Research Centers & Institutes

Introduction

AASHE’s directory of research centers and institutes aims to be a comprehensive database of academic centers in sustainability and related fields.

At a Glance

263
Total Resources
187
Organizations
12
Countries
39
U.S. States & Territories
4
Canadian Provinces

Bars in graphs can be clicked to view resources that align with a particular category. Because a resource may be listed under multiple topics and disciplines, graph data may include higher total counts than what is indicated in total resources above.

263 resources

Energy Institute

  • University of Michigan (MI)

The University of Michigan Energy Institute builds on the University of Michigan’s strong energy research heritage at the heart of the nation’s automotive and manufacturing industries to develop ...

  • Posted April 20, 2016
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Center for the Environment

  • Harvard University (MA)

The Harvard University Center for the Environment (HUCE) encourages research and education about the environment and its many interactions with human society.

The Center draws its strength from faculty members ...

  • Posted April 20, 2016
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Center for Energy and Environmental Resources (CEER)

  • University of Texas at Austin (TX)

The Center for Energy and Environmental Resources (CEER) serves as the central liaison for energy and environmental research, education, and public service at the University of Texas at Austin. It ...

  • Posted April 20, 2016
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Institute for Sustainability and Energy at Northwestern University (ISEN)

  • Northwestern University (IL)

The Institute for Sustainability and Energy at Northwestern was established in 2008 as an umbrella organization whose unique mission is to advance global energy and sustainability solutions through transformational research ...

  • Posted April 20, 2016
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Linde Center for Global Environmental Science

  • California Institute of Technology (CA)

Scientists from a broad range of disciplines are collaborating at The Linde Center to generate a comprehensive understanding of our global environment—including the impacts of human activities on it ...

  • Posted April 20, 2016
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Berkeley Center for Green Chemistry (BCGC)

  • University of California, Berkeley (CA)

The Berkeley Center for Green Chemistry (BCGC) is advancing green chemistry through interdisciplinary scholarship. It consists of faculty, researchers, and students in the College of Chemistry, School of Public Health ...

  • Posted April 20, 2016
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International Centre for Integrated assessment and Sustainable development (ICIS)

  • Maastricht University

ICIS, based in Maastricht University's Faculty of Humanities and Sciences, addresses complex issues facing the planet and its inhabitants. It aims to conduct research and provide education in the ...

  • Posted April 20, 2016
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Yale Center for Business and the Environment

  • Yale University (CT)

The Yale Center for Business and the Environment provides a platform for generating, incubating and launching innovative action at the intersection of business and the environment.

  • Posted April 14, 2016
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Centre for Environmental Arts and Humanities

  • University of Exeter (Devon)

The Centre for Environmental Arts and Humanities (CEAH) is an independent, interdisciplinary initiative which brings together researchers who share an interest in the relationship between the environment and the human ...

  • Posted April 13, 2016
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Center for Energy Research/Education/Service

  • Ball State University (IN)

The Center for Energy Research/Education/Service (CERES) at Ball State University, is an interdisciplinary academic support unit focused on issues related to energy and resource use, alternatives and conservation ...

  • Posted April 12, 2016
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Center for Religion and Environment

  • Sewanee - The University of the South (TN)

The Center for Religion and Environment’s threefold mission is to help students and the broader community integrate religious belief with care for the environment, to prepare students across the ...

  • Posted April 12, 2016
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Berkeley Energy and Climate Institute (BECI)

  • University of California, Berkeley (CA)

Berkeley Energy and Climate Institute (BECI) is the coordinating hub for energy and climate research at UC Berkeley. BECI fosters collaboration between UC Berkeley, the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL ...

  • Posted April 11, 2016
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Precourt Energy Efficiency Center

  • Stanford University (CA)

The Precourt Energy Efficiency Center promotes economically efficient reductions in energy demand through research, education and dissemination of information. PEEC is an independent research lab that works with all seven ...

  • Posted April 11, 2016
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One World One Water (OWOW) Center for Urban Water Education and Stewardship

  • Metropolitan State University of Denver (CO)

The One World One Water Center for Urban Water Education and Stewardship at Metropolitan State University of Denver strives to prepare an educated, empowered, solution-oriented Colorado citizenry to protect and ...

  • Posted March 14, 2016
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Boston University Institute for Sustainable Energy

  • Boston University (MA)

The Institute for Sustainable Energy is a university-wide center for research, academic program enhancement, and engagement with industry and the energy policy community.

We work with faculty in many departments ...

