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We are at a pivotal moment in history.

As we emerge from the social and economic devastation of the COVID-19 pandemic, there is a triple imperative to fix the systems that are causing the climate and biodiversity crises as well as institutionalized inequities. Between the capacity to conduct cutting-edge research, the responsibility to prepare tomorrow's professionals and leaders, and the role as a neutral convening agent, Universities have a unique role to play in developing solutions to today’s most pressing global challenges. The research being done at Penn can and must be part of the solution.

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October 10-14, 2022

Climate Week

The climate emergency is everyone's business. Explore over 30 events happening during Climate Week at Penn to find your place in the climate movement.

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Climate Week at Penn

Catalyzing Research

The Environmental Innovations Initiative seeks to facilitate innovative research that maximizes Penn’s distinctive interdisciplinary strengths, within and between schools, centers, graduate groups, and departments.

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Adapting to Extreme Heat in Philadelphia to Increase Human Vitality

The City of Philadelphia’s Office of Sustainability (OOS) has identified increased precipitation/flooding and increased heat as the main dangers of climate change to Philadelphia with underserved neighborhoods of color being particularly at risk for the worst effects.

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Growing Together 2022: A Community-Based Initiative for Greening, Health, and Nutrition

Poor air quality and rising heat stress exposure have critical environmental health impacts in both indoor and outdoor environments.

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Penn Regenerative Ag Alliance

Regenerative Agricultural describes holistic farming and grazing practices aimed at improving soil health via rebuilding soil organic matter and restoring degraded soil biodiversity.

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Project-Based Learning for Global Climate Justice

K-12 schools and higher education institutions can play a pivotal role in this response by creating opportunities for students to have a meaningful impact on their communities now while also inspiring their commitment to this work in the future

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Explore Environment at Penn

Each of Penn’s 12 Schools offer teaching, research, and opportunities on a broad range of topics related to climate, nature, and society. Discover the people, programs, and opportunities at the University. Learn more about courses and degrees, connect with expert faculty, and world-class centers and institutes across campus.