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Paula M. Trienens Institute for Sustainability and Energy

The mission of the Paula M. Trienens Institute for Sustainability and Energy is to advance global sustainability and energy solutions through transformational research, interdisciplinary education, and public engagement.



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Sustainability on the World Stage

November 16, 2023
Trienens Institute's Demetria Giannisis reflects on Northwestern's presence at the United Nations annual climate change conference (COP28), her attendance of the Africa Climate Summit

About the Trienens Institute

Collaboration across disciplines and organizations for a sustainable future.

We ask questions that lead to new insights and discoveries.

Discover a diverse range of groundbreaking research initiatives centered in the Trienens Institute, stemming from cutting-edge team science across disciplines. Engage with leading scholars and explore innovative projects that address complex societal issues and push the boundaries of knowledge. 

Research Profiles
What's in Your Water? The Health Impacts of Plastic Pollution

Meet Our Faculty
Meet our diverse faculty who approach complex local and global sustainability and energy challenges with interdisciplinary insights.

Research Spotlight
The Tobin Marks Group partners with GIANTFab Lab for various projects enhancing solar cell production.

Empowering minds for a sustainable future.

Students prepare to be future leaders through coursework and experiential opportunities in sustainability and energy at Northwestern University. The Trienens Institute collaborates across academic departments and with industry to administer an Undergraduate Certificate in Sustainability and Energy plus a Master’s of Science in Energy and Sustainability. Additional programs include study abroad and research initiatives. Students engage with renowned faculty from across the University and industry to learn how to make a meaningful impact on society's most pressing challenges.

Student Profile
Northwestern senior discusses the Trienens Institute certificate experience.

Study Abroad Spotlight
Trek to Germany opens eyes of engineering students.

Collaboration is vital to the mission of the Trienens Institute.

Innovative teams bring their unique strengths together to produce transformational research and education initiatives. Alumni play a key role in carrying this mission into the world and giving back to support the next generation. Explore how we foster meaningful partnerships with organizations and individuals to address complex challenges and create lasting positive change in the world.

Annual Symposium
Insights from the 2022 Trienens Institute annual symposium.

Alumni Profile
Meet Yuxi Suo (TGS '18), former graduate student in Earth and Planetary Sciences at Northwestern.

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Upcoming Events


MS in Energy and Sustainability (MSES) Q&A With Classes of 2021-23 Alumni

5:00 PM
You are cordially invited to attend an upcoming information session for Northwestern University's Paula M. Trienens Inst...

Center for Catalysis and Surface Science Monthly Meeting - Bryan Hunter

12:00 PM Ryan Hall, 2190 Campus Drive
Center for Catalysis and Surface Science (CCSS) Monthly Meeting When: Friday, December 1, 2023 | 12:00 – 1:00pm Where: R...

COP28 Event: If climate change is a shark, water is its teeth: How water insecurity data can mobilize action

6:00 AM
Sera Young, Associate Professor of Anthropology, will participate in this official side event at the 28th Conference of ...

Featured Event

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COP28 Event "Decarbonization Ecosystems: The Impact of University Partnerships"

December 9, 2023

As part of Northwestern's participation in COP28, Prof. Kimberly Marion Suiseeya will participate in an event co-sponsored by the U7+ Alliance of World Universities | Event will be livestreamed on UNFCCC YouTube channelDec. 9 at 8:30am CT