Urban + Environmental Policy + Planning
 
FIELD PROJECTS
 
Field Projects: Planning and Practice integrates theory and practice by providing students with an opportunity to work intensely on real- world challenges in their areas of interest, while offering community organizations and agencies the opportunity to gain insight into priority issues and advance strategic objectives through expert analysis and advice. The course is required of all first-year UEP master's candidates during the spring semester. Students operate as consultants, usually in teams of four, on behalf of their chosen client, performing background research, gathering critical data, providing an assessment of a proposed course of action, addressing high-priority concerns or revising a strategic plan. Field Projects covers many required competencies and offers a rich opportunity to test existing theory, while honing problem-solving and other skills. Students generally spend about 10 hours a week on their project. The work culminates at the end of April with a team presentation to the class, the client and the community. Below is a list of recent Field Projects reports and clients. To jump to a particular year, select it here:
 
2014 Field Project Reports
 
Project Title Client Year
Team #1: Asian Community Development Corp. (ACDC)
Identifying Needs and Preferences for Community Space in Chinatown
Asian Community Development Corp. (ACDC)
Boston, MA
2014
Team #2: Cooperative Energy, Recycling & Organics/Cooperativa Para Energía, Reciclaje & Organicos (CERO)
Access to the Green Economy through Anaerobic Digestion: A Siting Study
Cooperative Energy, Recycling & Organics/Cooperativa Para Energía, Reciclaje & Organicos (CERO)
Boston, MA
2014
Team #3: Citizens' Housing and Planning Association (CHAPA)
Exercising Choice with Housing Choice Vouchers
Citizens' Housing and Planning Association (CHAPA)
Boston, MA
2014
Team #4: City of Everett, Department of Planning and Development
Envisioning Complete Streets in Everett: A Roadmap to Safe, Comfortable, and Accessible Streets
City of Everett, Department of Planning and Development
Everett, MA
2014
Team #5: Fernald Working Group
Visioning the Future of the Fernald Development Center
Fernald Working Group
Waltham, MA
2014
Team #6: Groundwork Somerville
Closing the Winter Gap: An Evaluation of Somerville Winter Mobile Farmers' Market
Groundwork Somerville
Somerville, MA
2014

Team #7: Mystic River Watershed Association (MyRWA)
Gaining Public Access to the Malden River: Opportunities and Challenges of Chapter 91

Mystic River Watershed Association (MyRWA)
Arlington, MA
2014
Team #8: Somerville Community Corp. (SCC)
Development and Its Discontents: Commercial Gentrification in Somerville's Union Square
Somerville Community Corps. (SCC)
Somerville, MA
2014
Team Practical Visionaries Workshop:
Dudley Real Food Hub: Community Planning Process
Practical Visionaries Workshop, in conjunction with Alternatives for Community and Environment (ACE) and Dudley Street Neighborhood Initiative (DSNI)
Roxbury, MA
2014
Team WSSS Practicum: Cape Cod Commission
A Paradigm Shift: Alternative Technologies to Reduce Nitrogen from Cape Cod's Water
Cape Cod Commission
Barnstable, MA
2014

Team WSSS Practicum: Aida Refugee Camp (*)

* This team, part of the Water: Systems, Science & Society (WSSS) certificate program, this year did not include UEP students.

