Rich natural resources? Check. Energy assets? Yes. Irrepressible spirit and globally relevant culture? You know it. Is there a better place than New Orleans to study the environment, energy and resilience? As the leading research university in the city, Tulane is perfectly positioned to develop innovative solutions to balance growing demands for energy with responsibility to the environment and people who live in it.
Here are just a few of the centers, institutes and programs that set Tulane apart in environmental, energy and resilience research:
Environmental Studies is a multi-disciplinary program offered by the School of Liberal Arts that encompasses natural sciences, social sciences, humanities and fine arts.
The Tulane City Center supports projects related to urban and coastal environments, resilience and water management strategies for new design and construction.
The Tulane Institute on Water Resources Law and Policy works to advance water law and policy relevant to urban and coastal environments.
The Tulane Energy Institute conducts research on the energy industry, including the economics of the industry, emerging technologies and the environment.
Faculty in the School of Science and Engineering investigate renewable energy sources and look for ways to improve existing technologies. At the same time, psychology faculty study children who have been exposed to violence.
The ByWater Institute has a vision for healthy and sustainable urban coasts that meet the needs of human populations without sacrificing the ecosystem. The institute provides facilities and resources for research in river and coastal areas, and supports A Studio in the Woods, an artists' retreat center, where faculty conduct research on topics such as how climate and environmental change affect coastal cities and communities.
The Taylor Center for Social Innovation and Design Thinking offers platforms to aid business innovations and economic development that address today’s problems, such as the ongoing $1 million Tulane Water Challenge.
The Disaster Resilience Leadership Academy, a center for disaster response and leadership training, aids in disaster relief around the world while preparing the next generation of emergency managers.
The Environmental Law program of the Law School is among the nation’s top-ranked environmental law programs, notable for hosting national renowned scholarship and outreach including the Environmental Law Summit.
And, the new Center for Studies on Displaced Populations will conduct a number of studies focusing on the vulnerability and resiliency of different populations affected by Hurricane Katrina.