Innovation is the hallmark of Professor Anu Ramaswami’s work in sustainability. Ramaswami and her team of University of Colorado Denver engineering research students led the development of a greenhouse gas emissions footprint for cities that is being used across Colorado and the nation. That work is now being recognized by AT&T, the telecommunications corporate leader that recognizes academic leadership in sustainability with its annual environmental fellowship awards.
Professor Ramaswami was selected as one of three winners of this year’s funding through the AT&T’s Industrial Ecology Faculty Fellowship program. Ramaswami received $25,000 for a project titled “Diffusion of ICT Strategies for Greenhouse Gas Mitigation in US Cities: Linking Industrial Ecology with Social Actors.”
The project will explore how information and communications technology (ICT) strategies can be used to lower greenhouse gas emissions by providing assessment tools and decision support systems to homes, businesses and government bodies. The focus will be on two areas: promoting residential and office energy conservation through energy information displays and smart meters, and promoting telework and teleconferencing at the urban and sustainable business scale.
“AT&T’s award recognizes the important role of social actors in reducing greenhouse gas emissions. Technology alone will not do the trick. The connection between technology, users, businesses, and governments is very important” said Anu Ramaswami, PhD, professor of environmental and sustainability engineering. “It’s rewarding to receive this kind of commitment that enhances multi-disciplinary education on-going at CU Denver around industrial ecology that can lead to emerging sustainable infrastructure in cities worldwide.”
“Colorado takes pride in leading the nation in creating sustainable solutions by using the local talents and resources found in our state – including our own universities and research teams like those at CU Denver. Their efforts will not only benefit Colorado, but our world, by providing the research to help create positive solutions to help our environment” said State Rep. Joel Judd (D-Denver).
AT&T has a long history of enabling research on industrial ecology — a multidisciplinary science that investigates how the economy and the environment can coexist — through the AT&T Industrial Ecology Faculty Fellowship program. The annual program, which provides awards of $25,000 to three academic research teams at universities across the country, is designed to advance the development of research and help universities produce faculty and students who can contribute to solving global and regional environmental problems and help shape environmentally and economically efficient strategies. Along with CU Denver, the universities that received this year’s awards include the University of Texas, Austin and the University of Albany, SUNY
“The University of Colorado Denver is a national leader in research, so it is a perfect match given their research capabilities and Colorado’s thought-leadership in promoting sustainability,” said Bill Soards, president, AT&T Colorado.
Since its inception in 1993, the AT&T Industrial Ecology Faculty Fellowship program has provided environmental research fellowships to leading universities and their outstanding academic researchers across the country.
“Research projects such as these help create the sustainable and economic efficiencies needed for a successful future. We’re proud to support students, professors and universities in their efforts that will help our business and others reduce our environmental impact,” said Clair Krizov, AT&T assistant vice president of Environmental, Health and Safety.
The AT&T Industrial Ecology Faculty Fellowship program is one way that AT&T collaborates with premier academic institutions and universities to advance education and research and to enhance the company’s ability to deliver innovative products and services. For a number of years, AT&T Labs has teamed with top universities around the world through research and mentoring programs.
Through the Virtual University Research Initiative, AT&T selects a number of top universities and funds educational expenses of students who are working on their doctorate dissertations and are willing to do research in areas of interest to AT&T. Each year, AT&T also holds the AT&T Labs University Collaborations Symposium to bring together its researchers, university professors and interns to discuss current joint research projects and plans for future projects.
Ramaswami is a professor of Environmental Engineering and director of the NSF-Sponsored $3.2M IGERT Program on Sustainable Urban Infrastructure in the College of Engineering and Applied Science at the University of Colorado Denver. The CU Denver IGERT program spans across four PhD Programs: Civil Engineering, Planning and Architecture, Health and Behavioral Sciences and Public Affairs.
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