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The mission of the Center for Energy and Environment is to develop technology for improved energy systems and to advance fundamental science that promotes understanding of the impacts of energy technologies on the environment and human health.

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October 23, 2018

CEE receives $1 million grant for campus solar project

The State of New York has set an ambitious target to supply 50 percent of the state’s electricity from renewable sources by 2030, with an ultimate goal of reducing greenhouse gas emissions 40 percent below 1990 levels by 2030.

A new solar power and energy storage initiative at the University of Rochester will help contribute to that goal.

Carmala Garzione, a professor of earth and environmental sciences at Rochester and the director of the University’s Center for Energy and the Environment (CEE), is spearheading the initiative, which will bring together Rochester researchers, students, and local community members to learn more about solar energy that is integrated with energy storage.

The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) recently awarded the University a $1 million grant for the project, as part of NYSERDA’s REV Campus Challenge, which recognizes New York universities for their commitments to clean energy. The University of Rochester was one of three NY schools to receive similar NYSERDA grants, announced at a ceremony at RIT.

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August 1, 2018

Group ‘cleaves’ oxygen from surface of metal oxide, enhancing reactivity

Metal oxides have been shown to be effective catalysts in converting greenhouse gases to useful chemical fuels, for example transforming carbon dioxide into methanol. The lab of Ellen Matson, CEE member and assistant professor of chemistry, has cleaved oxygen atoms from the surface of polyoxovanadate metallic clusters, increasing their ability to react with gaseous substrates such as carbon dioxide and nitrous oxide. Pictured here are Matson and PhD student Brittney Petel, lead author of the paper describing the discovery. 

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July 18, 2018

Hot town, Summer Sustainability Fellows in the city

The University of Rochester’s inaugural Community-Engaged Summer Sustainability Fellows work with CEE member Katrina Smith Korfmacher, associate professor of environmental medicine, to analyze health equity aspects of the City of Rochester’s ongoing Climate Vulnerability Assessment (CVA). Korfmacher also directs the Environmental Health Sciences Center’s Community Outreach and Engagement Core (COEC), which works to address environmental health problems in the community.

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News Archive

Climate Witness: Vulnerability, Resilience, and Disaster Recovery in Trans-Himalayan Ladakh

Tuesday, January 29, 2019

12:00 pm

Humanities Center, Conference Room D

Located in Rush Rhees Library on River Campus

Stewart Weaver, Department of History

Tatyana Bakhmetyeva, Susan B. Anthony Institute for Gender, Sexuality and Women’s Studies

Recently prone to catastrophic flooding, glacial recession, and endemic drought, the trans-Himalayan region of Ladakh, India, powerfully illustrates global trends in the age of climate change: weather disturbances, water scarcity, out-migration from rural communities, and the consequent erosion of traditional village life. In this talk drawn from their community-based oral history project in Ladakh, Stewart Weaver (History) and Tanya Bakhmetyeva (Susan B. Anthony Institute) place the crisis of global warming in a particular mountain context and look at the ways in which Ladakhis are both struggling with and adapting to the acute challenges of climate change at high altitude.

Refreshments will be provided.

Co-sponsored by the Humanitites Center

Part of the Jesse L. Rosenberger Seminar Series

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3rd Annual Symposium of the Center for Energy & Environment

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URBEST Better Research Communication Through Improv

Wednesday, May 2, 2018
9:00 am - 5:00 pm

University of Rochester, Rush Rhees Library
Hawkins Carlson Room

This workshop will likely push you beyond your comfort, so sign up if you want to see what you are capable of. Learn techniques to engage your audience, distill and clearly share your research, and have some fun. Instructors are trained in the Alan Alda Improv approach to communicating research to a non-specialist.

Sessions run 9 am - 12 pm OR 2 pm - 5 pm. Each session can accommodate 30 participants. Pre-registration is required.

The keynote address, Mind The Gap: Becoming Better Science Communicators, at 1 pm is open for attendance without registration.

Please direct RSVP and any special accommodation requests to Jenn Steward at