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Faculty Fellowships Available for the Mill River Greenway Initiative Short-Term Project
The Mill River Greenway Initiative: A Collaborative Project

The short-term, collaborative project titled The Mill River Greenway Initiative Project is now accepting applications for Faculty Fellows. The project is open to Smith and Five College faculty, and it can accept up to 12 Fellows for the two-day project. A description of the project and its schedule appear below.

If you are considering applying, but have additional questions, please feel free to contact the Organizing Fellow, Reid Bertone-Johnson, via email at rbertone@smith.edu.

Interested faculty should email the Kahn Institute’s Director, Rosetta Cohen (rcohen@smith.edu) by October 7, 2011 to apply. In your email, please include the title of the project and explain why you are interested in it, what you would bring to it, and what you hope to gain from it.

2011 Short-Term Project in Collaboration with CEEDS


ORGANIZING FELLOW:

  Reid Bertone-Johnson, Landscape Studies, Manager Ada & Archibald MacLeisch Field Station

COORDINATING FELLOW:

  Andrew Guswa, Engineering

The Center for the Environment, Ecological Design, and Sustainability (CEEDS) and the Louise W. and Edmund J. Kahn Liberal Arts Institute invite faculty to participate in a new format, collaborative short-term project to explore the opportunities presented by the Mill River Greenway Initiative. The Mill River Greenway is a working group of local citizens who aim to protect the Mill River watershed, preserve its cultural artifacts, enhance its biological health, encourage recreational activity and create a greenway along the river. This environmental design project in our backyard would benefit from the knowledge and creativity of faculty in multiple disciplines and departments, including ecology, hydrology, and ethics, Exercise and Sport Studies, Government, Art, Landscape Studies, and Economics: What are the ethical and political issues that arise from such a joint effort? How does the preservation or transformation of this space impact the environment and eco-system? How does this project compare to other similar efforts around the country or the world? What are the potential gains for community health and wellness? What is the design potential in transforming such a space? What are the costs and benefits? Supported by CEEDS, the Landscape Studies Program, the Mill River Greenway, the Connecticut River Watershed Council, Grow Food Northampton, the Northampton Department of Public Works (DPW), and the Office of Planning and Development for Northampton, this effort to develop the greenway is truly collaborative in its reach, and has the potential to link the College and the community in new ways.

A short-term project, supported jointly by CEEDS and the Kahn Institute, serves as the starting point for this interdisciplinary collaboration. Over a day and a half, faculty will explore the Mill River site and discuss ways the Initiative could enhance their own teaching and scholarship. Anticipated outcomes from the short-term project (for individuals or groups) might include curricular initiatives and research possibilities. CEEDS also anticipates offering budgetary support for integrative environmental projects in which students, faculty, and staff work together toward solutions to environmental challenges, and ideas for these could be generated by this short-term project.

The project will include a dinner on Thursday, a field trip to the Mill River on Friday morning, and breakfast and lunch on Friday.

PROJECT SCHEDULE:

  • Thursday, November 3, 2011, 4:30-8:30 pm
  • Friday, November 4, 2011, 8:45 am-4:00 pm

 

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