Sustainability-Related Centers and Institutes

Center on Urban Poverty and Community Development

The Center on Urban Poverty and Community Development seeks to address the problems of persistent and concentrated urban poverty and is dedicated to understanding how social and economic changes affect low-income communities and their residents. The Center views Cleveland  as both a tool for building communities and producing change locally, and as a representative urban center from which nationally-relevant research and policy implications can be drawn. The Center houses the Northeast Ohio Community and Neighborhood Data for Organizing (NEO CANDO),  a free and publicly accessible social and economic data system that allows users to access data for the entire 17 county Northeast Ohio region or for specific neighborhoods within the region. It is also the clearinghouse for National Initiative on Mixed-Income Communities (NIMC)  which works to help reduce urban poverty and promote successful mixed-income communities by facilitating research and making information and evidence easily available to policymakers and practitioners.

Claudia Coulton – Center Co-Director  | | 216.68.2304

Rob Fischer – Center Co-Director | |216.368.2711

The Fowler Center for Business as an Agent of World Benefit

Located in The Weatherhead School of Management, The Fowler Center for Business as an Agent of World Benefit is a hub for sustainability focused business innovation, with the goal of creating value for society, for the environment, and for businesses. The center embodies the idea of business “doing well” by “doing good” for the world. Home to some of the industry’s leading thinkers in the field of sustainability, the Fowler Center is an excellent resource for learning about the business case for sustainability.

Katherine Gullett - Operations Manager | | 216.368.2787

Great Lakes Energy Institute

Founded in 2008, the Great Lakes Energy Institute is a  network of researchers and individuals  dedicated to energy research in North East Ohio. The organization works to connect enthusiastic researchers with funding and support, and offers the research community opportunities for collaboration through speaker series, energy research facilities and outreach. The Institute's vision is  “Empowering our faculty, students and partners to catalyze breakthroughs in energy sustainability that address the most pressing problems facing our world.”

Alexis Abramson - Executive Director | | 216.368.0748

Mary Ann Swetland Center for Environmental Health

The Mary Ann Swetland Center for Environmental Health works to integrate environmental health initiatives into the lives of the Cleveland public and beyond through medical education, clinical care, and research. The center inspires faculty to teach beyond the book, and encourages students to consider the physical environment in the prevention of illness and care of individuals.

Dr. Li Li - Executive Director | | 216.368.5437

Prevention Research Center for Healthy Neighborhoods

The PRCHN works to prevent and reduce chronic diseases resulting from environmental and lifestyle issues that often burden populations within urban neighborhoods.  The center does this by leveraging collaborations between residents, community leaders and partner organizations to develop, test and implement strategies that increase access to healthy, local food, combat obesity and tobacco use, among other support structures.   

Elaine Borawski, PhD - Director  | | 216.368.1024

Social Justice Institute

The Social Justice Institute works to understand and address social injustice and support access to equal opportunities for all people. It conducts research, builds social relationships and supports local social justice leaders within CWRU through events, conferences, speakers, their weekly podcast and more.

Rhonda Williams - Founder and Director | | 216.368.2515

The Sustainability Alliance

The Sustainability Alliance comprises an interdisciplinary group of researchers and educators from diverse disciplines, including the humanities, law, management, medicine and the natural sciences. All are welcome including CWRU students, faculty, staff and community members. The Sustainability Alliance works to understand and solve long-term problems that affect the interconnected health of our planet and society. It engages and enables Case Western Reserve University scholars and our external partners to attack those problems, and motivates and educates the next generation of environmental sustainability leaders and problem-solvers.

Professor John Ruhl - Professor of Physics and Faculty Leader | | 216.368.4049

The University Farm

The Squire Valleevue and Valley Ridge Farms offer students, faculty, and staff opportunities to engage with their local environment, learn more about sustainable agriculture, and interact with the farms’ many facilities. The farm hosts undergraduate and graduate classes and extracurricular events like retreats and cross country running meets. The Farm offers the campus and greater community Community Supported Agriculture shares, volunteer opportunities, beekeeping courses and other non academic courses on writing, birding, natural history and others. A number of trails, picnic areas and gardens make the University Farm a unique place to visit.

Ana Locci, PhD - University Farm Director | | 216.368.0274