The International Center for Advanced Renewable Energy and Sustainability (I-CARES) was created in June 2007 to encourage and coordinate University-wide and external collaborative research into biofuels and other alternative energy applications. The University will invest more than $55 million in the center.
The goal of the center is research on biofuels from plant and microbial systems and the exploration of sustainable alternative energy and environmental systems and practices. The center operates under the direction of Himadri Pakrasi. The center is part of the office of the Vice Chancellor for Research.
I-CARES fosters collaboration and cooperative research, both internally and externally, between Washington University and other regional research institutions. Work includes international partner universities, which recently agreed to a "Call to Action" on energy and sustainability at a Washington University symposium.