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Center for Air, Climate and Energy Solutions

Center for Air, Climate and Energy Solutions

I’m pleased to announce that the Environmental Protection Agency has awarded Carnegie Mellon a ten million dollar grant for a new collaborative research center, the Center for Air, Climate and Energy Solutions. Decisions about energy like shale gas development, electric car subsidies, power plants of the future have impacts on both air quality and climate. …

Electric Vehicle Adoption Potential in the U.S.

Electric Vehicle Adoption Potential in the U.S.

I’m Jeremy Michalek, and I direct Carnegie Mellon’s Vehicle Electrification group. Electric vehicles have the potential to help reduce air emissions while improving energy security and offering economic benefits, but they can only make impact to the extent that people adopt them. Since 2008, we’ve conducted studies to understand and characterize some of the key …

Glaciers and Global Warming

Glaciers and Global Warming

My research involves looking at how ice sheets and glaciers break One of the things that we observed right around 2002, which was shocking, was the Larsen Ice Shelf, the entire peninsula, it’s a tiny little ice shelf But as far is anybody knows, it sat there there happily for ten thousand years, possibly a …

Bob Tilton: Creating New Technology Using Complex Fluids

Bob Tilton: Creating New Technology Using Complex Fluids

I work in a field called complex fluids engineering. So complex fluids, such as milk, are generally defined as any fluid where the constituents of the fluid are not dissolved as individual molecules, but they exist as very fine particles. They’re not actually dissolved, they’re dispersed, and these particles interact with each other in the …

Steinbrenner Institute Overview

Steinbrenner Institute Overview

There is a tremendous amount of scholarship at Carnegie Mellon University across all of our colleges addressing environmental issues. We have a diverse and collaborative campus, and we encourage interdisciplinary collaboration among faculty members from across the university. To capitalize on this, the Steinbrenner Institute for Environmental Education and Research was founded in 2004 with …

What impact does your lawn have on our Earth?

What impact does your lawn have on our Earth?

It’s summertime, and households across the nation are tuning up their lawn mowers and dusting off their weed whackers to take care of that patch of grass surrounding their house. But those lawn mowers: they create carbon emissions. And how about the weed killers and fertilizers you put on your lawn? Well, they have chemicals …

Delivering Sustainability: Transporting Goods in Urban Spaces

Delivering Sustainability: Transporting Goods in Urban Spaces

[MUSIC PLAYING] GREGORY R. MILLER: Good evening, everybody. Welcome to the second presentation in the College of Engineering and University Alumni Association co-sponsored lecture series. And my name is Greg Miller. I’m the Chair of Civil and Environmental Engineering. And it’s kind of cool that all three lecturers are faculty in my department. And some …