Projects are developed in collaboration with sponsors that have identified challenges in the areas of:
- sustainability and climate change,
- environmental issues, and
- public health and safety.
Projects are designed to give students the experience of working on important challenges that require integration of technological, social, economic, and political factors. Past sponsors have included local and state government agencies and local community-based organizations: Boston Harbor Now, City of Boston, City of Chelsea, GreenRoots, MA Department of Environmental Protection, and MA Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs.
For example, in previous projects, Boston students have:
- Identified opportunities in Massachusetts for increasing use of renewable energy in clean-up of contaminated industrial sites
- Assessed risks and vulnerabilities associated with power loss in wastewater facilities and needs for back-up power systems
- Recommended strategies for improving community resilience to heat waves in the City of Chelsea
- Developed policy recommendations to reduce flood risks in Boston from sea level rise and severe storms
- Identified best practices for integrating public access to the Boston’s shoreline, economic development, and resilience to climate change