Lajee Center, Bethlehem, West Bank 2014
 
2013 Field Project Reports
 
Project Title Client Year
Team #1: Chelsea Collaborative
Beyond Gentrification: Revitalizing Downtown Chelsea
Chelsea Collaborative
Chelsea, MA
2013
Team #2: Dudley Street Neighborhood Initiative (DSNI)
Parental Engagement in Early School Readiness
Dudley Street Neighborhood Initiative
Roxbury, MA
2013
Team #3: Eight Towns and the Great Marsh Committee
Traditional Uses of the Great Marsh: A Review of Lesser-Known Resources in Massachusetts' Great Salt March
Related website: http://sites.tufts.edu/gmsandbox
Eight Towns and the Great Marsh Committee
Haverhill, MA
2013
Team #4: City of Everett, Department of Planning and Development
Re-imagining The Everett Commercial Triangle
City of Everett, Department of Planning and Development
Everett, MA
2013
Team #5: Groundwork Somerville
Drawing a Vision for Draw 7 Park
Groundwork Somerville
Somerville, MA
2013
Team #7: Metropolitan Area Planning Council (MAPC)
Community Choice Aggregation: Municipal Bulk Buying of Electricity in Massachusetts
Metropolitan Area Planning Council
Boston, MA
2013

Team #8: The Trust for Public Land (TPL)
Urban Farming in Boston: A Survey of Opportunities

Awarded the 2014 AICP Student Project Award for Application of the Planning Process from the American Institute for Certified Planners (a national award), and the 2013 Outstanding Planning Award for Best Student Project from the American Planning Association, Massachusetts Chapter

The Trust for Public Land (Massachusetts State Office)
Boston, MA
2013
Team #9: Vanasse Hangen Brustlin (VHB)
Community Planning Guide For Public Health: Food Access and Sustainable Transportation
Vanasse Hangen Brustlin
Watertown, MA
2013
Team Practical Visionaries Workshop
Cultivate Your Food Economy: Catalyzing Community Action for Food Systems Change

presented as a website: http://sites.tufts.edu/foodeconomyfinalreport
Practical Visionaries Workshop, with steering committee: Alternatives for Community and Environment (ACE) and Dudley Street Neighborhood Initiative (DSNI), and Somerville Community Corporation (SCC)
Roxbury and Somerville, MA
2013
Team WSSS: Malden River
Malden River: Next in Line for Success
Related website: http://maldenriver.wordpress.com
Mystic River Watershed Association (MyRWA)
Arlington, MA
2013
Team WSSS: Aida Refugee Camp
Capacity Building for Improved Water Quality in Aida Refugee Camp
Aida Refugee Camp
Lajee Center, Bethlehem, West Bank
2013
 
2012 Field Project Reports
 
Project Title Client Year
Team #1: The Alliance for Climate Education
Saving Energy Through Creative Competition
The Alliance for Climate Education
Oakland, CA
2012
Team #2: Boston Arts Academy
In Pursuit of Good Food II: Localized Strategies for School Food Reform at the Boston Arts Academy
Boston Arts Academy
Boston, MA
2012
Team #3: The Cadmus Group
Solar Power Purchase Agreements: Identifying Risks for Municipalities in Massachusetts
The Cadmus Group
Waltham, MA
2012
Team #4: Children's Trust Fund
Envisioning Future Directions: The Role of Children's Trust Fund in Promoting Parent Education Support Programs in Massachusetts
Children's Trust Fund
Boston, MA
2012
Team #5: CLF Ventures
Collaborative Planning for Local Food Systems: Municipal Priorities in Action
CLF Ventures
Boston, MA
2012
Team #6: City of Everett
The Old Everett High School: A Catalyst to Revitalize the City
City of Everett
Everett, MA
2012
Team #7: LivableStreets Alliance
Perceptions of Streetscapes in Diverse Boston Communities

A Common Place: Reclaiming Streets for Boston's Diverse Communities (VIDEO)
LivableStreets Alliance
Cambridge, MA
2012
Team #8: City of Somerville's Office of Strategic Planning and Development
Catalyzing Economic Development In Somerville's Brickbottom District: From a Waste Transfer Facility to a 21st Century Economy
City of Somerville's Office of Strategic Planning and Development
Somerville, MA
2012
Team #9: Tufts University
Transportation Planning for a Safer and Greener Campus
Tufts University
Medford, MA
2012
Team Housing: Federal Home Loan Bank Board of Boston
Gatehouse Mill: Connecting Past, Present and People
Federal Home Loan Bank Board of Boston
Boston, MA
2012
Team Practical Visionaries Workshop
If Not Walmart, Then What? Envisioning a Different Paradigm for Local Economic Development in Roxbury and Somerville
Practical Visionaries Workshop
Medford, MA
2012
Team WSSS: Mystic River Watershed Association
Stormwater Management in the Aberjona Watershed
Mystic River Watershed Association
Arlington, MA
2012
Team WSSS: Aida Refugee Camp
Water Quality in Aida Refugee Camp
Aida Refugee Camp
Lajee Center, Bethlehem, West Bank
2012
 
