Community and Economic Vitality
Many of the educational outreach programs of the Center for Agriculture, Food and the Environment affect Massachusetts’ communities. Those efforts listed here are notable for the specific impacts they have at the community level. Some of these impacts are on one community, some on a group of communities, others on all communities in the state. Some of these programs are pertinent to municipal governments, others to issues of more widespread interest, such as land use or water resources. These programs have impacts at the individual level, on families and youth, and some affect workforce skills and professional certifications that impact economic well-being.
Programs Related to Community and Economic Vitality
Citizen Planner Training Collaborative
Provides training – online and face-to-face – for volunteer and professional planners at the municipal level in Massachusetts.
Conservation Assessment and Prioritization System (CAPS)
Online system for assessing ecological integrity and value at a precise local level in Massachusetts.
Year-long educational program for high school students in school-based teams around a different environmental topic each year.
Massachusetts Keystone Project
Selects and educates forest owners and community leaders (“Keystone Cooperators”) who have a significant impact on their communities and agree to return to their respective communities and serve as spokespersons or advocates for forest conservation.
MassWoods Forest Conservation Program
Online tool for forest landowners to find information and resources during processes of critical decision-making about their land.
UMass Design Center in Springfield
Supports a wide range of planning and urban design projects and research focused on addressing the challenges facing cities and towns in Massachusetts and beyond.
UMass Extension 4-H Youth Development Program
Facilitates volunteer-led activity groups for ages 5-18 in communities in all regions of the state.
- UMass Extension Nutrition Education Program
Provides research-based nutrition education to low-income residents and families. Field offices in Boston, Lawrence, Raynham, Springfield, and Worcester.
UMass Extension Pesticide Education Program
Provides training and manuals for preparing for examinations to become a Mass.-certified pesticide applicator.