Princeton Day School has partnered with Princeton University to create the Energy and Climate Scholars program at the school. Each year, a select group of PDS sophomores, juniors, and seniors meet monthly over a working dinner with highly talented and engaged Princeton University Ph.D. students, learning and conversing about energy and climate and related science, economics, policy, and politics. The Energy and Climate Scholars have now organized, with Princeton University and the Stony Brook Millstone Watershed Association, the Student Climate Change Conference, which will take place at the Watershed on Sunday, April 23. Open to all high school students, the event will feature workshops on policy, water, climate change, and food and agriculture. Please click here for more information and to register for this free event.
The PDS Energy and Climate Scholars are fortunate to work with graduate students from a wide range of Princeton departments, including Art History, Civil and Environmental Engineering, History of Science, and Geosciences, who encourage them to see the interconnections between their own areas of interest and environmental issues. Liz Cutler, Sustainability Coordinator and faculty advisor to the Energy and Climate Scholars program, reported, "In early March, we had a talk and tour of the cutting edge Princeton University Co-Generation Energy Plant; and last year, we visited and worked with scientists at NOAA (The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration)." Ms. Cutler went on the list the research topics that are discussed, which include: climate modeling; carbon cycle in tropical rainforests; history of fishery science and management; geological storage of CO2; silicon solar cells; wind power in China and air pollution; urban coastal flooding and sea level rise; and large-scale batteries for the power grid and transportation. The Student Climate Change Conference on April 23 should be a great opportunity for high school students across the region to learn more about this important work.