  • Posted March 8, 2016
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University of Maryland Center for Global Sustainability

  • University of Maryland, College Park (MD)

Global sustainability depends on a robust global economy, a healthy environment, clean energy services, and a stable climate. Yet these issues are major policy challenges on which progress has been ...

  • Posted March 8, 2016
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Patricelli Center for Social Entrepreneurship

  • Wesleyan University (CT)

The PCSE supports students and alumni interested in creating and sustaining programs, businesses, and organizations that advance the public good. It offers workshops and trainings, specialized counseling and networking services ...

  • Posted March 3, 2016
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Center for Organic and Sustainable Agriculture

  • Alfred State College (NY)

Alfred State has established the Center for Organic and Sustainable Agriculture (COSA) to serve students, faculty, and the community through education, research, and demonstration of organic and sustainable farming practices.

  • Posted Feb. 25, 2016
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Center For Sustainability

  • California Polytechnic State University (CA)

Cal Poly's College of Agriculture, Food and Environmental Sciences (CAFES) manages nearly 10,000 acres of land on two campuses dedicated to instruction and research and serves as a ...

  • Posted Feb. 25, 2016
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Center for Regional Food Systems

  • Michigan State University (MI)

The mission of the MSU Center for Regional Food Systems is to engage the people of Michigan, the United States and the world in applied research, education and outreach to ...

  • Posted Feb. 25, 2016
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Center for Environmental Farming Systems

  • North Carolina State University (NC)

CEFS develops and promotes just and equitable food and farming systems that conserve natural resources, strengthen communities, improve health outcomes, and provide economic opportunities in North Carolina and beyond.

  • Posted Feb. 25, 2016
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New Entry Sustainable Farming Project

  • Tufts University (MA)

Working with new farmers to build strong businesses, expertise in the field, and a resilient food system. Programs include farmer training, food systems development, and a World Peas food hub.

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Agricultural Sustainability Institute

  • University of California, Davis (CA)

The Agricultural Sustainability Institute at UC Davis is a group of researchers, educators, and agricultural extension professionals working to answer big questions on how to make agriculture and food systems ...

  • Posted Feb. 25, 2016
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Center for Agroecology and Sustainable Food Systems

  • University of California, Santa Cruz (CA)

The mission of the Center for Agroecology & Sustainable Food Systems (CASFS or the Center) is to research, develop, and advance sustainable food and agricultural systems that are environmentally sound ...

  • Posted Feb. 25, 2016
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Agroecology and Sustainable Agriculture Program

  • University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign (IL)

ASAP’s current mission is to build and sustain an organization that empowers the on and off campus community working to advance sustainable and organic food and farming systems in ...

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Center for Sustaining Agriculture and Natural Resources

  • Washington State University, Pullman (WA)

The Center has been working for two decades to bring sustainable solutions to the citizens and agricultural industry of Washington State. Its faculty and affiliates are working on exciting projects ...

  • Posted Feb. 25, 2016
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Green Design Institute

  • Carnegie Mellon University (PA)

The Green Design Institute is a major interdisciplinary education and research effort to make an impact on environmental quality by partnering with companies, government agencies and foundations to develop pioneering ...

  • Posted Feb. 25, 2016
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Brooke Byers Institute for Sustainable Systems

  • Georgia Institute of Technology (GA)

The Brook Byers Institute for Sustainable Systems enhances Georgia Tech’s research, education, and service missions, and campus operations through leadership, communications, development, and decision making inspired and defined by ...

  • Posted Feb. 25, 2016
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IITAC Research Center

  • Illinois Institute of Technology (IL)

The keynote of the IITAC Research Center is "Rethinking Metropolis," the architecture of the multiple, competing entities defining urban life in the new millennium. Urban migrations and the proliferation of ...

  • Posted Feb. 25, 2016
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Center for Sustainable Design

  • Mississippi State University (MS)

The center focuses on developing, systematizing, and promulgating methods that will allow growing populations to live in a sustainable manner.

  • Posted Feb. 25, 2016
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Institutes of Energy and the Environment

  • Pennsylvania State University (PA)

The mission of the Penn State Institutes of Energy and the Environment is to foster and facilitate interdisciplinary scholarship and collaboration to positively impact important energy and environmental challenges.

  • Posted Feb. 25, 2016
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Engineering and Design Institute

  • Philadelphia University (PA)

Founded in 2000, the Engineering and Design Institute is an interdisciplinary research center focusing on green materials, sustainable design and education. The Institute works on a variety of projects to ...

