Environmental Sustainability

Universities and Hospitals Rubrics

September 9, 2022 / Comments Off on Universities and Hospitals Rubrics

University Environmental Scans in an Era of Unprecedented Uncertainty Demand is up for university environmental scans because institutions need to understand the shifting landscape in which they compete. Soaring student loan debt has caused students, families, and lawmakers alike to relitigate the value proposition and financial mechanics of paying for a four-year degree. A proliferation […]

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Smart Water Management and the Future of Cities with Dr. Allison Lassiter

August 26, 2022 / Comments Off on Smart Water Management and the Future of Cities with Dr. Allison Lassiter

Climate change poses challenging and potentially catastrophic disruptions with rising sea levels and consequential flooding in coastal communities around the world. Our already strained and vulnerable water systems will need to be restructured as we think about how to better prepare our cities for climate adaptation. Today in Present Value, we had the opportunity to […]

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Rittenhouse Square: An Architectural Marvel

August 19, 2022 / Comments Off on Rittenhouse Square: An Architectural Marvel

Full of life, vibrance, and history, Philadelphia has a beautiful local treasure. Where you say? Rittenhouse Square. William Penn plotted out five public squares in the 1600’s: Centre Square (City Hall), East Publick Square (Franklin Square), Southwest Square (Rittenhouse Square), and Northwest Square (Logan Square). Each of these are fantastic places to take a lunch […]

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Opinion: Why Climate Resiliency isn’t Always Equitable

July 22, 2022 / Comments Off on Opinion: Why Climate Resiliency isn’t Always Equitable

As we enter in the hottest part of summer with record breaking temperatures and devastating floods, I am often left questioning just how fruitful our climate adaptation plans and designs really are. The conversation surrounding climate change has largely moved away from the urgent calls to action and climate change prevention, and instead to intervention […]

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Cities of the Future Must be Heat Resilient: A Framework for Combating Urban Heat Islands

June 17, 2022 / Comments Off on Cities of the Future Must be Heat Resilient: A Framework for Combating Urban Heat Islands

We are a few short days away from the start of summer and the first heat advisory warnings have been issued across the country— it looks like it’s the start of a very hot summer. Experts at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) released their monthly climate trend report predicting above-average temperatures and below-average participation […]

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Local Businesses: Important Components of Communities

June 3, 2022 / Comments Off on Local Businesses: Important Components of Communities

As you casually walk through the city streets on your way to nowhere in particular, a peculiar sight meets your eye: rows upon rows, upon rows of tables, tents, and all sorts of venues and local businesses are set up next to one another. As you focus your eyes a bit more to try to […]

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