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Integration of Local Scientists Into Local Communities to Help Solve Local Problems


Communities across the countries are facing enormous challenges in the wake of climate change. From flooding to drought, clean drinking water to electrical grid failures there are so many issues where do you start? Integrating local university scientists to partner with cities and towns, especially low-income communities can be a win-win for all. Universities and colleges have the resources and students who could be persuaded to put their skills to work right in their backyards. Most colleges have environmental science and sustainability courses that could benefit from working on a real project that could benefit the entire community. Most cities could serve as an urban or rural laboratory for research driven by real projects and school curriculum. The community and school would become partners, signing an agreement, clearly defining the project. No financial impact for either the community or school would be necessary or required. The only cost would be when the community would decide to implement the solutions coming from the scientists and students.

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