The Bioregional Center's ToolShed is designed as a specific kind of utility -- an ensemble of conceptual and technical resources -- that researchers can use to meet the aims of their strategic initiatives. Each element of the ToolShed has:

  • A clearly articulated descriptive narrative, including main features, purpose and potential synergy with the Center's other tools.
  • One or more leaders from a university.
  • An integrated suite of conceptual and technical resources (a.k.a. "tools") located in one place for users interested in designing, conducting, and/or sharing civically engaged research and education.
  • A plan for ongoing evaluation of use value.
The making and doing of Civic Engagement and Assessment.

The Bioregional Center is committed to expanding the voices engaged in the public dialogue and has partnered with the Global Action Research Center, experts in Civic Engagement and Civically Engaged Research.


Bringing science communication to youth.

The Sustainability Science and Communication tool helps transition institutions of higher education, especially research universities, into "Rooted Universities." The Rooted University invests significant attention and resources in place-based education, research and community engagement.

A collage of community development at the local level.

Leaders are developing the Community Development Toolbox, a suite of design- and planning-based methods, techniques and technologies to enhance the physical, social, economic and cultural assets in underserved communities.

Paul Watson and a team of community youth leaders.
The Bioregional Center promotes intergenerational leadership by initiating participatory action research projects that utilize a Community Youth Development approach. This facilitates youth and adults who work together to address negative issues within their respective communities.
A move toward green transportation.

The Bioregional Center's team is creating a set of community-based protocols, theories and tools for working with students, leaders and citizen scientists to identify and act on environmental, infrastructural and social assets, resources, concerns and challenges in the community.


The BRC is developing extensions to commonly used spatial-analysis tools to enable neighborhood- and site-level analysis of food systems, water resources, and urban design.

The Bioregional Center is developing the Spatial Analysis and Planning Toolbox, an integrated suite of GIS-based modeling tools for preparing, analyzing, and visualizing alternative land use/transportation scenarios at the neighborhood scale.