OSU Green Curriculum

CGBF Supports OSU’s CSM Class 2009

(Construction Systems Management)

As part of its on-going effort to Green curriculum, CGBF co-developed a three credit level, Green Construction course for the Food, Agricultural and Biological Engineering department at OSU in 2009. The partnership with CGBF provided the students with opportunities to tour cutting edge green projects, participate in on-site trainings and become involved with the local neighborhood for service learning projects.

During the Spring and Fall quarter courses in 2009, CGBF conducted Green tours, on-site trainings & Green building lectures for the students and the general public every Friday. As part of their service learning project at Weinland Park, the students formed into two groups, each examining the costs & benefits of energy retrofit measures and a green roof to enhance the performance of an existing Chapel that has been converted into a community career center.

CGBF is making the students’ final presentation work available here, as their goal was to disseminate this information to the wider community as well.

If you are a local school (K-12), University or College and would like to partner with CGBF to:

  • Green your class curriculum,
  • Engage your students in green service learning opportunities,
  • Provide your students practical insights on building Green through on-site trainings and lectures,

Contact CGBF by emailing: meera@cgbf.org



Todd Miller, ReStore’s director gave the OSU’s fall quarter FABE students a presentation and a tour of the salvaged construction materials that are given a new life at the facility & re-sold to the public at a discounted price. The visit was organized by CGBF.

Materials from OSU CSM Class Presentation
December 2009
Service Learning Project:

The Summit United Methodist Church
82 E. 16th Ave
Columbus, Ohio 43201


Pdf of Powerpoint presentation, Green Roof options.

Pdf of Powerpoint presentation, Energy Retrofit options.

Additional, more detailed materials (pdfs):

Green Roof detailed report

Final proposal for retrofit (updated 1/8/10)

Electric Bill projected savings with different optionsns

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Service learning presentation by the graduating students of the
Fall quarter class, December 2009

Grange Audubon Center & Rain Garden Tour – Friday, November 13th, 2009

505 E Whittier St Columbus, OH 43206
10 – 10:45 am – Rain Garden Tour, 11 am – noon – Audubon Center tour

CGBF and OSU’s CSM class on Green Building and Sustainable Construction participated in a Rain Garden tour & discussion. Stephanie Suter, Chair, Central Ohio Rain Garden Initiative (CORGI) walked us through three rain gardens.

We toured the Grange Insurance Audubon Center. The 18,000 square foot Grange Insurance Audubon Center is a “green building,” certified under national Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) criteria. It uses geothermal heating and cooling, a plant-filled green roof, recycled materials and other sustainable construction materials to reduce the center’s carbon footprint.

This program is organized by CGBF and is a part of CSM 694, Green Building and Sustainable Construction Fall quarter course at OSU.


Stephanie Suter, Chair, of the Central Ohio Rain Garden Initiative, talks about how to design and build rain gardens at the boat launch area near the Audubon center.

tour-img_0940Outside the new Grange Insurance Audubon center with Heather Starck, Audubon Columbus’ Executive Director. tour0034Inside the new Grange Insurance Audubon center.