Sustaining the Planet, Powering the World

KU has much to offer in assessing the condition of the planet and developing energy technology and social solutions to the problems we have created in a highly industrialized society. This may involve designing new communities and infrastructure that are supportive of aging populations while also designing new energy sources that are more sustainable and less impacting on our environment. This has to be done in balance, which is why it is important to bring scientists, engineers, social scientists, and faculty in the arts and humanities together in a collaborative environment.


  • Build upon KU’s strengths in climate change and environmental impact assessment research, as well as KU’s research on energy systems, power production, alternative fuels, ancillary biofuel products, and reducing the impacts of conventional fuels.
  • Focus on hiring experts in climate science, social and environmental science, and alternative power and transportation science, all with a focus on multidisciplinary research.
  • Make infrastructure investments for buildings that are interdisciplinary to break down barriers and foster innovation

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