Building Intellectual Capital
The Sustainable and Resilient Economy (SRE) program is one of eight transformative initiatives funded by Ohio State’s Discovery Themes to address grand challenges that face our society. Our mission is to develop new knowledge and transformative solutions that increase the value of material and energy flows and reduce unintended adverse impacts on society, enabling a realistic transition to a sustainable world. SRE integrates across the natural and social sciences, engineering, medicine and public health to generate new insights and developed practical, scalable solutions.
In particular, understanding human behavior is critical for identifying unintended consequences that may offset technological or business innovations. For example, introducing a more efficient technology (e.g., LED lighting) may cause a “rebound effect” that actually increases energy demand, due to lower prices and emergence of new applications.
In conjunction with its innovative research, SRE engages in partnerships with industrial enterprises and other key stakeholders who will adopt our cutting-edge models and methods, test the sustainability and resilience of new technologies and practices, and facilitate commercialization and adoption of promising innovations.
SRE is teaming with many departments across six major colleges to recruit talented new faculty that share our values aspirations. Our first group of new hires arrived in 2016.Learn More
SRE has established a Seed Grant program open to all Ohio State faculty. Our intent is to stimulate collaborative development of promising research directions that align with our mission.See More
SRE is engaged in relationships with many external organizations that share our goals. These include local, state, and Federal government agencies, as well as global companies in a broad range of industry sectors.