Energy, Sustainability and the Environment

Generating sufficient energy to power our world is a global challenge. Meeting this challenge will require the skills of many technical disciplines, policy experts, government and private sector leadership, and the support of the general public, ultimately, all of us who use energy. Meeting this energy challenge is also one of the three new global research challenges, in addition to healthcare and education, that Kent State is dedicated to addressing in the coming years.

To help meet the global energy challenge, Kent State University is launching a major research and development initiative in organic photovoltaics, called “flexPV”, with a focus on photovoltaics technology enabled by flexible materials. Kent State has long held a global research leadership position in flexible materials and we view their application to photovoltaics to be a natural and synergistic next step for the university.

Kent State’s research is also making a positive impact in other ways.  For example, researchers in the Center for Ecology and Natural Resource Sustainability study our natural environment and develop programs to restore and preserve its integrity.  With a focus on urban ecology and hydrology researchers from the College of Architecture and Environmental Design, Geology, Biological Sciences, and Geography study how human impact affects the well-being of ecosystems.  In addition, faculty members in the School of Fashion, School of Visual Communication and Design, and the College of Business study sustainable design and business practices.

We invite you to learn more about the many initiatives currently under way at Kent State that will both power our world and have a positive impact on our environment.

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