.wordpress.com/2017/10/18/david-week-8/

Environment and Society: (co-presented with Anna Pakrasi) https://environmentalgeography.wordpress.com/2017/10/25/david-week-10/

Placing Animals:  https://environmentalgeography.wordpress.com/2017/11/08/david-week-12/




Digital Portfolio: Miranda

December 17, 2017

Week 1:


Week 2:

I added the class week 2

Week 3:


Week 4:


Week 5 (Read the book in one week, so only made one post):


Week 6 (Read the book in one week, so only made one post):


Week 7:


Week 8: Thanksgiving Break

Week 9: Krygier ‘s House

Week 10:


Week 11: Apparently I choose not to post on this book

Week 12: Apparently I choose not to post on this book

Week 13:


Week 14:

N/A- Presented with a kick ass Powerpoint

Current Events:

All attached to weekly blog post except for:


Project Proposal:



Digital Portfolio–Daniel Delatte

December 14, 2017

Wk1: Introduction

Wk2: Cronon “The Trouble with Wilderness” + Sullivan The Meadowlands

Wk3: Desert Solitaire Edward Abbey

Wk4: Bruckner: The Fanaticism of the Apocalypse: Save the Earth, Punish Human Beings

Wk5: Nature Attitudes Since the Ancient Times

Wk6: Nature: Western Attitudes Since Ancient Times pt. 2

Wk8: Eating Animals Review and Current Event

Wk9: Environment & Society Response

Wk10: Fall Break

Wk11: Dinner @ House

Wk12: Environment & Society pt. 2

Wk13: Placing Animals

Wk14: What We Think About When We Try Not to Think About Global Warming

Project Proposal: Project Outreach Proposal



Evelynn Wyatt Digital Portfolio

December 14, 2017

Week 2:


Week 3:


Week 4:


Week 5: Presented

Week 6: Presented

Week 7:


Week 8: Thanksgiving Break

Week 9: Fieldtrip to Krygier-Haus/House of Pets and Glowing Rocks

Week 10:


Week 11:


Week 12: n/a

Week 13:



Presentation Notes

Week 5:


Week 6:



Current Events










Project Updates



Collin Rastetter’s Digital Portfolio

December 14, 2017

W2: Sullivan “The Meadowlands” and current event

W3: Abbey “Desert Solitaire” and current event

W4: Bruckner “The Fanaticism of the Apocalypse” and current event (I presented)

W5: Coates “Nature” Part 1 and current event 

W6: Coates “Nature” Part 2 and current event

W7: Foer “Eating Animals” and current event

W8: Fall Break, No class meeting or blog post

W9: Dinner at Dr. Krygier’s House, No blog post

W10: Robbins et al. “Environment and Society” Part 1 and current event

W11: Robbins et al. “Environment and Society” Part 2 and current event

W12: Urbanik “Placing Animals”

W13: Stoknes “What We Think About When We Try Not To Think About Climate Change,” I didn’t make a blog post for this reading

Project Proposal

Notes for my presentation of Bruckner’s “The Fanaticism of the Apocalypse”:

Quotes and Discussion Questions:

To begin, do you think that environmentalism is constantly preaching catastrophe, and if so, is this worth criticizing?

Do you believe that climate change activism is more about the planet or about ourselves, and if it is the latter, in what way is it about ourselves?

Do you find that climate change alarmism and natural disaster coverage actually hinders any realistic approaches to combatting climate change? Are we desensitized by being exposed to this alarmism on a regular basis? ,

Bruckner draws many parallels between environmentalism and Christianity, do you think that was an accurate comparison? Does environmentalism treat humankind as “fallen”?

What is your thoughts on Latour’s suggestion that we make a Senate that includes nature among its representatives, and how would that even work? (page 84)

Do you believe that combatting climate change requires us to embrace a simpler, ascetic lifestyle. If so, do you believe it will be enough to change anything at this point?

In terms of the environment, do we owe future generations anything?

As Bruckner alludes to, is it possible that it is a contradiction to preach catastrophe and concern for the future of humanity at the same time?

Final Eval :) Janelle Valdinger

December 13, 2017

Week 1 & 2: Intro and Meadowlands

Week 3: Desert Solitaire

Week 4: Fanaticism of the Apocalypse

Week 5: Nature

Week 6: Nature Part 2

Week 7:  Eating Animals (I presented)

Week 8:  Fall Break

Week 9:  Professor’s House

Week 10 & 11:  Sick on Oct. 25th, no blog postings.  Did participate in discussion Week 11.

Week 12 & 13:  No postings.  Did participate in discussions.

Week 14:  Thanksgiving

Week 15:  First round of presentations.

Week 16:  I presented 🙂

Branch Rickey Arena Rain Garden

Janelle Valdinger, Dr. John Krygier, Perry Mickley, Brad Stanton, Caroline Cicerchi, Chad Green, Stacy Davenport, and OWU Building  & Grounds

Summary:  This project focused on the installation of a rain garden on the north side of Branch Rickey Arena.

Methods & Results:  City of Delaware Capital Improvement Funding has been allocated for this project, the size and design of the rain garden has been developed and approved, the appropriate plants have been chosen (natives), the location has been decided upon, area calculations have been completed to determine the minimum size of the rain garden, a CAD drawing has been finished by the Engineering department, and the appropriate Storm-water Agreement and Right of Entry paperwork has been edited, and will be signed by OWU.

Recommendations:  A three year, four phase plan has been developed to install the original rain garden along with three others.

