Atkinson Center for Sustainable Future

The Atkinson Center for a Sustainable Future (ACSF) was created in 2008 by the Office of the Provost, following a multiyear, cross-campus dialogue on energy and sustainability. In a time of widespread retrenchment in higher education, sustainability is one of the few areas of real growth. The reason is simple: the world faces serious challenges for which traditional scientific and scholarly excellence is necessary but not sufficient. Problems related to energy, the environment, and economic development are interdependent and interconnected, transcending individual disciplines. The science and engineering needed to develop clean technologies cannot be separated from the ecological study of Earth's integrated human and natural systems or from the social science of human behavior and well-being. For more information please visit the Atkinson Center for Sustainable Future website: