Week 6 & 7 Updates

A couple of things…

1. I won’t be here Thursday, March 1: but work on stuff

2. Promoting Green Week Events sponsored by Delaware Watershed Coordinator:

Green Week Flyer (PDF)

3. Participation in NOW: Northern Olentangy Watershed Festival (NOWF)

From: Caroline Cicerchi <ccicerchi@delawareohio.net>
Subject: Invitation – 5th Annual Northern Olentangy Watershed (NOW) Festival
Date: February 23, 2018 at 3:37:26 PM EST
To: Caroline Cicerchi <ccicerchi@delawareohio.net>
You are receiving this email because you have participated in the Northern Olentangy Watershed (NOW) Festival in recent years, or your business/organization is relevant to land stewardship that would fit in with the festival’s goals. If we have not yet met, I am the new Watershed Coordinator with the City of Delaware and will be coordinating the event. The 5th annual NOW Festival will take place on Saturday, June 16th from 12-3 p.m. at Mingo Park in Delaware (500 E. Lincoln Ave., Delaware OH 43015). The festival is meant to educate the public, encourage outdoor recreation, and celebrate the “scenic” designation of the Olentangy River. I would like to extend an invitation to participate in this year’s event! There will be a couple of boat launches, food trucks, various booths, a rubber duck race, a macroinvertebrate sampling demonstration, raffle items including locally painted rain barrels, and more. The event is free and open to the public.

Some logistics: Tables are not provided, we will be outdoors (not under a shelter) so bring a tent if preferred, the set-up begins at 10:30 a.m., and tearing down begins around 3:15 p.m. In the event of rain, we will be inside the gymnasium at Mingo Park and some of the activities will be re-scheduled (i.e. boat launch, duck race, etc.). A flyer is in the works and will be distributed for you to cross promote if interested. 

If you are interested in participating, please provide the following information:
– Confirmation of attendance

If known:
– What activity you will be doing (this can be determined at a later date). Similar to previous years, a BINGO Card-type activity will be distributed to each festival attendee.  To encourage the public to visit each booth, the goal is to have a relatively simple activity they can engage in, and once completed they can receive a stamp/sticker from you to put on their card verifying they have visited your table. Those that completely fill out their BINGO cards can enter them into a raffle for prizes at the end of the festival. See attached BINGO card sample for reference.
–  How many t-shirts (short sleeved) you will need for those manning your table 

Please confirm your attendance at your earliest convenience. I would like to have everyone’s t-shirt needs and table activities established by April if possible. Feel free to contact me with any questions, and thank you for your consideration!
Caroline Cicerchi
Watershed & Sustainability Coordinator
Public Utilities Department
225 Cherry St. 
Delaware, Ohio 43015  
(740) 203-1905




Week 4 Update 1

For our meetings this 4th week of the semester:

Please make sure I have your Starting Point Document: am missing a few!

Please create at least one meme for this class / sustainability / environment at OWU:

Please review the Week 3 Update 2 posting.

  • Check that group info is correct
  • Make sure your group can access previous work on your topic in Geog 499 folders from previous years on Drive
    • review and summarize and ask if you have questions
    • check with Emily and John K: we may have other info.
  • Make sure you are writing up how you will proceed with your projects, questions, a tentative schedule of efforts, memos and meetings, etc. Discuss or share with Emily and John.
  • Meetings: please create a memo for meetings, to share with the meet-ees: include:
    • A clear context for the meeting (example: To discuss Res Life role in May Move Out) along with specific questions.
    • Example memo here.
    • Have Emily or John K. review
    • Include us in on any email about a meeting
    • Add to the class calendar (under Schedule)

Starting Point Document & Updates

Remember that you need to continue to add information to your Starting Point Document. This can be related to your specific work on the project, or broader issues in the 10 readings we did to start the semester.

In addition, I asked you to ponder the issues under Pearls of Wisdom on Week 3 Update 1: in particular “Some Solutions”:

  • Social: use the power of social networks.
  • Supportive: employ frames that support the message in a positive way.
  • Simple: environmentally friendly behaviors easy and convenient.
  • Story-based: meaning and community created by the power of stories.
  • Signals: use indicators for feedback on societal response.

I will also pass along additional ideas as they pop into my head (or yours, if you share them with me). They should be worked into your Starting Point Document and related to the practical work in class.

For this week consider these further issues:

  • We have already discussed “Scrappy Sustainability” but what about:
    • Subliminal Sustainability
    • Subversive Sustainability
  • How does Identity play out in issues you are confronting this semester?
  • Opportunities
    • co-taught interdisciplinary courses: what do students want?
    • Alumni contacts (subversive?)
  • Individual Issues of Interest: in my comments on your starting point docs; follow-up on these in particular as the semester progresses. There are a lot of ideas in the first 10 readings; I would like you to address all of them a bit, but you should focus on a few that resonate with you, or start to seem more important as the semester progresses.