Ohio State Capstone Projects Spark Smart Future

The Environment, Economy, Development and Sustainability (EEDS) major at The Ohio State University prepares students to solve society's current and future sustainability challenges in part through a senior capstone class that involves in-depth, real-world projects related to sustainability. These projects require active collaboration with university, public, and private sector partners, and challenge students to apply all that they have learned. The EEDS capstone has partnered with the City of Columbus Mayor's Green Team to implement the City's sustainability strategic plan, with The Ohio State University Office of Energy and Environment to implement the university's sustainability goals, with the City of Worthington to advance its sustainability initiatives, and with the recently launched Smart Columbus project--that involves more than $415 million of public and private support--to transform transportation systems and infrastructure to make Columbus a leading Smart City. Moving forward, a combination of sustainability, business, environmental economics and policy, natural resource management, environmental science, architecture and design, and engineering classes will continue to build this "living laboratory" model to provide students with integrative capstone experiences to culminate their undergraduate work and prepare them for the next steps of their careers. 

The EEDS program is a joint major between the Department of Agricultural, Environmental, and Development Economics (AEDE https://aede.osu.edu/) and the School of Environment and Natural Resources (SENR https://senr.osu.edu/) in the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences.

The EEDS Capstone projects were presented at the Environmental Professionals Network Breakfast on April 18, 2017. The breakfast program, “Columbus, One Smart and Sustainable City – Using Innovative Technology to Improve People’s Access to Opportunity” can be viewed here (http://go.osu.edu/april2017EPN)

Spring 2017 EEDS Capstone Instructors: Dr. Greg Hitzhusen and Dr. Abdoul Sam

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