Stuart Weitzman School of Design

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.

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WHYY (Philadelphia)

Philadelphia’s COVID rental assistance program to roll out differently in 2021

Research by Vincent Reina of the Stuart Weitzman School of Design found that most Philadelphia-based applicants for pandemic-related rent relief were struggling to pay rent even before March 2020. “These are households that clearly showed distress before,” he said.


Philadelphia Inquirer

One-size-fits-all approach to rent relief leaves tenants and landlords without assistance

Vincent Reina and Sydney Goldstein of the Stuart Weitzman School of Design spoke about their research on the experiences of tenants and landlords engaging with rental assistance programs amid the pandemic. “We’ve consistently bought into ownership-based models for rental assistance programs without fully understanding how owners engage with those programs and what the opportunities and challenges are,” said Reina.


The New York Times

Use it or lose it: Tenant aid effort nears a federal cutoff

Vincent Reina of the Stuart Weitzman School of Design found that in some cities more than half of tenants did not qualify for rental assistance programs due to a lack of cooperation from their landlords. “We’ve consistently created programs where owners have ultimate veto power over whether a tenant can access the housing assistance that they’ve applied for and need,” he said.



Can Biden’s climate plan spark cooperation in Pa.? Some see possible common ground in jobs, infrastructure

Oscar Serpell of the Kleinman Center on Energy Policy in Stuart Weitzman School of Design spoke about President-elect Joseph Biden’s plan to transition the country to renewable energy. “The business case has never been stronger, and I think it will continue to get stronger every single year,” Serpell said.


WHYY (Philadelphia)

Philly vows to slow rising traffic fatality rate with more speed enforcement—and bikes

Erick Guerra of the Stuart Weitzman School of Design attributed a spike in car crash deaths in Philadelphia to increased alcohol consumption and emptier streets, both due to the pandemic. “People are drinking more during COVID so probably a high share are drunk. And people know there’s a higher consequence, so they run,” he said. “The other reason is just speed. When there are less people on the road, you can go faster. And that really impacts the fatality rate.”