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Thanks to the collaboration and support with the following organization and individuals, the work of Public Lab is made possible.

  • Al Houla Association and Beit Atfal Assumoud are two non-governmental organisations based in Bourj Al Shamali refugee camp in south Lebanon and who work with youth and on improving living conditions in the camp. (2015 & 2016)

  • Appalachian Mountaintop Patrol A collaborative, environmental watchdog and multimedia education initiative that works with environmental activists and other community members in the Coal River Valley and Kanawha forest regions of West Virginia to use documentary filmmaking, video surveillance, aerial photography and citizen science to chronicle and take action against the ongoing environmental contamination and the public health crisis caused by Mountaintop Removal and Hydrofracking in the area. (2015)

  • Basurama (Spain) is a non-profit organization that raises awareness of waste production and studies waste as a resource through a series of workshops, public art interventions and multimedia projects where participant-users take active part in the search, selection of waste, as well as in the collaborative process of design and construction. (2013)

  • Belize Open Source - Sustainable Development (Belize) BOSSD is a non-profit that promotes environmentally and socially sustainable development. It is based on an open source approach to plan, implement, and participate in a land-based learning and community outreach center and working farm on a 40 acre property in northwestern Belize, near the village of August Pine Ridge. (2013)

  • Ben-Gurion University in the Negev (Beer Sheva, Israel) (2013)

  • Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design (Jerusalem, Israel) Architecture department, civic architecture unit.

  • BIMKOM – Planners for Planning Rights is an Israeli non-profit organization formed in 1999 by a group of planners and architects, in order to strengthen democracy and human rights in the field of planning. (2015)

  • Breathe Easy Susquehanna County MISSION: "To protect regional air quality and health of communities in Susquehanna County, Pa from potentially harmful air emissions released through the processes of shale gas extraction, production and transport." (2016)

  • Cape Cod Bay Watch (Plymouth, MA) Our mission is to protect and restore Cape Cod Bay and all its resources. We accomplish our mission by using science, education, advocacy, and the law. (2013)

  • CEDAPS The Health Promotion Centre is a non-governmental, non-profit, established in 1993, which operates in Rio de Janeiro. Our mission is to promote the full participation of poor communities in the development process and the improvement of public policies that work in these areas, contributing to the promotion of health, the guarantee of rights and equity. (2014)

  • Chelsea Collaborative originally founded in 1988 as the Chelsea Human Services Collaborative, is an organization dedicated to the needs of the community of Chelsea. Our mission is to enhance the social, environmental and economic health of the community and its people. (2017)

  • Chicago State University (2015)

  • Civic Hall (New York, New York) a new home for civic tech. (2014)

  • Concerned Citizens of Bridge Creek (Wisconsin) (2014)

  • Concerned Citizens of Buffalo County (Buffalo County, WI) (2014)

  • Concerned Chippewa Citizen (Wisconsin) CCC provides information and resources to those fighting the rapidly proliferating Frac Sand Mines and Processing Facilities in Wisconsin. (2014)

  • Crawford Stewardship Project (Wisconsin) Crawford Stewardship Project works in Wisconsin to protect the environment of Crawford County and neighboring regions from threats of polluting and extractive industries, to promote sustainable land use, environmental justice, and local control of natural resources. (2014)

  • DFR Robot is a world-leading robotics and open source hardware provider with a large community catering to future creators. We keep creating innovative, user-friendly hardware & software products that become the building blocks in all kinds of electronic projects and fostering a strong community of learners around it. (2017)

  • Dredge Research Collaborative (United States) The Dredge Research Collaborative investigates human sediment handling practices, through publications, an event series, and various other projects. (2014)

  • El Puente (Brooklyn, New York) is a community human rights institution that promotes leadership for peace and justice through the engagement of members (youth and adult) in the arts, education, scientific research, wellness and environmental action. (2014)

  • Emerson College, Journalism Dept & Engagement Lab (United States) The Engagement Lab is an applied research lab at Emerson College focusing on the development and study of games, technology, and new media to enhance civic life. (2014)

  • Empire Dragon Boat (Flushing, Queens) are breast cancer survivors advocating to clean up the sewer overflow at our marina on Flushing Bay. (2014)

  • Engineers Without Borders-USA (EWB-USA) EWB-USA is a non-profit that supports community-driven development programs worldwide through the design and implementation of sustainable engineering projects while fostering responsible leadership.