2011 Field Project Reports
 
Project Title Client Year
Team #1: Casey Family Services
Reforming Child Protective Services through Differential Response
Casey Family Services
New Haven, CT
2011
Team #2: Lowell Street
Land-Use Planning along the Green Line Extension in Somerville
Groundwork Somerville & Somerville Community Corporation
Somerville, MA
2011
Team #3: Massachusetts Audubon Society
Reducing Household Carbon Footprints: A Program to Engage the Mass Audubon Community
Massachusetts Audubon Society
Lincoln, MA
2011
Team #4: Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation
Dorchester Coast Greenway Master Plan

Awarded 2011 Outstanding Planning Award for Best Student Project from the American Planning Association, Massachusetts Chapter
Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation
Boston, MA
2011
Team #5: Massachusetts Department of Housing and Community Development
An Interim Evaluation of the Massachusetts Homelessness Prevention and Rapid Re-Housing Program
Massachusetts Department of Housing and Community Development
Boston, MA
2011
Team #6: Meister Consultants Group
Agricultural Biogas in the United States: A Market Assessment
Meister Consultants Group, Inc.
Boston, MA
2011
Team WSSS: Mystic River Watershed Association
Quality and Quantity: Stormwater Management in the Alewife Brook
(part of the Water: Systems, Science and Society interdisciplinary Certificate program at Tufts)
Mystic River Watershed Association
Arlington, MA
2011
Team #8: Green Streets
Growing Green Streets: Regionalizing Walk/Ride Day
Somerville Department of Health & the Green Streets Initiative
Somerville, MA
2011
Team #9: Davis Square Development
Davis Square Hotel Feasibility Study
Somerville Office of Planning and Community Development
Somerville, MA
2011
Team #10: Watertown — Shick House Property
Space vs. Place: Economic Vitality and Historic Preservation Meet at Grove Street
Watertown Department of Community Development and Planning
Watertown, MA
2011
 
2010 Field Project Reports
 
Project Title Client Year
Team #1: Boston Arts Academy
In Pursuit of Good Food: Improving School Food at Boston Arts Academy
Boston Arts Academy
Boston, MA
2010
Team #2: Boston Environment Department
Preparing for Heat Waves in Boston: A Cool Way to Attack Global Warming
City of Boston Environment Department
Boston, MA
2010
Team #3: Community Preservation Act
The Community Preservation Act: Funding Impacts and Community Values – A 10th Anniversary Study
Citizens’ Housing and Planning Association (CHAPA) and the Community Preservation Coalition (CPC)
Boston, MA
2010
Team #4: Somerville Housing Division
Retrofitting for Residential Energy Efficiency in Somerville: A Program Feasibility Study for the City of Somerville
City of Somerville, Mass., Mayor’s Office of Strategic Planning and Community Development, Housing Division
Somerville, MA
2010
Team #5: Groundwork Somerville
From Factories to Fresh Food – Planning for Urban Agriculture in Somerville
Groundwork Somerville
Somerville, MA
2010
Team #6: Mystic Zone
The Mystic Zone: Cultivating the Community to Close the Achievement Gap
A partnership of the UEP Department, the Eliot-Pearson Department of Child Development, and the Jonathan M. Tisch College of Citizenship and Public Service at Tufts University
Medford, MA
2010
Team #7: Roslindale Village Main Street Program
Destination: Roslindale Village: A Roadmap for a Vibrant Village
Roslindale Village Main Street (RVMS) Program
Boston, MA
2010
Team #8: Salem Sound Coastwatch
Planning for Effective Pond Management in the Salem Sound Watershed
Salem Sound Coastwatch (SSCW)
Salem, MA
2010
Team #9: Somerville Community Corp.
Interactive Technologies in Participatory Planning: A Guide for Somerville Community Corporation
Somerville Community Corp. (SCC)
Somerville, MA
2010
Team #10: Watertown Community Path
Watertown Community Path: Linking Watertown’s Past to its Future (Report)
Watertown Presentation (Video)

