About the Institute of the Environment
The Institute of the Environment, launched in 2008, is comprised of a team of scientists, staff, and students who specialize in climate adaptation, renewable energy, environmental stewardship, and environmental arts and humanities.
The IE is committed to interdisciplinary research, diversity, scholarship, and community, values that are clearly reflected in its work.
The IE’s Renewable Energy Network (REN), for example, is developing visionary, environmentally-friendly solutions to the cultural and behavioral tendencies that serve as barriers to sustainable living. The UA’s REN is a university-wide initiative to address our demand for cheap energy, love of mobility, increasing urban sprawl, and expectation of easy accessibility. Seizing on our region’s 350 days of sunshine per year, REN promotes the expansion and adoption of affordable solar and other renewable energy in the U.S. Southwest and beyond, transforming our energy systems to meet 21st century needs.
It is designed to support the expanded regional, national, and global use of abundant, clean, and economical renewable energy by connecting community and industry to the UA’s research and educational programs.
By embracing the unique challenges of our location in the southwestern United States, where it is particularly hot, dry, and resource-limited, the Institute of the Environment is able to make the best-informed decisions for a sustainable future.