Contacts:  pmickley@delawareohio.net, bstanton@delawareohio.net, ccicerchi@delawareohio.net, sdavenport@delawareohio.net, cgreen@delawareohio.net



Perennial Garden Report

December 12, 2017


The Perennial Garden’s project is a continuation of the work that was started by Larynn Cutshaw and Maddy Coalmer in the Spring of 2017. The goal of the perennial garden is to increase sustainability efforts on campus and to increase gardening/outdoor education for students. Currently, most of plants on campus are used for aesthetic proposes. It has been proposed to add plants that can be used for education around campus in secluded areas. The type of plants selected for the project are all low long-term maintenance plants such as asparagus (Asparagus officinalis), mint (Mentha spp.), black raspberry bushes (Rubus occidentalis), and red raspberry bushes (Rubus idaeus). In addition, various types of native milkweed have also been selected for planting as they can help attract pollinators and support monarch butterfly larvae. Approximate prices for the plants and potential locations around campus have been researched and compiled into a single spread sheet. Suggestions have been made but it remains unknown who will plant the garden or how it will be maintained for future years.

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This project had already been started in the previous semester with locations scouted out and a few plants suggested. I picked up the project by researching potential plants and creating a spread sheet containing all the suggested plants’ growing requirements. I was able to contact Maddy Coalmer to discuss with her the perennial garden project and determine what details still needed to be figured out based on where she and Emily left off at the end of the spring semester. Maddy informed me of some of the ideas that she and Emily had for the gardens and shared with me their completed plans.

After speaking with Maddy, I gained a better understanding of what work remained with planning the garden in hopes of it someday becoming a reality. As an addition to the gardens, I wanted to add native milkweed plants, so I researched the various types of milkweed that grows in central Ohio and added their information onto the already started spreadsheet of other plants. I had the pleasure of meeting with Dustin Braden, a freshman student on campus with insight on some sources where plants and seeds could be purchased for the garden. His first suggested was Spencer Restoration Nursery in Indiana. When I looked up the nursery, most of the plants they sell are by the seeds which would work well for starting some of the plants. However, the nursery also sells plants by the flats which is more expensive, but the plants are already well established. Some other suggested nurseries are Oakland Nursery down the street, OSU Chadwick Arboretum & Learning Gardens and potentially Delaware FLOW. They also sell some of the potential plants by the seedlings or mature. With multiple locations, it should not be very difficult to pick up any plants ordered from them, but I was unable to determine how much plants from them would cost.

Based on the small amount of pricing information I was able to find combined with the price estimate that Dustin provided me with, I estimate that the initial cost of buying plants for the garden to be $500-$600 if mature plants are bought or $200-$300 if seeds are used.

Due to the time of the year that I started working on perennial gardens project and the amount of logistics that still needed to be determined, little work has been done in getting the gardens started. There were also still too many unknowns such as financing and who was planting the planted that needed to be determined before breaking the soil.



All the plants suggested by Emily and Maddy are edible plants that would eventually produce something that students could pick whenever they would like. The plants could also be used to educate students and or the public about how their food is grown. I selected to add native milkweed because they are an easy perennial plant that can also be edible, used for educational purposes and support the local ecosystem. Native plants are plants that naturally occur in the area and help to support a healthy environment as they co-evolved with other native organisms. Milkweed was also selected because it is a perennial and the only plant that Monarch Butterfly larvae feed on. Milkweed is typically known for being poisonous, however some types of milkweed and parts can be eaten if prepared correctly. Milkweed has also been found to have some potential medicinal properties such as the treatment of diarrhea, treatment of insect stings and treatment of bladder stones.

Costs and Maintenance

After speaking with Dustin Braden, some potential places that could supply the plants was determined such as Spence Restoration Nursery and local Oakland Nursery. There are some other local plant places that might be able to help supply some of the plants such as OSU Chadwick Arboretum & Learning Gardens depending on the time of year. I looked around for approximate costs of all the plants to gain an idea for how much money would be needed to start the garden. If 6 individual mature plant of each kind on the list were purchased, it would cost about $500-$600 however if seeds were used, the cost would be about $200-$300.

Even though all the plants are considered low maintenance, some maintenance is still required like fall trimming and harvesting. A few of the suggestions that have come up is starting a gardening club that could have its members help care the garden. This would also allow for the garden to get funding through WSCA to help gain the materials needed to start the garden. Another suggestion has been to have multiple clubs collaborate to help maintain the gardens. This would allow for more students to be involved as the garden is spread out across multiple locations around campus. Emily during the spring conducted an interest survey to see how many students might be interested in having a gardening activity class that would maintain the garden. She found that there was a high interest among students if the timing of the class did not conflict with other activities. Having a class would allow for the garden to maintain an educational purpose and provide an opportunity for students to learn about gardening practices.

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A few potential locations


My recommendations for the future of this project is to try and contact buildings and grounds again to get their approval and to discuss details with them. I think that the next step would be to determine the how the fund the gardens either through grants, clubs or a class. I have calculated a rough estimate of the initial cost of the plants to get the gardens started. If funding and maintenance can be established, plants should be quickly finalized as most of the plants should be planted in the spring after the frost. This varies depending on if the plants are started from seed vs a mature plant. Some plants such as milkweed, if planted from seeds can start in the fall as the seeds require the frost to determine when to start sprouting. Once plants have arrived and people established to plant the garden, the perennial garden should be able to be started and maintained for many years to come.