Environmental and Sustainability Projects
There are two broad categories of environmental projects supported by the Center: campus projects and community partnerships.
Campus projects include those that are linked to the environmental curriculum and are part of campus operations. These projects include:
- Campus Gardening
- Energy Efficiency Initiatives
- Prototype Windmill Project
- Zero-Sort Recycling Monitoring
Affiliated faculty are also engaged in a wide range of community partnerships under Merrimack’s Regional Environmental Action Partnership (REAP). REAP provides a vehicle for Merrimack faculty and students to meet regional environmental needs by engaging in collaborative and reciprocal planning, research, studies and investigations. The components of REAP are intentional and focused:
- Regional. We recognize that we have limited resources and capacity and want to maximize these assets by maintaining a regional focus, namely northeastern Massachusetts. This facilitates communication, collaboration and logistical considerations. It also provides a clear focus for partnership development.
- Environmental Action. REAP was created to help community partners meet their own environmental objectives. REAP also is a vehicle to bring to bear Merrimack’s substantial quantitative capacity and facilities on regional projects. This includes our capacity for geographic information system mapping.
- Partnership. We believe that partnerships need to be collaborative and reciprocal. We believe in establishing memorandums of understanding prior to the start of each project that identify clear deliverables and timetables. We also recognize the need to review MOUs at regular intervals with our partners. We recognize that we need to provide analysis, data and tangible products in a timely manner and in response to our partner needs and time constraints.
The following is a list of projects where our affiliated faculty are actively engaged in working with our community partners:
- Blue Ocean Society Marine Mammal Conservation
- Campus Kitchens Project
- Shawsheen River Watershed Investigation