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Project Summary

TEX’s role

Local Impact

Broader Impact

Projects that are pretty far along
Denver, CO Testing low-cost approach to measuring PCE while helping one Denver neighborhood protect itself from pollutants that enter homes though basements (e.g. PCE and Radon) Helped community scope project, and found scientific partner; connected to crowd-funding opportunity 20 Residents whose home is tested

(20,000 neighborhood residents if EPA does remediation)

Cost of monitoring goes from $100 to $8, making monitoring more accessible for everyone


Pamir Mountains, Afghanistan and Tajikistan


Exploring ways to update traditional ecological calendars to reflect changing climate and anticipate future climate Found collaborators with diverse expertise and facilitated team and proposal development. 17 villages Cornell received funding to explore whether local ecological knowledge can be a vehicle for climate change preparedness
South Central Kentucky Integrating detailed local data into water monitoring in Kentucky Helped scientist/community team define project goals and provided funding 150,000 farmers in the 10 countries whose water managers use that data The tools is being shared with water managers statewide, might be adapted for other states
Eugene OR An ambitious new target for GHG emissions Found scientist to help vet project, linked to partners who could help with advocacy Eugene’s 159,000 residents May inspire other communities to launch ambitious goals
Los Angeles CA Background knowledge for community members concerned about oil extraction in their neighborhood Found a Spanish speaking seismologist who helped educate the community “changed the culture of dialogue” in one neighborhood of X residents Union of Concerned Scientist using this example to talk about community science interaction
Projects that are getting started
Oakland CA climate resilient storm water management Found two scientists to explore and report on creative options   Options may be relevant to many cities
Granite City IL Helping resident understand air quality TEX found a scientist to validate monitoring approach and contribute to proposal for water runoff    
Washington DC Adapting to 3-fold increase in number of dangerously hot days by 2050 Found two scientists to develop options and ways to evaluate those options to be included in climate adaptation plan   First comprehensive guide to heat-resistant development strategies
Santa Barbara CA Understanding relationship between natural oil seeps and offshore drilling Found several non-local scientists who could provide objective assessment of current research    
Animas River CO


Dealing with release of dangerous chemicals from a mine Found local scientists who could help evaluate non-traditional remediation options    
Sri Lanka Reducing environmentally-mediated kidney disease Helping define an actionable project, looking for scientists to help measure and mitigate conditions that increase risk    
Ethiopia and Horn of Africa Remote sensing of water for monitoring and managing Looking for scientists who can help develop tools    
Boulder CO Helping harmonize existing climate change projections across various city departments Designing an inner-departmental dialogue and finding scientific and process experts    
Brand new projects from the City Challenge that closed 2 October 2015
Brookline MA Help applying regional climate projections and doing local vulnerability assessment Find a scientist to help develop a climate vulnerability assessment    
Jackson WY Strategies to efficiently evaluate water treatment options, including the increased use wetlands Find a scientist to develop or collate strategies that will provide evidence for efficient options.    
Menlo Park CA Explore trading schemes for preserving mature trees; exploring the link between health and transportation options      
Menlo Park CA Explore how transportation emissions are affecting health      
Columbia MO Estimating the environmental impact of sewage treatment effluent and lime-water treatment residual being put directly into the Missouri River      
Metropolitan Area Planning Commission (14 municipalities in Boston, MA) Three potential areas:

1.           Understand the heat island effect

2.           Would like to understand how the large food distribution areas north of the Charles River could be vulnerable to flood – could be complex because of a mix of public and private stakeholders.

3.           Understand how to repair dams so as to mitigate storm surge caused by sea level rise.

Boise ID To understand the types of heatpump technology options  available for reusing geothermal water Find scientist(s) who can help illuminate the types of low-cost options available.