Centers and Institutes: Climate Change and Energy

Colorado State University is a leader in Climate Change and Energy research.


Engines and Energy Conversion Laboratory

The EECL is now entering its second decade of delivering significant, meaningful solutions to meet the global energy challenges and opportunities of the 21st Century, providing our students and researchers the experience and tools for a lifetime of contribution. With a focus towards market driven solutions, products developed at the EECL in partnership with our Industrial Sponsors have reduced pollution in the atmosphere by millions of tons and have saved over 14 billion cubic feet of natural gas.

Website: http://eecl.colostate.edu

Director: Bryan Willson
Co-Director: Morgan DeFoort

Environmental Governance Working Group

The Environmental Governance Working Group is a multi-disciplinary community of scholars seeking to advance research on issues of environmental governance and sustainability.

Website: http://egwg.colostate.edu

Principal Investigators - Michele Betsill, Department of Political Science; Tony Cheng, Department of Forest, Rangeland and Watershed Stewardship; and Pete Taylor, Department of Sociology.

Global Alliance for Climate-Smart Agriculture

Achieving food security and responding to the challenges of climate change are two goals that must be achieved together. That’s why agriculture, fisheries and forestry in developing countries must undergo a significant transformation

As population is on the rise food consumption patterns are destined to follow the same upward trend. Food production will need to increase by at least 70 percent to meet the demands of this growing population by 2050. Studies show that climate change is likely to reduce food productivity, its production stability and incomes in some areas that already have high levels of food insecurity.

Climate-smart agriculture promotes production systems that sustainably increase productivity, resilience (adaptation), reduces/removes GHGs (mitigation), and enhances achievement of national food security and development goals. 
See: www.fao.org/climatechange/climatesmart/en

For more information, please contact Raj Khosla, Raj.Khosla@colostate.edu.

Global Soil Sustainability Working Group

The mission of the Global Soil Sustainability Working Group is to leverage the diverse strengths of Colorado State University scientists by coordinating research activities and providing a platform that integrates soil data from disparate sources to facilitate more productive interaction between soil scientists and decision-makers.

Website: http://globalsoils.colostate.edu

Principal Investigators – Rich Conant, NREL; Diana Wall, NREL; Keith Paustian, Department of Soil and Crop Sciences; Francesca Cotrufo, Department of Soil and Crop Sciences; Lee Sommers, Soil Microbiology and Chemistry; Gene Kelly, School of Agricultural Sciences; and Joe von Fischer, Department of Biology.

Institute for the Built Environment

The Institute for the Built Environment (IBE), founded in 1994 at CSU, is a multidisciplinary institute whose mission is to foster stewardship and sustainability of natural and built environments through research-based, interdisciplinary educational forums.

Website: http://www.ibe.colostate.edu/

Director: Brian Dunbar

Institute for the Study of Energy and our Future

The Institute for the Study of Energy and Our Future, formed in fall 2008, is an organization that facilitates research on, and coordinates education about, energy issues and their impact on society and policy. ISEOF was founded as part of the Clean Energy Supercluster and includes members of the departments of Political Science, Economics, and Sociology. ISEOF sponsors workshops, outreach projects, and other public events.

Website: http://www.iseof.org/

Director: Kyle Saunders

LENSES (Living Environments in Natural, Social, and Economic Systems)

LENSES (Living Environments in Natural, Social, and Economic Systems) is designed to lead teams through planning, designing and implementing transformative change to address pressing environmental, social and economic issues stemming from the built environment.

Website: http://www.ibe.colostate.edu/lenses.aspx

Principal Investigators - Brian Dunbar and Lenora Bohren, both with the Institute for the Built Environment

National Center for Vehicle Emissions Control and Safety

The National Center for Vehicle Emissions Control and Safety (NCVECS) at CSU is the only national university-based center dedicated to research and training related to the control and testing of motor vehicle emissions.

Director: Lenora Bohren

Natural Resource Ecology Laboratory

The Natural Resource Ecology Laboratory is an interdisciplinary ecology research and teaching unit at Colorado State University.  Our mission is to improve understanding of the complex interactions between humans, management activities, and ecosystems.

Website: http://nrel.colostate.edu

Director: John Moore

North Central Climate Science Center

To provide the best available climate science and tools to inform natural resource management within the North Central domain.

Website: http://www.doi.gov/csc/northcentral/

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