Awarded 2010 Outstanding Planning Award for Best Community-Wide Project from the American Planning Association, Massachusetts Chapter
and
the 2011 AICP Student Project Award for Application of the Planning Process from the American Institute for Certified Planners
Town of Watertown Department of Community Development and Planning (primary client); Watertown Citizens for Environmental Safety; Watertown Bicycle and Pedestrian Committee
Watertown, MA
2010
Team WSSS: Friends of the Environment/Elbow Cay
Abaco Water Quality Monitoring Program
(note: appendices not included)
(part of the Water: Systems, Science and Society interdisciplinary Certificate program at Tufts)
Friends of the Environment, Elbow Cay, the Bahamas
Elbow Cay, Bahamas
2010
 
2009 Field Project Reports
 
Project Title Client Year
Team #1: Alternatives for Community and Environment (ACE)
For Dudley, By Dudley: An analysis of gentrification in the Dudley Square area of Roxbury, Boston
Alternatives for Community and Environment (ACE)
Boston, MA
2009
Team #2: Boston Environment Department
Wind and Waste: Diversifying Boston's Renewable Energies
City of Boston Environment Department
Boston, MA
2009
Team #3: Chinese Progressive Association (CPA)
Pathways to Green Jobs: An Analysis of the Opportunities and Obstacles in the Green Jobs Market for Boston’s Chinese Community
Chinese Progressive Association (CPA)
Boston, MA
2009
Team #4: Citizens’ Housing and Planning Association
On the Ground: 40B Developments Before and After
Citizens’ Housing and Planning Association
Boston, MA
2009
Team #5: College of the Bahamas
The Coastal Water Quality of Elbow Cay
College of the Bahamas
Nassau, The Bahamas
2009
Team #6: Groundwork Somerville
Back on Track: Talking Transit in Somerville (Video)
Groundwork Somerville
Somerville, MA
2009
Team #7: Marlborough 2010
Marlborough 2010: Policy Action Plan, Downtown: In Focus
Marlborough 2010: Business Action Plan, Downtown: In Focus
Marlborough 2010: Community Action Plan, Downtown: In Focus
Marlborough 2010
Marlborough, MA
2009
Team #8: Medford Climate Action Network
Inspiring the Local Response to Climate Change: An Examination of Barriers and Incentives in Medford Mass.
Medford Climate Action Network
Medford, MA
2009
Team #9: United Way for the Greater New Orleans Area, Success By 6
Retaining Talent: Quality Rating Systems as a Workforce Stabilization Strategy in Post-Katrina New Orleans
United Way for the Greater New Orleans Area, Success By 6
New Orleans, LA
2009
Team #10: The Nature Conservancy
An Evaluation of Dam Removal Policy and Practices In The Nature Conservancy’s Eastern Region
The Nature Conservancy
Boston, MA
2009
 
