Impacting Global Sustainability

Centers and institutes focused on Impacting Global Sustainability strategic theme have three focus areas: Energy and Resources, Science of Climate and Resilience, and Food and Nutrition Security. These centers and institutes bring specialized research in the areas of food security, environment, energy and climate change.

Center for Innovative and Strategic Transformation of Alkane Resources (CISTAR)

CISTAR's vision is to create a transformative engineered system to convert light hydrocarbons from shale resources to chemicals and transportation fuels in smaller, modular, local, and highly networked processing plants. The CISTAR team will develop innovative process designs for economic production of liquid chemicals and transportation fuels from shale gas hydrocarbons. Researchers also will explore novel approaches for converting methane to chemical intermediates, which can then be used as a feedstock for conversion to liquid fuels.


Center for Global Food Security

With the world population expected to reach 9.6 billion by 2050, there is growing concern about meeting the rising demand for food. The Center for Global Food Security is researching the causes and consequences of food insecurity and discovering ways to feed more people across the globe.

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Center for the Environment

C4E is a major home of interdisciplinary, problem-driven research and teaching at Purdue focused on some of the world’s largest environmental problems. C4E faculty are currently working on problems ranging from eliminating hazardous electronic waste, to reducing nutrient runoff in farm systems, to understanding the fate and transport of new chemicals in our soil and water. A new research initiative and cluster hire is building on existing strengths at Purdue University related to the study and practice of building more resilient and sustainable communities through interdisciplinary work on three areas: informal institutions and decision making, critical infrastructure systems, and resilient systems.

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Energy Center

The Energy Center engages researchers and students to deliver new discoveries and develop disruptive technologies with national and global impact. Focus areas are 1) transportation (bioenergy, hydrogen, advanced ground-vehicle power, battery and energy storage); 2) power generation (solar, wind, coal, and nuclear); and 3) policy, education and outreach (electric vehicles and energy-efficient buildings).

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Purdue Climate Change Research Center

The Purdue Climate Change Research Center is a collaborative hub for interdisciplinary research on climate change. From its inception, the PCCRC has challenged itself to build a community of researchers working with the perspective that human and natural systems should be studied as an integrated whole.

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