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Energy and Climate Scholars

Energy & Climate Scholars at Princeton Day School

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 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.

Research topics have included: 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.

In April, 2017, the Energy and Climate Scholars organized, with Princeton University and the Stony Brook Millstone Watershed Association, the Student Climate Change Conference, which took place at the Watershed on Sunday, April 23, 2017. Open to all high school students, the event featured workshops on policy, water, climate change, and food and agriculture. More than 100 area high school students attended this free conference.

Topics and Presenters, 2016-2017

Sept. 2016

“Introduction to climate change,” Ryan Edwards (Civil & Environmental Engineering), Yuzhen Yan (Geosciences), and Kasparas Spokas (Civil & Environmental Engineering)

Nov. 1, 2016

“Impacts of Climate Change,” Tim Treuer, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Lee Mordechai, History, Victor Charpentier, Structural Engineering

Nov. 29, 2016

"Past, Present, & Future: The Politics of Climate Change,” Kimia Shahi (Art and Archaeology), Kalyani Jayasankar (Sociology), Greg Davies (Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering)

Jan. 24, 2017

“Health impacts of climate change,” Julio Herrera (Civil & Environmental Engineering), Wenkai Liang (Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering), and Levi Golston (Civil & Environmental Engineering)

Feb. 21, 2017

“Technological solutions for climate change,” Greg Davies (Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering), Bruce Perry (Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering), and Yao Lai (Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering)

March 28, 2017

“Policies and international agreements for addressing climate change,” Charles (Xiaoyuan) Li and Levi Goldston, (Civil and Mechanical Engineering), Tim Truer, (Ecology and Evolutionary Biology)