The RENEW Institute is a university-wide, interdisciplinary research institute that focuses on complex environmental issues, as well as the social and economic issues with which they are connected.

UB RENEW (Research and Education in eNergy, Environment and Water) Institute is university-wide and interdisciplinary, focusing on complex energy and environmental issues, as well as the social and economic ramifications. It helps develop and coordinate innovative research, education and outreach programs.

As a major public research university, UB is committed to addressing regional and global environmental challenges through enduring scholarship and intellectual innovation.

RENEW unites researchers and builds upon the strengths of faculty from seven UB schools and colleges. The goal is to create transformative change through research, education and community engagement activities. The institute’s over-arching goal is to advance Energy, Water and Environmental Sustainability as a foundation for a Regenerative Economy.

The institute’s strategic planning process resulted in the creation of five interdisciplinary focus areas that leverage existing UB faculty strengths and UB facilities. These are:

  • Next-Generation Materials and Technologies for Energy
  • Environment & Water Sustainability
  • Freshwater Coastal Ecosystems and the Blue Economy
  • Sustainable Urban Environment
  • Environmental Exposures, Genomes and Health and Climate Change and Social-Economic Impacts