The Boston University Institute for Global Sustainability (IGS) pioneers research to advance a sustainable and equitable future. Our focus on planetary and environmental health, climate governance, and energy systems is grounded in equity and justice, robust data science, and real-world impact.
IGS has replaced the Institute for Sustainable Energy, expanding the institute's mission beyond energy to a broader scope of interdisciplinary sustainability research.
Latest Research, Commentary, News
Coal in the 21st Century: Integrating Policy With Practice for Just Transitions
IGS Research | The Electricity Journal, December 2022 Read more
Present Global Warming: A Justifiable and Stable Metric for Evaluating Short-lived Climate Pollutants
IGS Research | Environmental Research Letters, November 2022 Read more
Perspectives from COP27 | Tracking Climate Adaptation and Resilience at COP27 in Sharm El-Sheikh
There is a real danger that the adaptation space might now be overlooked with the new attention to loss and Read more
Campus Climate Lab Funded Projects Announced | Fall 2022
This fall marked a momentous milestone for Boston University's Campus Climate Lab—the most project proposals ever received for funding consideration. Read more
Perspectives from COP27 | United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, Sharm El-Sheikh, Egypt – What’s Different this Year?
COP27 high-level dialogue is complicated, and negotiations have been tough. The agreement spurs heated debate, but climate change hopes for Read more
Snapshots from “Growing Our Community” IGS Celebration
Featuring research presentations, awards, and the many faces of the IGS community. Read more
Determining Our Climate Policy Future: Expert Opinions About Negative Emissions and Solar Radiation Management Pathways
IGS Research | Mitigation and Adaptation Strategies for Global Change, October 2022 Read more
Inaugural IGS Sustainability Research Awards Announced
Congratulations to our Boston University sustainability "superheroes," recipients of the inaugural IGS sustainability research awards presented on October 27, 2022. Read more
Social Media Enables People-Centric Climate Action in the Hard-to-Decarbonise Building Sector
IGS Research | Nature Scientific Reports, November 17, 2022 Read more
IMAP Event Energizes Push for ESG Data Transparency
Key takeaways from Impact Measurement & Allocation Program (IMAP) event "How Can We Improve Corporate Carbon Targets?" in October 2022. Read more