Chemist-Community Collaborations (C3)

Air pollution, groundwater contamination, and abandoned industrial sites are among the environmental issues that affect communities in the Philadelphia area. 

Community groups sometimes organize to confront these issues and improve environmental quality in their neighborhoods. Their effectiveness is often limited, however, by lack of access to high-quality, quantitative information about the hazards present in their environment, how residents can be affected, and ultimately what can be done. 

The Chemist-Community Collaborations (C3) project addresses the need for better quantitative information about environmental conditions in Philadelphia-area communities by forming and facilitating research collaborations between chemist volunteers and community groups.

Staff: Matthew Hill, Doug Lisk, Jody Roberts


Get details on the Consortium for Community Based Science, a newly formed part of the C3 project, and read the Phase 1 Report for the consortium's Air Quality in Hunting Park project. 

Sensing Change

See your environment with fresh eyes through this online exhibit.

Hear It Firsthand

CHF’s Center for Oral History captures and preserves the stories of notable figures in chemistry and related fields. Many of the oral histories in the collection belong to winners of CHF’s awards, including

  • Arnold Beckman, winner of the Othmer Gold Medal (2000)
  • Robert Allington, winner of the Pittcon Heritage Award (2005)
  • Carl Djerassi, winner of the Othmer Gold Medal (2000), the AIC Gold Medal (2004), and the Ullyot Public Affairs Lecturer (1995)
  • Gordon Cain, winner of the Petrochemical Heritage Award (1997)

Listen to their extraordinary stories today!


Historically Grounded Perspectives

The Center for Contemporary History and Policy explores issues ranging from energy to medicine on CHF's blog, Periodic Tabloid.