Domestic Projects initially began in the spring of 2013 in order to provide EWB-OSU students opportunities to apply technical engineering knowledge through designing and building projects throughout the local community. In the ensuing year, the Domestic Projects Team designed, built, and implemented a 650 foot irrigation system and a 540 square foot green house while becoming more involved in the community by attending work parties at a community garden. In Spring 2014, a water catchment system designed by the team was implemented at OSU’s Student Sustainability Center; the catchment system was later moved to the Pride Center on campus. The team had begun collaboration with Aprovecho, a nonprofit biomass cook stove research center, to potentially design and build a prototype wood-fired dehydrator. They had also begun work on a bike-powered water pump to be used as a prototype for potential future applications in our local community as well as our projects abroad.
In mid-2014, EWB-USA began collaboration with ASCE (American Society of Civil Engineers) and AWWA (American Water Works Association) to form a more coherent, stream-lined process for domestic projects under the Community Engineering Coop. Initially, EWB-OSU felt the program had little to offer the chapter and the original local projects team stopped work on all projects and halted regular meetings or events. Since that time, the chapter has gained a new perspective on the potential for domestic projects. Domestic projects offer the potential for collaboration between the chapter and community members, student groups, agencies, and professionals alike; an opportunity to have a positive impact in the local community; and the potential to apply humanitarian engineering to communities in need across the United States. Though currently there is no domestic program under the EWB-OSU chapter, Local Projects is remaining active through establishing ties and collaborations and providing members with the opportunity to be involved in the local community through outreach and community service.
If you have any questions, would like to be added to the email list, or would like to learn more about the program, feel free to contact Kyler Roberts, Local Projects Coordinator, at firstname.lastname@example.org.