12th Annual Muddy River Symposium

“Environmental Protection: A call for action”
April 10, 2018, 4:30-7:30
Wheelock College, Brookline Campus 

Colleges of the Fenway 12th Annual Muddy River Symposium
The Colleges of the Fenway Center for Sustainability and the Environment and the Maintenance and Management Oversight Committee of the Muddy River Project are soliciting poster presentations by students, faculty, and public agencies for the 2018 Muddy River Symposium.

Click HERE for full program agenda!

Click HERE for more information and to register! Deadline: April 9, 2018.

Click HERE to access application for poster presentation.
Abstract Deadline: April 5, 2018.





Check out the photos from the 2017 Muddy River Symposium here!

Congratulations to our 2017 Muddy River poster session winners. Read the winning abstracts here.

E-Waste Dumping: Harming Vulnerable Populations
Makayla Andre, Evan Klayman, Amber Newton, Leonard Wallace V
Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences University

Protecting Our Waterways: Determination of Heavy Metals in Boston Water
Tyler Billick, Kathryn Daigle, Kellie Roche, and Aren Gerdon
Department of Chemistry and Physics, Emmanuel College, Boston, MA

 Sekiseishoko Reef Tragedy
Dhara Desai, Angela Nguyen, Lilly Cheam, Sandini Wijayasiri
Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences University
ReVision Urban Farming
Arianna Griffin, Shelby Pollack, Gabby Lawinger
Massachusetts College of Art and Design
Urbanization of the Muddy River
Kate LaGattuta, Danny Ly, Lisa Lobel, Ian Chamenko, Tala Ferguson
Wheelock College


Center for Sustainability And Environment Mini-Grants

The COF Center for Sustainability and the Environment is pleased to offer our students the opportunity to apply for mini-grants in support of research, projects, or initiatives that promote sustainability. Preference will be given to projects that reflect on student life.

Projects granted will be widely promoted to the COF communities to recognize the importance of student led sustainability initiatives. Public presentations will offer opportunities for the COF community to learn more about how to live and create sustainability.

Applications for the 2017-2018 Mini-Grants is closed.

The 2017-2018 winning projects are:

Keep Cool – MCPHS University

KeepCool offers an environmentally friendly and sustainable cooling system for medications that require temperature stability. KeepCool has developed a revolutionary cooling device free of battery replacement to avoid the difficulty of replacing batteries in refrigeration systems because of expense and availability. KeepCool targets individuals who do not have access to adequate

means for cooling. KeepCool’s vision is to promote environmental stewardship and sustainability by building a trusted company for proper medication storage.

Bee Hotel – Wheelock College

The bee population is rapidly decreasing at an alarming rate, and humans are at fault. The Bee Hotel will create a home for solitary bees, which are just as important as the well-known honeybee. The Bee Hotel will provide an opportunity for solitary bees to remain alive and warm throughout the cold winter months.  This project is not only important to the continued lifespan of the bees, but the continued production of our food is also in crisis.

Reuse Room – Emmanuel College

The Emmanuel College Sustainability Committee will be using their grant to launch a planned assessment for the need of a permanent reuse room and food pantry. The assessment will include the analysis of student opinions collected via survey, presentation of the data to the Emmanuel College’s Administration, and a promotional campaign regarding this initiative to create an informed public discourse on campus.

Photo Posts @ Drumlin Farm – Simmons College

The aim of our project is to create an opportunity for collaboration between two centers of environmental education: the Boston Area Climate Experiment and Mass Audubon’s Drumlin Farm. The funding will be used to create two “Photo Post” sites, one at each location, which engagevisitors to help track the growth and development of native species of plants over time and their phenological response to climate change. Surrounding the photo posts will be garden beds planted with a variety of native plant species.

Bee Awareness Event – Wheelock College

As a part of our Course Bee-Aware Environment & Society at Wheelock College, we will use the funding to raise awareness about sustainability, pollinators, pesticides, and issues with environmental health to the Wheelock Community.
Power Tomorrow – Wentworth Institute of Technology

Power Tower will utilize a heat engine created from 3D printed PLA plastic to harness the energy from Nitinol, a shape memory alloy (SMA) made of nickel and titanium. The funding for Power Tomorrow will be used to test the wide variety of applications of the harnessed energy.

Deterra Drug Disposal – MCPHS University

The Deterra drug disposal system is comprised of pouches for safe and proper disposal of unused medication. These pouches contain activated carbon that adsorbs all organic compounds when combined with warm water. This product is non-toxic and the pouch is made of biodegradable material. The use of Deterra can reduce the amount of medical waste found in sewage and drinking water which is caused by flushing and improper disposal of medication. Deterra also allows people to safely dispose their unused medication which prevents others from easily obtaining them for inappropriate uses (e.g. substance abuse).