  • Environmental Data Governance Initiative The Environmental Data and Governance Initiative (EDGI) is an international network of academics and non-profits addressing potential threats to federal environmental and energy policy, and to the scientific research infrastructure built to investigate, inform, and enforce. Dismantling this infrastructure — which ranges from databases to satellites to models for climate, air, and water — could imperil the public’s right to know, the United States’ standing as a scientific leader, corporate accountability, and environmental protection. (2016)

  • Espacio Open Organizes the Bilbao Maker Faire which features [Public Lab] (2016)

  • Farm Hack Farm Hack aims to nurture the development, documentation, and manufacture of farm tools for resilient agriculture. (2011)

  • Forensic Architecture, a research consultancy undertaking spatial and media analysis for the investigation of human rights violations. (2015)

  • The FracTracker Alliance, studies, maps, and communicates the risks of oil and gas development to protect our planet and support the renewable energy transformation. (2016)

  • Friends of Penobscot Bay (Maine) Penobscot Bay -- America's lobster basket, sturgeon/salmon/ sailing and tourism destination -- needs our care to keep it that way! (2014)

  • Gathering for Open Science Hardware (2016)

  • Global Community Monitor (California) Together, with the power of the Bucket, we have won – cleaner air, new laws and regulations, families relocated to safer neighborhoods, children moved to a healthier school, the closure of notorious toxic facility, and companies investing in improving their operations to reduce pollution.

  • Gowanus Canal Conservancy (Brooklyn, NY) The Gowanus Canal Conservancy is a community-based non-profit organization that serves as the environmental steward for the Gowanus Canal Watershed. (2010)

  • Gowanus Dredgers (Brooklyn, NY) The Gowanus Dredgers Canoe Club is a volunteer organization dedicated to providing waterfront access and education related to the estuary and bordering shoreline neighborhoods. (2010)

  • Green Community Garden (Newark, New Jersey) (2014)

  • Greenovation Hub 创绿中心 (Guangzhou, China) Water shortage and pollution is a critical problem in many Chinese villages. Teaming up with experts and scholars, we have invented water testing packs to enable citizens to gather and upload data for water quality map, as well as low-cost DIY drinking water kits for villagers to tackle this vital issue. (2016)

  • Greenroots is a community-based organization in Chelsea, MA working to achieve: environmental justice, waterfront access, youth leadership on environmental justice concerns, improved public health, air, and water quality, climate resiliency, greater open, green space, urban agriculture and food justice (2017)

  • GreenStart (New Hampshire) Our mission is to foster a resilient energy and food system for New Hampshire by providing technical education and practical agricultural examples.

  • Groundwork New Orleans Green Team Groundwork USA is the only network of local organizations devoted to transforming the natural and built environment of marginalized communities — a national enterprise with local roots, working at the intersection of the environment, equity and civic engagement. Groundwork New Orleans and their Greenteam has worked with Public Lab since 2015 including work on mapping for the Urban Waters project, work on the oil testing kit and the stormwater workshop series of 2017. (2015)

  • Gulf Monitoring Consortium (Gulf Coast US) The Gulf Monitoring Consortium is a rapid response alliance that collects, analyzes and publishes images and other information acquired from space, from the air, and from the surface in order to investigate and expose pollution incidents that occur in the Gulf of Mexico and Gulf Coast region. (2013)

  • Gulf Restoration Network (Gulf Coast US) The Gulf Restoration Network is committed to uniting and empowering people to protect and restore the natural resources of the Gulf Region. (2010)

