Workshop outcome

  • 2017 workshops were conducted at the LCFS West Philadelphia Senior Center, the South Philadelphia Free Library, and the McPherson Square Library
  • Location matters. The workshops varied in space, place, and people representing a wide array of Philadelphia neighborhoods, affecting the dynamic of the group at each workshop.
  • Education and reading levels varied in each workshop — this may have shaped understanding and retention of workshop content.
  • Participants did not immediately know what cooling centers were, where they are located and how they become activated. Once described, some participants were familiar with this City service.
  • The presentations on climate change and energy conservation resonated most with participants.
  • While survey answers did become slightly more robust in the post-workshop survey, indicating knowledge acquisition through the workshop, it was difficult to pinpoint an overall shift in knowledge gained. Nonetheless, the following themes arose in the post-workshop survey responses:
    • Climate change was most often associated with erratic weather patterns.
    • Satisfaction with the workshops overall.
    • Greater use of formal vocabulary
  • Participants expressed a desire for more workshops overall, particularly workshops that address extreme cold in the winter.