Getting heat leaks information of a building is critical in revitalizing the 8twelve target area in Muncie. Traditionally this information is obtained inside the building by a trained thermographer using thermal cameras, which is time consuming and costly. In this project, students from Ball State University obtained thermal infrared (TIR) images from outside without disturbing homeowners during the winter season by using FLIR ONE units attached to students’ own smart phones. These TIR images were integrated with existing online GIS maps to provide both homeowners and the public the heat leaks information of buildings in the target neighborhood of 8twelve coalition.
Faculty Mentor: Jason Yang Department: Geography Community Partner: Muncie 8twelve Coalition, ecoREHAB of Muncie, Inc. Students: Austin Berry, Cody Blevins, Elizabeth Carpenter, Alex Darland, Drew Duncan, James Foster, Garrett Fuelling, Mitchell Grime, Olivia Jesse, Kyle Kedra, James Longwith, Kyle Marsh, Tim Martin, Clara Neurauter, Caitlin Stankovich
Vision: Revitalized, inclusive neighborhoods where people choose to live. Mission: Through planning and action, the 8twelve Coalition advances the goals and aspirations of residents.
The 8twelve Coalition is comprised of residents, non-profits and businesses working to revitalize the 8twelve target area bordered by 8th Street, Memorial Street, Perkins Avenue, and Madison Street.
The 8twelve revitalization plan was developed as a result of several community meetings spearheaded by Greater Muncie Habitat for Humanity and the Vectren Foundation. The plan focuses on improving housing, beautifying the neighborhood, and supporting local businesses.
The Urban Light Community Church in conjunction with the South Central Neighborhood Association hosted a block party as a time of community celebration. The block party included free food, cake walk, bouncy houses, and a dunk tape and all were entertained by a local DJ and a youth talent showcase. Everyone enjoyed time to socialize and reconnect with old friends.
Members of the East Central, Forest Park, Blaine, Southeast, South Central, Industry, and Pettigrew Acres Neighborhood Associations partnered with the Muncie Sanitary District to help clean-up their communities. The first date of the spring clean-ups was May 2nd. Volunteers helped pick up trash and debris alongside their neighbors. Thank you to all those who helped beautify the city as part of the spring neighborhood cleanups.
Habitat for Humanity has begun a process of Neighborhood Revitalization in its service area. Focusing on the South Central and Thomas Park/Avondale Neighborhoods, changing the look and feel of a critical mass of the residences in the target area can achieve significant impact. One element that has been ignored in many programs to date is the businesses that are located within these target neighborhoods. The main goal of this project is to survey the businesses in the target revitalization area to determine the characteristics of the neighborhood that are impacting businesses both positively and negatively.
Students will work directly with community leaders to design a survey instrument, conduct in-person interviews and create a report highlighting the perceived needs of surveyed businesses.
Students, working in a team, will be responsible for project planning, including establishing timelines, and setting goals.
Interns will use communication strategies for interacting with target businesses and other community partners.
Students will develop and administer a survey instrument. Surveys will be administered using a personal interview process.
Students will enter data and use tools for analyzing data including creating a database and perform basic statistical analyses.
Students will prepare a professional report for presentation to Habitat board of directors, staff and community partners.