RENEW Focus Area Leaders

Freshwater Coastal Ecosystems

In addition to the most basic need for safe drinking water, the availablity of good quality freshwater affects nearly every aspect of modern life, including energy resources, food production, transportation, manufacturing, and recreation, as well as supporting ecological well-being and the ecosystem services on which life depends.

Climate Change and Socioeconomic Impacts

Climate change is the single most pressing global issue facing society today; one estimate suggest that a climate-induced global sea level rise of just one meter will cost 28 trillion US dollars to world economies.

Next-Generation Materials & Technologies for Energy, Environment, & Water Sustainability

Materials design and discovery hold a critical place in the 21 century economy, with broad impact that spans the transportation, health, microelectronic, and renewable energy industries.

Environmental Exposures, Genomes and Health

The Environmental Exposures, Genomes, and Health focus area will stimulate integrated, multidisciplinary research and education at UB to conduct innovative, cutting edge environmental research.

Sustainable Urban Environments

The RENEW focus in Sustainable Urban Systems (RENEW-SUS) addresses the critical role of cities on the establishment of sustainable relationships between human society and the planet.