The “Climate, Health, and Home” project is a collaborative undertaking among Philadelphia-based organizations, including Clean Air Council, Energy Coordinating Agency, Drexel University, GreenTreks, Liberty Lutheran, National Nurse-Led Care Consortium, and the Philadelphia Department of Public Health. The project began in 2014, under the direction of Saleem Chapman (Clean Air Council), Rachael Greenberg (National Nurse-Led Care Consortium) and Ali Kenner (Drexel University) and is currently in its fourth year.
The “Climate, Health, and Home” project is funded by the Franklin Institute’s Climate and Urban Systems Partnership. Each summer, project collaborators run a series of workshops focused on the health-impacts of climate change in Philadelphia. Workshops cover the science of global climate change as well as what Philadelphians will experience or have experienced already. Workshop activities teach community members about health impacts, the relationship between outdoor and indoor environments, and also strategies for mitigating impacts at home — such as energy saving tips, emergency preparedness, and building social networks in the neighborhood.