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

255
Total Resources
182
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.

255 resources

Wallace Energy Systems and Renewables Facility

  • Oregon State University (OR)

The WESRF at OSU provides research, testing and consulting services related to machines and drives, power electronics, hybrid electric vehicles, power systems and renewables.

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Pace Energy and Climate Center

  • Pace University (NY)

The mission of the Pace Energy and Climate Center is to protect the earth’s environment through solutions that transform the ways society supplies and consumes energy so as to ...

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H2E Center

  • Pennsylvania State University (PA)

Hydrogen energy research is one of several important energy-related topics at Penn State University. Many faculty, staff, and students at Penn State are working with collaborators in industry and National ...

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Center for Lignocellulose Structure and Formation

  • Pennsylvania State University (PA)

The Center for Lignocellulose Structure and Formation (CLSF) is a DOE Energy Frontiers Research Center focused on developing a detailed understanding of lignocellulose, the main structural material in plants, from ...

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Discovery Park Energy Center

  • Purdue University (IN)

The mission of the Energy Center in Discovery Park is to grow the Purdue energy research and education enterprise. The Center engages researchers and students in a community that delivers ...

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Center for Direct Catalytic Conversion of Biomass to Biofuels (C3Bio)

  • Purdue University (IN)

C3Bio is an Energy Frontier Research Center (EFRC) funded by the US Department of Energy, Office of Science to conduct high-risk, high-reward research for the future deployment of advanced liquid ...

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CASE: Center for Architecture Science and Technology

  • Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (NY)

The Center for Architecture Science and Ecology (CASE) is addressing the need for accelerated innovation of Built Ecologies through the development of next-generation building systems. A multi-institutional and professional research ...

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Center for Sustainable and Renewable Energy

  • State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry (NY)

SUNY-ESF is home to the SUNY Center for Sustainable and Renewable Energy, a 64-campus research and development clearinghouse in the critical area of energy sufficiency and sustainability. Established by SUNY ...

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National Wind Institute

  • Texas Tech University (TX)

The National Wind Institute (NWI) was established in December 2012, and is intended to serve as Texas Tech University's intellectual hub for interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary research, commercialization and education ...

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Arizona Research Institute for Solar Energy

  • University of Arizona (AZ)

AzRISE, a global institute at the University of Arizona, creates multi-disciplinary partnerships that integrate research, economics, public policy, and education. Spanning academia, industry and government, these partnerships are creating the ...

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California Institute for Energy and Environment

  • University of California, Berkeley (CA)

California has set itself far-reaching, fast-tracked goals for energy efficiency and stemming climate change — goals that can lead the way to new thinking and practices around the globe. But how ...

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Winston Chung Global Energy Center

  • University of California, Riverside (CA)

Research, Education, and Application -- To take a holistic approach to addressing energy storage research needs and issues, broadly ranging from technical issues, economic development, and ecological wellness. This new center ...

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Center for Energy Research

  • University of California, San Diego (CA)

The Center for Energy Research (CER) was established at UC San Diego in 1972 to help create solutions to the growing challenges of energy supply and utilization in our society ...

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Center for Energy Efficient Materials

  • University of California, Santa Barbara (CA)

The Center for Energy Efficient Materials (CEEM) is an Energy Frontier Research Center funded by the Office of Basic Energy Sciences of the US Department of Energy. The principal activity ...

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The Institute for Energy Efficiency

  • University of California, Santa Barbara (CA)

Research initiatives at the Institute for Energy Efficiency are taking place across the efficiency spectrum. The Institute has organized these efforts into six Solutions Groups, each of which has selected ...

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Florida Solar Energy Center

  • University of Central Florida (FL)

The Florida Solar Energy Center (FSEC)—a research institute of the University of Central Florida (UCF)—was created by the Florida Legislature in 1975 to serve as the state’s ...

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University of Delaware Energy Institute

  • University of Delaware (DE)

The overall mission of the University of Delaware Energy Institute is to marshal and expand the University's science, engineering, and public policy expertise in new and emerging energy technologies ...

