Social Sciences

Reports

The following reports are produced by researchers, staff, and students in the Department of Social Sciences at Michigan Tech. All reports are public release but remain copyright of the respective author(s).

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L’Anse Community Solar Social & Economic Feasibility Study

The goals of the study were to determine a) whether L’Anse utility customers would be likely to buy shares; and b) how to best design an accessible, affordable program for L’Anse residents and businesses. The study team reviewed multiple existing community solar projects for best practices, investigated costs and various economic scenarios, and conducted a community-wide survey, interviews with key informants, and focus group discussions in L’Anse.

Findings show that L’Anse customers do support the Village moving forward with a community solar program and that customers may be willing to purchase enough shares to support a 100kW system.

Contact: Richelle Winkler

Published: December 13, 2017


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Pullman National Historical Landmark Archaeological Overview and Assessment

The Archaeological Overview and Assessment is a Baseline Research Report within the National Park Service’s Cultural Resource Management system. As an industrial factory site with associated community, the archaeological resources of Pullman National Monument are evaluated here within the overlapping frameworks of Industrial Archaeology and Industrial Heritage. This report provides a short introduction to the history of the Pullman Palace Car Company, and then a summary of the geological and environmental setting of the monument with focus on the Monument’s potential to yield sites or artifacts related to ancient land use.

Contact: Timothy Scarlett

Published: November 1, 2017 


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Exploring Opportunities for Collaboration among Calumet Area Municipalities

This report examines the demographic and fiscal pressures faced by Calumet area municipalities and explores possibilities for various forms of cooperation, service sharing, or consolidation, focusing on Calumet Charter Township, Village of Calumet, and the Village of Laurium. The goals are to:

  1. start a conversation,
  2. provide accessible and clear information
  3. examine advantages and disadvantages of multiple scenarios.

Information comes from summarizing demographic data, analyzing fiscal conditions for each municipality,
interviews with 14 community members, and reviewing case studies and Michigan laws and procedures.

Contact: Richelle Winkler

Published: December 12, 2016


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Potential Applications of Supercritical Carbon Dioxide Extraction and Impregnation for the Stabilization and Conservation of Industrial Heritage Artifacts

Contact: Tim Scarlett 

Published: January 2016


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Waste and Recycling Programs in Hancock, Houghton, and MTU: Review and Recommendations

This report was written by a team of graduate students taking a course in Sociology of the Environment at Michigan Tech during Fall semester 2015. They were supervised by Dr. Richelle Winkler. The project was inspired by members of the Copper Country Recycling Initiative.

Managing municipal solid waste is a key task for municipalities, organizations and businesses, and households given the hundreds of millions of tons of waste we generate in the United States each year. Managing waste is expensive in terms of time, money, and environmental impacts.

 

Contact: Richelle Winker

Published online December 8, 2015


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Exploring the Social Feasibility of Minewater Geothermal in Calumet

Contact: Richelle Winker

Published: December 13, 2013


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First Fridays: Measuring Value using the Community Capitals Framework

Contact: Richelle Winker

2012; Published online December 13, 2013


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Documentation based on low-cost photogrammetry: Unidentified structures in Hancock, MI

Contact: Mark Dice or Tim Scarlett

Published: October 2013