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Welcome to UB RENEW

UB RENEW (Research and Education in eNergy, Environment and Water) Institute is university-wide and interdisciplinary, focusing on complex energy and environmental issues, as well as the social and economic ramifications. It helps develop and coordinate innovative research, education and outreach programs.

Formed in 2014, RENEW unites researchers and builds upon the strengths of faculty from six UB schools and colleges. The goal is to create transformative change through research, education and community engagement activities.


Focus Areas

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.

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 Environments addresses the critical role of cities on the establishment of sustainable relationships between human society and the planet.

Climate Change and Socioeconomic Impacts

Climate change is the single most pressing global issue facing society today; one estimate suggests 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.

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