About CEESI – Mission

Faculty, students, and the community addressing the grand challenge of the 21st century:
global energy sustainability


Boston University’s  Clean Energy and Environmental  Sustainability Initiative (CEESI) is engaging university resources to help prepare for a world where increasing demand for energy resources must be balanced with environmental, economic and social sustainability.

  • University-Wide Vision: CEESI will coordinate a university-wide vision for research and academic activities at the interface of technology, policy, climate science, market economics, and systems integration as they relate to the challenge of balancing energy needs with an environmental and economic sustainability. An exciting eventuality may be the establishment of a formal university wide Center co-directed by faculty from Engineering, Management and Arts and Sciences
  • Novel Academic Tracks: CEESI will design novel academic tracks across the university that will prepare students for careers dedicated to solving the complex issues of energy growth and sustainability. Working with the cognate colleges and departments CEESI will create new educational offerings and opportunities for students to productively engage in inter-disciplinary energy issues from the perspectives of engineering, economics, management, policy, the environment, and law, among others. It is anticipated that many of the new courses on energy will be team taught by faculty from more than one school or college.
  • Interdisciplinary Research: CEESI will catalyze long-term interdisciplinary research collaborations in the area of clean energy that cross the boundaries between fundamental science, technology development, management of energy systems, policy development and environmental science. The College of Engineering has become a leader in specific areas of Energy Materials, most notably fuel cells, energy efficient solid-state lighting, energy storage systems, coatings for improving energy efficiency, and integration of alternate energy systems. The College of Arts & Sciences has a long history and tradition of doing pioneering work at the interface of energy and environmental science as well as energy policy. The School of Management has world class expertise in designing and implementing economic management models for energy enterprises, energy distribution and use.