This project is being conducted by Brian Seitzman, who is pursuing a Master’s degree in the Department of International Development Community and Environment of Clark University.
Brian writes, “I am working as an intern this summer to learn about policy and practical issues involved with the continued operation of the Eco-machine. Through this, I will gain an understanding of how the facility serves as a community resource for environmental remediation and education. My longer term goals, beginning with my Master’s thesis work for the MS degree – is to understand what types of capacity building (technical and social) are needed to scale-up small pilot projects, including the networking of multiple Eco-machines and other remediation technologies. I will be using the Grafton Eco-machine as a model in an effort to formulate the means by which the technology will increase financial self-reliance and be more strongly connected to the local economy, e.g. by providing opportunities for employment and producing marketable products. The main question I plan to answer is: How can Eco-machines employ local young people through creating spaces for plant nurseries, crops, and sustainable, environmentally sound products?”