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.

Current Work

HSI Undergraduate Fellow, Charlotte Shade (EVB ‘17, GIS Certificate), recently handed off her work on the initial layers of the campus sustainability map, database design, and volunteer recruitment to current sustainability leader, Colin McTighe (Geology, GIS Certificate). In collaboration with the mapping team and campus partners, including facilities management, Colin continues work on publishing the land use and land cover base layer for our campus sustainability map.  The mapping team is currently working to also edit and add a campus tree and transportation layers. This semester 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 will include bike racks, electric vehicle charging stations and much more.

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Community Engagement

Colin is joined on the mapping team by HSI graduate assistant, Eric Borth (Environmental Biology, GIS Certificate) and Hall Hunger Initiative Community Mapping Intern, Kyle Hrabak (Geology, GIS Certificate). Eric is working 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.

Hall Hunger Initiative logoKyle Hrabak is working 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 are also working 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.