Research projects

Cornell Atkinson Advances Four Joint Research Projects and Deepens Partnership with EDF

The Cornell Atkinson Center for Sustainability and Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) will collaborate on four Impact Innovation Fund (IIF) to foster creative collisions that cause large-scale, long-term impact.

“Bringing a collaborative approach to pressing issues like these allows Cornell and EDF to gain more insight than either organization could achieve alone,” said David Lodge, Francis J. DiSalvo director by Cornell Atkinson. He added, “The projects selected for funding this year will fulfill our mission to move knowledge towards impact in key areas with the potential for impact at scale.”

The Innovation for Impact Fund has been the catalyst that connects Cornell researchers to joint Cornell-EDF projects. In its first ten years, the Cornell Atkinson IIF has been a source of funding for more than 40 projects and brings together experts from academia, NGOs, businesses and governments to develop and test evidence-based solutions to address the environmental, public health and societal emergencies. challenges.

“Cornell Atkinson’s commitment to carefully pairing researchers is a key reason for the success of these joint projects. We truly co-create in a way that accelerates our efforts to advance science in ways that demonstrate impact. Doria Gordon, Senior Principal Scientist, Environmental Defense Fund

2022 winners and projects:

Community Advocacy for Air Quality in Manhattan’s Chinatown:
Despite the disproportionate pollution and death rate from COVID that East Asian immigrants have experienced in New York, they are among the least involved in environmental protection initiatives. Y. Connie Yuan (Communication and Global Development, Cornell), Rainer Romero-Canyas (EDF), and Cornell Atkinson Postdoc Cindy Lin (Penn State University) will explore how cultural norms and tensions among Chinese immigrant subgroups shape the community environmental advocacy. protection efforts. Researchers will conduct interviews and develop relevant messages in multiple languages ​​that will inform conversations about air quality issues in Chinatown and future outreach programs.

Cooperative Strategies for Just and Ecological Flood Adaptation in New York City
Federal funding for post-disaster response and climate adaptation promotes single-family housing, challenging the support for multi-family housing that characterizes most places where people of color live. Low-income housing, especially for racialized minorities, is often located in less desirable, flood-prone areas. Silos between researchers and practitioners working on climate adaptation and those working on housing and advocacy hinder the design of just and ecologically adaptive housing strategies. Linda Shi (City and Regional Planning, Cornell) and Kate Boicourt (EDF) will help the New York City Mayor’s Office for Climate and Environmental Justice connect housing advocacy groups, community organizations, academics and the government staff to develop strategies for more equitable flood relief. .

Updated Global Spatial Datasets on Livestock Production and Greenhouse Gas Emissions: Overconsumption of animal foods has led to significant environmental and health problems. This project will create a framework for using machine learning to continuously update a global animal production and emissions dataset, first developed by Mario Herrero (Global Development, Cornell) and his partners there. over fifteen years ago. The updated datasets will provide timely and relevant information to inform policies related to sustainability. Herrero and Joe Rudek (EDF) will lead the research.

Understanding the effects of the urban landscape for more actionable estimates of hyperlocal air pollution: Improving air quality in cities across the United States and around the world is one of the key aspects of building sustainable and healthy communities. Qi Li (Civil and Environmental Engineering, Cornell), Lauren Padilla (EDF) and Tammy Thompson (EDF) will use data collected by Google Street Maps to assess air pollution at pedestrian level. After the first year, this research will establish the foundation for several future research directions.

The Innovation for Impact Fund is one of many sources of funding for collaborative research at Cornell Atkinson and is made possible through the generous support of Cornell alumni and friends. Learn more about Cornell Atkinson’s research and training programs.