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Sustainability is a major area of interdisciplinary research at Purdue University. Faculty, graduate students, and undergraduate students from various colleges and departments frequently collaborate to explore the social, ecological, design, and economic aspects of sustainable practices.

Global Sustainability Institute

The Global Sustainability Institute at Discovery Park in West Lafayette, IN, houses five interconnected centers of research that specialize in certain topics as shown below:

Each of the centers partners with industry bodies, government agencies, research think thanks, and national and international nonprofit groups on a regular basis, to ensure a more sustainable future. One landmark partnership was the establishment by the U.S. State Department in 2011 of the U.S.-China EcoPartnership for Environmental Sustainability (USCEES) at Purdue University, with the primary focus of addressing environmental challenges common to both the United States and China. The USCEES brings together academic, government, and business leaders to develop and apply innovative global solutions for sustainable management of our natural resources and living environment.

The five Global Sustainability Institute centers also collaborate frequently with the Office of Campus Master Planning & Sustainability on several ventures, such as our annual Green Week educational seminars, celebrations for Earth Day/ Arbor Day, and the Student Sustainability Summit.

Other sustainability-related research centers

Several other research centers at Purdue University focus on sustainability as a key area, including: