Emma Cook ’12

Fall 2009-Spring 2010 Davies Leader

“Development and Collaboration Initiatives for Mill Run”
CEED: Center for Economic and Environmental Development

CEED involves faculty and students in college-community partnerships that address local and regional sustainability issues. Emma’s work with CEED this year focuses on the design and layout of the Mill Run Master Plan, which is a document that includes: 1. the land, water, biological, and cultural resources to be found in Meadville, 2. a description of the Mill Run Watershed, 3. an environmental assessment of the stream, and 4. suggestions for improving water quality. Her work this year includes reviewing and editing existing literature, selecting and incorporating maps and historical photos into the report, and formatting the comprehensive Master Plan so that it is well organized, easy to understand, and visually pleasing.

Emma’s project is a vital step in forwarding CEED’s goal of utilizing Mill Run as a tool for sustainable development throughout Meadville. Personally, Emma says that her work with CEED is expanding her skill sets as she gains experience with design programs such as Adobe InDesign and Illustrator. Also, she says, it is expanding her knowledge of the Meadville community, its assets, and its history. “I am learning the potential power that a natural resource like Mill Run has to unify and strengthen a community,” Emma says.