Climate and Urban Systems Partnership (CUSP)

The Franklin Institute and its partners, the Columbia University Center for Climate Systems Research (CCSR); The University of Pittsburgh Learning Research and Development Center (LRDC); Carnegie Museum of Natural History; New York Hall of Science; and the Marian Koshland Science Museum of the National Academy of Sciences have developed a five-year thematic project, the Climate and Urban Systems Partnership (CUSP), to engage residents of New York City, Washington, DC, Philadelphia, and Pittsburgh in learning about climate change science and its relevance to their urban lives.

CUSP builds upon partnerships begun in an earlier phase of this project; partners include a leading climate change research center, an interdisciplinary center for learning R&D, and four nationally prominent science centers with expertise in delivering exciting STEM learning experiences for people of all ages and backgrounds. The project will have a significant impact on urban residents’ understanding of and engagement with climate change by:

  • Further developing networks of community organizations established in CCEP-I to deliver coordinated, city-wide climate education programming through four interconnected community platforms;
  • Developing climate education materials that connect personal passions to climate change; and
  • Delivering educational programs that reach over 1.9 million participant contacts in the four CUSP cities.
  • This project is supported by the National Science Foundation’s Climate Change Education Partnership (CCEP) Program, Phase II.