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ERG Joins the CNR Family

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Sustainability and Climate Change Issues Top the Agenda

The Energy and Resources Group (ERG) has held a unique position on campus for 38 years. Led by distinguished core faculty, ERG's independent, interdisciplinary approach to its titular issues has garnered the world's top prizes, provided a source of expertise for national media and the government, and consistently drawn top students from around the world.

ERG and the College of Natural Resources are pleased to announce that ERG is now part of the CNR family. The new association allows ERG to maintain its unique status as an "augmented graduate group," while its students, faculty, staff, programs, and alumni can now receive a broad range of services from the College.

"ERG needs to expand in order to address growing issues of sustainability," said Daniel Farber, the Sho Sato Professor of Law and current ERG chair. Farber said that ERG aims to cover such topics as global food security, energy-demand management, sustainable consumption, and global environmental governance. "We think this partnership will strengthen ERG, providing a foundation for our growth and the valuable perspectives of colleagues with related interests."

Growth means a need for more administrative and physical resources. "Simply because of lack of space and resources, ERG must turn away brilliant graduate students - students who could make major contributions to energy and sustainability issues," Farber said.

A tiny sampling of current Ph.D. students reflects ERG's academic diversity:

After years of working solely on the technical issues related to a Superfund site, Deborah Cheng came to ERG to connect critical technical work to the communities of people it is meant to serve.

Joshua Apte's research explores the air quality, health, and climate change implications of the current rapid adoption of motor vehicles in developing-world cities.

Christian Casillas is interested in improving the reliability of diesel-powered electricity grids in rural communities through integrating renewable energy technologies, efficiency measures, and different models of management.

Sam Borgeson left his position as founding partner of a software consulting firm to pursue his passion for reducing the environmental impacts of our built environment.

The College is greeting its new students and colleagues with open arms.

"I am enormously pleased to welcome the Energy andResources Group to the College of Natural Resources," said Dean J. Keith Gilless. "This new relationship will allow both ERG and CNR to reach our respective but closely aligned goals - goals that look outward to work on some of the world's greatest challenges."

-Ann Brody Guy