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Institutes

Warning:  I have not updated these listings in a few years. 

Here is a listing of some relevant institutes and centers, several of which have been mentioned on this blog before, others not. All have a sustainability focus. The O.R. connection is not explicit for most, but O.R. can be an important element in the work of pretty much each one. There is a wealth of information to be found on the various web sites.

[Quotations below come from the respective web sites of the institutes unless otherwise noted. This page will be updated over time. It is not a comprehensive list; contributions are welcome.]

The Center for Energy, Environmental, and Economic Systems Analysis (CEEESA)
CEEESA falls under the Decision and Information Sciences Division at Argonne National Laboratory, a U.S. Dept. of Energy lab. One of their major projects is “Wind Power Forecasting and Electricity Markets”. The site describes the group as “multi-disciplinary”, specializing in “the development of innovative methodologies, systems, and analytical tools that can be used for energy, economic, and environmental systems analysis and to facilitate credible decision making”. Simulation, including agent-based models, is one of the techniques they use. Software and publications are available from their site. Note that Argonne is also responsible for the GREET vehicle modeling system (see this post).

Fondazione Eni Enrico Mattei (FEEM)
FEEM is an Italian interdisciplinary research institute “devoted to the study of sustainable development and global governance… FEEM’s mission is to improve through research the quality of decision-making in public and private spheres.” A recent post-doc job posting (pdf) can be found here.

Yale University’s Center for Industrial Ecology

…established in September 1998 to provide an organizational focus for research in industrial ecology … Faculty research interests include, among others, the theoretical basis of industrial ecology, the cycles of materials, technological change and the environment, eco-industrial urban development, industrial symbiosis, and product and producer policy issues.

– Industrial Ecology has been mentioned several times here, see the category archive.

Institute of Computational Sustainability at Cornell University
– their mission has to do with applying computer science to sustainability
– I attended their inaugural conference, which included several green O.R. talks, and wrote about it here.

Global Institute of Sustainability at Arizona State University
– “The Institute conducts research, education, and problem-solving related to sustainability, with a special focus on urban environments.”
– mentioned in the article “A Threat So Big, Academics Try Collaboration,” NY Times, 12/25/07.

New Building Institute
– “NBI assesses technologies, promotes design approaches, and helps guide policies and programs that will significantly improve the energy efficiency of commercial buildings.”
– study of theirs on LEED buildings came up in posts here and here.

Rocky Mountain Institute
– “Our mission is to drive the efficient and restorative use of resources.”
– works with private sector and government
– follows the principles of Natural Capitalism
– key figure is Amory Lovins
– mentioned briefly in this post

Environmental and Energy Study Institute (EESI)
– Established “to provide timely information and develop innovative policy solutions that set us on a cleaner, more secure and sustainable energy path”. This information is aimed at Members of Congress.
– came up in a post about RPS

Sustainable Development Research Network (SDRN)
– “SDRN aims to facilitate and strengthen the links between providers of research and policymakers across government, in order to improve evidence-based policymaking to deliver the UK government’s objectives for sustainable development” (thanks daniel s. for letting me know)
– so SDRN:UK as EESI:US

Precourt Energy Efficiency Center at Stanford University

The mission of the Precourt Center is to promote energy efficient technologies, systems, and practices, emphasizing economically attractive deployment. PEEC works to understand and overcome market, policy, technology, and human behavioral barriers to economically efficient reductions of energy use and to inform public and private policymaking…

– The PEEC holds a number of conferences, the next one will be in November.

Robert Mondavi Institute at UC-Davis
– From a piece in the Santa Barbara Independent in June 2009:

UC-Davis’ to-be-built Robert Mondavi Institute, a 31,000-square-foot headquarters for the school’s winemaking, brewing, and food science studies. With state-of-the-art in sustainability that includes LEED certification, green cleaning chemistry, stormwater catchment, and the goal of zero net water, the institute intends to dramatically reduce use of water in wine and beer making.

Center for Sustainable Systems at the University of Michigan
– “leader in Industrial Ecology research and education specializing in life cycle assessment of human-built systems that rely on natural resources to provide for society’s needs.”

The Sustainability Institute
– “applies systems thinking, system dynamics modeling, and organizational learning to economic, environmental and social challenges.”
– connected to climateinteractive and c-roads, described here

The Mascaro Center for Sustainable Innovation at the University of Pittsburgh
– “center of excellence in sustainable engineering focusing on the design of sustainable neighborhoods”
– engineering oriented but likely relevant here
– had a summer school in ’08

Center for Energy, Economic and Environmental Policy (CEEEP), Rutgers University

“conducts applied research to evaluate and help develop energy policy at the state, regional, national, and international levels. The Center explores the interrelation of energy, economic and environmental policy issues.”

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