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Save the Date: Green Infrastructure, Climate and Cities Seminar Series Starts on Oct. 5th


This seminar series focuses on urban solutions to global problems associated with increasing temperature and sea level rise, precipitation variability and greenhouse gas emissions. We are interested on the implications of such changes on the complex infrastructure of intensely developed landscapes, and on the health, well-being, and vulnerability of the people who live in them. Speakers will include both researchers and practitioners, all of whom have new ideas on how to promote resilient, livable, and sustainable cities. As during our first series, all seminars are free, and held at 4:00 PM on the first Wednesday of every month at Drexel University. Refreshments will be provided. The sessions will be broadcast live via webcast, recorded, and archived on the CCRUN website (




Special Events of the Green Infrastructure, Climate and Cities Seminar

Summer is nearly here, and we are planning to bring in the season with two special events, as part of the 2016-17 Green Infrastructure, Climate, and Cities Seminar Series. Both events focus on Ecological Systems and Restoration. Note that neither event will be at our usual seminar location, as described below.
Event #1 June 5, 3:30 PM
On Monday, June 5, we will be hosting Mr. Giovanni Cecconi who, beginning in the 1980s, managed development of coastal protection projects in Venice, Italy including the integrated design of the MOSE storm surge barrier and the planning of environmental restoration projects throughout the Venice Lagoon. He has made a film documenting this work, entitled “Aqua Granda” that will be screening at Drexel in Gerri C. Lebow Hall (3220 Market Street, 2nd floor, Philadelphia, PA) beginning at 3:30 PM. After the film, Mr. Cecconi will facilitate a discussion about urban resilience and what lessons the Venetian context offers other cities. (See attached flyer)
Please RSVP for this event here
Event #2 June 7, 4:00 PM
On June 7, 2017, we will host two presentations in the Library of the Academy Natural Sciences (1900 Benjamin Franklin Pkwy, Philadelphia, PA), with a reception to follow
Implementing Resilient Infrastructure: Lessons from the Field” by Prof. Kate Orff, Associate Professor & Director of the Urban Design Program at Columbia University and founder of SCAPE. Kate was named a 2012 United States Artist Fellow, an Elle Magazine “Planet Fixer,” and shared SCAPE’s design methodologies at the International TEDWomen Conference in 2010.
“A social and ecological context for green infrastructure in New York City” by Dr. Eric Sanderson, landscape ecologist with the Wildlife Conservation Society. Eric is director of the Mannahatta Project and the author of
Mannahatta: A Natural History of New York City
Please RSVP for this event from CCRUN website
Refreshments will be provided at both events. The June 7 sessions will be broadcast live via webcast, recorded, and archived. For the dates and topics for future sessions, please visit the seminar page on CCRUN website.


Past Events 

Climate Change in the Time of Trump

Join the College of Arts and Sciences on Wednesday, February 15th, as we present a special forum, Climate Change: In the time of Trump. Given the potential for a major policy shift in the direction of the United States, we will host a panel of scientists to discuss solutions to the climate challenges that human society is facing today and in the future.  Please join us for a robust discussion on the science and views of what we can all do in the coming years.

Drexel University

MacAlister Hall

Sky View Room, 6th Floor

Allegheny Region Cleantech Collegiate Competition

Do you have an idea for a product or service focused on renewable energy or energy efficiency? Are you interested in competing for $50,000?

The Allegheny Region Cleantech Collegiate Competition (Allegheny  Cleantech UP) is sponsored by the Department of Energy's Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) office. It will be held March 28, 2017 at Carnegie Mellon University. Statement of Intent due December 15, 2015.

There are two tracks in this competition 

Ready to Commercialize Track: For validated lab prototypes poised for moving into the next stage of prototype development for customer testing. 

Transformational Idea Track: For discoveries that will have a major impact on the energy industry and economy that are in the early stages of development.  

Learn more at cleantechprize. org

Climate Action: Drexel Perspectives from the UN Climate Talks

Join the Drexel faculty and graduate students who attended the annual United Nations Climate Change Conference for a conversation about lessons learned. After hearing from attendees, participants will break out into groups to discuss action plans to tackle the challenge of global climate change.

January 30, 2 -4 p.m.

2-3 p.m. Presentation

3-4 p.m. Breakout Sessions

Paul Peck Alumni Center

Drexel University

3142 Market Street

Refreshments will be provide

RSVP to!



The 2015 United Nations Climate Change Conference (also called COP21) was held late last year in Paris, France. Drexel faculty, staff, and students, were invited to attend and participate as Observers in the conversations that resulted in the Paris Agreement, a global agreement on the reduction of climate change. Join some of the Drexel COP21 attendees for a conversation about lessons learned from the Conference and how students can get involved with issues around global climate change at Drexel and abroad!


