"Feeding Boston" Research Cluster Series
Monday, March 10, 2014 at 12:00pm to 1:15pm
Renaissance_Park, 310R 1135 Tremont Street
Mapping Opportunities for Coastal Urban Production of Food and Fuel: What Do We Know and Where Can We Grow?
Matthew Eckelman, Assistant Professor, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
This presentation offers an overview of a project to analyze the potential for producing food and fuel in Boston. While unlikely to make cities self-sufficient in food or fuel, such production (to include waste- and bio-derived fuels) can have multiple benefits: increased employment and economic activity, redevelopment and productive use of blighted areas, and access to healthy foods. Activities to date include: Identification and geo-location of all current urban farming, gardening, and city trees; geospatial analysis of all arable land in Boston, both public and private, that could potentially be used to grow energy crops; mapping and shading analysis of all flat-roofed buildings that could be used for rooftop farming, hydroponics, or vertical farming; Initiation of parallel study of Worcester, MA to automate analysis using ArcGIS and GoogleEarthPro; and setting a baseline hedonic price analysis to evaluate the effect of proximity to community.
This research cluster and series are supported by the Northeastern Humanities Center Collaborative Research Cluster Program.
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