Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Study Nature or Painting on Nantucket This Summer Environmental Restoration Creates Jobs

Study Nature or Painting on Nantucket This Summer

We recently learned that Professor AnaMarija Frankic will be leading a course on biomicry for UMass Boston on Nantucket this summer.

Biomimicry is an emerging discipline that utilizes biological models to evolve sustainable solutions to environmental and design challenges. Through biomimicry we learn from nature’s 3.8 billion years old wisdom and ask the question: What would nature do?

Biomimicry encourages inter-disciplinary discourse, bringing together design professionals and students (architecture, interior design and landscape architecture), as well those rooted in the sciences (biology, natural resources and the environment).

AnaMarija has been close to MOP since the early days and we have seen her consistent dedication to her students; working tirelessly to find them employment opportunities and educational grants.

There are other courses as well including one on wetlands and one on painting.

Restoration Creates Jobs According to Mass State Government

The Economic Impacts on Ecological Restoration in Massachusetts Report

Officials from the Department of Fish and Game’s (DFG) Division of Ecological Restoration (DER) recently issued a report detailing the economic impact of state-supported ecological restoration projects – including dam removals and culvert replacements.

The report shows restoration projects generate an average employment demand of 12.5 jobs and $1,750,000 in total economic output from each $1 million expended.

“We’re building a restoration economy here in Massachusetts and advancing Governor Patrick’s goal of promoting smart public investment that spur economic activity,” said Energy and Environmental Affairs Secretary Richard K. Sullivan Jr. “Ecological restoration projects pay two times by protecting our environment and fuel the Massachusetts economy by pumping employment and construction dollars into our communities.”

While these projects are primarily initiated to restore river and wetland functions, such as improving flood protection and habitat for fish and wildlife, they also have the benefit of creating or sustaining jobs and eliminating or replacing unsafe infrastructure.

Mass Oyster is pleased to see that the state is looking more favorably on these projects from an economic perspective.  Interestingly a significant number of them of them are based around wetland restoration. Let's hope they support the next step of restoring the biodiversity of those wetlands.