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Climate and Sustainability Research

Keep up with these climate and sustainability research groups at Drexel:

Urban Climate Change Research Network – North American Hub

Drexel is home to the Urban Climate Change Research Network – North American Hub, a global consortium of climate researchers dedicated to the analysis of climate change mitigation and adaptation from an urban perspective.

Consortium for Climate Risk in the Urban Northeast

Drexel researchers are part of the Consortium for Climate Risk in the Urban Northeast (CCRUN), a NOAA Regional Integrated Science and Assessment program.

Sustainable Water Resource Engineering Lab

The Sustainable Water Resource Engineering Lab conducts research at the intersection of climate change, stormwater management and urban infrastructure.

Urban Health Collaborative

The Urban Health Collaborative partners with communities, policy makers, and other stakeholders to improve urban health, reduce health inequalities, and promote environmental sustainability, among other research initiatives.

The Center for Mobilities Research and Policy (mCenter)

The mCenter promotes new theoretical approaches, new methods and the academic leadership to research, envision and foster alternative mobility futures based on innovative collaborations between the arts and social sciences, participatory engineering, business, media and design, and public health.

The Center for Science, Technology and Society (STS)

STS brings together faculty and students who investigate the social dimensions of technology, medicine and science. Faculty in a range of fields — anthropology, criminal justice, history, information sciences, philosophy, political science, public health and sociology — conduct original research on the impact of new technologies, medical categories and scientific knowledge. They also investigate why some technologies or scientific knowledge are adopted while others are not.

UNFCCC's Conference of Parties

Since 2015, at the ratification of the Paris Agreement, Drexel's Office of Global Engagement has supported the University's participation in the United Nations Framework Convention for Climate Change (UNFCCC), which holds the annual global climate change conference called the Conference of Parties (COP). By successfully securing its Permanent Observer status as a Research Institute and Non-governmental Organization (RINGO), Drexel receives annual credentials for a select number of students, faculty and staff to participate in the event. COP brings together policymakers, government officials, academics, researchers, activists, students and young professionals who serve as representatives from their respective countries and organizations in support of the 1992 UNFCCC, which serves to solve the world's most pressing challenges related to climate change. Upon return from COP, Office of Global Engagement sponsors a public event for the Drexel community to learn about its participation. The hope is that Drexel will use its credentials at COP to spotlight its impactful research, advocacy and teaching on climate change. Calls for participant proposals are announced every summer for the forthcoming COP. Please visit for announcements related to COP as well as other opportunities for funding support for international research and study abroad programs related to climate and the environment.