In December 2013, the University of Illinois launched the Institute for Sustainability, Energy, and Environment (iSEE) on the Urbana-Champaign campus.
The Institute was created to lead an interdisciplinary approach to researching solutions for the world’s pressing sustainability, energy and environmental needs today and tomorrow. We call this "actionable research" — with the emphasis on finding real-world answers to these problems.
The staff at iSEE also wants to help the U of I campus become a model of sustainability, energy efficiency and environmental friendliness for the world to see — and to prepare students to be leaders in these fields and/or leaders by example as good Earth citizens when they leave campus.
Our three-pronged approach — research, campus sustainability, and education and outreach — was created to do just that.
The Institute was officially established Dec. 16, 2013, by the University's Board of Trustees with approval by the Illinois Board of Higher Education, approximately one year after the Academic Senate had approved establishment of its predecessor, the Center for a Sustainable Environment (CSE), on Dec. 3, 2012. CSE was a merger of the Environmental Change Institute (ECI) and the Office of Sustainability (OS), both of which did outstanding work in the area of environment and sustainability for our campus. Detailed information about accomplishments of the ECI is accessible from the iSEE website. We would like you to continue to stay connected to sustainability initiatives and activities on the campus.
Our first Annual Report can be found here.
Work at iSEE is being supported by the Alvin H. Baum Family Fund through a generous gift. The Baum Fund previously supported CSE and ECI.