In 2015, The Claremont Colleges received a grant from The Henry Luce Foundation’s Luce Initiative on Asian Studies and the Environment (LIASE) to launch EnviroLab. The 2015-2016 academic year focused on the theme “From Land to Sea: Nature, Culture, and Asia’s Ecosystem.” Co-Principal Investigators Albert Park (CMC), Char Miller (Pomona), and Kyoko Kurita (Pomona) laid the foundation to build this unique initiative. In 2017, The Claremont Colleges received the next round of funding from the LIASE program to expand on EnviroLab’s research and activities until 2021. This came with an additional Implementation grant on the theme of “Environmental Infrastructure in Asia: Nature, Networks and People in the Anthropocene.” This next phase of EnviroLab draws exhaustively from the lessons learned and challenges overcome during the incredibly successful exploration phase of the project, which created the beginnings of a dynamic, interdisciplinary, intercollege, Pacific Rim collaboration that the Colleges are eager to build out.
“…to encourage innovative approaches to Asian studies teaching and research at the undergraduate level through the lens of the environment and sustainable development.”