As a major public research university, UB is committed to addressing regional and global environmental challenges through enduring scholarship and intellectual innovation.
The RENEW Institute is a university-wide, interdisciplinary research institute that focuses on complex environmental issues, as well as the social and economic issues with which they are connected.
RENEW unites researchers and builds upon the strengths of faculty from seven UB schools and colleges. The goal is to create transformative change through research, education and community engagement activities. The institute’s over-arching goal is to advance Energy, Water and Environmental Sustainability as a foundation for a Regenerative Economy. The institute’s strategic planning process resulted in the creation of five interdisciplinary focus areas that leverage existing UB faculty strengths and UB facilities. These are - Next-Generation Materials and Technologies for Energy, Environment & Water Sustainability; Freshwater Coastal Ecosystems and the Blue Economy; Sustainable Urban Environments; Environmental Exposures, Genomes and Health and Climate Change and Social-Economic Impacts.