Integrated Science

People, Process and Planet

We’re advancing the science of sustainable production and consumption by developing a comprehensive, integrated approach to sustainability and resilience assessment.

The mission of the Sustainable and Resilient Economy (SRE) program is to address the key challenges of sustainable development by generating new knowledge and guiding solutions that enhance the efficiency of material and energy inputs, reduce adverse environmental and social impacts, and protect critical ecosystem functions and services.

Sustainability is generally understood as the capacity to supply adequate resources to meet present and future human needs, while resilience is the capacity to overcome destabilizing forces and adapt to change. Forward-looking communities and business enterprises have come to understand that strengthening resilience today is a prerequisite for achieving long-term sustainability in the future.

The scope of SRE is extremely broad. Our affiliated faculty are contributing to key knowledge domains related to the science of sustainability and resilience and developing holistic approaches that apply this knowledge to guide innovations in technologies, policies, and practices for both communities and enterprises from local to global scales. SRE fosters this work by building collaborative teams, attracting world-class faculty, and actively developing partnerships with industry and government.

Seven Cross-Cutting Knowledge Domains:

  1. Environment & Ecology
  2. Engineering & Technology
  3. Behavior & Decision Making
  4. Health & Well-Being
  5. Risk & Uncertainty
  6. Governance & Management
  7. Complex Systems

SRE’s holistic approach is being applied in five key research areas that correspond to cutting-edge applications in both the private and public sectors.