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Boise State University’s campus is a living lab! There are many schools and departments within the university working towards a more sustainable campus and world. Examples of student projects can be found below.

Research Resources

Grand Challenge

Grand Challenges are ambitious, societally-relevant, and transdisciplinary. They connect scholars across the university, and create partnerships across sectors to add value to our scholarly work, while addressing the complexity of today’s challenges.

In conjunction with faculty and staff, Boise State has established two Grand Challenges that will help advance research and creative activity across the institution:

  1. Resource Nexus for Sustainability
  2. Healthy Idaho

Learn more about Grand Challenge at Boise State.

School of the Environment

In the summer of 2022, the Idaho State Board of Education approved the official “School of the Environment” within the College of Arts and Sciences at Boise State. The School of the Environment strives to solve important environmental issues facing communities in Idaho, our nation, and the world by building connections and relationships among existing strengths in environmental teaching, learning and scholarship.

Learn more about the School of the Environment.

School of Engineering

Faculty, staff and students of Boise State’s College of Engineering are working towards a sustainable future through research endeavors, courses, and much more. The Micron School of Materials Science and Engineering is researching many aspects of sustainability, including: batteries and solar panels, clean energy and water, and product lifestyles.

Read more about their research topics here and learn more about the School of Engineering here.

Idaho Policy Institute

Idaho Policy Institute’s staff, students, and faculty researchers provide objective research to inform decision making. We help public, private, and nonprofit leaders use evidence-based practices to overcome challenges and navigate change. Innovation and a commitment to public service guide our research. All research is done with the goal to meet current and critical needs in communities.

Idaho Policy Institute Website

Center for Advanced Energy Studies

The Center for Advanced Energy Studies (CAES) is the catalyst to address our most ambitious energy challenges at the regional, national, and even global level. At its core, CAES is a research, education, and innovation consortium that brings together students and faculty from the public research universities in Idaho, along with Idaho National Laboratory researchers to conduct cutting-edge energy research, educate the next generation of scientists in collaboration with industry leaders.

Boise State is a member of CAES along with Idaho National Labratory, Idaho State Universtiy, and the University of Idaho

Learn more about CAES’s Mission. 

Examples of Previous Student Projects