The Boston campus is located on the Columbia Point Peninsula, three miles from downtown Boston, and overlooks Boston Harbor. It is nationally recognized as a model of excellence for urban universities. The city of Boston is renowned for its educational, cultural, and social opportunities. Campus surroundings include the Boston Harbor ecosystem, with its 31 islands, its salt marshes, tributary rivers, and proximity to Georges Bank. The university also maintains a marine station located on 115 acres in Nantucket.
The university’s coastal location provides the ideal environment for its marine science programs, which emphasize a science-policy interface. This integrated science and management approach includes both academic programs and the Urban Harbors Institute, which provides analysis and expertise in integrated coastal zone management and urban harbor management.
Boston Harbor, one of the most polluted harbors in the nation, is undergoing a $3.5 billion dollar cleanup by the Massachusetts Water Resources Authority that began in 1989. The secondary sewage treatment plant at Deer Island, opened in 1997, is also located near the campus. This ecosystem has provided numerous research opportunities for IGS faculty.
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