  • HackerFarm01007 (Belchertown, MA) HackerFarm01007 is an open environment for independent and collaborative work in a variety of media. It is a place for teaching, learning, exploration, and creative expression. There are facilities for woodworking, welding, machining, and electronics assembly, and one acre of open land for small-scale agricultural projects. (2013)

  • IDIYA maker space a makerspace, workshop and design studio that provides members access to education, tools, and a creative community in the interest of fostering innovation in fabricators, hobbyists, artists, entrepreneurs and DIY’ers. (2015)

  • InfoAmazonia Provides timely news and reports of the endangered Amazon region. A network of organizations and journalists deliver updates from the nine countries of the forest. (2015)

  • iSeeChange is a community science and weather journal. ISeeChange Joined Public Lab for the New Orleans Depth Sensing event in May 2016 and continued collaborations through 2017.

  • Jones River Watershed Association (Kingston, MA) The Jones River Watershed Association is a non-profit, member-based environmental organization established to protect, enhance and restore the quality of the natural resources in Southeastern Massachusetts, in particular the Jones River and Cape Cod Bay, for present and future generations, while cultivating effective stewardship of our regional environment through science, advocacy, and education.

  • LUMCON (Cocodrie, LA) The Louisiana Universities Marine Consortium (LUMCON) was formed in 1979 to increase society's awareness of the environmental, economic and cultural value of Louisiana's coastal and marine environments by conducting research and education programs directly relevant to Louisiana's needs in marine science and coastal resources and serving as a facility for all Louisiana schools with interest in marine research and education. (2012)

  • MEJAC The Mobile Environmental Justice Action Coalition was formed in 2013 with the mission to engage and organize with Mobile’s most threatened communities in order to defend the inalienable rights to clean air, water, soil, health, and safety and to take direct action when government fails to do so, ensuring community self-determination. (2017)

  • MIT Center for Civic Media (Cambridge, MA) The MIT Center for Civic Media works hand in hand with diverse communities to collaboratively create, design, deploy, and assess civic media tools and practices. (2010)

  • Mystic River Watershed Association (Arlington, MA) The Mystic River Watershed Association (MyRWA) works to protect and improve environmental conditions for the more than one half million residents within the 22 community Mystic River Watershed. (2014)

  • NASA DEVELOP (Stennis Space Center, MS) DEVELOP bridges the gap between NASA Earth Science and society, building capacity in both participants and partner organizations to better prepare them to handle the challenges that face our society and future generations. (2013)

  • Newtown Creek Alliance The Newtown Creek Alliance represents the interests of community residents and local businesses who are dedicated to restoring community health, water quality, habitat, access, and vibrant water-dependent commerce along Newtown Creek. (2013)

  • North Brooklyn Boat Club The North Brooklyn Boat Club is dedicated to enabling and advocating for human-powered boating on the waterways bordering Greenpoint/Williamsburg Brooklyn. The organization enables local citizens to be effective stewards of the ecology, recreation and freedom that the waterways engender. (2015)

  • Northeastern University Social Science and Environmental Health Research Institute (Boston, MA) The mission of the Social Science Environmental Health Research Institute is to conduct social science-oriented research, teaching, community engagement, and policy work in the area of environmental health.

  • North Shore Waterfront Conservancy (Staten Island, New York City) advances and promotes increased safe and sustainable public access to the waterfront, builds healthier, greener communities along the Kill Van Kull, and advances public policies and laws to be inclusive of the needs of Staten Island’s North Shore environmental justice communities and waterfront communities. (2014)

  • NYU CUSP (Brooklyn, NY) The Center for Urban Science and Progress (CUSP) is a unique public-private research center that uses New York City as its laboratory and classroom to help cities around the world become more productive, livable, equitable, and resilient. (2013)

  • Parts and Crafts (Somerville, MA) Parts and Crafts runs hands-on creative arts, science, and engineering programs for kids and adults to help people learn and do and make things. (2011)

  • Propeller- (New Orleans, LA) Propeller is a New Orleans-based nonprofit organization founded in 2009 that incubates and launches socially minded ventures from its coworking space on Washington and Broad, where workspace and event space are available for rent. (2014)

  • The Public Knowledge Workshop (Israel) The Public Knowledge Workshop is a non-profit organization whose mission is to release public information and make it easy for the public to meaningfully engage with the data.

