Consortium for Community-Based Science
A new monthly networking event geared to build collaborations and address Greater Philadelphia–area environmental hazards.
The Consortium for Community-Based Science aims to develop technical resources for neighborhoods concerned about local environmental hazards. Monthly networking sessions bring together
- Nonprofit environmental-justice advocates;
- University researchers and other technical professionals with environmental and public-health expertise; and
- Public- and private-sector sponsors of local environmental research and action.
Held on the last Wednesday of every month, these sessions provide a forum for participants to share information about potential community-based research projects and upcoming grant opportunities as well as a chance to form working partnerships that address specific local environmental issues.
Spring 2011 Dates
- January 26, 2011 | Adam Cutler, Director of the Public Health and Environmental Justice Law Clinic, and Kate Zaidan, Green Ports Initiative Coordinator, Clean Air Council, "Community-Based Lessons Leaned from the West Coast"
- February 23, 2011 | Julie Becker, President and Founder of the Women's Health and Environmental Network, "Community- Based Participatory Research: Pros and Cons"
- March 30, 2011 | Diane Sicotte, Associate Professor, Department of Sociology, Drexel University, "Environmental Inequalities in Philadelphia"
- April 27, 2011 | Michel Boufadel, Professor and Chair of the Civil and Engineering Department, Temple University, "Marcellus Shale"
- May 25, 2011 | Edward A. Emmett, Professor and Director of the Community Outreach and Education Core at the Center of Excellence in Environmental Toxicology, University of Pennsylvania, "Environmental Health"
- June 29, 2011 | Consortium workshop; featured community project TBD
For more information, contact CHF's Environmental History and Policy Program at email@example.com. CHF's involvement in the consortium is a part of the Chemist-Community Collaborations (C3) project.
Current Projects and Reports:
"Environmental Inequalities in Philadelphia" Presentation by Diane Sicotte at the March Consortium meeting, available here.
"Community-Based Participatory Research: Pros and Cons" Presentation by Julie Becker at the February Consortium meeting, available here.
"Community-Based Lessons Learned from the West Coast" Presentation by Adam Cutler and Kate Zaidan at the January Consortium meeting, available here.
Air Quality in Hunting Park
Aims: Measure levels of particulate matter and other air pollutants with potential human-health effects in the Hunting Park neighborhood of Philadelphia.
Participants: Hunting Park Stakeholders Group, The Public Health and Environmental Justice Law Clinic, Chemical Heritage Foundation, Clean Air Council, and Drexel University College of Engineering’s EPICS (Engineering Projects in Community Service) Program.
Read the Hunting Park Phase 1 Report, available here.