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Initiative for Global and Environmental Leadership (IGEL)

Academic Centers

Academic Centers at Penn related to environmental sustainability


The Penn Program in Environmental Humanities aims to generate knowledge appropriate for this time, which many natural scientists call the Anthropocene, the Age of the Human.  Our era of rapid climate change calls for new forms of knowledge creation bridging the sciences and the humanities, the natural world and the human.  Penn intends to be among the leaders in this field, and is seeking active engagement from our undergraduate students.

Environmental Humanities Undergraduate Research Fellowships: Program Fellows will collaborate to build a digital platform to showcase work in this emergent area and to launch a gallery show featuring Environmental Humanities art and literature open to all Penn students and faculty.

IGEL The Initiative for Global and Environmental Leadership (IGEL) is a global initiative on business and the environment that brings together business leaders with professors at Wharton and other Schools at Penn to discuss and research selected topics concerning business and the natural environment.
The Biosphere at Kings Court English House The Penn Energy Research Group unites researchers to create fundamental scientific understanding and technological solutions that enable the development of new alternative-energy sources and improves energy capture, conversion and use, while disseminating knowledge and educating an energy-aware community.
PennPraxis The PennPraxis Project, created by Penn's School of Design, works directly with the City of Philadelphia on its new, state-of-the-art, pedestrian-friendly waterfront area.
TC Chan Center The Center for Environmental Building & Design is a faculty research unit at the School of Design dedicated to improving the environmental future of contemporary buildings and cities. We must look beyond building efficiency standards and net-zero formulations to design truly resilient buildings and cities. Over the coming century we must use the knowledge, technologies, and expectations of the twenty-first- century metropolis to return to the renewable resource base of pre-industrial economies. The challenges of environmental design occur at multiple, interacting scales and can only be approached systemically, so the CEBD works in interdisciplinary teams on projects at a range of scales.

The Center of Excellence in Environmental Toxicology, in the School of Medicine, acts to create change in environmental and public health policies, often working directly with local communities to improve environmental health, medicine, and justice, especially around issues of environmental exposure.