Public Outreach and Engagement

for Ball State University

Muncie Action Plan 3
Muncie, Indiana
Started in 2010, the Muncie Action Plan is a ten-year strategic plan for the city including action items related to beautification, education, social equity, and more.  At the request of the Muncie Action Plan (MAP) Board of Directors and the City of Muncie, Ms. Dunaway led the effort to create the third iteration of the MAP in 2018 (“MAP3”).  Ms. Dunaway led an “immersive learning” course during the spring semester with a group of hand-picked students to facilitate a series of public outreach meetings and focus groups to update and expand the first two MAPs.  Mr. Johnson also helped lead a round table discussion as a volunteer from the county government.  During the summer, Ms. Dunaway led two open houses for a final round of feedback from the public and wrote the final plan, heavily utilizing the earlier research of the students.  MAP3 can be found here.

as Sensible Ecology, LLC

Mounds Greenway Conceptual Plan
Muncie to Anderson, Indiana
Sensible Ecology created a conceptual master plan for the White River corridor from Muncie to Anderson at the request of the Hoosier Environmental Council.  Included in the plan are various recreational trails, opportunities for economic development, and areas for land conservation.  The plan is a holistic social, fiscal, and environmental alternative to the proposed Mounds Reservoir project.  Sensible Ecology, including interns Taylor Firestine and Erin Cotant, also facilitated design charrettes with community stakeholders during the design process with the assistance of LAB Architecture + Design.
Conceptual Plan (FULL)
Conceptual Plan (SHEETS)

Save the White River Forested Corridor
Anderson, Indiana
Ms. Dunaway and Mr. Johnson provided GIS mapping services for the Heart of the River Coalition, creating maps that demonstrated the ecologically-sensitive and thriving habitat around Mounds State Park that would be flooded by the reservoir proposed by the Anderson Corporation for Economic Development.  They proposed a system of multi-use trails around the park to connect it to the larger system of trails in the state and cited locations for future developments such as a nature center.

See the NUVO article about the project here.

for Hannum, Wagle and Cline Engineers

West Lafayette Safe Routes to School
West Lafayette, Indiana
HWC developed a Master Plan to be used by the City of West Lafayette and the school corporation to coordinate future Safe Routes to Schools activities and events.  An evaluation of existing transportation modes and routes to and from the school facilities within the West Lafayette Community School Corporation was completed, which Ms. Dunaway assisted in developing.  Likewise, she helped write recommendations for ways to improve and enhance the safety and walkability of these routes were made. Key stakeholders and community members were engaged for comments, concerns, and feedback throughout the process in a series of meetings that Ms. Dunaway helped to direct.
Pedestrian access was improved around both Cumberland Elementary School and Happy Hollow Elementary School. Improvements elements included crosswalks, new curb ramps, sidewalks, and solar-powered flashing school zone beacons. Surface sidewalks were added to provide connectivity between the walkways on the campus and the street.
These improvements were recognized in an award received by the City of West Lafayette for the benefits from the utilization of Safe Routes to Schools funding.  (Source:

More information can be found on the Safe Routes to School website.
Read the Journal & Courier article.

SR 37 Corridor Plan
Monroe County, Indiana
Ms. Dunaway assisted with this plan for the future development of SR 37 through Monroe County. Planning needed to accommodate current development patterns on SR 37, as well as the potential transformation of SR 37 into Interstate 69 in 10-20 years.  In addition, the plan addressed issues related to the potential development of a new route for I-69 through the southwest portion of the county.  Specifically, Ms. Dunaway played a primary role in planning for the ecological implications of the potential SR 37 upgrade, such as erosion, water quality control, and tree and wildlife protection.  The plan included significant coordination with local officials as well as stakeholder meetings.

Downtown Revitalization Plan
City of Greenwood, Indiana
Ms. Dunaway served as the site and landscape designer for the development of a master plan for the redevelopment of downtown Greenwood. HWC’s work included both master planning of Old City Park in the downtown area, as well as preparation of a conceptual master plan for the surrounding downtown and Old Town neighborhoods. Plans included the construction of a new “town square” to connect the downtown to the park, and improving Pleasant Creek as a central feature in the park.

for The University of Vermont

Ecological Assessment and Preservation Recommendation Plan
Cambridge and Jeffersonville, Vermont
As a participant in a required course entitled “Place-Based Landscape Inventory and Analysis” at the University of Vermont, Ms. Dunaway aided in the development of an ecological assessment and preservation recommendation plan for the neighboring Villages of Cambridge and Jeffersonville in rural Vermont.  Regional ecological assessments included wildlife corridors, plant species, and hydrology.  Cultural assessments included recreation, cultural history, and land use.  Participants in the course cataloged the ecological and cultural assessments and provided long-term ecological and historic preservation plans for the villages, which were also presented in a public presentation.  Critical to the success of the project was the involvement of the public and stakeholders in each stage of the research and development, as well as the thorough investigation conducted by the course participants.