Lewis Wharf in the North End, one of the last parts of the city's coastline yet to be redeveloped, is at a crossroads. A new five-story hotel is proposed to be built in a wave velocity zone and environmentalists argue that this development would increase the destruction of waves on the shoreline. With Boston on the shortlist of cities at risk from rising sea levels, smart construction on the coast is crucial.
FEATURED STORY: Yale Engineering Students Learn About Nicaragua's Water Issues
In a new course called Environmental Technology in the Developing World, students travel to two rural villages in Nicaragua to study and test water filters in the field. Taking measurements and learning about local water behavior allowed students to see the impact of science on other lives and communities.
FEATURED STORY: Martha's Vineyard Wind Farm May Be Largest in North America
After the unsuccessful Cape Wind project last year, there is a new proposal for a wind farm 15 miles offshore of Martha's Vineyard that would generate 1,000 megawatts of electricity. The Danish company pitching the Bay State Wind project, DONG Energy A/S, is the world's largest developer of offshore wind farms.
FEATURED STORY: 3D Printed Desalination Device Allows You to Drink from the Sea
Scientists at GE Global Research are working with the US Department of Energy to develop a super efficient desalination device that fits in the palm of your hand. They believe that their miniaturized steam turbine could reduce desalination costs by 20%.
This new rubber-like adhesive is clear, flexible, and sticks with a strength similar to that of tendons and cartilage on a bone. Even when stretched to 4.5 times its normal size, this material is still conductive enough to power an LED light when anchored by two metal electrodes.
Featured Local Event: 2015 Maine Stormwater Conference
When: Friday, November 16-18, 2015 Where: South Portland, Maine
The biennial Maine Stormwater Conference brings together municipal, state, and federal employees; engineers; planners; academics; and other professionals to discuss stormwater management.
November 16, 2015
Water Wise Municipal Leaders
Planning & Ordinance
Green Infrastructure & Low Impact Development
Keynote address given by Chet Arnold, CT NEMO Program
EnviroCert review course: CPESC
November 17, 2015
LID in South Korea, hosted by the Northeast Chapter of IECA
Keynote address given by Ken Moraff, US EPA
EnviroCert review course: CESSWI
November 18, 2015
Field trip to UNH Stormwater Center, coordinated by Northeast Chapter of IECA
EnviroCert certification exams: CPESC, CESSWI, CMS4S, CPSWQ
PLEASE NOTE: if you wish to sit for any of the certification exams, you must be pre-approved by EnviroCert. More information is available here.
When: Friday, November 20-22, 2015 Where: Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute, Falmouth, MA
The Startup Weekend is a 54-hour event designed to provide superior experiential education for technical and non-technical entrepreneurs interested in the Blue Economy and water technology. Beginning with Friday night pitches and continuing through brainstorming, business plan development, and basic prototype creation, Startup Weekend culminates in Sunday night demos and presentations. Participants will create working startups during the event and will be able to collaborate with like-minded individuals outside of their daily networks. All teams hear talks by industry leaders and receive valuable feedback from local entrepreneurs. Whether you are looking for feedback on a idea, a co-founder, specific skill sets, or a team to help you execute, this Startup Weekend is the perfect environment to test your idea and take the first steps towards launching your own startup.