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The Program for the Ecology of Human Systems

Help fund the Program for the Ecology of Human Systems (PEHS) at the Boston University School of Public Health. This is a research and educational center working on issues related to human health and the environment. Funding that we receive, in addition to keeping the whole thing up and running, provides financial assistance to people who are working in public health and who otherwise could not afford a graduate education in public health. Workshops and other educational outreach efforts to activists and community members are also part of PEHS.

The ReSource Institute is a non-profit organization that is supported by contributions. If you would like to lend a hand to ReSource and its partners, here are a few suggestions regarding how you can help.

* Make a tax-deductible contribution to ReSource. Direct contributions are a great help. Cash, real estate, and personal property all qualify. Nearly all of our funding currently comes from individuals making cash donations.

* Stock Contributions.
Stocks and other investments leverage your tax benefits while supporting health and environmental protection through ReSource's programs.

* Bequest Contributions.
Including a gift to ReSource in your will goes a long way in supporting our health and environmental programs in low-income communities around the world.

* Deferred gifts such as charitable remainder trusts, gift annuities, and charitable lead trusts can give you income while supporting ReSource's work.

* Technical Assistance
Share information with us; about technologies, costs, opportunities in developing countries, communities you think we should visit, people and organizations you think we should know about. * Technical Services
We welcome assistance from architects, engineers, management and finance professionals, investors, entrepreneurs, artists, potters, builders, industrial and graphic designers, and you.

* Interns and Volunteers
Contact us and we will see what we can do.

We get about 4,000 hits a week on our web site. If you like what you see, let us know by supporting our work.

Please contact Laura Orlando for more information.

About our Executive Director:

Laura Orlando is the Executive Director of the ReSource Institute for Low Entropy Systems (RILES), an independent, Boston-based health and environmental organization founded in 1990. She also teaches at the Boston University School of Public Health and is the Associate Director of the university’s Program for the Ecology of Human Systems. She is a graduate of the University of Michigan (B.Sc. Civil Engineering) and Harvard University (Master of Public Administration). For nearly twenty years she has worked on international development projects on issues at the nexus of technology, community, and health. She serves on the board of directors of the Economic Affairs Bureau, a Cambridge-based education and publishing nonprofit; the Farmer’s Diner, a Vermont-based company concerned with strengthening rural farm economies; the Business Advisory Council of Women for Women International, a DC-based nonprofit that works with women in conflict and post-conflict environments; and Sistemas Tierra, an environmental technology company in Mexico.


The ReSource Institute for Low Entropy Systems was founded in 1990. It is an independent, nonprofit organization. All of our administration and fundraising costs are covered by a yearly grant. You contribution goes directly to our projects and is tax-deductible under the full extent of the law.

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