|NEST researchers from New Hampshire, Maine, and Rhode Island come together to form new collaborations on the Future of Dams Project.|
Balancing economic and community development with environmental protection
The New England SusTainability Consortium (NEST) is a regional research partnership focused on strengthening the scientific basis for decision-making through sustainability science. Improving the links between science and decision-making is a global challenge. Gaps between scientific knowledge and public and private decision-making undermine a community’s ability to maintain resilient social-ecological systems. NEST uses sustainability science to focus on producing knowledge and linking it to actions that improve human well-being and preserve our planet’s life-support systems.
NEST is designed to respond to societal challenges where economic and community development goals need to be balanced with environmental protection. Such sustainability objectives are not only of central importance in New England but also represent national and global imperatives.
NEST is funded by the National Science Foundation's EPSCoR program. Consortium partners include: NH EPSCoR, ME EPSCoR, RI EPSCoR, University of New Hampshire, University of Maine, the University of Rhode Island, Rhode Island School of Design, Keene State College, University of Southern Maine, College of the Atlantic, University of New England, Great Bay Community College, Plymouth State University, and Keene State College.