Program in Resilient Values and the Built Environment

Program Leader: Andrew Jameton, PhD

The goal of the Program in Resilient Values and the Built Environment is to sustain healthy living in everyday activities.  We propose to do so by promoting values that balance the healthiness of human populations with the healthiness of the earth's ecosystem over generations.

Notable research activities of this program include:

The City Sprouts / Orchard Hill Neighborhood project: We combine community gardening with neighborhood organization and a community based participatory health research committee. We are integrating a variety of activities, such as gardening, exercise, energy conservation, cooking, a food bank, public markets, etc., to improve the level and sustainability of the neighborhood's health efficiently.

In collaboration with the College of Architecture, we are evaluating the health impact of reducing the net energy consumption of residences to near zero.

We term the program "resilient values" because we emphasize the need for change and adaptation while at the same time articulating sound ethical and cultural values. We emphasize the "built environment" because the environmental impact of society (and with it, public health) must be greatly reduced, and changes in human technology and behavior will be key to mitigating climate change and other multi-general environmental problems of this century.