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Presentation at the Massachusetts Green Careers Conference on September 20, 2019

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Rick reibstein gcc 2019.

  1. 1. Research for Environmental Agencies and Organizations
 A class that connects students to work on real world problems 
 Rick Reibstein, Dept. of Earth and Environment, Boston University
 Graphic from Greenhouse-Gas-Accounting-Methodologies-1.pptx a report to the Cape (Cod) and Vineyard Electric Cooperative on 
 Carbon Accounting Methodologies
  2. 2. A few things students have done • Presented to the staff of the joint legislative committee at the State House concerned with energy on the potential to provide thousands of homes with energy using community solar at contaminated sites. With legislative changes 1,742 Gigawatt hours per year could be developed.
  3. 3. Subsequent students expanded on the idea • For a composting cooperative contemplating operations at a brownfield (and using community solar
 as well) students
 explained the process, 
 options for proceeding,
 available services and 
 subsidies. 2019/01/Comm-Solar_Brownfield- Writeup-1.pdf
  4. 4. Environmental Justice Students drafted a sample ordinance for a municipality to use, emphasizing – Improving engagement with the community – Institutionalizing reporting and accountability – Stepping up environmental evaluations of existing conditions to enable assessing cumulative impacts – They presented at EPA and their work was presented to a meeting of the National Environmental Justice Advisory Council.
  5. 5. A team prepared for the City of Boston a report on Transforming Environmental Justice Neighborhoods into Green Communities • Not Just De-Browning but Greening
  6. 6. Subsequent students followed up by thinking about what to do if the city
 succeeded in improving blighted areas: what do you do about Eco Gentrification? They reported that tax subsidies to promote development in poorer areas might worsen this problem and described neighborhood-led development that would work better. files/2019/06/ EJ_Full_Report-1.docx
  7. 7. Subsequent student work explored ways to prevent resident displacement • Community benefits agreements • Community land trusts • Local and Equitable Hiring • Zoning and Permitting for Sustainable Affordable Housing • Rental Assistance Programs and Policies • Community Engagement in Planning
  8. 8. Students hosted a discussion on RESIDENT-DRIVEN ENVIRONMENTAL REDEVELOPMENT and the Flow of Tax-Incentivized Funding (Spring, 2019)
  9. 9. Many students have analyzed water data - for DEP, EPA, a watershed coalition Figure 7 Phosphorus Levels in Dry/Wet Weather Conditions (2007-2017) The average phosphorus levels of both the ponds and the streams have exceeded the environmental limits.
  10. 10. Showing how public data can be put into Pivot charts to see water quality trends Chloride at W0680 Chloride (mg/L) 0 150 300 450 600 12/23/08 1/30/11 3/8/13 4/15/15 5/22/17
  11. 11. Finding problems
  12. 12. Several projects have involved clean energy • EVs - for the STATE OF MASS (Spring, 2018) • ● Charging demand - Traffic convenience vs expanding network - Emphasis on flow rather than destination ● Impact on transmission and distribution network strength - Real time balance between power generation and consumption ● Education - Advertisement - Sign consistency ● Advanced planning - Regulation and permitting - Communication with property owners and city planners - Underground conduit and wiring inspections ● Utilize economic models to help predict conditions (e.g. ISM, Bayesian, FMICMAC) ● Analyze traffic patterns and heat map of traffic flow
  13. 13. Solar Canopies For the Leading by Example program of the Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources, students got data and advice from places and companies that did it. (Fall, 2016)
  14. 14. Recycling electrical batteries, for a nonprofit organization and the State’s Environmentally Preferable Purchasing program. Contract Recycling Status Boston Lawnmower Company, Inc. Yes - Processed through Interstate Batteries, who recycles all types of prominently used electric batteries through Rechargeable Battery Recycling Corp. Lithium Ion batteries are converted into stainless steel and material for new batteries[5]. Cason Equipment Partial - "Offer take back through safe disposal, but not recycle” Batteries are returned through their battery vendor Northeast Battery. Northeast Battery recycles lead, but not lithium batteries. Mean Green Products, LLC No - “We will take back any batteries, but we do not have a written program [to recycle]” Orlando’s Garage Yes - Processed through Interstate Batteries, who recycles all types of prominently used electric batteries through Rechargeable Battery Recycling Corp. Lithium Ion batteries are converted into stainless steel and material for new batteries[5]. Table 1: Contracts of four state vendors for electric batteries within the Commonwealth of MA [2].
  15. 15. On sequestering carbon, for the Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs • Tree retention (Fall, 2017) • Guidebook (Spring, 2018)
  16. 16. For Boston City Officials • Urban greening • Energy efficient housing for low-income residences • Community choice aggregation – presented to the Municipal Sustainability and Energy Forum • Lead information sheets • Toxicity comparisons of hair products • Needle management
  17. 17. Along with a literature search on pesticide toxicity students examined policy options for the state
  18. 18. A continuing focus on LEAD • 2013 survey to states on implementation of the Renovation Rule • 2018 survey of cities in MA on lead in water pipes
  19. 19. S 955 in the 191st MA General Court: An Act Enhancing Justice for Families Harmed by Lead • Students provided legislative support, wrote fact sheet and presented at a public meeting at the State House • Video: v=AxronhtudPU& • Also presented at MA Fair Housing and Civil Rights Conference
  20. 20. AND • What we know and don’t about Nanomaterials • How to improve town recycling • Mapping contaminated sites and chemical storage vulnerable to flooding: CHEMICAL RESILIENCE CLIENTS HAVE INCLUDED: State, Local and Federal Government, nonprofits concerned with environmental and public health
  21. 21. This Semester! • Community farms, sustainable agriculture • How to help indigenous peoples protect their land • Coastal community preparedness for climate- change consequences • Increasing composting in Boston area • Lead in water and products • Waste needle management
  22. 22. A student wrote to medical experts to find out if medical providers were being taught in school or on their jobs how to identify when the symptoms they reviewed might be caused by toxic exposures. She learned that there is much to be done about this. There many problems about which much needs to be done. School is one place where work can take place. It is not the only place! Good work can take place anywhere. May you find it!