Sustainability & Environment

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Futurescape City Tours

Futurescape City Tours is a national public engagement project that enables citizens to explore how new technologies are changing their cities. Springfield, MA, was one of six participating cities in 2013. In addition to UMass/CPPA, partners included the Center for Nanotechnology and Society at Arizona State University, the Loka Institute, the Springfield Science Museum, Putnam Technical High School, the UMass Design Center, and U.S Congressman Richard Neal’s office, among others.

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Green Latrine Project

The Green Latrine was developed to compost human waste and produce electricity. It aims to prevent water contamination as well as provide a source of electricity, critical in developing countries. The multipurpose invention is called the Microbial Fuel Cell Pit Latrine and has been installed in Ghana in May of 2012 and is currently in active use. Graduate students are currently researching designs that can modify existing latrines. The team hopes to visit its host community in Agona Nyakrom in fall of 2014.

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Healthy Environment/Healthy Springfield; an EPA CARE Project (Community Action for a Renewed Environment)

In this project, community stakeholders assess and prioritize environmental risks in the city of Springfield through community forums, informational sessions, and quantitative analyses of environmental risks by a core group of professionals and scientists. The project also provides mentors to high school students to increase their involvement in environmental risk assessment. The long-term goal is to establish a working coalition of organizations, residents, businesses, and government agencies to address environmental health issues and improve quality of life.

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Heritage Assessment and Community Development, Eleuthera, Bahamas

The Center for Heritage & Society has initiated a partnership with a community development organization on the island of Eleuthera, Bahamas (oneeleuthera.org). We have conducted a pilot research project (Historic Building Survey) in Governor's Harbor, and we have developed a community engagement web portal for use by our partners. Finally, we are now in the development phase of an archaeological survey and excavation project in Millars on the site of a former plantation in collaboration with the descendent community.

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Himalayan Climate Change Adaptation Programme (HICAP)

This research provides design/build services to a village in North India, where, due to chronic drought caused by climate change, an entire community is moving to a new site. Faculty work with villagers through community design charettes to help envision this process and plan with digital tools. In addition to drafting master plan documentation and various community land infrastructure, locals are engaged to construct new prototypes on the community space in the new village.

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Hunger and Community Food Security

In this service learning course, SRVCLRNG 292F, students learn about hunger and food security. Through readings, field trips, and service work, students engage topics such as food banks, community gardens, nutrition education, and an historical perspective on hunger. As part of their coursework, students perform at least 30 hours of community service experience at a site of their choosing. The course aims to provide students with a larger perspective on the community and the issues.

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Innovate to Mitigate: A Crowdsourced Carbon Challenge

"Innovate to Mitigate: A Crowdsourced Carbon Challenge"-- directed by Dr. Gilly Puttick of TERC, a non-profit educational organization-- is a crowdsourced open innovation challenge for high school students to come up with creative solutions for mitigation of climate change. Crowdsourcing promises a novel approach to engaging students in science while addressing a significant societal challenge. Dr. Leschine’s role is to serve as an adviser, assist in the design of the challenge, and select resources that will be necessary to support the work of high school student participants.

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Land Protection and Community Preservation

The Land Protection and Community Preservation project encourages sustainable growth by providing the residents of the northern towns of the Quinebaug Shetucket watershed corridor with outreach, education and facilitation that encourages capacity-building and the consideration of land, water and other sustainability issues in the day-to-day decision making processes of the towns and the region.

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Marine Biological Laboratory

Collecting and documenting the history of the Marine Biological Laboratory in Wood's Hole, including the community active in establishing the program is the focus of this program. A digital database and oral history interviews as part of the project of documenting the 125 year anniversary of the MBL, one of the most important scientific research stations in world, will be produced.

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