EnviroLab Asia is designed to facilitate interdisciplinary communication and collaboration to train students, faculty, and staff to become active practitioners of change who develop sustainable and socially just policy-relevant solutions to environmental challenges in Asia. EnviroLab Asia fosters a process of mutual discovery, where we work together with international and regional partners to study, test, and evaluate methods and measures to address these problems. EnviroLab Asia is a five-college initiative at the Claremont Colleges anchored at Claremont McKenna College.

EnviroLab Asia came out of a grant from The Henry Luce Foundation’s Luce Initiative on Asian Studies and the Environment (LIASE). In its inaugural year (2015-2016), it also received vital support from the CMC History Department, the Mirian Miner Cook Athenaeum, Roberts Environmental Center, CMC Modern Languages and Literatures Department, Keck Science Department, Asian Studies, and Pomona Asian Languages and Literatures Department to host its events and programs.

Guiding Principles

  • Create a space for the production of new knowledge about the interaction between nature, the built environment, and human populations in Asia, leveraging and mutually enhancing Asian Studies and Environmental Analysis.
  • Establish a firm foundation for the continuous production of new knowledge about Asia and the environment by building a robust infrastructure of expert networks that will facilitate ongoing cross-disciplinary communication and the exchange of resources between members of the Claremont Colleges.
  • Increase faculty and students’ capacities to effectively influence debates on environmental issues as well as present innovative solutions to challenges resulting from environmental problems.