Grow With the Flow
Starting in Autumn 2021, EWB partnered with a local tree nursery in Weinland Park run by Friends of the Lower Olentangy River (FLOW). In addition to the nursery, we helped to improve the rainwater collection system and we developed a manual water pump for the garden that is powered by a bicycle. The final implementation happened in January of 2023
CHA Animal Shelter Moveable Fences
The CHA Animal Shelter requested moveable and rearrangeable fences to section off the dog play area at the shelter. The ARF committee designed, prototyped, and tested modular fences. The final design was completed and implemented in April of 2021.
TREES: Green Columbus Irrigation
The TREES committee worked on expanding the Linden and Hilltop tree nurseries. This involved installing drip lines and planting seedlings at the nurseries with Green Columbus, a local nonprofit. This effort doubled the nursery capacity between both lots. The trees being grown at these nurseries are donated by Green Columbus to areas with historically low tree populations. Additionally, the committee drafted manuals for creating one’s own tree nursery and distributed them to local schools.
Bat Houses with FLOW
We worked with the Friends of the Lower Olentangy Watershed (FLOW) to put up two bat houses at a local Columbus park. Our goal was to come up with a plan for a cement base and support for the house. The bat houses will benefit the ecosystem in the area and help to control mosquito and insect populations.
Buckeye Precious Plastics Bulk Bag Process
EWB-OSU partnered with Buckeye Precious Plastics to design a simple process for creating bulk bags by upcycling single use grocery bags. Our members created 2 bulk bags by ironing and sewing together hundreds of plastic bags. The committee also assembled a quick how-to guide on creating these bulk bags. The 2 bags created are used on campus in places like Baker Systems in order to collect plastic bottle caps for recycling and upcycling.