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Hawaii Natural Energy Institute

  • University of Hawaii at Manoa (HI)

The Hawaii Natural Energy Institute (HNEI), a research unit of the School of Ocean and Earth Science and Technology (SOEST), University of Hawai'i at Manoa (UHM), conducts research of ...

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Conn Center for Renewable Energy Research

  • University of Louisville (KY)

The Conn Center for Renewable Energy Research promotes partnerships among the state's colleges and universities, private industries, and non-profit organizations to actively pursue federally and privately funded research and ...

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Energy Research Center

  • University of Maryland, College Park (MD)

The University of Maryland Energy Research Center provides a comprehensive balanced energy research program, based on the most efficient use of our natural resources while minimizing environmental impacts and our ...

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Center for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy

  • University of Massachusetts Amherst (MA)

The Center for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (CEERE) conducts research and provides technical assistance for a range of clean energy technologies and applications. With support from state and federal ...

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Polymer-Based Materials for Harvesting Solar Energy

  • University of Massachusetts Amherst (MA)

The University of Massachusetts Amherst Energy Frontier Research Center (EFRC) – Polymer-Based Materials for Harvesting Solar Energy, PHaSE – was one of 46 national centers created in 2009 by the U.S ...

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New England Marine Renewable Energy Center

  • University of Massachusetts Dartmouth (MA)

The New England MREC is an organization comprised of academia, government agencies, industry, municipalities, public interest groups and concerned individuals. MREC’s focus is to foster the development of ocean ...

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Center for Solar and Thermal Energy Conversion

  • University of Michigan (MI)

The vision of the Center for Solar and Thermal Energy Conversion (CSTEC) is to design and to synthesize new materials for high efficiency photovoltaic (PV) and thermoelectric (TE) devices, predicated ...

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Renewable Energy Research and Demonstration Center

  • University of Minnesota, Morris (MN)

A large-scale project known formally as the University of Minnesota Renewable Energy Research and Demonstration Center at Morris includes development in community and locally-owned energy systems including wind, biomass, biofuels ...

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The Center for Energy Research

  • University of Nevada Las Vegas (NV)

The Center for Energy Research (CER) focuses on research, information exchange, and education in energy topics. Issues of particular interest to the Center's geographical region include such general topics ...

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Great Basin Center for Geothermal Energy

  • University of Nevada, Reno (NV)

The Great Basin Center for Geothermal Energy (GBCGE) was informally organized within the Mackay School of Mines at the University of Nevada, Reno in May 2000. The formation of the ...

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Solar Energy Research Center

  • University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (NC)

The UNC SERC was founded in 2008 to serve as a regional hub for solar energy research. Its primary goal is to contribute to our energy future by taking a ...

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Solar Fuels and Next Generation Photovoltaics

  • University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (NC)

The mission of the UNC Energy Frontier Research Center is to conduct research on dye-sensitized photoelectrosynthesis cells (DSPECs) for water splitting and tandem cells for the reduction of carbon dioxide ...

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Energy and Environmental Research Center

  • University of North Dakota (ND)

The Energy & Environmental Research Center (EERC) is a unique organization dedicated to providing practical, pioneering solutions to the world’s energy and environmental challenges. The EERC was officially founded ...

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Clean Energy Research Center

  • University of South Florida (FL)

The Clean Energy research Center (CERC) at the University of South Florida pursues research and development of new/environmentally clean energy systems, such as photovoltaics (PV), concentrating solar power (CSP ...

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Energy Institute

  • University of Southern California (CA)

The USC Energy Institute (USCEI) was launched in 2008 to create a university-based framework to support and expand opportunities in energy-related research, education, and public policy development.

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Campus of Energy and Innovation

  • University of Toledo (OH)

The campus will serve as a hands-on alternative energy laboratory used for teaching, research and demonstration, as well as to generate energy and reduce the University’s carbon footprint.

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International Center for Advanced Renewable Energy and Sustainability

  • Washington University in St. Louis (MO)

Washington University in St. Louis is addressing the challenges of energy and sustainability on a global scale. The International Center for Advanced Renewable Energy and Sustainability (I-CARES) was created in ...