Refreshments provided!

April 6, 5 – 6:30 p.m.

Papadakis ISB Room 112

3300 Chestnut Street

For more information read the article in Drexel Now.

Environmental Justice In The Anthropocene

The Environmental Policy program and the Institute for Energy and the Environment present the first Annual Lecture on People, Policy and the Environment: Disruption, Community and Resilient Governance: Environmental Justice In The Anthropocene by Dr. David Scholsberg, Professor of Environmental Politics, Department of Government and International Relations at the University of Sydney.

To date, the social science and humanities literature on the Anthropocene has been fairly devoid of considerations of justice. From wilderness advocates to ecomodernists, both critics and cheerleaders for the concept have failed to address the main issues facing the most vulnerable. The Anthropocene will bring two kinds of disruptions, both with justice implications. On the one hand, the slow violence of environmental deterioration, as Rob Nixon has called it, will continue to inequitably undermine the cultures, food, land, and health of vulnerable communities. Simultaneously, these injustices will also come quickly, in singular events like Katrina, wildfires, and heatwaves. The Anthropocene will encompass ongoing examples of both slow and evolutionary devastation, and punctuated disequilibrium and disturbance. The central argument here is that these disruptive impacts will primarily impact a key need and demand of environmental justice – attachments to community. In response to the current trajectory, however, there are reflexive, resilient, and reconstructive ideas coming out of the environmental and climate justice communities. Reflexive, resilient and regenerative practices, and hope for a ‘sustainocene’, are apparent in community discourse and practice.

Tuesday, March 1st

4:00 - 6:00pm

MacAlister Hall, Rm 2019-20

3250-60 Chestnut St., Philadelphia PA 19104

Reducing Philadelphia's Greenhouse Gas Emissions by 80% by 2050

Katherine Gajewski - Director, Mayor’s Office of Sustainability

Patrick Gurian - Associate Professor, Civil, Architectural, and Environmental Engineering

Hugh Johnson - Senior Associate, Drexel Institute for Energy and the Environment

Stabilizing the climate system requires aggressive reductions in carbon and other greenhouse gases. Over the past year, Drexel students and faculty have been studying potential pathways for achieving reductions of up to 80% in Philadelphia. Katherine will discuss trends in the city’s emissions and goals; Drexel faculty will present their research.

Refreshments will be served. There will be a Q&A and opportunity to talk with team.

Additional Authors and Collaborators: A. Emin Aktan, Ahsan Alam, Sarah Colins, Richardson Dilworth, Chloe Dye, Eugenia Victoria Ellis, Romano Foti, Charles N. Haas, Marianne Hatzopoulou, Christian Hunold, Eliya Hurd, Franco Montalto, Sean-Erik O'Donnell, Abhimanyu J.Patwa, Michael Schickling, Sabrina Spatari, Jin Wen, Robert Zolitor


Wednesday, November 4th, 2015

4pm, Mitchell Auditorium

Bossone Building

3120-24 Market St., Philadelphia

To download a copy of the 80 by 50 report click here. To read the Mayor's Office of Sustainability summary of the report's findings click here.

MICHELIN Connected Mobility Challenge

Mobility Challenge

Enhancing the mobility of people and goods through innovative connected solutions

Presented by the Close School of Entrepreneurship, Drexel Ventures and the Center for Mobilities Research and Policy

Faculty and students - participate in a new University-wide competition to create the next generation of mobility solutions. A team of experts from Michelin and Drexel will identify and curate big ideas that enhance the mobility of people and goods through innovative connected solutions. How can the experience of a driver, traveler, vehicle owner, business/fleet and/or community be transformed by data analytics and information systems, internet of things, autonomy, digital media, smart logistics and more?  $5000 in cash prizes, industry mentoring and the opportunity to transform revolutionary ideas into real world solutions are just a few of the rewards for multi-disciplinary, forward-thinking ideas.  Learn more and enter.

Climate-proof Cities

The Office of International Programs invites Drexel students, faculty, and staff to attend the event, Climate-Proof Cities, a discussion on helping cities avoid climate-related conflicts through international collaboration on urban resilience planning. This event features speakers from Drexel University, PeaceTech Lab, Universita IUAV, Venice, Italy, Philadelphia Parks & Recreation, Philadelphia Water Department, and the Mayor’s Office of Sustainability.  The event is in support of the Consul General of Italy’s Ciao Philadelphia month- a celebration of Italian arts, science, and culture in Philadelphia

Assessing Risk from Regulatory Violations in the Natural Gas Industry

The department of Civil, Architectural, and Environmental Engineering's Dr. Mira Olson and Dr. Patrick Gurian along with the School of Public Health's Dr. Jennifer Taylor, Dr. Carol Ann Gross-Davis, and Dr. Anneclaire De Ross have been conducting research funded by the Institute for Energy and the Environment on assessing risk from regulatory violations during natural gas drilling. Based on a study ranking natural gas companies with the best and worst practices among the largest drillers and well operators in the state of Pennsylvania, a webinar will be held with officials from the largest operators in the state in order to discuss the results of the study as well as review safety practices on-site that protect workers, the general public, and the environment. 

