About Us

The RENEW Institute is a university-wide, multidisciplinary research institute that focuses on complex energy and environmental issues, as well as the social and economic issues with which they are connected.

As a major public research university, UB is committed to addressing regional and global energy and environmental challenges through enduring scholarship and intellectual innovation.  The RENEW institute address this university mission and is dedicated to research and education on globally pressing problems in energy, environment and water.  One of the most expansive initiatives launched by UB in recent years, RENEW (Research and Education in eNergy, Environment and Water) harnesses the expertise of more than 100 faculty members across seven schools and colleges and add more than 20 new faculty and senior staff members.  

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.