The WPI Greece Project Center collaborates with Perrotis College of Agriculture, Environment, and Life Sciences, which is part of the highly regarded American Farm School. The college is located on the outskirts of Thessaloniki a short bus ride away from the city center. Students will work on projects to help create a more resilient and sustainable food system and regional economy. Projects will take place in Thessaloniki and surrounding rural areas. The projects are proposed by Perrotis college faculty, community organizations, non-governmental organizations, local researchers and others participating in the region’s food and agricultural sector and urban planning initiatives. Likely topics include developing innovative food production practices to promote urban agriculture and community gardens, assessing marketing opportunities in the US for Greek food producers, and assessing strategies to mitigate climate change impacts.
Past students projects at the Greece Project Center have conducted research on the following topics:
- Designed a floating island through a collaborative process to improve water quality and habitat in a lagoon that received agricultural wastes
- Assessed the feasibility and public interest in using hydroponics to grow food and address food insecurity
- Identified opportunities to expand wine tourism in northern Greece
- Promoted Climate change Resilience in Schools through “Serious” Games
- Integrated Vertical Gardens into the Urban Fabric of Thessaloniki