A recorded session of the webinar can be viewed here.

Shifting Energy Culture Series

The Shifting Energy Cultures Series is part of a multi-disciplinary research project funded by the Institute for Energy and the Environment that explores the social ordering of choices, problems and practices that shape "energy cultures" in campus environments. We will use Drexel’s "smart grid" building system as a case study and living lab.

This series of talks invites students and others on campus to look more closely at our electricity systems, power usage, and how "smart" technologies are helping us to understand campus energy usage better. A group of invited speakers will help us to bring energy issues to the foreground, engaging in discussions of energy efficiency and informing us about what resources exist to manage energy demand on campus, locally in our city, in our region and beyond.

Click here to see videos, bios and additional resources from each seminar.

Time: 12:00 - 2:00pm

Februrary 11th - Get Smart: The Drexel Smart Campus

March 11th - Building Energy Benchmarking

April 8th - Get Innovative with Energy: Research & Innovation

May 27th - Energy Wise: Citizen Scientists and Open Data

Seminar Series - Green Infrastructure, Climate and Cities

Running the first Wednesday of every month April 2014 - June 2015 from 4:00 - 5:30 pm at Drexel University or via webinar.  More than half of the world's population now lives in cities. This demographic shift creates a host of new opportunities, but also some new risks, especially given the challenges posed by climatic extremes. This timely seminar series focuses attention on these issues, and what decision makers, researchers, and practitioners are learning about how to address them.

Click here to see the full schedule of topics and past webinars

Concerning the Global-scale Introduction of Renewable Energies: Technical and Economic Challenges

Friday, March 13, 2015

Professor emeritus David Faiman is an Israeli engineer and physicist. He is a world expert on solar power, the director of the Ben-Gurion National Solar Energy Center and Chairman of the Department of Solar Energy & Environmental Physics at Ben-Gurion University's Jacob Blaustein Institutes for Desert Research in Sde Boker. Author of more then 100 scientific and conference papers. He is Israel's representative to the Task and Photovoltaic Specialist Committee of the International Energy Agency and co-authored their book, Energy from the Desert: Practical Proposals for Very Large Scale Photovoltaic Systems (James & James, London, 2007).

East Asia under the Scope of Environmental History

Friday, March 13, 2015

Venture into history on the grand scale and search for a foundational question: how has the history in East Asia - China, Japan, Korea, and Taiwan - been shaped by the environmental impacts? To respond such question, the study of environmental history in East Asia has been guided by three rules of thumb: population, evidence and environmental impact. Scholars have focused on those parts of East Asia where the highest concentrations of population developed, where we have the best evidence, and where a trajectory toward state, empire, and economic transformation seems to suggest the central problems of human condition in the region lie. The current environmental conditions have to be seen as a mushrooming complex of rapid population growth and resource and energy demands, accelerating advances in science and technology, and local/regional and increasingly environmental impacts. The fundamental question facing the East Asian societies is the simple question of sustainability. However, answers to that question won’t be simple but must involve researches by multi-disciplines and cultural understandings. Dr. Liu will explore the routes that have been taken in Taiwan, and seek audience suggestions for further development and collaboration between Drexel University and Academia Sinica. 

IExE Speaker Series - A Conversation on America's Energy Roadmap

On October 21st, 2014 Dean Joseph Hughes sat down with Dr. Kristina Johnson to talk about America’s energy roadmap. Dr. Johnson was the former Undersecretary of the Department of Energy in the Obama Administration where under her leadership the department developed a Strategic Technologies Energy Plan.  The plan provides a roadmap for how the United States can reduce its dependence on imported oil, dramatically reduce greenhouse gas emissions and create an ultra-low carbon electric grid.  Dr. Johnson is currently the Founder and CEO of Enduring Hydro, which modernizes existing hydropower to improve its environmental performance. Click here to view their discussion.

IExE Speaker Series - A Conversation on the Clean Energy Economy

On April 8, 2014 Dean Joseph Hughes, Founding Director of the Institute for Energy and the Environment (IExE), sat down with former governor Bill Ritter, who is the Director of the Center for the New Energy Economy at Colorado State University.  Dean Hughes and Gov. Ritter discussed the meaning of clean energy and the New Energy Economy in the context of climate change and a rapidly evolving energy landscape.  Click here to view their conversation.