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Sustainability News

    • The Fairmont Dam in the Schuylkill Rowing Basine.

      Spurred by the Pandemic, a Renewed Call to Protect the City’s Waterways

      December 15, 2021

      We cannot ignore any stress points on Philly's streams and rivers, like urban runoff, abandoned industrial sites, and more, writes the Academy of Natural Sciences’ Roland Wall in this “Rebuilding Philly” article originally published in the Philadelphia Inquirer.

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      NIH Grant to the Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University and the School of Education Supports Early Childhood Learning

      December 14, 2021

      The Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University and Drexel University’s School of Education recently received a $1.35 million grant from the National Institutes of Health to support early childhood education efforts that focus on science, math, nutrition and literacy skills.

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    • From left to right: Drexel students Sarah Wetzel, William Newman and Atharva Bhagwat. “This is inside the Plenary, a large room where the delegates from each country and organization gathered for the high-level events. Barack Obama also gave a speech in here a few days prior, which Sarah and I were able to attend,” Newman said. Photo courtesy William Newman.

      Drexel Hosts First COP Event, Sends Delegation to COP26

      November 22, 2021

      Though the University has observed the United Nations climate conference since 2015, this was the first time that it cohosted an event at the international gathering, which 11 Dragons attended in 2021.

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      Just How Much Do Density and Green Space Affect Urban Energy Use? It Depends on Where You Live.

      November 08, 2021

      In the battle to mitigate “city heat” and conserve the energy it takes to keep folks comfortable inside, recent research has shown the importance of urban planning. Tree cover, paved surfaces, the spacing of buildings and green spaces all affect how much energy it takes to offset the “urban heat island effect.” But the relative contribution of these urban form factors has been a matter of debate. In a recently published journal paper, researchers in Drexel University’s College of Engineering, seeking to clarify the matter, presented a method for measuring the impact of each of these factors – and revealed that their contribution to building energy use varies between cities.

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