INSTITUTES & CENTERS
Abrams Environmental Law Clinic
The Abrams Environmental Law clinic attempts to solve some of the most pressing environmental problems throughout Chicago, the State of Illinois, and the Great Lakes region.
Featured programs: traditional Clean Water Act litigation, Clean Water Act-related rule makings and comments, water quantity litigation, drinking water advocacy, climate and energy litigation and policy, and land and mining litigation and policy
Center for Data and Computing (CDAC)
CDAC is an intellectual hub and incubator for data science and artificial intelligence research at the University of Chicago. We catalyze new discoveries by fusing fundamental and applied research with real-world applications.
Featured programs: Exploring Climate and Biodiversity with 3D Deep Learning
Center for Robust Decision Making on Climate and Energy Policy (RDCEP)
RDCEP brings together experts in economics, physical sciences, energy technologies, law, computational mathematics, statistics, and computer science to undertake a series of tightly connected research programs aimed at improving the computational models needed to evaluate climate and energy policies, and to make robust decisions based on outcomes.
Featured programs: Data science for Energy and Environmental Research trainee program; Environmental Research Network
ChicAgo Center for Health and EnvironmenT (CACHET)
CACHET promotes multidisciplinary environmental health research among clinician, laboratory and population scientists from UChicago and UIC with complementary strengths and structure to understand, evaluate and ultimately reduce environmental health related disparities among residents of the region and beyond.
Energy & Environment Lab
The Energy and Environment Lab (Harris/Urban Labs) partners with civic and community leaders to identify, rigorously evaluate, and help scale programs and policies that reduce pollution, conserve limited natural resources, and improve environmental outcomes, while ensuring access to reliable and affordable energy.
Energy Policy Institute at the University of Chicago (EPIC)
EPIC produces data-driven research that advances society’s understanding of the global energy challenge and translates research insights into real-world impacts through strategic outreach and training for the next generation of global energy leaders.
Featured programs: Air Quality Life Index (AQLI), Bartlett Fellows, Climate Impact Lab, DRW Fellows, EPIC Career Series
Environmental, Social, and Governance Research Initiative Center (ESGRIC)
ESGRIC develops the best environmental, social, and governance knowledge and practices globally. The Center produces the most advanced ESG knowledge and connect it to the world through ESG practices. It envisions a world where each company, market, and government practices an ESG culture. This culture integrates companies, financial institutions, investors, analysts, consultants, advisors, pension fund trustees, governmental agencies, stock exchanges, NGOs, community leaders, and educational institutions to develop a sustainable future for all.
Featured programs: Course on “Environmental, Social, and Governance Training”
Institute for the Formation of Knowledge (IFK)
IFK provides an incubator for multi-disciplinary thinkers to challenge accepted perspectives within and outside the University. They foster collaborative inquiry to spark breakthroughs, create new fields of knowledge, and educate a new generation.
Featured past programs include: Working on a Deadline: Climate Emergency workshop
Institute for Mathematical and Statistical Innovation (IMSI)
IMSI’s mission is to apply rigorous mathematics and statistics to urgent, complex scientific and societal problems, and to spur transformational change in the mathematical sciences and the mathematical sciences community.
Featured programs: Climate Science core theme
Mansueto Institute for Urban Innovation
At the Mansueto Institute for Urban Innovation, we study the fundamental processes that drive, shape and sustain cities. Our researchers come from the social, natural, and computational sciences, along with the humanities. Together, we pursue innovative, interdisciplinary scholarship, develop new educational programs, and provide leadership and evidence to support global, sustainable urban development.
Featured programs: Environmental Frontiers; Certificate in Urban Science and Sustainable Development
The Microbiome Center is an intellectual home for researchers across the University of Chicago, the Marine Biological Laboratory, and Argonne National Laboratory to advance understanding of the identity and function of microbes.
Featured programs: Beacon Projects; Pilot Projects
Neubauer Collegium for Culture and Society
The Neubauer Collegium explores new possibilities for humanistic research by fostering an environment in which new forms of thinking emerge and thrive. Research projects sponsored by the Neubauer Collegium bring together scholars and practitioners whose collaboration is required to address and solve complex challenges.
Featured programs: Climate Games; Engineered Worlds III: Terraformation
Polsky Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation
The Polsky Center is responsible for advancing all University of Chicago entrepreneurship and research commercialization innovation activities through the creation of new ventures and partnerships. By igniting a spirit of innovation and fostering connections that extend across the University, city, region and world, the Polsky Center enables more ideas to have a meaningful impact on society.
Featured programs: Innovation Corps; John Edwardson Social New Venture Challenge; Polsky Science Innovation Fellows
Rustandy Center for Social Sector Innovation
The Rustandy Center is the destination at the Booth School of Business for people committed to helping solve complex social and environmental problems. As Chicago Booth’s social impact hub, the Rustandy Center offers hands-on learning opportunities, supports innovative courses, and pursues research—all with the goal of developing people and practices with the potential to solve the world’s biggest problems.
Featured programs: Sustainability Executive-in-Residence; Perspectives in Sustainability series; Net Impact Board Fellows Program