The Atkinson Center supports a suite of multidisciplinary research activities for faculty, postdocs, and graduate students. The annual Academic Venture Fund is ACSF's incubator for the next generation of sustainable solutions. The Rapid Response Fund supports mini-grants with a quick turnaround. The faculty-in-residence fellowship supports translational research specifically in the social sciences, humanities, and arts, areas often left out of the sustainability dialogue. A postdoctoral program links research with external partners to solve specific, immediate questions with on-the-ground application.
Our research foundation is built upon the three E’s—energy, environment, and economic development. Climate change and equity issues are overarching challenges that add urgency to the need for an integrated approach, expansive ideas, and workable solutions.
The faculty directors guide our research programs. They connect faculty across disciplines to address global challenges that can't be compartmentalized by disciplines or one approach. The faculty directors also lead our programs with external partners.
The core goal of economic development is to promote resilient livelihoods and generate sustainable development pathways around the world. ACSF research is at work in 34 countries with food security and eco-agricluture being a primary focus at home and abroad. Wendy leads the collaborations with the Nature Conservancy, Oxfam and CARE.
Moving to a renewable energy economy while promoting more efficient energy use are keys to a sustainable future and a prosperous future for humans and planet. The center invests in seed ideas, new technologies, and novel approaches. Todd connects faculty from diverse colleges and disciplines. He also works with companies, such as Ibedrola, USA, to foster energy smart communities.
ACSF is meeting the global imperative for vibrant, robust societies matched with healthy ecosystems, biodiversity, sustainable use of land and resources in an era of climate change. Alex leads the collaborations with the Environmental Defense Fund and the Smithsonian, two organizations similarly committed to building a better world.
In our strategic plan, we identified six focus areas as priorities for a sustainable future. These areas match Cornell strength and expertise.