Other Applied Research

Biofuels Statewide Energy Strategy for Indiana
Directed by Hugh Brown, Chair, Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Management; James Eflin, Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Management; and Dave Ferguson, Department of Landscape Architecture- $59,000 (including internal match), 2 ½ year project (2000-2002)- external funding

GIS mapping and modeling of energy production of the native grass Switchgrass as a substitute to coal use in statewide electrical energy production. A strategy has been developed to predict which power plants could best be served by local agricultural production of Switchgrass based on quantity of yield and transport distance to plants.

Community Connections Greenway Strategy for Delaware County
Directed by LDI Director (at time of project) Dave Ferguson, Department of Landscape Architecture –$5,200 - external funding

Funding for a graduate student to assist the Delaware County Plan Commission in the planning and coordination of a county wide alternative transportation plan (biking/hiking) for Delaware County.

Landlab/Field Station-Environmental Education Center Program: Site Selection and Preliminary Site Programming
Directed by LDI Research Associate (at time reported) John Motloch, Department of Landscape Architecture– internally funded through a CERES Fellowship

Coordinative effort to bring the agendas of the LDI LandLab concept (a site-based demonstration facility of sustainable technologies) and the FS/EEC project (an environmental education project utilizing five Ball State owned properties that are being used as natural field sites). The LandLab-FS/EEC concept will lead to a “green building and built-site” that will demonstrate alternative building technologies, site based sustainable technologies, and house environmental education programs.

UniverCity symposium funding for “Sustainable Cities of the Future”
Directed by LDI Director (at time of project funding) Dave Ferguson, Department of Landscape Architecture. – Sept. 24, 2002 session, Approximately $15,000 from CIP, CERES, CCIM, & Provost.

A one-day symposium with invited speakers on case studies of cities from around the world that have successfully demonstrated sustainable strategies for survival. Cities will be featured from China, Europe and Brazil (Curitiba) among others. A summary session will provide a means to generate a checklist for sustainable development that may be applicable to a wide variety of cities.

Land Design Institute
Architecture Building (AB), room 226
Ball State University
Muncie, IN 47306

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