Projects

Lawrence County projects

Lawrence County has demonstrated oustanding leadership and commitment to improving quality of life for its citizens through a variety of civic initatives and was selected to be the pilot Sustaining Hoosier Community for the 2017-2018 academic year.  

In partnership with Sustaining Hoosier Communities, Lawrence County identified sustainability projects for their community that intersected with a variety of disciplines and served a host of the community's needs.  IU students and faculty worked with Lawrence County leaders on projects ranging from promoting dark skies in the Hoosier National Forest to reducing the rates of hypertension in Mitchell, IN.  Over the course of the 2017-2018 academic year, 550 IU students mentored by 16 IU faculty from eight different IU schools gathered information, analyzed data, crafted designs, developed reports, and presented findings on 14 community-identified projects across the county.

Read the SHC executive summary for Lawrence County here.  Check out the final reports and deliverables from all projects below.  

Project Profile: Sarah Murphy at Avoca Fish Hatchery

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my name is Sarah Murphy I'm from Bedford

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Indiana and my major is outdoor

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recreation parts and human ecology so

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I'm taking integrated resource

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management with dr. James farmer so we

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are working on the iboga Fish Hatchery

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project with Lawrence County and so

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basically the DNR is decommissioning it

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so they're not gonna they don't want to

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manage it anymore

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so Lawrence County is considering taking

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it over for their community so as

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students we are basically creating

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proposals for Lawrence County because

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this is the first time they've really

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dealt with the projects like this um

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it's a really open slate as to what they

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want to do with this site so we're just

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providing ideas as to what they could do

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at this site that's gonna be

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economically sustainable as well as

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ecologically sustainable the biggest

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things I've learned it would be you have

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to look at the big picture when dealing

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with management strategy so not focusing

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on what you would like to do with this

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site but really knowing what the

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community can do with this isoh how they

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will use it separating yourself from the

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area and looking at the big picture for

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the community and the stakeholders

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involved being in the class that is

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closely involved in my community it's

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just it's really awesome it makes my

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major feel more tangible that I macula

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that I'm doing work that I could see in

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the future like oh I had a part in this

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so let's just I mean it's awesome and

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also we sent out a survey what people

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would like to see done with Avoca

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different ideas that we were bouncing

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around and we got over 700 answers I was

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like proud of my community that they

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actually cared what was gonna happen and

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that they took the time to be involved

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in our project a lot of people will want

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to go out to Colorado or Alaska and

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working like national parks which is

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great but also there's a lot to be done

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within the community

Sarah Murphy, a student in Professor James Farmer's SPH-O305: Integrative Resource Management, reflects on her experience as a native of Bedford, IN working with Lawrence County leaders to propose ways the Avoca Fish Hatchery can be preserved as a historical and cultural resource. The Avoca Fish Hatchery was built in the early 1800s, but the Indiana Department of Natural Resources decommissioned the hatchery after nearly 100 years of stocking Indiana's waters with fish so Professor Farmer's students worked with Lawrence County to distribute surveys to determine how the community wants to use the site. An overwhelming majority of the 700 responses the student-conducted survey generated concluded that the Avoca Fish Hatchery remains a beloved public space with the potential to become the social and economic hub it once was.

I was proud of my community, that they actually cared about what was going to happen and that they took the time to be involved in our project.

SHC On-Site

SPH-F150: Intro to Life Span Development | Bedford Community Garden
SPH-F150: Intro to Life Span Development | Bedford Community Garden
SPH-F150: Intro to Life Span Development | Bedford Community Garden
SPH-K554: Seminar in Physical Activity and Wellness & BIOL-P451: Integrative Human Physiology | Mitchell Blue Jacket Trail
SPH-K554: Seminar in Physical Activity and Wellness & BIOL-P451: Integrative Human Physiology | Mitchell Blue Jacket Trail
SPH-K554: Seminar in Physical Activity and Wellness & BIOL-P451: Integrative Human Physiology | Mitchell Blue Jacket Trail
SPH-K554: Seminar in Physical Activity and Wellness & BIOL-P451: Integrative Human Physiology | Mitchell Blue Jacket Trail
SPH-O305: Integrated Resource Management | Avoca Fish Hatchery
SPH-O305: Integrated Resource Management | Avoca Fish Hatchery
SPH-O305: Integrated Resource Management | Avoca Fish Hatchery
SPEA-S515: Sustainable Communities | Bedford Complete Streets
SPEA-S515: Sustainable Communities | Bedford Complete Streets
SOAD-A211: Design for Social Impact | Bedford and Mitchell City Gateways
SOAD-A211: Design for Social Impact | Bedford and Mitchell City Gateways
Take a peek at what SHC students, faculty, and community partners have been working on throughout the 2017-2018 academic year!