Sustainable Futures Institute (SFI)

Sustainable Energy

Motivation

What sources of energy offer the best combination of low environmental impact, high economic return, and social acceptability?

Example Projects

NSF Partnerships for Research and Education (PIRE) Project - Many communities and countries are adapting to the opportunities and challenges presented by local biofuels development. While the particular aspects of each biofuels case may be different, many aspects of these emerging markets and technologies can create useful experiences that should be shared widely to benefit many different groups. From Canada to Brazil, the international PIRE team has been studying several bioenergy development case studies to evaluate environmental and socioeconomic impacts. Similarities and differences among the case studies in different regions will be assessed to learn more broadly about biofuels development across the Pan American region.