School of Professional Studies

Date of Award


Degree Type


Degree Name

Master of Public Administration (MPA)


School of Professional Studies

Chief Instructor

Mary Piecewicz

Second Reader

Joseph O'Brien


MPA, solar energy, water conservation, sustainability plans, social justice, community involvement, transportation, municipal environmental commissions


In response to the urgent threat posed by climate change, more and more cities, including Worcester, are attempting to become more environmentally responsible and sustainable. Worcester is attempting to develop ways to become more sustainable; both to strengthen their communities and to protect the planet. The Green Worcester Working Group (GWWG) tasked the Clark Capstone Team with researching best practices for municipal sustainability. The GWWG has set the following priorities: climate change mitigation, resilience, open spaces, sustainable resource management, education and awareness. Taking these into account, the Clark Capstone Team researched the sustainability practices of cities in New England, across the U.S., and around the world, gathering and synthesizing the information found. Through careful data evaluation, the team selected six cities to recommend: Portsmouth, NH; Cambridge, MA; Bridgeport, CT; Somerville, MA; Seattle, WA; and New York, NY.





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