Centers and Institutes: Climate Change and Energy

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


Research Institute for New Energy and the Environment

Colorado State University and East China Normal University in Shanghai have formed a Joint Research Institute for New Energy and the Environment that will capitalize on strengths of the two institutions to develop new energy solutions and help deal with the impact of energy on climate, air quality, land use and water resources. East China Normal University is one of Colorado State’s strategic partners in China with collaboration on student exchange programs and research initiatives in everything from music to clean energy.

More information: http://www.today.colostate.edu/story.aspx?id=5824

Co-Director: Junhao Chu, East China Normal University
Co-Director: Bryan Willson, Colorado State University
Executive Director: Wei Gao, Colorado State University

Rural Energy Center

Colorado State University Extension and CSU’s College of Engineering established the Rural energy Center in order to “empower agricultural producers in Colorado to make environmentally and financially sound energy decisions”. 
Co-Director: Mike Kostrzewa
Co-Director: Cary Weiner

Sustainable Bioenergy Development Center (SBDC)

Several factors are driving the search for sustainable alternative energy sources:  projections of increased demand and decreased supply of petroleum, concerns about increasing greenhouse gas levels, and the desire for increased domestic energy production. Colorado State University has created the Sustainable Bioenergy Development Center (SBDC) to address these needs and achieve the goal of energy production that is economically and environmentally sustainable.

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

Director: Kenneth F. Reardon

Water Center

The Water Center at Colorado State University (CSU) in Fort Collins serves as a focal point to coordinate, leverage and enhance water related research, teaching and outreach at Colorado State University. Colorado State University provides one of the most water ‘rich’ research and educational settings available anywhere in the world. There are 22 departments at Colorado State University that house over 100 faculty who apply their disciplines to water issues and problems. The faculty teach over 150 water-related courses at the senior and graduate levels. In addition, CSU faculty and staff are engaged in solving water resources problems across the globe.

Website: http://watercenter.colostate.edu/

Director: Reagan Waskom

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