What are the real costs and benefits of fracking in Pennsylvania and West Virginia?

Are the models used to evaluate the costs and benefit of natural mineral extraction reliable? Do they accurately account for the most important benefits and costs communities are likely to experience during a process like fracking?

MIT DUSP Faculty Awards (x2)

MIT/DUSP is pleased to report two "big wins" for faculty in the department.  Congratulations to:

Open Data Discourse Launches "Street Safety Challenge"

On Nov 21st, Open Data Discourse -- a DUSP student led initiative -- launched the Street Safety Challenge. 

Can Grass-roots Innovation be scaled-up through the Design and Maintenance of Social and Policy Networks?

The states are the “laboratories of democracy. ” They are often the source of new policy ideas, including new strategies for encouraging investment in renewable energy. Some of these ideas spread; others don’t. The process of diffusion is inherently a social process; implementation is achieved via a network of actors.  Ryan Cook’s thesis looks closely at the way in which Solarize, a community-based energy program has moved across the country.

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