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Message from the Director

Welcome to Purdue’s Center for the Environment! The C4E, as we refer to it, is a regional resource for incubating and promoting collaborative, interdisciplinary, problem-driven research focused on some of the greatest environmental challenges we face globally. C4E-affiliated faculty are currently working on problems such as exploring the resilience of food-energy-water production and delivery systems, eliminating hazardous electronic and plastic waste, reducing nutrient runoff in farm systems, understanding the fate and transport of new chemicals in the environment, and understanding the challenges to building and maintaining sustainable communities in the face of disruptive global changes.

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New research aims to optimize farmland use for crops, solar electricity production

Invasive pests kill so many trees each year, it’s equal to 5 million car emissions

August 19, 2019

Invasive insects and pathogens have wreaked havoc on ash, elm, chestnut trees and others, wiping some of them almost...

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Welcome Event for Visiting Brazilian Scholars

August 30, 2019

The Zanotti lab in the Department of Anthropology is pleased to welcome visiting scholars Eduardo Rafael Galvão and Maria Gabriela Fink Salgado to campus this fall semester. We are also excited to host Mêbêngôkre filmmaker Pat-i Kayapó, who joins the lab as an Honors college visiting scholar. The scholars will be working on projects that focus on socio-environmental impacts of artisanal mining, indigenous led art and media initiatives, and sustainable solar systems. Geographically centered on the Kayapó Indigenous Lands, one of the largest remaining and bioculturally diverse intact forest and savannah landscapes in the world, this work aims to address global environmental grand challenges while at the same time tackling food security and climate change issues.

This event is sponsored by the Center for the Environment, The Department of Anthropology, and Purdue College of Liberal Arts Office of the Dean.

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