Volunteers Clean up río Piedras Watershed

Allied organizations pick up five thousand pounds of trash in the río Piedras watershed during 2012 International Coastal Cleanup Day

As a part of the 2012 International Coastal Cleanup, on Saturday September 15 nearly 160 volunteers from the San Juan Metropolitan Area came together to perform a cleanup in five points of the Río Piedras watershed, the Los Guanos, Ausubo and Guaracanal streams and Las Curías lake. 2012 marks the forth-consecutive occasion in which this activity is performed. This year, the activity involved the cooperative participation of Arboretum de Cupey, the Conservation Trust, the Estuary Program of San Juan Bay, San Juan ULTRA, the Escucha #154 Children Scout Group, Conrad Hotel staff and groups of students from St. Mary’s (Cupey), Cupeyville and Albert Einstein schools.

Read full press release in English and Spanish. 

PREP Working Papers Soon to be Released

MIT’s Puerto Rico Economy Project is pleased to announce the release of a first set of draft working papers. Based on preliminary research carried out during the 2011-12 academic year, these reports examine the Island’s manufacturing, pharmaceutical, agricultural,  medical, and education industries—identifying positive development experiences that could provide a basis for broader development strategies.

View a summary of the findings.


Yale Puerto Rican Student Conference

On March 31, Dr. Diane Davis, Deepak Lamba-Nieves, and Alyssa Bryson participated in the Puerto Rican Student Conference, hosted by Despierta Boricua at Yale University. Panels included discussions around the state of the Puerto Rican economy, social dynamics and identity, political questions and community engagement initiatives. Their presentation, called Urban and National Development in Puerto Rico, focused on the links between urban, regional, and national growth, and included an overview of the Puerto Rico Practicum, led by the Department of Urban Studies and Planning and the Community Innovators Lab.

Revitalizing Innovation Conference

Various PREP researchers will be presenting at the 2012 Puerto Rico Chamber of Commerce conference entitled Revitalizing Innovation. Hosted by the Chamber of Commerce with support from UBS Puerto Rico, the MIT Political Science Department, El Nuevo Día, and the Foundation for Puerto Rico, the conference will be held on March 28 in San Juan.

Visit the conference website for more information.


This is the website for the Puerto Rico Economy Project, a research and engagement initiative run by the Department of Political Science and the Community Innovators Lab at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

This project is made possible by the support of the Foundation for Puerto Rico.