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The Junior Practicum is a required class for Denison’s Environmental Studies major.  Students gather together to work as a consulting team on a real-world project and learn about how the theories of their environmental curriculum operate in the world at large.  Every semester the class takes on a different topic with a different client.   In Fall, 2019, Dr. Abram Kaplan coordinated with officials at Meritor, Inc., and the City of Heath to explore sustainable redevelopment options for the 79-acre site.  The class of ten students came up with a series of blue-sky ideas about how to reimagine the property, and presented those ideas early in the term to T&M Associates, the engineering firm responsible for site management in consultation with Meritor.  Subsequently, the class shared these ideas with Heath’s Mayor Johns, and he encouraged them to expand their investigations further.  Through discussions with officials at the Ohio Historical Connection, GROW Licking County, the City of Newark, and other local stakeholders, the class developed a more formalized proposal which was presented publicly in November, 2019 (and is included in this website).  Finally, each student took on a particular topic of personal interest, and after the term ended, one of the students, Libby Dickerson, took on the responsibility of constructing this website so that the entire semester’s work could be available broadly.

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Final Report and Individual Research

During the semester, our class completed work in three phases. Phase One composed of pair research and presentations on any development ideas they had for the former Meritor Property. Then with this research as a foundation, students combined into two groups with central ideas for the site: destination and industrial. These groups conducted research for Phase Two, and created a final report of all the work. This research was also presented to several clients in November. Both the final report and presentation can be viewed under the "final report" tab. Once we received feedback from the presentation Phase Three was in motion. Each student researched individual topics of interest which can be viewed on this site. Every tab represents the individual work conduced by students. You will also notice each student created a creative element such as a graphic, model, or image as well as a paper to help explain the element and the research done.

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Denison University Environmental Studies

Abram W. Kaplan Ph.D.
Associate Professor and Director of Environmental Studies 
Denison University
Granville, OH 43023
Phone: (740) 587-6736

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