PLAN 433/533 Spring 2011


Course Description:

Environmental Planning. Introduction to the fundamental issues and technologies associated with planning for sensitive use of environmental resources. Topics include waste management, air and water quality planning, ecological systems, and methods of environmental analysis and implementation.

Immersive Learning Project description:

This project was located at the Indiana InterChurch Center (IIC) at 42nd Street and Michigan Road and was in association with the Center for Interfaith Cooperation (CIC), Ball State University, the Indiana Wildlife Federation and Keep Indianapolis Beautiful (KIB). The interdisciplinary project involved students from Urban Planning, Landscape Architecture, Natural Resources and Environmental Management and Architecture departments from students in their second year up to graduate students. A wildlife habitat, which was certified by the Indiana Wildlife Federation, was designed and installed by the students.  The project also included a master plan for future site development, maintenance, future funding, and grant opportunities to continue development of the site. Trees were donated by KIB in association with the Arbor Day Foundation called “Planting with a Purpose,” and grasses and wildflowers were donated by Spence Restoration Nursery.

The installation increased the amount of livable area in the city for our native birds, insects, and mammals, and also made the highly visible site more beautiful and environmentally sustainable.

Guest speakers included:
Rob Chapman, Extension Wildlife Specialist, Purdue University
Travis Stoelting, Habitat Programs Director, Indiana Wildlife Federation
Gwen White, Science Coordinator at US Fish and Wildlife Service
Dr. James Segedy, Professor Emeritus, Urban Planning, Ball State University
Joel Stevens, RLA, Former Associate, Storrow Kinsella Associates
Jennifer Roberts, PE, Owner, Elements Engineering
Melissa Begley, AICP, Assistant Director: Development Review Manager, City of Columbus
Dr. James Eflin, Professor and Chair, Natural Resources and Environmental Management, Ball State University
Lohren Deeg, ASAI, Assistant Professor, Urban Planning, Ball State University
Meg Calkins, Associate Professor, Landscape Architecture, Ball State University
Kevin Whited, Executive Director, IndyCOG