Assessing Heat Leaks in the 8twelve Target District

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

8twelve Coalition

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.

8Twelve Coalition Builds Community Poster (pdf)

Read the report (pdf)


8twelve Steering CommitteeSteering Committee Oct 2015

  • Josh Arthur, Avondale UMC, Resident
  • Lindsey Arthur, Muncie Habitat for Humanity, Urban Light CDC, Resident
  • Jena Ashby, Greater Muncie Habitat for Humanity
  • Frank Baldwin, Muncie Mission
  • Sarah Renee Beaver, Resident
  • Emilie Carpenter, Urban Light CDC, Resident
  • Andrew Draper, Urban Light Community Church, Urban Light CDC, Resident
  • Leslie Draper, Inspire Academy, Resident
  • Angelia Gordon, Urban Light CDC, Resident
  • Dori Granados, Urban Light CDC, Resident
  • Craig Graybeal, ecoREHAB
  • Mark and LeiAnne Lloyd, Residents
  • Lezlie McCrory, Resident, South Central Neighborhood Association President
  • Ray Montagno, Greater Muncie Habitat for Humanity
  • Tom Moore, Vectren Foundation
  • Annette Phillips, PathStone
  • Chris Reid, Indiana Academy, Resident
  • Wes and Sherry Russell, Residents
  • Heather Williams, Building Better Neighborhoods, Ball State University Office of Community Engagement

8twelve In the News

Muncie Habitat for Humanity and Partner Organizations Receive Lowe’s Grant
Lowe’s Volunteers Spruce Up the Boys & Girls Club of Muncie
Habitat unveils new neighborhood focus
How Habitat plans to change a neighborhood
Lowe’s Contributes $70,000 Grant to Muncie Habitat for Humanity
Muncie’s Habitat for Humanity Receives Grant from Vectren Foundation
CAP Students Design, Help Dig in to Enhance Community Garden


To learn more about the work of coalition please watch this short video produced by the Vectren Foundation:


IMG_3201 (1)    Community Meeting 1

Community Meeting 4   Staff Meeting NR


PHOTOS: May 02, 2015 – Neighborhood Clean-ups

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.

South Central CleanupBlaine/Southeast Cleanup East Central CleanupForest Park Cleanup

Assessing Business Success and Stability in Distressed Neighborhoods – Summer 2015

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.