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  • The Brook Byers Institute for Sustainable Systems’ Work in China

    China is urbanizing at an unprecedented level.  Highways, energy grids, water treatment facilities, indeed, entire cities seem to be springing forth from the Chinese landscape.  One of our main topics for research at the Brook Byers Institute for Sustainable Systems is what we call Infrastructure Ecology.  It is becoming obvious to many that the way we have been building infrastructure is not sustainable.   At the same time, much of the infrastructure in the developed world is nearing the end of its designed lifespan.  Urbanized lifestyles are not going away, in fact, they are accelerating.  It stands to reason, then, that we need new ways to think about how we build, operate, maintain, and inhabit our cities.

     

Core Research Areas

Food/Water/Ecology Nexus Graphic with text overlay, "Infrastructure Ecology."
Clear, blue water being poured, with text overlay, "Provision of Clean Water."
Engineering lab scene with text overlay, "Sustainable Engineering Education."
Image of solar panels with wind generators in the background with text, "Sustainable Energy."
View of melting polar ice from high altitude with text, "Climate Change."
Hazy view of Atlanta skyline with text overlay, "Air Quality."
Electron micrograph of a nano material with text overlay, "Nanotechnology."
Diagram of how the synergy of green infrastructure elements lead to greater sustainability with text overlay, "BBISS Research Projects."

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