Four academic journeys explored

Vijay Balasubramanian and Tukufu Zuberi in the School of Arts & Sciences, Amy Hillier in the School of Social Policy & Practice, and Brittany Watson in the School of Veterinary Medicine share their academic paths toward interdisciplinary work.

Kristina García

Making virtual worlds

In a class this spring, Jeffrey Vadala of the Penn Brain Science Center taught students to analyze virtual reality landscapes and create their own.

Erica Moser

Fungi on the front lines against environmental injustice

The collective efforts of the Symbiotic Architecture for Environmental Justice research community are making former industrial sites reborn as vibrant community gardens, and safe, green spaces for children to play a reality.

From the Environmental Innovations Initiative

Weitzman’s Sanya Carley on energy justice

The Presidential Distinguished Professor of Energy Policy and City Planning believes that energy justice should be a central part of America’s energy transition.

From the Weitzman School of Design

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Study offers ideas to help Nashville music venues

A study by PennPraxis at the Weitzman School of Design offers solutions for preserving music venues in Nashville.


Tampa Bay Times

These trees made Florida’s Hillsborough County over $1 million for their climate benefits. Is it legit?

Danny Cullenward of the Kleinman Center for Energy Policy at the Weitzman School of Design says that carbon credit programs do more harm than good in the fight against climate change.


Philadelphia Inquirer

A new idea for Market East: A ‘Welcoming District’ for immigrants who are driving population growth

Graduate students at the Weitzman School of Design are submitting speculative proposals for a Welcoming District near Philadelphia’s Fashion District that could replace or supplement the Sixers arena.


WESA Radio (Pittsburgh)

Pa. environmental, religious and other groups criticize Shapiro plan for ignoring climate change

A study by the Kleinman Center for Energy Policy at the Weitzman School of Design found that Pennsylvania would benefit overall from joining the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative.


Philadelphia Inquirer

Bus Revolution would bring frequent bus service to 1 million SEPTA riders

In an Op-Ed, graduate student Jonathan Zisk of the Weitzman School of Design says that SEPTA should green-light the Bus Revolution project and allow the rollout of transformative bus service across the Philadelphia region.


USA Today

Across America, clean energy plants are being banned faster than they’re being built

Thomas Daniels of the Weitzman School of Design says that generating energy from wind and solar requires land just like coal, oil, and natural gas, though the necessary acreage is larger.