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The Environmental Collaboratory

The world is facing environmental catastrophe, and time is running out. Over the last half-century alone, our species’ unsustainable way of life has initiated a sixth extinction, advanced widespread environmental degradation, and changed the climate of the entire planet. The consequences are escalating and intensifying, while the most vulnerable among us are bearing the brunt.

The Environmental Collaboratory seeks to co-fund, co-design, and co-implement replicable, transdisciplinary on-the-ground solutions with community partners that drive systemic change and align climate transition and environmental justice with the needs of our communities. The Environmental Collaboratory is centrally positioned in the Office of the Provost of Drexel University to facilitate the expertise in environmental sciences, engineering, data, law, health care, public health, policy, social sciences, and humanities and the capabilities of its faculty, researchers, staff and students.

Transdisciplinary Research 

The Environmental Collaboratory funds projects that demonstrate strong multidisciplinary and multi-college engagements with external partners, as well as community-centered approaches to solving environmental problems. Through an inaugural research grant, seven funded projects led by Drexel faculty members incorporate strong multidisciplinary and multi-college engagements with external partners, as well as community-centered approaches to solving environmental problems. 

Learn More About the Research Projects

Experiential Research Projects 

A forthcoming initiative, Experiential Research Projects — so called because they will both center the lived experience of community members and incorporate experiential learning for our students — will be co-designed and co-implemented with community partners to conduct deep analyses of environmental justice solutions and barriers to a just climate transition. Critically, the projects will link environmental issues to systemic equity issues such as housing, transportation and broader infrastructure. 

 

These projects will support:

  • Community-driven, deeply researched on-the-ground projects
  • Capacity and network building for community-based organizations
  • Documentation of barriers, best practices and areas of follow-on research or implementation
  • Facilitation of follow-on policy or funding based on communication campaigns with partners

Affiliations and Partnerships

The Environmental Collaboratory is partner to a robust network of community-based organizations, governmental and non-governmental organizations, research networks and more. Through connections with companies, we are committed to supporting the adoption of best practices with regards to corporate environmental, social and governance practices. The Environmental Collaboratory is also a host and member of several robust research networks including the Urban Climate Change Research Network, Consortium for Climate Risk in the Urban Northeast, and the University Climate Change Coalition.

Learn More About Affiliations and Partnerships

Initiatives

Technical Assistant to Deliver Justice 40

The Environmental Collaboratory seeks to assist communities and realize the goal of Justice40 “to ensure that Federal agencies work with states and local communities to make good on President Biden’s promise to deliver at least 40 percent of the overall benefits from Federal investments in climate and clean energy to disadvantaged communities.” 

Student Leadership Council on Climate and Sustainability

The Student Leadership Council on Climate and Sustainability is a dedicated group of students working in partnership with the Environmental Collaboratory to address climate and sustainability issues on campus and make tangible changes to Drexel initiatives and practices. Applications are open now until October 14. 

Local Conference of Youth

The Environmental Collaboratory was a supporter of the first-ever Local Conference of Youth in the United States (LCOY USA), hosted for and by young people at Drexel University from September 13 to 25, 2022. The primary goal of the conference was to ensure a climate transition based on the voices of frontline communities, to protect present and future generations. 

As part of the conference, delegates contributed to a national youth statement that was presented to the White House. Currently, the following version has been submitted to YOUNGO (UNFCCC's Youth and Children's Constituency) for its demands to be included in the Global Youth Statement, which should be finalized by COP27.

Read the LCOY National Youth Statement

Media

Team and Feedback

The Environmental Collaboratory is currently in an information-gathering phase, as its design is rooted in the needs of its stakeholders and communities. It will be hosting a series of listening sessions in the future. Please feel free to send your thoughts and suggestions to environmentalcollab@drexel.edu.

Meet The Environmental Collaboratory Team