CCSR is home to the leading academic center studying New York City climate and environmental issues. Buildings research is a rapidly growing area of work due to the renewed appreciation for the role that buildings play in worldwide energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions, the ever-continuing growth of urban populations, and the adverse impacts of buildings on the landscape (e.g., storm water runoff, urban heat island). Urban heat island projects include work with the U.S. Postal Service to monitor biodiversity and water retention on their 2.75 acre Morgan facility green roof project, currently the largest such roof in the City.
In addition, CCSR is the core office for the Consortium for Climate Risk in the Urban Northeast (CCRUN), a NOAA-funded multi-institutional project that has as its mission the conduct of stakeholder-driven research to reduce climate-related vulnerability and advance opportunities for adaptation in the urban Northeast corridor (Philadelphia – New York – Boston).