Imagine ~ Sustain ~ Understand ~ Engage

The Place Studies program provides opportunities to actively engage with the social, political, historical, and cultural dimensions of nature-society relationships and sustainability. Through research, teaching, and outreach, the program develops projects that examine how we imagine, sustain, understand, and engage with place. Place is not a static bounded territory, but rather refers to the fluid and changing interactions between the human and non-human that together create place-based meaning and identity.

By working in collaboration with faculty, students, staff, and community partners, the Place Studies program develops teaching, research, and outreach in the areas of sustainable places, place meaning, and changing energy landscapes.

Place Studies Projects

Sustainable Places

How do communities pursue and integrate economic, social, environmental, and cultural sustainability?

Changing Energy Landscapes

How do shifting energy practices impact individuals, communities and environment?

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Learn more about the Coal Collections series.

Learn more about the Coal Collections series.

Coal Collections Series

Affiliated Programs

Environmental Humanities

Faculty and staff from across the humanities gather to share research, discuss ideas, offer programs and courses, showcase student scholarship, and develop new initiatives on the study of the non-human world from the humanistic disciplines.

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Stories of the Susquehanna

Stories of the Susquehanna Valley began in 2010 as a unique research project focused on a watershed, utilizing multimedia scholarship, designed to articulate, highlight and learn from stories that form our region, our communities, our ecosystems and ourselves.

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Center for Sustainability & the Environment

Center for Sustainability & the Environment




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