Environmental Engineering, Sustainability, and Science
Sustainability addresses the ability of societies to maintain and improve quality of life while preserving both the quality and availability of its natural resources. As the world’s population increases, engineers face ever-evolving challenges with regard to issues of sustainability and the health of our natural environment. The EESS research group seeks to meet the growing challenges of environmental stewardship and sustainability, and focuses on:
- air and water quality engineering, science, and modeling
- environmental nanotechnology
- environment-energy studies, including, bioenergy, carbon capture and sequestration, and shale gas
- environmental sensing
- green design and construction
- industrial ecology
- life cycle assessment
- remediation risk assessment
- sustainable engineering
- climate change
Airborne Particles and Climate Change
Investigating Air Quality: CMU’s Center for Atmospheric Particle Studies (CAPS)
Looks can be deceiving—even the clearest air is full of microscopic and even nano-sized particles. CEE/EPP Professor Peter Adams and his colleagues are investigating where these particles come from, their effects on us, and their role in global climate change.
Future Scenarios for the US Environment
Environmental Performance in Electricity Production
Energy Extraction Impacts on Drinking Water
Environmental Implications of Shale Gas Extraction
Pennsylvania has a rich history in energy resources, from the first oil well to centuries of coal mining. Recently, Pennsylvania has been central to a national discussion of the potential and the challenges associated with domestic natural gas from shale reserves in the Marcellus and Utica formations.
Developing Microbial Fuel Cells for Remote Power Generation
What do deep-sea bacteria have in common with your refrigerator? Both are the subject of research efforts concerning energy generation and use, and may become key factors in the way we think about energy. With climate change concerns coupled with a rising demand for power, researchers are striving to develop energy technology that will meet consumers’ needs while preserving the health of the environment.
Scanning for Silver: Investigating Nanoparticle Absorption in Plants
There might be metal in your gym socks. That’s because nanosilver is being increasingly added to a variety of household products. While its antibacterial properties may be great for keeping sweat socks odor-free, researchers are still working to understand nanosilver’s effects on the environment.
Sustainable Energy Production: Geologic Carbon Sequestration
Offsetting the Greenhouse Effect: CEE Achievements in Carbon Storage Research [PART 1]
Carbon Storage and the Underground Environment [PART 2]
Assessing the Risk of Carbon Storage [PART 3]
This three-part series explores CEE research on carbon capture, utilization, and storage (CCUS). Part 2 continues by focusing on how CCUS could impact the underground environment, while Part 3 looks at efforts to develop a risk assessment framework for use in CCUS operations.
Energy and the Environment
Climate Change Adaptation for Infrastructure
More information about the exciting projects being done by our world-class faculty and students can be found by visiting the websites of our faculty and their individual research groups, as well as the Research Profiles section of our website.