Change is all around us. The Earth has been undergoing change since the beginning of time. Technology changes as we learn more every day. Our perspectives change, and so we must make changes in our daily lives. As our knowledge about the Earth grows, sustainability emerges as a vital ideal.
Sustainability is a mindset, a practice, and a re-shaping of the way we live and work. It includes understanding our planet, our products, and our use of resources. But these things are not enough. We must also focus on meeting the needs of today without compromising the future. Our society must be built to last, and endure without damaging the environment. We must recognize our resources are limited, and dedicate our efforts to making sure future generations will have access to these resources. When possible, we must counter-act the damage already made.
In order to be sustainable, we must be able to adapt to the change around us.
Currently, The Franklin Institute's signature climate science project is Climate & Urban Systems Partnership (CUSP). Led by The Franklin Institute, the partners in this project have established local networks within four urban centers—Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Queens, NY, and Washington, DC—forging links with informal and formal education partners, community groups, city government, and policymakers. Together, this network is creating and disseminating learner-focused climate education programs and resources for urban audiences. It is the vision of the CUSP to create an infrastructure of lasting collaborations to improve public understanding of and engagement with the science of climate change. The audiences targeted by this project are those within the urban environments of the core network cities.
CUSP is made possible by the support of the National Science Foundation.