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Ramaswami receives AAEES Science Award for pioneering models for sustainable, equitable cities

April 7, 2022 ・ Morgan Kelly

Anu Ramaswami, the Sanjay Swani ’87 Professor of India Studies and professor of civil and environmental engineering and the High Meadows Environmental Institute, has received the 2022 AAEES Science Award from the American Academy of Environmental Engineers and Scientists. Ramaswami,…

Princeton, HMEI experts identify priorities for UN climate summit and global actions going forward

October 28, 2021 ・ Liz Fuller-Wright

Hundreds of leaders and thousands of climate scholars from around the globe will gather in Glasgow, Scotland, for COP26, the 2021 United Nations Climate Change Conference, from Oct. 31 to Nov. 12. Most experts believe this year’s meeting — the biggest…

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…

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…

Connected virtually, working globally: PEI engaged more than 100 undergraduates in virtual environmental internships for summer 2020


September 9, 2020 ・ Morgan Kelly

Princeton senior Ben Alessio had planned to spend his summer internship with the Princeton Environmental Institute (PEI) in the laboratory of Professor Howard Stone conducting experiments related to diffusiophoresis, an important process by which particles are transported through water. But…

Sowing seeds of happiness: Emotional well-being while home gardening similar to other popular activities, study finds

May 10, 2020 ・ Morgan Kelly

As civic leaders and urban planners work to make cities more sustainable and livable by investing in outdoor spaces and recreational activities such as biking and walking, Princeton researchers have identified the benefit of an activity largely overlooked by policymakers…

Beyond your doorstep: What you buy and where you live shapes land-use footprint

March 23, 2020 ・ Joseph Albanese

In recent years, the attention of scientists and environmentalists has turned toward how population growth and urban expansion are driving habitat loss and an associated decline in ecosystem productivity and biodiversity. But the space people occupy directly is only one…

Princeton researchers receive $2.5 million to advance the science of urban food sustainability

November 6, 2019 ・ Morgan Kelly

Princeton University researchers have received a $2.5 million federal grant to lead an interdisciplinary effort with academic, city government and nonprofit partners that will develop a scientific process for establishing urban food systems that are less wasteful and environmentally detrimental.…

At the frontline: Princeton Environmental Forum addresses environmental crises of the 21st century

October 31, 2019 ・ Denise Valenti and Tom Garlinghouse

In response to the urgent environmental challenges facing the planet, Princeton faculty and alumni who are actively working to protect the environment gathered for the Princeton Environmental Forum held on campus Oct. 24-25. They came with knowledge, questions and an…