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Study shows how cities can consider race and income in household energy efficiency programs

June 7, 2021 ・ Rachel Nuwer

Climate change and social inequality are two pressing issues that often overlap. A new study led by Princeton researchers offers a roadmap for cities to address inequalities in energy use by providing fine-grained methods for measuring both income and racial…

COVID-19 and climate change: Maddie Pendolino ’21 asked voters what mattered most in a fraught year

June 7, 2021 ・ Morgan Kelly

Maddie Pendolino decided during her sophomore year at Princeton that she wanted to focus her senior thesis research on the 2020 U.S. presidential election. An avid follower of politics who volunteered for the re-election campaign of Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ),…

At ENV Class Day, seniors commended for resilience, urged to seize opportunities to make environmental change

May 24, 2021 ・ Morgan Kelly

Students and parents joined faculty, researchers and staff from the High Meadows Environmental Institute (HMEI) and the Program in Environmental Studies May 24 for a virtual Class Day ceremony celebrating the accomplishments and resilience of the 31 Princeton University seniors…

Lambert named 2021 Udall Scholar, Manocha receives honorable mention

June 14, 2021 ・ Morgan Kelly

Environmental studies (ENV) student Jessica Lambert, Class of 2022, received a Tribal Public Policy scholarship from the Udall Foundation for a second consecutive year, and ENV student Aneesha Manocha, Class of 2023, was one of 55 students nationwide to receive…

HMEI-STEP 2021 Fellows

HMEI-STEP Fellows to explore environmental policy, from reforesting farms to virus-based pest control

May 18, 2021 ・ Morgan Kelly

Princeton University graduate students Shashank Anand, Glen Chua, Anna Jacobson and Michael Patrick Schwoerer have been awarded 2021 HMEI-STEP Environmental Policy Graduate Fellowships from the High Meadows Environmental Institute (HMEI) to explore emerging topics in environmental policy. They represent the…

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What is a net-zero city? Depends on how you count urban carbon emissions

May 13, 2021 ・ Morgan Kelly

As more people call for action against climate change, more than 500 cities worldwide have established low-carbon and net-zero carbon goals intended to substantially reduce greenhouse gas emissions in the coming decades. But a major challenge to these decarbonization plans…

Joe Kawalec ’21 looks skyward in search of a tiny ecosystem engineer

May 11, 2021 ・ Morgan Kelly

The two years Princeton Joe Kawalec spent studying the natural camouflage of the ubiquitous downy woodpecker oddly enough began and ended the same way — tracing the outlines of birds. In between, he observed patterns in tree bark through the ultraviolet…

Simple atmospheric dynamics foretell dangerously hot future for the tropics

May 5, 2021 ・ Morgan Kelly

Extreme heat is among the most concerning and potentially deadly effects of climate change, especially for the rapidly growing and urbanizing populations living in the tropics. Yet, climate models tend to be unclear when projecting how high temperatures will climb…

Connection and resilience: Kuziel explores the ecology of the African savanna

May 3, 2021 ・ Liz Fuller-Wright

When Luca Kuziel discovered the community of ecologists at Princeton, he had no idea that his experience of radical acceptance with them would change the course of his research and his life. Over the past four years, he has deepened…