Signature Initiatives

The umbrella of I-CARES includes the following six signature initiatives, Tyson Research Center, Consortium for Clean Coal Utilization (CCCU), McDonnell Academy Global Energy and Environment Partnership (MAGEEP), Photosynthetic Antenna Research Center (PARC) and the Washington University Climate Change Initiative (WUCCI). The University continues to invest significantly in these institutional resources to provide critical infrastructure for these endeavors.

Tyson was officially welcomed as a Smithsonian Institution Forest Global Earth Observatory. CCCU won a $3.4 million grant from the U.S. Department of Energy to develop advanced oxy-combustion technology. MAGEEP contributed to the October 2014 McDonnell Academy Fifth International Symposium that addressed the role of great research universities in issues related to aging; food, water and climate change; energy and the environment; and public health. PARC successfully received renewal funding of $14.4 million to develop more efficient biohybrid and bioinspired systems for efficient utilization of solar energy. And the newest signature initiative, the WUCCI, was launched with workshops on public health and agriculture in the Midwest.


Aims to expand scientific research, education and public understanding of climate change by connecting and informing a global network of institutions, scholars, practitioners and citizens.

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Focused on meeting the global need for abundant, clean, economical energy. PARC researchers are studying and using the mechanisms of photosynthesis to produce fuels and other sources of renewable energy.

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Tyson's mission is to provide a living landscape for environmental research and education. Its primary research focus is on ecosystem degradation, restoration, and sustainability.

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Improve public understanding of the role of coal as a source of energy, and advance technologies for clean utilization of coal as both a dependable, low cost source of energy and a reliable chemical feedstock.

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Leads the University's efforts to transform the campus into a living learning laboratory that connects teaching and research directly to sustainable campus operations.

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Consortium of 31 universities and corporate partners working together in energy, environment & sustainability research, education and operations.

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