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University of Utah part of new NSF-funded initiative to ensure regional climate solutions and economic opportunities

Congratulations to Geography / Environmental Studied Professor Jennifer Shah. The National Science Foundation (NSF) announced this Monday that the The University of Utah, together with six core academic partners, will be part of a new initiative to tackle the climate challenges in the desert Southwest and drive economic growth in the region. The U (and its collaborators) are among a limited number of ‘engines’ awarded in this round. Jenn Shah is part of the University of Utah's team, called the Southwest Sustainability Innovation Engine (SWSIE).

Southwest Sustainability Innovation Engine (Arizona, Nevada and Utah), led by Arizona State University, aims to equitably transform water security, renewable energy and net carbon emissions in the region by incentivizing new technology and governance, expanding infrastructure and capacity for knowledge translation, and preparing a diverse and highly skilled workforce. The SWSIE will receive $15 million over two years, with the potential to be awarded $160 million over ten years if the first two years of funding show demonstrable progress.

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Last Updated: 2/1/24