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Reena Randhir MAS 2019


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Presentation at the 2019 Massachusetts Sustainable Communities and Campuses Conference on March 29, 2019 in Cambridge, MA

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Reena Randhir MAS 2019

  1. 1. SUSTAINATHON MODEL: Enhancing Sustainability Efforts as an Engaged Community
 Reena Randhir, Ph.D and Robert Dickerman Ph.D,
 Springfield Technical Community College, Springfield, MA.
  2. 2. OBJECTIVES 1. Bring students, industry stakeholders, scientists, and community together to create awareness of current sustainability challenges and solutions. 2. To create awareness of how decisions being made now will shape the future sustainability of the region. 3. To educate future leaders in solving current challenges using integrated sustainable solutions rather than fragmented approaches that meet one goal at the expense of others.
  3. 3. Event is Modeled after Sustainable Development Goals- United Nations (2015)
  4. 4. OUR MODEL
  5. 5. SUSTAINATHON 2019
 LEADERS1. Biodiversity Conservation: STCC 2. Food security and Food Justice: Neustras Raices/ Gardening the Community 3. Sustainable Food Systems: Change Makers-Hydroponics 4. Water: Springfield Water and Sewer Commission/ MA DCR 5. Recycling: From Waste to Wealth- Recycling Works 6. Sustainable Agriculture: USDA 7. Sustainable Aquatic Ecosystems: SWCA Environmental 8. Urban Forests: City of Springfield, US Forest Service 9. Wildlife Conservation: US Fish and Wildlife Service 10. Sustainable Architecture: UMASS- Green Buildings
  6. 6. 11. Climate Change: UMASS Climate Center 12. Waste Management: Center for Eco-Technology 13. Biomimicry: Hitchcock Center for the Environment 14. Sustainable Landscapes: STCC 15. Wearable Electronics: UMASS 16. Global Sustainability: Institute of Training and Development 17. Fuel Efficient Automobiles: STCC 18. Sustainable Bee Keeping: UMASS 19. Clean Energy: STCC/ Alpine Solar 20. Urban Ecosystems: Regreen Springfield 21. Citizen Earth watch- MA National Guard Sustainathon 2019 Leaders
  7. 7. Sustainable Agriculture
  8. 8. Water and Watersheds
  9. 9. Waste Management and Recycling
  10. 10. Urban Ecosystems
  11. 11. Climate Change and Renewable Energy
  12. 12. Biodiversity and Biomimicry
  13. 13. Sustainathon Poster Competition ➢ This event consist of two concurrent parts. The Sustainathon Interactive Exhibits and the Sustainathon Competition. ➢ Teams 0f 4-6 students follow the scientific method towards developing a sound hypothesis, specific objectives, data collection, defensible analysis, and propose improved strategies in solving a community challenge.
  14. 14. Competition teams
  15. 15. more teams
  17. 17. I HOPEThank You! I hope you organize a Sustainathon in your community.