Gers and the grid: Combatting air pollution in Mongolia

The Center for Environmental Building and Design (CEBD) at The Weitzman School partnered with Mongolian nonprofit GerHub to test out ways of making ger living more energy efficient to reduce air pollution and improve respiratory conditions in Ulaanbaatar.

From the Weitzman School of Design

Latin American Green New Deal

Daniel Aldana Cohen, an assistant professor of sociology in the School of Arts & Sciences, organized and moderated an event on the Latin American Green New Deal, rethinking recession recovery and carbon emissions reduction.

Kristina García

In the News


Why Joe Biden should trade his buildings plan for a Green New Deal

Billy Fleming of the Stuart Weitzman School of Design spoke about Joseph Biden’s plans to weatherize American homes. “I can’t help but oscillate between despair and frustration with the lack of imagination and ambition in this plan,” said Fleming. “Sure, take care of the low-hanging fruit that Presidents Clinton and Obama left for you on climate. Then, for all our sakes, think about extending your grasp an inch or two higher.”


Los Angeles Times

Hydrogen fuel could revolutionize airlines. Here’s how that could look

Megan Ryerson of the Stuart Weitzman School of Design advocated for the use of alternative fuels, like hydrogen, in the airline industry. “Without [alternatives], we either have to stop flying or make drastic cuts in other sectors,” she said.


The Guardian

Revealed: millions of Americans can’t afford water as bills rise 80% in a decade

Howard Neukrug of the School of Arts & Sciences spoke about the rising cost of water in the U.S. “High-cost low-quality water is a national issue. The federal government is clearly not playing the role it needs to play,” he said.


The New York Times

Shuttered Philadelphia refinery may get new life after fire

Mark Alan Hughes of the Kleinman Center for Energy Policy spoke about the possibility of converting the old Philadelphia refinery into a hybrid plant that also produces renewable fuels. “They’re predicting a steadily declining place for things like the refinery that was,” he said. “The kind of mix that tries to lower the profile of fossil fuel activity is, I think, the most likely outcome.”


WHYY (Philadelphia)

A thousand new homes are planned next to Graffiti Pier

Dan Garofalo of the sustainability office commented on a proposal for a new housing development near Port Richmond. The project has been critiqued for the stark appearance of its proposed ground-floor parking garages. However, Garofalo notes, the garages’ walls currently are set to face a row of warehouses. “Maybe in 10 years we’ll see a developer come in, take these old warehouses, and put something else there. It’s incumbent upon you to think of the future.”