  • Save the Hills Alliance (Wisconsin) help educate the public about the environmental impact of the silica frac sand industry and silica dust air pollution and diesel emissions, surface and groundwater contamination, and truck traffic safety issues. (2014)

  • Southeast side coalition to ban petcoke Residents of the South East Side of Chicago who have come together to rid the neighborhood from the fugitive dust from Petcoke stored in their neighborhood. (2015)

  • Studio Tomas Saraceno for work on the Aerocene. The Aerocene manifests as a series of air-fuelled sculptures that will achieve the longest, emission-free journey around the world: becoming buoyant only by the heat of the Sun and infrared radiation from the surface of Earth. The sculpture floats without burning fossil fuels, without using solar panels and batteries; and without helium, hydrogen and other rare gases. Aerocene holds a message of simplicity, creativity and cooperation for a world of tumultuous geopolitical relations, reminding us of our symbiotic relationship with the Earth and all its species. (2016)

  • Surfrider Emerald Coast Chapter We are the beach people. The surfers, paddle boarders, kayakers, fishermen, swimmers, beach runners, and walkers. We are activists who want to protect the ocean environment, and our access to it! The ocean and beaches are our playground! (2015)

  • Tidmarsh Farms (Manomet, MA) Tidmarsh Farms, a 577 acre private farm situated in historic Plymouth, Massachusetts, combines a large wetlands restoration and conservation project with an operating cranberry bog, a stewardship and technology program and limited low-impact residential living. (2013)

  • Toxics Action Center (Northeast US) Toxics Action Center’s mission is to work side-by-side with communities, providing you with the skills and resources needed to prevent or clean up pollution at the local level. (2011)

  • UC-Davis Center for Community and Citizen Science (Davis, CA) The Center for Community and Citizen Science is a home to programs and partnerships that revolutionize how—and with whom—science gets done. Based on a foundation of research excellence, the Center helps scientists, communities, and citizens collaborate on science to address environmental problems as a part of civic life. (2016)

  • UCL ExCiteS (London, UK) ExCiteS brings together scholars from diverse fields to develop and contribute to the guiding theories, tools and methodologies that will enable any community to start a Citizen Science project to deal with issues that concern them. (2012)

  • UMass Amherst Dept of Environmental Conservation and UMass Open Source Laboratory (Amherst, MA) The Department of Environmental Conservation's focus extends from the ecology and management of fish and wildlife populations, trees, forests, watersheds and landscapes to the physical, social, and policy aspects of conservation involving urban forests, human habitat, and sustainable building. The study of biology, sociology, policy, engineering, building science, and resource management encompasses rural, suburban, and urban environments. The unifying focus of all these activities is on the stewardship of healthy and sustainable ecosystems that provide important human and community benefits. (2014)

  • Voices of St. Tammany A group of proud and engaged citizens from Abita Springs, Covington, Lacombe, Mandeville, Madisonville, Slidell, Pearl River, Folsom, Bush, Sun and all the gorgeous country in between! (2015)

  • Waycross Silent Disaster We are a small neighborhood community located in Waycross, GA. Everything was going fine until one day we began to notice that people within our neighborhood were being diagnosed with weird conditions. Some were told they had some an unknown form of cancer, another discovers tumors within their body’s organs and/or muscles, while other people developed respiratory, cardiac, muscular problems, problems with their feet, overall pains and many numerous other symptoms. (2016)

  • Wisconsin Farmers Union (Wisconsin) a member-driven organization, is committed to enhancing the quality of life for family farmers, rural communities, and all people through educational opportunities, cooperative endeavors, and civic engagement. (2014)

