Vision and mission
Our vision stems from the realization that engaging and supporting healthy communities requires innovative educational models and sustainable economic development.
Our mission is to provide support for students and researchers that are systemically underrepresented in STEM fields and promote economic transformation in historically marginalized communities.
This approach is aligned with emergent forth sector models of community transformation that brings together non-profit and for-profit sectors in order to support long-term sustainable development. By creating this project, we are promoting socially responsible economic development and participating in redevelopment efforts in Western Massachusetts.
Our Natural Science Academy is designed to provide an ecosystem of learning, which includes experiential projects for high school students, workshops for high school science teachers and internships for students from local community colleges.
Our programing offers hands-on projects and work-based learning opportunities focused on marine science, environmental engineering and environmental justice.
Incubator and Co-working Space
Our research incubator and co-working space is created to support the growth of innovative early stage companies by providing offices, shared laboratories and equipment in environmental engineering and marine biology, as well as professional advising services. By utilizing our facilities, researchers will be relieved of any conversation about ownership of intellectual property, as they develop their research towards commercialization.
We provide community based workshops that are designed to offer a unique way for community members to learn about environmental justice. Our workshops range from Coral Reef Conservation and Water Quality to Public Health.