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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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Person with face mask in smoggy city.
October 9, 2017

Study will Explore Air Pollution’s Impact on the Developing Fetus

New research will seek to understand the biological mechanisms that are triggered by exposure to air pollution during pregnancy and lead to lower birth weight in newborns, placing them at greater risk for chronic conditions such as coronary heart disease and hypertension later in life.  The research will be conducted in Beijing by an international team of researchers, including David Rich, Richard Miller, and Sally Thurston of the CEE.

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Stratification in Tibet sediment. Climate variations are reflected in color variations with the red sediment typically indicating a wetter climate and the white indicating a drier climate. Credit: Qingquan Meng
April 11, 2017

Tibet sediments reveal climate patterns from late Miocene, 6 million years ago

Past climate patterns offer clues for future climate effects

Carmala Garzione, director of the CEE and professor of earth and environmental sciences, and Junsheng Nie, a visiting research associate, surveyed sediment samples from the northern Tibetan Plateau's Qaidam Basin and constructed paleoclimate cycle records from the late Miocene epoch of Earth's history, which lasted from approximately 11 to 5.3 million years ago. Reconstructing past climate records can help scientists determine both natural patterns and the ways in which future glacial events and greenhouse gas emissions may affect global systems.

Photo credit: Qingquan Meng

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William D. Jones
February 8, 2017

State of Energy with New Administration

William D. Jones, the Charles F. Houghton Professor of Chemistry and Associate Director of the CEE, was interviewed by New 8 reporter James Gilbert. Professor Jones commented on the possible changes for clean energy under the new presidency.

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From Farm to Fork: Sustainable Strategies for Food Waste Management

Professor Callie Babbitt

Callie Babbitt, PhD
Associate Professor of Sustainability
Rochester Institute of Technology

Thursday, March 29, 2018
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Sloan Auditorium, Goergen Hall
University of Rochester River Campus


The world's growing population combined with its shrinking pool of natural resources threaten its ability to provide a resilient food supply - this unprecedented challenge is made even more complex by vast inefficiencies and resulting waste across the food supply chain.

Babbitt presents an overview of the growing food waste challenge and the current research seeking sustainable solutions. Innovative technologies, business models, new policy and consumer engagement are all required to reduce the amount and environmental impacts of food waste while at the same time creating economic growth and maximizing efficient use of resources.

Callie Babbit teaches courses in industrial technology, sustainable product design, lifecycle assessment, and sustainable food-energy-water systems. Her research on the environmental implications of emerging technologies and her teaching were recognized with the National Science Foundation Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Program Award and the AT&T Technology and Environment Award. She has PhD and MS degrees in environmental engineering from the University of Florida and a BS in chemical engineering from Georgia Institute of Technology.


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