200Earth-Western-HemisphereMany of the grand challenges of the 21st century are related to energy, the environment and sustainability. The International Center for Energy, Environment and Sustainability (InCEES) at Washington University in St. Louis is focused on seeking solutions to such challenges.

Launched in June 2007, InCEES (formerly known as I-CARES) catalyzes university-wide and external collaborative research and educational activities in the areas of energy, environment and sustainability. The ultimate goal is to address a range of interconnected energy and environmental challenges that are critical to the well-being of society and the planet.

InCEES operates under the direction of Himadri Pakrasi.

Mission and Vision

  • To connect the Washington University community as the lead institutional hub for research, education and practice in developing improved solutions for energy, environment and sustainability challenges affecting the planet
  • Support researchers, pilot studies and large-scale initiatives related to energy, environment and sustainability
  • Continue to build local, national and international partnerships
  • Prepare students, train future leaders and inform citizens to effectively make decisions that promote sustainability in the use of resources

Washington University Climate Change Program


Logo of the Washington University Climate Change Program. Logo features green landscape with a yellow sun in the upper right hand corner.The idea of establishing the Washington University Climate Change Program (WUCCP) was born in 2011 from an InCEES initiative called “Topics of Conversation.” Early conversation groups addressed climate change and building for the future of our cities.  These groups were small by design and met periodically to provide a forum for faculty from disparate disciplines, administrators, and community colleagues to discuss issues surrounding energy and sustainable development.  This work led to the establishment of the Washington University Climate Change Initiative (WUCCI), which was led by Dr. Peter H. Raven, President Emeritus of the Missouri Botanical Garden and George Engelmann Professor of Botany Emeritus. Under Dr. Raven’s direction the initiative helped bring to campus a range of climate change events.

In 2017 Brent Williams, an InCEES professor focused on air quality, took over the initiative as it transitioned into the Washington University Climate Change Program.  Today, the program is designed as a series of working groups drawing together faculty, administrators and community colleagues across disparate disciplines to address shared opportunities. The four work groups focus on: community outreach, curriculum, operations and research. To learn more, go to climatechange.wustl.edu