There are two broad categories of environmental projects overseen by the Center: Campus Projects and Community Partnerships.
Campus Projects include those that are linked to the environmental curriculum and those that are part of campus operations. These projects include:
- Prototype Windmill Project
- Zero-Sort Recycling Monitoring
- Energy Efficiency Initiatives
- Campus Gardening
- Plant Toxicology Research
- Forest Monitoring
The Affiliated Faculty are also engaged in a wide range of Community Partnerships under our REAP Program. REAP provides a vehicle for Merrimack College 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 is being created to help community partners meet their own environmental objectives. REAP also is a vehicle to bring Merrimack’s substantial quantitative capacity and facilities to bear on regional projects. This includes our capacity for GIS 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 time tables. 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: