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Sustainability research at Clemson Univesrity, Clemson South Carolina

The research Clemson University is conducting in sustainability is broad and continuing to grow. Our expertise in alternative energy technologies, water resources, sustainable agriculture, the built environment, and the natural environment come together to address the challenges of today and tomorrow. Clemson faculty, staff, and students form collaborative partnerships through these Clemson research institutions:

Institute for Sustainability Education

The Institute for Sustainability (IfS) is intended to:

  • Help Clemson meet our commitment to make sustainability part of the educational experience for all students. 
  • Pursue the educational needs outlined in Clemson's sustainability action plan.
  • Advance the knowledge and behavior necessary for a Net-Zero energy campus. 
  • Help Clemson continue to attract top students, many of whom are passionate about sustainability. 
  • Help Clemson prepare students and South Carolinians for green jobs. 
  • Sustainability requires an understanding of issues that stretch across traditional disciplinary boundaries. Every college at Clemson has active research and education related to sustainability. The challenge, and the purpose of the IfS, is to coordinate and expand these efforts to make sustainability an integral part of the educational experience for all members of the Clemson family, including current students, alumni, faculty, staff, supporters and the people of South Carolina. 
  • To achieve this purpose, the IfS will have impact in the following areas:
    • Curricular opportunities including: sustainability-themed seminars; support for faculty who wish to incorporate sustainability in their courses; and a network of guest speakers and teaching modules on specific sustainability topics.    
    • Co-curricular opportunities including: service and civic engagement; collaboration with the administrative side of Clemson on sustainability topics (e.g. the Net-zero energy campus); incorporation of a sustainability-themed service requirement for students; and campus-wide sustainability education programs (e.g. speaker series).  
    • Leadership and outreach including: a website to share sustainability education materials and progress; collaboration with other regional institutions; and a network of Clemson speakers available to discuss a range of sustainability topics across South Carolina.  

Creative Inquiry

The Creative Inquiry program offers a unique combination of engaged learning and research that is tailored specifically to undergraduate students. There are numerous long term projects relating to sustainability that cover a wide range of topics. Students work in teams under a faculty member to tackle complex problems while at the same time expanding their curiosity and forming useful solutions.

Click here to view some of the Creative Inquiries that relate to sustainability.