Event Title

Sustainability Framework Analysis of Plymouth, NH

Faculty Sponsor(s)

Amy Villamagna

Location

Hartman Union Building Room 119

Presentation Type

Event

Start Date

4-28-2017 4:10 PM

End Date

4-28-2017 4:25 PM

Abstract

In an always-changing world, it is of utmost importance to adapt to the challenges life will present to us. When considering communities, and what they can do for society, we want them to be resilient, hardworking, and focused on the prospect of a sustainable future. This sustainability that we strive for involves the ways that social and physical justice is preserved in the forms of human needs and environmental stewardship. For our Sustainability Minor Capstone Project, we collaborated to create a framework that would assess the level of sustainability demonstrated in a small community, in this case Plymouth, NH. This framework is designed to provide insight to where the community stands based on the community capitals approach, which includes natural, physical, economic, human, social, and cultural capitals. This represents a systems thinking perspective which allows each capital to be considered as they create a whole. Knowledge of the community’s current state regarding sustainability and resilience is key in moving toward sustainable practices and infrastructure. Specific attributes relevant to local sustainability were carefully selected and measured to help score the town of Plymouth, NH in terms of sustainability. Based on this assessment, recommendations to the Town of Plymouth will be made.

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Apr 28th, 4:10 PM Apr 28th, 4:25 PM

Sustainability Framework Analysis of Plymouth, NH

Hartman Union Building Room 119

In an always-changing world, it is of utmost importance to adapt to the challenges life will present to us. When considering communities, and what they can do for society, we want them to be resilient, hardworking, and focused on the prospect of a sustainable future. This sustainability that we strive for involves the ways that social and physical justice is preserved in the forms of human needs and environmental stewardship. For our Sustainability Minor Capstone Project, we collaborated to create a framework that would assess the level of sustainability demonstrated in a small community, in this case Plymouth, NH. This framework is designed to provide insight to where the community stands based on the community capitals approach, which includes natural, physical, economic, human, social, and cultural capitals. This represents a systems thinking perspective which allows each capital to be considered as they create a whole. Knowledge of the community’s current state regarding sustainability and resilience is key in moving toward sustainable practices and infrastructure. Specific attributes relevant to local sustainability were carefully selected and measured to help score the town of Plymouth, NH in terms of sustainability. Based on this assessment, recommendations to the Town of Plymouth will be made.