Center for Rebuilding Sustainable Communities after Disasters

at the University of Massachusetts Boston

Maps & Directions


The following are some of CRSCAD's partners:

United Planet
Center for Homeland Defense & Security
Earthspark International
Indonesian Delegation
University Officials from Baghdad


CRSCAD collaborates with United Planet

We are pleased that CRSCAD and United Planet have agreed to collaborate starting from January 2012.

United Planet, founded in 2001, is an international nonprofit organization based in Boston that strives to create a world in which all people understand, respect, and support one another. United Planet's global network of leaders and volunteers fosters cross-cultural understanding and addresses shared challenges to unite the world in a community beyond borders. United Planet is a recognized leader in the field of international volunteerism. United Planet volunteers have served over 600,000 hours of international community service and dispatched thousands of volunteers, both individuals and groups, including the students, professors, nonprofit professionals, business professionals, doctors, and more, from 1-52 weeks to work in areas of need around the world, including disaster recovery, education, women’s empowerment, social entrepreneurship, support for the elderly, and more in over 40 countries. The underlying principle of our programs is the concept of Relational Diplomacy—recognizing that the relationship between people of diverse backgrounds is the basic building block for uniting the world. United Planet also engages local communities through United Planet’s globally connected Ambassador Clubs and Leaders program, facilitates presentations and dialogue to raise awareness for cultural and international issues, and supports ongoing collaboration through online activities. In recognition for its innovative programs, CNN selected United Planet as one of only ten organizations around the world for its “Be the Change” initiative. United Planet is the United States National Committee member of the International Cultural Exchange (ICYE) Federation, founded in 1949, and a member of United States Agency for International Development’s (USAID) Volunteer’s for Prosperity program.

CRSCAD and the Center for Homeland Defense and Security
CHDS conducts a wide range of programs focusing on assisting current and future leaders in Homeland Defense and Security to develop the policies, strategies, programs and organizational elements needed to defeat terrorism in the United States.

CRSCAD and Earthspark International sign Memorandum of Understanding
In January 2009,  Earthspark International and the Center for Rebuilding Sustainable Communities after Disasters (CRSCAD) at the University of Massachusetts Boston agreed to work together with the goal of establishing cooperative initiatives between both entities, in particular to forming a Sustainable Use of Energy Education Program in CRSCAD, in compliance with Section 108 of the Massachusetts Green Communities Act. These agreements will be based on the principal of equality and mutual benefit that will include setting up special education, courses, special energy programs, and joint academic research. Learn more

FEMA Officials visit Center
On March 7, 2008, officials from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) visited the College to discuss disaster preparedness and recovery and to plan future cooperation between the agency and the University.

Indonesian Delegation Visits Center
On February 29, 2008, a high level delegation from Indonesia visited the College to discuss the rebuilding effort following the devastating 2004 tsunami that struck Aceh and to plan future cooperation.

University Officials from Baghdad Visit Center
On July 11, 2006, CPCS welcomed a delegation of Iraqi university officials. Story on University of Massachusetts President's Office International Relations website: "Rebuilding Iraq: UMass Boston Reaches Out to University Officials from Baghdad."

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