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About the Center

Center for Energy, Environment & Sustainability

There is a global demand for leadership and engagement on issues related to energy, the environment and human systems. Universities play a central role in addressing these issues because they generate knowledge and technology and house deep and varied expertise. Universities are also where future leaders who will shape society are trained.

Our center is based not on the traditional definitions of environment and environmentalism from the last half-century, but rather one that looks forward to the next 50 years. Our research and scholarly activities are focused on trans–disciplinary solutions.

We effect change through our work; we focus on taking knowledge and technology from the lab and the classroom out into society. This requires not only basic research, but also identifying the tools—enterprise, policy, education, marketing, the arts—that turn ideas into action.

The CEES faculty are committed to working towards a sustainable future through our research and public engagement, holding leadership roles not only in academia, but also in governments, non-profits, and corporations here at home and across the globe. At CEES we aggregate this talent, along with Wake Forest’s other considerable resources, and strive to make observable and significant progress that transcends traditional academic boundaries.

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