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Learn how Cornell's Climate-Adapted Design Studio has helped communites adapt to climate change

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2 weeks 6 days ago
Please join us at this Biophilia: ITHACA forum for a lively presentation and discussion by Josh Cerra, Cornell Landscape Architecture Associate Professor.

The Climate-Adaptive Design (CAD) Studio links Cornell University students with Hudson riverfront communities faced with extreme precipitation, flooding and sea level rise to explore design alternatives for more climate-adapted and connected waterfront areas. Cerra will introduce concepts of resilience, and share the studio’s process for inspiring awareness and action in preparation for a changing climate.

Date/time: Wednesday, January 24; 5 to 6:30 p.m.
Cost: Free and open to the public
Location: Tompkins County Public Library

What is Biophilia: ITHACA?

Biophilia is the human affinity for interacting with nature.  The term “biophilia,” which literally means “love of life,” was coined by social psychologist Erich Fromm and popularized by biologist E.O. Wilson.

Biophilia: ITHACA is modeled after the Biophilia: PITTSBURGH which is a “pilot chapter for a global Biophilia Network of creative minds dedicated to strengthening the bond between people and the natural world through education, discussion and action.”

Our Mission: To strengthen human connections to nature and to advocate for policies and practices that benefit the local natural environment.

Our Goals:
•    To create a supportive and inclusive network that fosters collaboration and learning about biophilia among people with diverse backgrounds and viewpoints
•    To welcome and inspire others with the concept of biophilia
•    To explore new approaches to strengthening human connections to nature and to discuss their application to our local community
•    To use our collective voice to advocate for and to assist in the implementation of policies and practices that benefit the natural environment


Free and open to all. Refreshments will be provided. This forum is sponsored by the Paleontological Research Institution, and the biophilia:ITHACA chapter is comprised of numerous individuals and organizations including Cornell Botanic Gardens.

Our mission is to strengthen human connection to nature. All are invited to attend this forum and become active with biophilia: ITHACA. Contact hnc24@cornell.edu or erin@ithacachildrensgarden.org for more information.