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 to which they are connected.
As a major public research university, UB is committed to addressing regional and global energy and environmental challenges through scholarship and intellectual innovation. RENEW enables the university to transform aims into action. Building upon the strengths of faculty from seven UB schools and colleges, RENEW fosters transformative change through research, education, and community engagement activities. The institute’s over-arching goal is to advance equity and environmental justice through research and innovation in Energy, Water and Environmental Sustainability.
Developed with the input of the RENEW steering committee – a new governance framework established by Director Diana Aga – RENEW has four focus areas that are based on strengths in the UB community and responsive to pressing and under-addressed social needs:
Sustainable Water and Engineered Systems, led by Ning Dai (civil, structural and environmental engineering) and Thomas Thundat (chemical and biological engineering and RENEW Institute).
Climate Change and Socioeconomic Impacts, led by Sophie Nowicki (geology and RENEW Institute) and Nicholas Rajkovich (architecture).
Renewable Energy and Sustainable Communities, led by Andrew Crooks (geography) and Miao Yu (chemical and biological engineering and RENEW Institute).
Environmental Pollution and Human Health Implications, led by Haiqing Lin (chemical and biological engineering) and Lina Mu (epidemiology and environmental health).
The four focus areas bring together researchers with convergent interests to develop programs and proposals, with RENEW’s administrative and logistical support.