Ninety Changemakers Hit the Field (and the Rivers)

Owen Krol '17, Nick Dibble '17 and Rayla Putnam '16 perform water quality analyses in the Winnipesaukee, Pemigewasset and Merrimack rivers for their community partner Mill City Park, as part of Professor Nick Baer's Aquatic Ecology class.  Photo by Chris Kontoes.

Owen Krol '17, Nick Dibble '17 and Rayla Putnam '16 perform water quality analyses in the Winnipesaukee, Pemigewasset and Merrimack rivers for their community partner Mill City Park, as part of Professor Nick Baer's Aquatic Ecology class.  Photo by Chris Kontoes.

At the end of last semester Colby-Sawyer College and PermaCityLife (PCL) celebrated the opening of The Hub for projects and partnerships at 357 Central Street in Franklin. This downtown space is the homebase for PCL, as well as the new field studies office for CSC's Sustainable Learning Initiative at Franklin Falls and our innovative 3-year community-based sustainability major.

In fall 2016 over 90 students hit the field (and the rivers) and joined forces with community stakeholders to support the city's revitalization efforts:

  • Professor of Fine and Performing Arts Hilary Walrod’s Identity System Design class collaborated with Professor of Exercise and Sport Sciences Stacey Watt’s class to create a comprehensive branding strategy and business plan for the emerging Mill City Park
  • Professor of Natural Sciences Nick Baer’s Aquatic Ecology students conducted analyses of aquatic life to assess water quality prior to the in-river modification and restoration for the park
  • The design for a new community garden in Franklin was developed by Professor of Environmental Studies Leon-C Malan’s Sustainable Food System class.
  • The college’s entrepreneurial business club, Enactus, authored a comprehensive business plan for the Twin Rivers Interfaith Food Pantry.
  • Two students in Professor of Business Administration Jonathan McCosh’s Advertising and Social Media class outlined a preliminary communications plan for PermaCityLife and SLI.
  • And, senior Capstone research projects included a riparian invasive species inventory for the park, social sustainability research for CATCH Housing and website graphic design for Take Root Coworking.

ENGAGED LEARNING FOR THE COMMON GOOD 

Photo by Chris Kontoes.

Photo by Chris Kontoes.

Executive Director of PermaCityLife Todd Workman, City Manager Elizabeth Dragon, Mayor Ken Merrifield, Assistant Professor of Environmental Studies and Director of Sustainability Jen White ’90, Colby-Sawyer President Susan D. Stuebner and Community Development Coordinator of PermaCityLife Jenisha Shrestha '14 gathered to cut the ribbon to the PermaCityLife storefront. Photo by Chris Kontoes

Executive Director of PermaCityLife Todd Workman, City Manager Elizabeth Dragon, Mayor Ken Merrifield, Assistant Professor of Environmental Studies and Director of Sustainability Jen White ’90, Colby-Sawyer President Susan D. Stuebner and Community Development Coordinator of PermaCityLife Jenisha Shrestha '14 gathered to cut the ribbon to the PermaCityLife storefront. Photo by Chris Kontoes