Sustainability & Environment

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Agricultural Learning Center

In 2013, UMass started the Agricultural Learning Center (“ALC”) as a hands-on living “classroom” or field laboratory for undergraduates, graduate students and residents of Massachusetts to pursue active learning about all forms of agriculture. The ALC will provide experiential learning opportunities in a wide variety of farming, horticultural, nursery and landscape industries. With small areas devoted to livestock, fruits, vegetables, turf, and landscape crops, the ALC will offer a broad array of agricultural topics to both UMass students and the general public.

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Architecture + Design: Design 6 (Design Engagement Studio)

This capstone design studio is offered each Spring as part of the Architecture + Design curriculum. Working with a different community based organization each semester student teams engage in reflective research on sustainability, social engagement and innovative design practices as they respond to a design need defined by the local organization. The projects and proposals that emerge from this studio promote social transformation through innovative design.

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Center for Agriculture, Food and the Environment

The Center for Agriculture, Food and the Environment integrates research and outreach education; it is the standard bearer of the university’s land-grant origins. It links with business, policy and public interest sectors in agriculture, commercial horticultural, environment, food systems. It includes UMass Extension, the Mass. Agricultural Experiment Station and the Water Resources Research Center. Based in the College of Natural Sciences, it also works with the School of Public Health & Health Sciences, School of Social & Behavioral Sciences and College of Engineering.

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Center for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy

CEERE provides technological and economic solutions to environmental problems resulting from energy production, industrial, manufacturing, and commercial activities, and land use practices. This University based research program is built upon four sub groups with unique abilities to service energy and environmental problems. CEERE offers research, training and educational experiences for graduate and undergraduate engineers and scientists.

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Chapin Terrace Stormwater Management

The work is an exploration of adaptive retrofit infiltration systems along Chapin Terrace in Springfield, MA and reduces the impact of runoff on urban watersheds. This intervention represents a distinguishable aesthetic experience to raise acceptance, increase the spatial use, and make infiltration more desirable in urban environments. The interdisciplinary proposal was developed through collaboration with the regional Springfield Water and Sewer Commission (SWSC) with the intention of being a pilot project that could be implemented elsewhere in the city and region.

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Citizen Planner Training Collaborative

Citizen Planner Training Collaborative (CPTC) educates local planning and zoning officials to make effective decisions regarding land use. It provides workshops, internet access to core training units, a bylaw collection, many planning related links, training calendars, and e-mail discussion. Also, on-demand training to any community needing to focus on a specific topic, and one-day conferences addressing land use issues on a more in-depth basis. CPTC is an independent collaboration with the support of UMass Extension and the Center for Agriculture, Food and the Environment.

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Climate System Research Center

Climate System Research Center focuses on the climate system, climatic variability and global change issues. Issues span from contemporary climate variations to paleoclimatic and paleoenvironmental changes. The center brings together graduate students, post-docs, research scientists and University faculty who are interested in the variability of the climate system in time and space. Faculty are working in more than 24 countries with studies ranging from ancient lake sediments in Siberia to the impacts of Hurricane Sandy in 2012.

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Cold Spring Orchard Research and Education Center

The UMass Cold Spring Orchard Research and Education Center is the site of research into better ways to grow fruit in Massachusetts, including testing new varieties, evaluation of techniques, and development of environmentally friendly approaches. It grows 100 varieties of apples, peaches, nectarines, pears, grapes, and blueberries. It is used in undergraduate and graduate education as well as extension education for commercial growers. It offers a seasonal farm store. Managed by the Center for Agriculture, Food and the Environment with the Stockbridge School of Agriculture.

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