Environmental/Energy/Sustainability

  • Research meets the challenge of measuring urban carbon emissions

    Monday, May 17, 2021
    by Morgan Kelly, High Meadows Environmental Institute

    As more people call for action against climate change, more than 500 cities worldwide have established low-carbon and net-zero carbon goals intended to substantially reduce greenhouse gas emissions in the coming decades.

    But a major challenge to these decarbonization plans is the lack of a consensus on how to measure urban carbon emissions in the first place.

  • Study shows how cities can consider race and income in household energy efficiency programs

    Monday, Jun 7, 2021
    by Rachel Nuwer

    Climate change and social inequality are two pressing issues that often overlap. A new study led by Princeton researchers offers a roadmap for cities to address inequalities in energy use by providing fine-grained methods for measuring both income and racial disparities in energy use intensity. Energy use intensity, the amount of energy used per unit floor area, is often used as a proxy for assessing the efficiency of buildings and the upgrades they receive over time.

  • Forward Fest public conversation series continues as part of A Year of Forward Thinking

    Monday, Apr 12, 2021
    by Jamie Saxon, Office of Communications

    Princeton’s Forward Fest — a virtual public conversation series and a monthly highlight of the University’s yearlong A Year of Forward Thinking community engagement campaign — continues on Thursday, April 15, at 4 p.m., with a focus on Princeton’s leading-edge research and initiatives related to the environment. Princeton faculty will discuss the work happening at centers of excellence across the University that can give us a reason for optimism.

  • Princeton IP accelerator selects seven projects for R & D funding

    Friday, Mar 5, 2021
    by Catherine Zandonella, Office of the Dean for Research

    Inventions in biomedicine, drug development, solar energy, battery recycling, clean water and climate risk win out

    Seven technologies that address some of society’s biggest challenges — from foolproof antibiotics to low-cost water purification — will receive support for research and development through Princeton’s Intellectual Property Accelerator Fund

  • Chemist Chirik discovers “transformative” route to recyclable plastics

    Thursday, Jan 28, 2021
    by Wendy Plump, Department of Chemistry

    Scientists from ExxonMobil Chemical collaborate on developing new materials that benefit society

    As the planet’s burden of rubber and plastic rises unabated, scientists look to the promise of closed-loop recycling to reduce trash. Researchers in the Chirik Lab have discovered a potentially game-changing new molecule – from a material known for over a century and used to make common products like tires and shoe soles – with vast implications for fulfilling that promise through depolymerization.

  • Princeton Announces Engage 2020, New Innovation and Entrepreneurship Conference

    Wednesday, Oct 14, 2020

    The mission of Princeton University will be brought to life in a new way through Engage 2020, the inaugural innovation and entrepreneurship conference scheduled for November 4-6, 2020. Presented by the Princeton innovation and entrepreneurship team and its campus partners, Engage 2020 will offer more than 50 live, online sessions of relevance to academia, business and industry, Princeton alumni, entrepreneurs, investors, foundations and the intellectually curious.

  • Princeton launches ‘A Year of Forward Thinking’ engagement campaign

    Thursday, Sep 10, 2020
    by The Office of Communications

    Princeton University has launched “A Year of Forward Thinking,” a community engagement campaign that invites Princetonians and others to join in a conversation focused on responding to the challenges facing the nation and the world.

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