Areas of Emphasis

ECIC promotes research at the intersection of energy, infrastructure and climate science.

Possible research projects include:

  • Environmental impacts of structural steel increase resulting from installation of green building features
  • Infrastructure needs of biofuels
  • How to design, build and maintain pavements in perpetuity in an environmentally minimal way
  • Will the California high-speed rail be more environmentally friendly than driving or flying?
  • Carbon footprint of a nuclear power plant
  • The water footprint of the life-cycle of fuels
  • Adaptation of infrastructure to a changing climate