Machine Learning Models for Predicting, Understanding and Influencing Health Perception

Although there are many determinants of face mask-avoidance and related risky behaviors, one key factor is perceived severity of COVID-19. Understanding such health perceptions is necessary for influencing and improving behavior during the crisis. Considerable research in psychology and marketing has found that people are not good at evaluating the severity of different health conditions. Read More

Direct Air Capture: Costs, Benefits, and the Future

While Direct Air Capture technology faces several challenges including resource limitations and risks such as over-reliance, carbon storage costs and safety, and unsustainable uses of captured carbon, research from the IPCC has shown that it will be required to reach emissions targets. Read more from recent graduate, Hiyori Yoshida.Read More

Using Nudges to Encourage Alternative Protein Consumption

Katie Collier, a senior at the School of Arts and Sciences, discusses how alternative proteins can provide the hedonic experience of real meat without negative environmental externalities despite some barriers still needing to be overcome.Read More

Washington DC’s Environmental Impact Bond – A Q&A with Benjamin Cohen

The city of Washington DC’s Environmental Impact Bond (EIB) offering, the first of its kind within the United States, presents a new blueprint for capitalizing municipal resilience projects while better managing the risk associated with severe storms and flooding. Alison Milman, a UPenn Undergrad, speaks to Benjamin Cohen from Quantified Ventures about this EIB.Read More

Racial Justice without Environmental Justice is No Justice at All

Lexie Shah, a fourth-year undergraduate student at the University of Pennsylvania, offers an overview of multiple environmental justice challenges and suggests needed policy shifts at the federal, state, and local levels to help overcome them.Read More