New York, NY – November 7, 2011 - High school students in Rockland County will be able to participate in the assessment and planning of land use in their communities, thanks to a $5,000 grant from The Thornton Tomasetti Foundation to the Planning Land Use with Students (PLUS) Program.
The PLUS Program, administered through Columbia University’s Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory, provides students with real world experience in land use planning and decision making. Students learn to address concepts of sustainable planning and examine important environmental, social and economic land planning questions, while working in teams to map out their own land use plan.
High school students selected their own sites for review, assessment and planning and will offer up presentations with mentor input for their land use ideas at a symposium on Friday, December 16, 2011 at the SUNY Rockland Community College in Suffern, NY. A group of planning and development professionals will be in attendance to advise the students on their projects.
In addition to the Thornton Tomasetti Foundation, additional sponsors of the Rockland PLUS program are Frank and Joanne Gumper, and HSBC.
“The Thornton Tomasetti Foundation is overjoyed at the chance to teach today’s bright young minds. The PLUS Program provides students with the opportunity to showcase their passion and talents as they search for alternative ways to revitalize their communities. We look forward to the December presentations.”
Richard Tomasetti, chairman, Thornton Tomasetti Foundation
The Thornton Tomasetti Foundation, a tax-exempt, nonprofit organization established in February 2008, has two primary missions including funding fellowships, scholarships and internships for undergraduate students, and those planning to pursue graduate studies in building engineering, design or technology and providing financial support for individuals and organizations pursuing philanthropic activities related to building engineering, design or technology. Key elements of the program are college scholarships, traveling internships, and grants to, and partnerships with nonprofit organizations.