  • Posted Feb. 25, 2016
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Golisano Institute for Sustainability

  • Rochester Institute of Technology (NY)

Golisano Institute for Sustainability is a multidisciplinary academic unit at RIT whose mission is to undertake world-class education and research programs in sustainability with major foci on sustainable production, sustainable ...

  • Posted Feb. 25, 2016
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Design Center for Global Needs

  • San Francisco State University (CA)

The Design Center for Global Needs has been the research and development component in the Department of Design & Industry (DAI). The Center promotes and fosters community, national and international ...

  • Posted Feb. 25, 2016
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Center for Sustainable Communities

  • Temple University (PA)

The Center for Sustainable Communities (CSC) develops and promotes new approaches to protect and preserve quality of life through sustainable development. The Center acts as a resource for government agencies ...

  • Posted Feb. 25, 2016
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College of Environmental Design

  • University of California, Berkeley (CA)

CED stands among the nation’s top environmental design schools. It is one of the world’s most distinguished laboratories for experimentation, research, and intellectual synergy. The first school to ...

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Powell Center for Construction and Environment

  • University of Florida (FL)

The Powell Center for Construction and Environment is primarily a research organization dedicated to the resolution of environmental problems associated with planning and architecture activities and the determination of optimum ...

  • Posted Feb. 25, 2016
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Center for Sustainable Cities at University of Kentucky

  • University of Kentucky (KY)

The CSC Design Studio is a full service architecture and urban design firm with 30 years of award-winning solar and sustainability-driven design experience. Using advanced energy-efficient building standards and technologies ...

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Center for Urban and Community Design

  • University of Miami (FL)

The Center offers exhibitions and symposiums, and local and international outreach events related to urban and community design and planning.

  • Posted Feb. 25, 2016
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Center for Sustainable Systems

  • University of Michigan (MI)

Center for Sustainable Systems advances concepts of sustainability through interdisciplinary research and education. CSS collaborates with diverse stakeholders to develop and apply life cycle based models and sustainability metrics for ...

  • Posted Feb. 25, 2016
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Center for Sustainable Building Research

  • University of Minnesota, Twin Cities (MN)

The Center for Sustainable Building Research's mission is to lead and support—through research, outreach, and education—the transformation of the regional built environment to provide for the ecological ...

  • Posted Feb. 25, 2016
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Ecological Design Center

  • University of Oregon (OR)

The Ecological Design Center (EDC) promotes a sustainable relationship between the built and natural worlds. The EDC educates University of Oregon design students with the awareness, sensitivity, and expertise necessary ...

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ecoMOD Project

  • University of Virginia (VA)

ecoMOD / ecoREMOD is a research and educational project at the University of Virginia, striving to create sustainable modular and renovated housing units for affordable housing organizations

  • Posted Feb. 25, 2016
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Walton Sustainability Solutions Initiatives

  • Arizona State University (AZ)

The Walton Sustainability Solutions Initiatives utilize the brightest minds in sustainability science to develop solutions to real-world problems throughout the globe. A program administered by Arizona State University's Global ...

  • Posted Feb. 25, 2016
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Center for Corporate Citizenship

  • Boston College (MA)

Based in the Carroll School of Management, the Boston College Center for Corporate Citizenship was founded in 1985, inspired by an early recognition that community expectations of companies were changing ...

  • Posted Feb. 25, 2016
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Fowler Center for Sustainable Value

  • Case Western Reserve University (OH)

The Fowler Center for Business as an Agent of World Benefit exists to advance the scholarship and practice of flourishing enterprise. It is allied with like-minded initiatives helping all institutions ...

  • Posted Feb. 25, 2016
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The Tamer Center for Social Enterprise

  • Columbia University (NY)

All Columbia University graduates will be called upon to contribute to society at some point in their lives. The Tamer Center for Social Enterprise trains the next generation of leaders ...

  • Posted Feb. 25, 2016
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Center for Sustainable Global Enterprise

  • Cornell University (NY)

Established in 2003 through the generosity of Sam Johnson, Johnson’s Center for Sustainable Global Enterprise is a world-class academic institution producing and disseminating relevant knowledge for managers seeking innovative ...

  • Posted Feb. 25, 2016
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Center for Business & Society

  • Dartmouth College (NH)

The Center for Business & Society at Tuck aims to prepare Tuck students for leadership in this increasingly complex, interconnected world. A connected world, shifting ideologies, and the changing role ...

  • Posted Feb. 25, 2016
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Center for the Advancement of Social Entrepreneurship

  • Duke University (NC)

The Center for the Advancement of Social Entrepreneurship (CASE) is an award-winning research and education center based at Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business. CASE’s mission is to ...

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