Sustainability & Environment

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Conservation Assessment and Prioritization System

The Conservation Assessment and Prioritization System (CAPS) is an approach, utilizing a computer software program, to prioritizing land for conservation to protect habitat and biodiversity. It is an objective, dynamic, and flexible tool to support decision-making for land conservation, land management, project review and permitting. CAPS is a key component of the state’s comprehensive wetlands monitoring and assessment program. It is a project of the Department of Environmental Conservation, UMass Extension and the Center for Agriculture, Food and the Environment.

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Corporate Toxics Information Project

The Corporate Toxics Information Project analyzes and disseminates information from the US Environmental Protection Agency on corporate releases of toxic chemicals and the resulting exposures of communities to air and water pollution hazards. The Project aims to help community-based activists and socially responsible investors to translate the right to know into the right to clean air and water.

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Engineers Without Borders

Engineers Without Borders is a student run organization driven to help local and international communities create sustainable solutions to improve their quality of life and future. EWB aims to develop, fundraise, construct and implement tools necessary for communities to help themselves. The student chapter at UMass Amherst has managed projects in Ghana and Kenya to help develop sustainable methods for clean water.

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Extension 4-H Youth Development Program

The Extension 4-H Youth Development Program works with a network of several thousand adult volunteers to provide active learning opportunities to tens of thousands of Massachusetts youth ages 5-18. These opportunities are provided through 4-H clubs and other forms in varied topics including Animal Science, Communications, Community Service, Science/Engineering /Technology (SET) and Leadership. It is a program of UMass Extension and the Center for Agriculture, Food and the Environment.

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Fábos Conference on Landscape and Greenway Planning: Pathways to Sustainability

The Fábos Conference on Landscape and Greenway Planning is held every three years to bring together experts who are influencing landscape planning, policy making and greenway planning from the local to international level. It is intended to highlight recent trends and expand the literature about landscape and greenway planning. This year, speakers from 26 countries will be coming to share how they have approached greenway planning and to communicate how greenways have been tailored to each county’s unique geographical, cultural, and political circumstances.

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Family Forest Research Center

The Family Forest Research Center (FFRC) conducts research to help understand the social and economic dimensions of family forestry in order to promote sustainable forest management that meets the current and future needs of landowners, communities, and society. FFRC is a collaborative program of the USDA Forest Service’s Northern Research Station and the Department of Environmental Conservation at the University of Massachusetts Amherst.

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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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