Seven institutes, along with a number of Centers and Programs, make up the Institutes of Energy and the Environment.
The Earth and Mineral Sciences (EMS) Energy Institute at Penn State is a leading research and development organization focused on energy science and engineering. From solving challenges related to fossil fuels to exploring new technologies for alternative energy, the EMS Energy Institute is involved in almost every aspect of energy research.
Engineers with the Engineering Energy & Environmental Institute (E3I) work on environmental topics such as water purification, thermoacoustics, using benign gases for cooling, analysis of indoor environments to provide safe living spaces, and the development of remote sensing platforms for studying the environment.
The Institute for Sustainable Agricultural, Food, and Environmental Science (SAFES) establishes a novel environment for accelerating solutions to persistently "wicked" landscape-level challenges centered on agriculture, food, and the environment.
The Sustainablity Institute supports the sustainability movement at Penn State as consultants and coaches who guide and bolster sustainability efforts at the University. Sustainability is the simultaneous pursuit of human health and happiness, environmental quality, and economic well-being for current and future generations.
Centers and Programs
IEE supports a wide variety of research centers and programs, all in an effort to solve critical energy and environmental challenges.
The Center for BioRenewables brings together Penn State’s broad expertise in plant biology, genomics, microbiology, chemistry, materials science, chemical engineering, bioengineering, and other related fields to make the discoveries that will enable plants to meet the current and future needs of human society, sustainably.
The Center for Lignocellulose Structure & Formation (CLSF) is a DOE Energy Frontiers Research Center focused on developing a detailed understanding of lignocellulose, the main structural material in plants to advance sustainable energy and materials.
The Center for Marine Science and Technology (CMAST) promotes interdisciplinary research and training that spans the gamut from the coastal zone including shallow-‐water tropical ecosystems of coral reefs, tropical and temperate lakes, and sinkholes to the deepest reaches of the sea.
The Center for Molecular Toxicology and Carcinogenesis (CMTC) provides a structure for the development of multi-investigator projects in the area of environmental toxicology across the university and to understand toxic effects of compounds at the molecular and biochemical level.
The Convergence Center for Living Multifunctional Material Systems (LiMC2) advances the science, technologies, policies, and practices needed for a sustainable world through research on engineered living materials.
The Pennsylvania Water Resources Research Center (PAWRRC) is one of the nation’s 54 water resources research centers and institutes that emphasizes the role of university research, education, and outreach in advancing problems related to water quality and quantity.