Princeton Environmental Research

Princeton Research Both Deep and Broad on Environment Concerns

By Advancement Communications

Most would agree that the changing natural environment on our planet presents a pressing challenge for our future. Princeton has contributed — and continues to lead — research and problem solving as we navigate a way forward.

Princeton Environmental Research: A Half-Century at the Forefront is a user-friendly portal to the University’s wide-ranging efforts in this regard. The website presents the sweep of Princeton’s environmental excellence over the past half-century, highlights significant recent research, and features some of the faculty members who have contributed to this endeavor. Included is a video history of Princeton’s exceptional contributions to environmental knowledge. The digital initiative allows you to explore the depth and breadth of faculty work in nearly 20 academic areas spanning engineering, biology, geosciences and policy.

The research portal showcases seven key themes to highlight ongoing research:

  • Biodiversity
  • Climate
  • Energy
  • Food, Land and Cities
  • Society
  • Sustainability
  • Water, Drought and Flooding

Also on the site are links to the groundbreaking Net-Zero America report that outlines potential pathways, infrastructure and impacts needed to halt carbon emissions in the U.S. by 2050.

The report’s research is the first study to quantify and map with this degree of specificity the infrastructure that needs to be built and the investment required to run the country without emitting more greenhouse gases into the atmosphere than are removed from it each year.

The Net-Zero America research quantifies five distinct technological pathways, all using technologies known today. From high electrification of transportation and buildings to fully employing renewable energy sources, the scenarios are meant to spur the conversation on choices needed on energy use and its impacts from “if” to “how” in shaping an energy transition.

Princeton researchers continue to tackle the spectrum of environmental issues on many fronts. For more on the important contributions Princeton faculty are making, be sure to check out the next Forward Fest April 15.