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Photosynthetic Antenna Research Center

  • Washington University in St. Louis (MO)

To address the purpose of the EFRC initiative, WUSTL created the Photosynthetic Antenna Research Center (PARC). PARC brings together a core group of WUSTL researchers along with several other select ...

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Alternative and Renewable Energy Research

  • Western Michigan University (MI)

The Alternative and Renewable Energy Research Center includes labs and research on alternative fuel, Bronco biodiesel, cellulose, Consumers Energy Foundation, fuel cells, plug In hybrid electric vehicles (PHEVs), solar PV ...

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Institute for Sustainable Cities

  • City University of New York, Hunter College (NY)

The CUNY Institute for Sustainable Cities (CISC) works to realize cities as part of the solution to global sustainability challenges. By merging the science of sustainability with innovative public programming ...

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Center for Sustainable Urban Development

  • Columbia University (NY)

Founded in 2005, the Center for Sustainable Urban Development (CSUD) is one of eight global Centers of Excellence (CoE) in Future Urban Transport established by the Volvo Research and Educational ...

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Center for Urban & Environmental Solutions

  • Florida Atlantic University (FL)

The Center for Urban and Environmental Solutions is dedicated to helping communities and decision makers resolve urban and environmental issues through partnerships, education, and research throughout Florida and beyond. The ...

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Dukakis Center for Urban and Regional Policy

  • Northeastern University (MA)

The Kitty and Michael Dukakis Center for Urban and Regional Policy conducts interdisciplinary research, in collaboration with civic leaders and scholars both within and beyond Northeastern University, to identify and ...

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J. Max Bond Center on Design for the Just City

  • The City College of New York (NY)

The J. Max Bond Center at the Bernard and Anne Spitzer School of Architecture at the City College of New York, believes that design can have a positive impact on ...

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Institute of Urban and Regional Development

  • University of California, Berkeley (CA)

IURD conducts collaborative, interdisciplinary research and practical work that reveals the dynamics of communities, cities, and regions and informs public policy.

Rooted in the social sciences, IURD's work has ...

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Institute of the Environment and Sustainability

  • University of California, Los Angeles (CA)

The UCLA Institute of the Environment and Sustainability generates knowledge and provides solutions for regional and global environmental problems. The Institute educates the next generation of professional and scientific leadership ...

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Center for Sustainable Infrastructure Systems (CSIS)

  • University of Colorado Denver - Anschutz Medical Campus (CO)

The Center for Sustainable Infrastructure Systems (CSIS) at the University of Colorado Denver is a multi-disciplinary center anchored in the College of Engineering and Applied Sciences and partnered with the ...

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Urban Design Center

  • University of Idaho (ID)

Located in downtown Boise, the Urban Design Center (UDC) offers Master of Architecture and Landscape Architecture students the opportunity to engage in sustainable urban design in a metropolitan setting while ...

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Center for Sustainable Urban Neighborhoods

  • University of Louisville (KY)

The University of Louisville's Housing & Neighborhood Development Strategies (HANDS) is a multifaceted program bringing the University's resources to bear on the problems of an impoverished African-American neighborhood ...

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Urban Sustainability Initiative

  • University of Nevada Las Vegas (NV)

A grassroots effort has emerged among faculty and professional staff at UNLV to reach out and partner with the community in finding workable solutions to the challenges facing the Las ...

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Center for Urban & Regional Studies

  • University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (NC)

The Center for Urban & Regional Studies in the College of Arts & Sciences at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is a multi-disciplinary research center focusing on ...

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Center for Sustainable Cities

  • University of Southern California (CA)

The USC Center for Sustainable Cities conducts research, education, and community outreach to address sustainability challenges facing metropolitan regions. The Center seeks to generate innovative solutions that enhance the environment ...

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Urban Ecology Research Lab

  • University of Washington, Seattle (WA)

The Urban Ecology Research Laboratory (UERL) is directed by Professor Marina Alberti, and includes interdisciplinary PhD students, post-doctoral research associates, research scientists, and affiliate faculty from diverse disciplines who collaborate ...

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