Damian Pitt, Ph.D., seeks to incorporate equity into energy planning frameworks to address existing resource disparities in underserved communities. (David Slipher, L. Douglas Wilder School of Government and Public Affairs)

Blending equity and sustainability, Damian Pitt shapes the future of energy policy

May 1, 2023

Wilder School professor and a leader in VCU’s Institute for Sustainable Energy and Environment connects students to the challenges of powering the future.

Costa Samaras, Ph.D., principal assistant director for energy and chief adviser for energy policy in the White House Office of Science and Technology, gave a keynote address. (Photo by Kevin Morley, Enterprise Marketing and Communications)

Symposium explores the ‘everything problem’ of climate change – and the path to combat it

April 27, 2023

The transition to a clean energy economy requires interdisciplinary solutions, as reflected in the VCU institute that is hosting this week’s event.

John Henry Williams leading Movement Ecology workshop

Climate Teach-in brings together members of the Richmond climate movement

April 3, 2023

Facilitators offered participants training in strategies for advocating for climate justice policies with policymakers, ranging from lobbying representatives at local, state, and federal level to organizing nonviolent direct action protests.

Damian Pitt

Connecting equity and sustainability: Damian Pitt drives research to advance the long-term future of energy policy

March 31, 2023

Damian Pitt is an associate professor in the L. Douglas Wilder School of Government and Public Affairs and the associate director of policy and community engagement of the Institute for Sustainable Energy and Environment.

Among four research projects receiving funding from the Transdisciplinary Environmental Research Incubator is an effort studying Black-led urban agricultural spaces. (Getty Images)

Transdisciplinary Environmental Research Incubator funds four new research collaborations

Feb. 2, 2023

“The incubator will soon become a model for future research collaborations across the university,” said Cristina Stanciu, Ph.D., director of the Humanities Research Center.

Indian Chemical Society recognizes Puru Jena for contributions to chemistry

Jan. 30, 2023

Puru Jena, Ph.D., is a distinguished professor in the Department of Physics in the College of Humanities and Sciences and director of VCU’s Institute for Sustainable Energy and Environment.

Urban agriculture is among the areas of focus for the Institute for Sustainable Energy and Environment. (Getty Images)

VCU launches Institute for Sustainable Energy and Environment

Nov. 3, 2022

The institute will help faculty from across the university work on projects that address the climate change crisis.