End of Summer Update

ghana logo black backgroundHello Friends of GSC!

As we head into the fall and our busy planning season, we wanted to announce a few important notes:

Work on the 2015 Strategic Plan continues and the final document should be released in the coming weeks.

GSC would like to introduce a new member of our team, Kareem Usher, CRPs newest faculty member. Welcome, Kareem! We can’t wait to see what you have to contribute to this program.

More updates coming soon!!

2015 GSC Strategic Plan Call for Feedback

Hello friends of Ghana Sustainable Change!

We hScreen Shot 2015-05-08 at 4.33.06 PMave produced a draft of a 2015 Strategic Plan for the program to guide its progress until 2018 and beyond.  This plan is full of objectives and items for action to ensure the program’s strength and sustainability.  However, we need you to be sure we are on track with the desires of our stakeholders, and we are relying on you to help make the plan stronger.  Would you take a moment to read the plan and let us know your thoughts?  We are setting the feedback period from now until June 8th, after which we will produce the final document.  Thank you for contributing to this important work!

2015 GSC Strategic Plan May 8 Draft

Ghanaian Food Tasting in Studio

2015-03-26 17.04.15Last week we had a fun food sharing experience with some staple Ghanaian dishes from the Golden Finger Kitchen on
Karl Road in Columbus.  Everyone had different preferences, of course, but overall  the dinner was a hit!  2015-03-26 17.04.212015-03-26 17.09.16

GSC in Planning Magazine

Screen Shot 2015-03-25 at 9.13.26 AMExciting news!  Faculty leader Kim Burton has brought national attention to service learning in developing countries through an article published in the March 2015 issue of The American Planning Association’s Planning magazine.

From Planning from Scratch

“Last spring, I traveled to Ghana in West Africa with a group of Ohio State students for a service
learning trip. From this and previous trips around the world, I have reached the opinion
that people from developed countries should travel to a developing country at least once. The
experience offers such a wonderful, meaningful perspective of our own way of life.

Planners can especially benefit. Working in a developing country offers us a chance to see
what planning can be at the root level—from housing and development patterns to water and
transportation. Without the preset development standards and conditions we have in the U.S.,
we could truly ask ourselves as planners: What should be here
if we were starting from scratch? The transportation systems in
Ghana can help illustrate this point. . .” Read more


Spring Studio Underway

2015studioThe 2015 Ghana Sustainable Change Spring Studio class is underway!  Project topics include:

  • Sustainable Building Materials & Land Use Planning
  • Water Access, Quality & Sanitation
  • Stormwater & Drainage
  • Transportation
  • Training & Education

Look forward to updates featuring detailed information about the problems students are seeking to address after they narrow their focus with feedback from our Ghanaian partners here and abroad!



A Letter From Joe Campbell

Screen Shot 2015-01-05 at 2.44.50 PMNext semester I will be stepping out of my co-leadership role with the Ghana Sustainable Change program. I am honored to have served this important
program over the last 14 months, assisting in grant writing, course planning and teaching as a Co-Instructor for the 2014 spring course and May study abroad program. The opportunity to work again with our partners from the Offinso North District
was the opportunity of a lifetime. I will remain in contact with our colleagues and friends in the OND through Facebook and WhatsApp as well as engaged in other projects in Ghana and West Africa through a separate venture outside of my work role at OSU. There is a great community of dedicated residents in Columbus supportive of sustainable
development in Ghana as well as an excellent network of GSC Alumni across the U.S. who I plan to remain in contact with. Many thanks to everyone who I worked with and for this incredible opportunity! I am available at campbell.844@osu.edu or +1614-634-6363 if ever needed.
Meda ase, Joe Kwame Campbell

Project: Water Quality 2014

IMG_0008-1Karmyn Schneider and Bob Campbell (Public Health) teamed with Danny Berghoff (Geographic Information Systems) and ONDA Sanitation and Environment Director Fuseini Munumi and NSP member Frederick Van de Panisha to augment work started by the GSC in 2011 to identify boreholes (water wells), map their location and test the quality of the water for bacteria and other pollutants. Team members will continue to work remotely with Mr. Munumi, sending testing equipment and assisting in data management, as he expands upon their data collection and analysis methodology over the summer and into next year. In collaboration with Mr. Munumi, the students have identified significant potential areas for future public health research and intervention.

Project: Biogas 2014

Picture1Adam Sauer (Electrical Engineering) and Natalie McClaine (Environmental Sciences) continued work began in 2011, and expanded in 2012 by Adam and local electrician Augustine Yeboah, to explore the use of “biogas” –naturally occurring methane gas created through decomposing food scraps, animal and human waste, among other organic products— as an alternative cooking fuel source for homes in the district. The biogas team sought to source local materials and to improve designs to increase cost effectiveness.  After realizing the difficulties of many subsistence farmers to (1) make the initial investment for the necessary materials, and (2) to properly maintain the correct chemical and bacterial levels in small scale digesters, Adam and Natalie recommend that a larger biogas facility operated by a trained team would be the best option for sustainable development, and have found several organizations in-country that are currently working on similar goals.

Check out a video Adam made about Ghana Sustainable Change and the Biogas Project here