Institute for Sustainable Energy

Boston University Institute for Sustainable Energy (ISE) is a University-wide institute that assists and promotes faculty research, and enhances BU’s curricular offerings and communication products related to sustainable energy.

We expand engagement and collaboration with outside stakeholders, including energy technology firms, public agencies, other universities and research organizations, and environment- and energy-focused NGOs.

At ISE, we’re dedicated to:

  • Promoting and assisting world-class research by BU faculty working on these challenges within and across all disciplines within the University
  • Educating BU students who will help meet sustainable energy challenges in their careers
  • Promoting solutions to these challenges through collaboration with stakeholders outside the University

ISE is a new generation of “think and do tanks,” whose goal is to harness world-class research and education resources to contribute to important global economic, social, and technological challenges.

ISE News

  • ISE Annual Briefing Presentations – October 19-20, 2017

    ISE's inaugural Annual Briefing was held at 595 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston on October 19th – 20th, 2017.  Presentations and discussions focused on defining the opportunities for progress in decarbonization of the electric grid, emissions reductions in buildings and in transportation, and water. Attendees learned about the applied research projects that the Institute... [ More ]

  • ISE Annual Mini-Retreat: 11/8/17

    Over forty staff and other ISE participants within BU attended the second annual mini-retreat on November 8th.  Much of the discussion focused on opportunities ahead, based on an inspiring presentation by Eric Toone, Executive Managing Director and Science Lead of Breakthrough Energy Ventures, and a detailed overview of the current... [ More ]

  • Perspective: Navigating an Uncertain Future for US Roads

    Originally published by John Paul Helveston on Issues in Science & Technology. The last time the automotive industry in the United States experienced rapid technological change was more than a century ago. In 1900, the industry (whose primary competitor was the horse) comprised 40% steam-powered, 38% electric-powered, and 22% gasoline-powered vehicles. After the advent of... [ More ]

Community Announcements

  • Seminar Series on Climate Change : Dec 7

    Communicating Science With Decision Makers in the Context of Climate Change Resilience Thursday, December 7, 4-5pm, CAS 132 Jeanne Herb, Associate Director Rutgers University Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy Jeanne will provide an overview of experiences in New Jersey to apply effective science communication strategies to engage stakeholders and decision... [ More ]

  • Paid RA Position On Improved Oil & Gas Production : Start Date Immediate

    HLS Professor Wendy Jacobs seeks a research assistant to gather and analyze U.S. regulations and private initiatives for making oil and gas production more protective of human health and the environment.  The start date for this position is immediate, and the RA should expect to work approximately 25-30 hours total... [ More ]

  • ISE’s Carbon Free Boston is Looking for a Programmer

    The Institute for Sustainable Energy’s Carbon Free Boston initiative seeks a graduate student with Python programming experience to assist in the modeling of urban energy systems. Duties will include writing scripts for data cleansing, processing, and visualization. Ability to code and comment using object-oriented programing in Python, as well as some familiarity with SQL Relational... [ More ]