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Environment and Sustainability

We take an interdisciplinary approach to researching the interactions of humans and the environment. We look at sustainable building and the impact humans have on climate change, weather, ecological systems and water resources. Our researchers also are looking at environmental hazards and how they impact our health and society. Owing to our location on the East Coast, we have a long list of hurricane experts in disciplines such as engineering, geology, marine science, business and tourism.

Programs and Institutes

Here are just a few of our programs and institutes that are focusing research efforts on our environment and sustainability. The Office of the Vice President for Research maintains a comprehensive list of university-wide centers and institutes.


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Environment and Sustainability Program

With research projects ranging from the study of wildlife populations at Chernobyl to the hidden signals of climate change, and classes as diverse as microbiology and green politics, faculty members in the Environment and Sustainability Program are leading global research and educating tomorrow’s environmental leaders.

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Belle W. Baruch Institute for Marine & Coastal Sciences

Learning to care for our incredible coast requires a hands-on approach. That's why, in addition to our lab facilities in Columbia, we conduct research and study in our 17,500-acre living laboratory at the coast. We also welcome the general public and present a wide variety of educational programs for all ages.

ESRI Core Research

Earth Sciences and Resources Institute

The Earth Sciences and Resources Institute conducts applied research and provides services in environmental geosciences, engineering and computer applications. The institute provides integrated solutions to challenging geoscience and environmental conservation issues.