At Syracuse University, research is applied to solve sustainability challenges in our region and throughout the globe. Collaborations and innovation in sustainability are developed across multidisciplinary fields. Our research strives to bring sustainability to the center of environmental, social and economic systems. We are working to tackle climate change, clean-up Onondaga Lake, create new green infrastructure, and develop energy efficient systems. Our investigators form partnerships with our community to solve real world problems.
To find SU faculty research interests in sustainability, explore our faculty page.
Research Centers in Sustainability at SU:
Center of Excellence in Environmental and Energy Systems (SyracuseCoE) The Center of Excellence brings together a dynamic group of world-class participants. Universities. Research partners. Corporations. Economic development groups. All the participants are collaborating to develop new technologies, solutions, and applications that improve human health and productivity in built and urban environments.
Syracuse University Environmental Finance Center The Syracuse University Environmental Finance Center (Syracuse EFC) facilitates the development of sustainable and resilient communities throughout US EPA Region 2 (New Jersey, New York, Puerto Rico, the US Virgin Islands, and eight tribal nations), across the US, and internationally.
Located at the Syracuse University Center for Sustainable Community Solutions (CSCS), Syracuse EFC enhances the administrative and financial capacities of state and local government officials, nonprofit organizations, and private sectors to make change toward improved environmental infrastructure and quality of life.
Center for Environmental Policy and Administration (CEPA) CEPA is an interdisciplinary center within Syracuse University’s Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs. CEPA explores environmental issues from an integrated perspective that considers technical, social, and humanistic aspects of environmental matters and prepares leaders who can blend those dimensions as they confront the world’s complex environmental challenges. It brings together faculty and graduate students from a range of Maxwell departments including Anthropology, Economics, Geography, Political Science, Public Administration, Public Affairs, and Sociology.
Sustainable Enterprise Partnership (SEP) A transdisciplinary approach to sustainability. Syracuse University’s Whitman School of Management and L.C. Smith College of Engineering and Computer Science, the State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry, and the Syracuse Center of Excellence in Environmental and Energy Systems form a unique collaboration providing world-class education and research on sustainable enterprise management.
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Center for Advanced Systems and Engineering (CASE) The Mission of the CASE Center is to be a key contributor to the high-technology economy of New York State by making available the intellectual (and other) resources of Syracuse University and collaborating with New York State businesses and economic development organizations.
Center for Environmental Quality Systems (EQS) This state-wide consortium of nine academic institutions and two not-for-profit organizations has the mission to conduct research, create new knowledge, develop and transfer technology, and educate professionals in integrated systems that enhance human health and performance, reduce lifecycle costs and improve the quality of built and urban environments.
Syracuse University Industrial Assessment Center (IAC) A cooperative with the US Department of Energy, this center helps manufacturing facilities decrease energy usage and increase efficiency through no cost energy audits.