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The Institute for Sustainability, Energy and the Environment (iSEE) at Illinois leads an interdisciplinary approach to tackle the world’s pressing sustainability, energy and environmental needs of today and tomorrow. With a three-pronged focus on research, campus sustainability and outreach, iSEE is purposed to find solutions for the ever-growing demands of an increasing population without compromising needs of future generations.

Some of iSEE’s current work includes:

  • Spearheading the Center for Advanced Bioenergy and Bioproducts Innovation, a $115 million center funded by the U.S. Department of Energy that develops sustainable ways to grow bioenergy crops and transform the future of biofuel in collaboration with 17 partner institutions.
  • Revolutionizing water infrastructure by offering solutions, technology and modeling for storm water management in hopes of controlling mosquito populations and resulting diseases.
  • Building climate resilience in plants through innovative technology that predicts and models a plant’s response to climate change from the molecular to the ecosystem level.
  • Feeding the world with solar cooking systems that reduce carbon dioxide emissions while benefiting human health.

In addition to supporting research, iSEE regularly evaluates campus sustainability efforts through the Illinois Climate Action Plan and educates students through sustainability education programs.

To learn more about iSEE, visit their website.

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