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Energy and Environment -
A Critical Area for the 21st Century

The future health and well-being of humanity hinge in large part on smart production and use of energy, water, and related resources, as these are central determinants of climate change, habitable space, and human and ecological health.

The Vanderbilt Institute for Energy and the Environment (VIEE) coordinates research and education that directly link the social and behavioral sciences, physical sciences, engineering, law and policy, and that bear on energy, water resources, and environmental decision making by individuals and by public and private institutions. Specifically, VIEE plays a convening role to bring together researchers who seek to elucidate the relationships among individual, institutional, and societal choices for energy production and use, and the impacts and benefits of these choices on the environment and health through links with climate, water quality, economics, social psychology, and natural resources.

A key aim of VIEE is to support strong multi-disciplinary undergraduate and graduate research and education programs.

Our Goals

  • To expand the understanding of energy and water resources and use as they impact the environment by conducting basic and applied interdisciplinary research that can inform policy and management decisions.
  • To support education programs that provide rigorous and innovative curricula within current and new programs to attract exceptional and diverse students.
  • To build communication within and reach out beyond Vanderbilt to help impact the energy and environmental work of government agencies, businesses, academic institutions and communities.