The College of Engineering is 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 is doing pioneering work at the interface of policy, economics and science as they relate to energy and the environment. The School of Management has world class expertise in designing and implementing economic management models for energy enterprises, energy distribution and use. Some of these initiatives are highlighted below.

The BU Sustainable Neighborhood Lab is a strategic platform for interdisciplinary research and innovation in the area of clean energy and sustainability that cross the boundaries across fundamental science, technology development, management of energy systems, policy development and environmental science.