2008 Field Project Reports
 
Project Title Client Year
Team #1:College of The Bahamas (COB)
Enhancing Local Capacities for Stormwater Management in Nassau, New Providence, The Bahamas
College of The Bahamas
Nassau, The Bahamas
2008
Team #2:Community Labor United (CLU)
The Planning Impact of Boston Nonprofits on Neighborhoods and the Democratic Process
Community Labor United
Boston, MA
2008
Team #3:Devens Enterprise Commission
Power Down Devens: Revolving Loans
Devens Enterprise Commission
Devens, MA
2008
Team #4:Institute for Community Health (ICH)
Report: The Path to Active Living
Video: The Somerville Community Path
Institute for Community Health
Somerville, MA
2008
Team #5:Lawrence Community Development Department
Strengthening the Sense of Place – Strategies for Well-Being in the Arlington Neighborhood
Lawrence Community Development Department
Lawrence, MA
2008
Team #6:Massachusetts Audubon Society
Nature’s New Curriculum: Creating Educational Opportunities in Urban and Diverse Communities
Massachusetts Audubon Society
Lincoln, MA
2008
Team #7:Mattapan Community Development Corp.
Is a Main Street Program Appropriate for Mattapan? An Analysis of the Key Factors
Mattapan Community Development Corp.
Mattapan, MA
2008
Team #8:Medford Office of Community Development
Sophisticated Matchmaking: Identifying Opportunities for Affordable Housing Development in Medford, Massachusetts

Awarded 2009 Outstanding Planning Award for Student Planning Project from the American Planning Association, Massachusetts Chapter
Medford Office of Community Development
Medford, MA
2008
Team #9:Salem Sound Coastwatch (SSCW)
Climate Change: Ready or Not – Climate Change Impacts, Vulnerability, Risk and Adaptation Strategies for the Salem Sound Area of Massachusetts
Salem Sound Coastwatch
Salem, MA
2008
Team #10:Success By 6
Providing for Providers: Health Care Benefits as a Retention Solution in Louisiana’s Child Care Crisis
Success By 6
New Orleans, LA
2008
Team #11:Vanasse Hangen Brustlin, Inc. (VHB)
Creating a Model Village Center: Strategies for Success
Vanasse Hangen Brustlin, Inc.
Watertown, MA
2008
 
2007 Field Project Reports
 
Project Title Client Year
Team #1:The Alliance
Leading the Way or Not: Racial Diversity of Leadership in Community Development Organizations
The Alliance - Advancing Community Development by Confronting Racism, Boston, MA 2007
Team #2:Alternatives for Community & Environment (ACE)
Making the Grade: A Performance Analysis of Five Key Bus Routes in the Greater Boston Area
Alternatives for Community & Environment, Roxbury, MA 2007
Team #3:Casey Family Services (CFS)
Poverty and Child Neglect: Exploring Solutions through Differential Response
Casey Family Services, New Haven, CT 2007
Team #4:The Chinese Progressive Association (CPA)
Housing in Chinatown: Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow
The Chinese Progressive Association, Boston, MA 2007
Team #5:Ipswich, Town of
Chapter 40R: An Initial Report for the Town of Ipswich
Ipswich, Town of - Planning Department, Ipswich, MA 2007
Team #6:Mystic River Watershed Association (MyRWA)
Redeveloping the Lower Mystic River: Case Studies and Best Practices
Mystic River Watershed Association, Arlington, MA 2007
Team #7:Salem Sound Coastwatch (SSCW)
Creating a New Place: A Concept Plan for 15 Peabody Street

Awarded 2008 AICP Student Project Award for Application of the Planning Process from the American Institute of Certified Planners
Salem Sound Coastwatch, Salem, MA 2007
Team #8:Somerville, City of
Expanding Access to Transit: Integrating a Green Line Station into Ball Square
Somerville, Mass., City of, Mayor's Office of Strategic Planning and Community Development, Somerville, MA 2007
Team #9:Somerville Community Corporation (SCC)
Small Businesses and Local Food: Challenges and Opportunities for Eastern Somerville
Somerville Community Corporation, Somerville, MA 2007
Team #10:The Nature Conservancy (TNC)
Conserving Freshwater and Coastal Resources in a Changing Climate
The Nature Conservancy, Boston, MA 2007
 