  • Water Works- (New Orleans, LA) Water Works creates more resilient and engaged communities, in which water is managed effectively to reduce flooding and water pollution. (2014)

  • Yuvalim Community Council, West Jerusalem. Community based organization that serves five neighborhoods in south west Jerusalem. (2015)

  • Zochrot ("remembering" in Hebrew) is an NGO working since 2002 to promote acknowledgement and accountability for the ongoing injustices of the Nakba, the Palestinian catastrophe of 1948. (2015)

One-time Collaborations, Workshops and Visits


Appalachia Barnraising: * West Virginia University Reed College of Media, at the Media Innovation Center Partnered with Public Lab hosting the 2017 Appalachia Barnraising.

Other participants in Appalachia Barnraising were from:


  • CCEJN The Central California Environmental Justice Network joined Public Lab for the 2016 Regional Barnraising in Val Verde, CA. July 2016

  • C4CCLC Citizens for Chiquita Canyon Landfill Compliance partnered with Public Lab for the 2016 Regional Barnraising in Val Verde, CA. July 2016

  • Middlebury College Studio Art Department's Class "Magic & Mystery: the Science of Art", January 2016.

  • SCOPE Santa Clarita Organization for Planning and the Environment partnered with Public Lab for the 2016 Regional Barnraising in Val Verde, CA. July 2016

  • ZKU, the Center for Art and Urbanistics in Berlin for an artist residency and exhibition. The residency was possible thanks to the generous support of the Andrea Von Braun Foundation. Workshops with young refugees in Berlin were held with the support of the Kreuzberger Kinderstiftung. July and August 2016


  • Civic Lab hosted the 2015 Regional Barnraising. (2015)


  • Barataria Bay Mapping Project (Barataria Bay, LA) Boat captains that donated their time and resources include: Richie Blink, Captain Jody Donewar, Zach Mouton and David Bourgeois of Big Dog Fishing Charters, 2014

  • Guardians of the Land and Water (Grand Bois, LA), 2014

  • Hundredth Monkey Maker Space (Menomonie WI), 2014

  • Propublica ProPublica is an independent, non-profit newsroom that produces investigative journalism in the public interest. 2014

  • Rosa F. Keller Library- (New Orleans, LA) Rosa F. Keller Library and Community Center is one of the many branches of the New Orleans Public Library System. We are located in the heart of the Broadmoor Community. (2014)


  • Cypress Hills Local Development Corporation (Brooklyn, NY) With community residents leading the way, the mission of CHLDC is to build a strong, sustainable Cypress Hills and East New York, where youth and adults achieve educational and economic success, secure healthy and affordable housing and develop leadership skills to transform their lives and community. (2013)

  • Ironbound Community Corporation (Newark, NJ) ICC’s mission is to engage and empower individuals, families and groups in realizing their aspirations and, together, work to create a just, vibrant and sustainable community. (2013)

  • Proteus Gowanus (Brooklyn, NY) Proteus Gowanus is an interdisciplinary gallery and reading room. Named for the Greek sea god of change and the adjacent Gowanus Canal, Proteus Gowanus acts as an interpreter of culture and place, deepening the community’s sense of context and connection. Proteus Gowanus, where Board member Eymund Diegel serves as Archivist, hosts a physical archive of Public Lab Gowanus data. (2011)


  • Madaa Silwan - Creative Center (Silwan, East Jerusalem) The mission of Madaa Silwan is to build a strong, knowledgeable and involved Arab Palestinian community in Silwan, and to provide educational and recreational activities and courses mainly for children, teenagers and women as well.

  • Mamuta Art and Media Center (Jerusalem, Israel) The goal of the Mamuta Project is to advance art projects and to create a framework for artists from different media, as well as curators, architects, designers, and researchers, who wish to create in the spirit of cooperation, dialogue, and technological innovation. See website: