Research in Sustainability: A Global Imperative

Researchers at Northeastern are making path-breaking discoveries in sustainability research—from energy and climate change to sustainable urban design and policies—to promote resilient public infrastructure.

The university brings together faculty with broad expertise: chemical, electrical, industrial, and mechanical engineering; architecture and urban design; chemistry; environmental science; economics and public policy; and biology. This interdisciplinary, highly collaborative approach to research includes partnerships with business and industry, government agencies, and nonprofit environmental groups.

Northeastern’s sustainability research breakthroughs will enable society to respond to environmental threats, ranging from extreme weather caused by climate change to the community-wide impacts of unsustainable urban development.

Recent News

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    Northeastern electrochemist Joshua Gallaway is trying to build a better battery. It’s not as easy as it sounds. The problem is this: People want batteries that have a long cycle life, produce high energy, and don’t cost a lot. But no existing battery can deliver more than two of ... read more
  • Would you pay 10 cents extra for gas to save the planet?
    The idea is deceptively simple—offset 100 percent of your car’s carbon emissions by volunteering to pay an extra 10 cents a gallon at the pump. It may sound like a pipe dream, but Kyle Kornack believes that in an era of government inaction, there’s a hunger for this type ... read more
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