2006 Field Project Reports
 
Project Title Client Year
Chinatown 2006: Initiating a Grassroots Planning Dialog Asian Community Development Corporation, Boston, MA 2006
The Middlesex Fells Reservation: The Case for a Resource Management and Maintenance Plan The Friends of the Middlesex Fells, Stoneham, MA 2006
Subsidized Guardianship in New England: An Analysis for Casey Family Services Casey Family Services, New Haven, CT 2006
Doing More by Doing Less: A High-Value Action Plan for Implementing Sustainable Flood Control The Nature Conservancy, Boston, MA 2006
Chinatown: A Toolkit for Community Empowerment The Chinese Progressive Association, Boston, MA 2006
Nurturing the Recovery of the North River: A Practical Vision Salem Sound Coastwatch, Salem, MA 2006
In the Face of Growth: An Assessment of Community Impacts of Economic Development Projects in Chelsea, MA Community Labor United, Boston, MA 2006
Sasaki Green: A Sustainable Planning Guide Sasaki Associates, Watertown, MA 2006
East Broadway Main Street: A Strategic Plan for Startup and Stakeholder Engagement Somerville Main Streets, Somerville, MA 2006
Belmont Community Greenhouse Gas Inventory and Reduction Strategies Sustainable Belmont, Belmont, MA 2006
 
2005 Field Project Reports
 
Project Title Client Year
Bringing a Public Library to Boston's Chinatown: How to build the Political Will The Chinese Progressive Association, Boston, MA 2005
An Environmental Justice Inventory for Ten Communities in the Greater Boston Area Massachusetts Executive Office of Environmental Affairs, Boston, MA 2005
Thinking Outside the Box in Boston: The Impact of Green Building on Urban Systems and Municipal Infrastructure The Green Roundtable, Cambridge, MA 2005
Securing Non-Citizen Voting Rights - Determining the Feasibility of Enabling Legislation in Massachusetts Massachusetts Immigrant and Refugee Advocacy Coalition and Cambridge Immigrant Voting Rights Campaign, Boston and Cambridge, MA 2005
Evaluation and Management in the Upper Great Marsh: Emergent Phragmites Australis Eight Towns & the Bay/Merrimack Valley Planning Commission, Haverhill, MA 2005
A Drop of Protection is Worth a Gallon of Cure: Making the Case for Source Water Protection The Nature Conservancy, Boston, MA 2005
Success Despite Barriers: Innovative Housing Options for Homeless Young Adults New England Network for Child, Youth & Family Services, Burlington, VT 2005
Arlington Sustainability Action Plan, Vol. I Sustainable Arlington, Arlington, MA 2005
Developing Affordable Housing Along Somerville's Rail Corridors Somerville Community Corporation, Somerville, MA. 2005
Understanding the State Budget and Its Effect on Communities of Color: The Importance of Civic Participation in the Budget Process Union of Minority Neighborhoods, Roxbury, MA 2005
 
2004 Field Project Reports
 
Project Title Client Year
Waterways Ordinances and Public Access Policies Everett Police Marine Division/Office of the Harbormaster, Everett, MA 2004
Beyond the Minimum: Stormwater Management in Ipswich, Massachusetts Town of Ipswich, Massachusetts 2004
Conserving Biodiversity in the Northeast: Atmospheric Deposition and Invasive Species The Nature Conservancy, Boston, MA 2004
Boston University's National Biocontainment Lab: Economic Opportunity or Environmental Injustice? Alternatives for Community and Environment, Roxbury, MA 2004
Urban Community Gardens and Orchards: A Maintenance Guide for Dudley Neighbors, Inc. Dudley Neighbors, Inc., Roxbury, MA 2004
Tent City Apartments: Considerations for Cooperative Ownership Tent City Corporation, Boston, MA 2004
Asian Community Development Corporation (ACDC) Job Fair Improvement Analysis Asian Community Development Corporation, Boston, MA 2004
"Better Than or Equal to" Design Alternatives for the Washington Street Corridor The Washington Street Corridor Corporation, Roxbury, MA 2004
More Than a Roof over Their Heads: A Qualitative Evaluation of Transitional Living Programs New England Network for Child, Youth & Family Services, Burlington, VT 2004