Pratt Institute is a core partner on the team that was selected through a two-year competition to develop a world-class climate center on Governors Island. Stony Brook University will lead this team that includes Pratt Institute, Georgia Tech, Pace University, University of Washington, IBM, BCG, and Good Old Lower East Side (GOLES) to create a non-profit organization: The New York Climate Exchange. The news was announced on April 24 and covered by the New York Times and other media outlets.

“We are so excited to be part of ‘The New York Climate Exchange,’ an initiative that resonates deeply with Pratt Institute and our longstanding partnering with local communities to address the critical issues facing us today and tomorrow,” said Pratt Institute President Frances Bronet in a news release. “For years, we have been leading research on Governors Island and are looking forward to expanding our scope as part of The Exchange’s network of community and industry collaborators.”

President Bronet noted Pratt’s commitment to civic engagement and social justice, and inclusive problem-solving approach that has helped build a significant network of trusted community and industry partners. “Pratt brings both this unique network plus research in critical areas, from developing green buildings, policy, products, and infrastructure to resilient streetscapes, environmental sensors, and sustainable materials,” she said.

With its diverse coalition of partners, Governors Island will become home to a first-of-its-kind international center for developing and deploying research, teaching, and community engagement to address the global climate crisis. Pratt will be part of a world-leading research and educational hub that will establish New York City as the global leader for the most pressing issue of our time: climate change.

With unprecedented resources combined with diverse stakeholders, The Exchange will support climate justice and equity for those most impacted by climate change. Read more about The Exchange.