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Sustainability Mapping

The HSI Sustainability Mapping Team works to design, implement and maintain a campus sustainability map and also support community partners in the use of mapping and spatial analysis. Building on the work completed in the fall of 2016 as a group project in SEE 401 - Sustainability Research I, HSI formed the mapping team in the spring of 2017. The team is composed of HSI undergraduate sustainability reps and leaders, community engagement interns, HSI graduate assistants and HSI staff. The team’s goal is to utilize their expertise in GIS software and hardware to collect, edit, analyze and manage spatial information about campus and the Dayton area with the goal to share and make our work available and useful for our community.


HSI Undergraduate Fellow, Colin McTighe (GEO ‘18, GIS Certificate), handed off his work on the initial layers of the campus sustainability map, database design, and volunteer recruitment to former sustainability leader, Celia Montemurri (EVB, GIS Certificate) and then-HSI graduate assistant, Eric Borth (EVB). In collaboration with the mapping team and campus partners, including facilities management, Celia and Eric worked on publishing the land use and land cover base layer for our campus sustainability map. The team also added campus tree and transportation layers. The mapping team was joined by the Environmental Instrumentation Lab course to collect data for more than 300 trees on the UD main campus. The transportation layer includes bike racks, electric vehicle charging stations and much more.

Community Engagement

The team was joined by then-Hall Hunger Initiative Community Mapping Intern, Kyle Hrabak (Geology, GIS Certificate). Eric worked with Five Rivers Metroparks on the design, validation and management of their GIS resources, with the longer term goal to support park planning with GIS analysis and to improve the overall usability of MetroParks’ extensive spatial database for the use of all staff and sharing with the public.

Kyle Hrabak worked with the Hall Hunger Initiative (HHI) to create an improved food asset and access database for the Dayton area. This resource will be shared as a easy-to-use map via the HHI website. In addition, Kyle and the HHI worked with UD faculty and staff, the Foodbank and community partners in performing analysis with this information to inform decision-making around mobile food pantry locations.

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Hanley Sustainability Institute

Fitz Hall
300 College Park
Dayton, Ohio 45469 - 2950