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Sustainability Research Workshop

The Villanova Strategic Initiative for Climate, Justice and Sustainability (SICJS) is offering a two-day workshop May 16-17, 2022 to explore urgent research problems in climate, environmental justice, and sustainability. The overall goal of the workshop is to foster collaboration and explore opportunities to collaborate on future projects in climate, justice, and sustainability. A focus of the workshop will be on the needs of Villanova and its surrounding community, but research with global perspectives will be encouraged as well.

2014 workshop participants

Sustainability’ is a baseline term often used to describe a goal that human life on Earth use resources in ways that can endure rather than result in depletion. Engaging with ‘sustainability’ often appears to relate primarily to scientific understandings, technological innovations, and economic and political choices; equally relevant are viewpoints based in the humanities, social sciences, law, business, and healthcare. Together, multiple disciplines influence what humans believe about sustainability and how they act, making cross-disciplinary participation and dialogue crucial.  

Through this workshop, SICJS aims to: 

  • Establish interdepartmental and community partnerships
  • Identify individual and group research in the realm of climate, justice, and/sustainability
  • Foster new research and funding prospects with seed funding

This workshop is open to all full-time Villanova faculty interested in either developing new projects, assisting with current projects, or recruiting research partners from other disciplines. The acceptances will be announced in late April. Attendees will receive a stipend of $250.

This year's workshop will feature guest presentations from:

  • Shari Hersh and Gamar Markarian, Leaders with Trash Academy 
  • Kermit O, Member of Philadelphia's Environmental Justice Advisory Commission
  • Obed Arango, Director of Centro de Cultura Arte Trabajo y Educacion (CCATE)

Financial support for this program has been provided by Villanova College of Liberal Arts and Science, and the Office of the Provost. Thank you.


Villanova University, as a community of learned and learning scholars, respecting the sacredness of all creation, accepts its responsibility to the integrity of Earth and its biodiversity, to the heritage of future generations, and to the security of nations. By utilizing the Augustinian values of Unitas, Veritas, and Caritas, meaning love thy neighbor, promote community unity, and live life in moderation through our curriculum, work environment, and operations, Villanova’s approach to sustainability exemplifies an emphasis on social justice and community service.

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