NYSERDA’s Environmental Research Program monitors and assesses environmental conditions and fosters technological innovation, providing objective, science-based information to help address immediate and long-term energy-related environmental challenges across New York State. The program aims to increase the understanding and awareness of the environmental and public health impacts of energy choices and emerging energy options, and to provide a scientific, technical foundation for creating effective and equitable energy-related environmental policies and resource management practices.
The program supports an interdisciplinary approach to building research capacity and seeks to ensure that findings of the research program reach appropriate policy audiences. The program has catalyzed numerous multi-institution collaborative efforts, bringing divers perspectives and expertise into many projects. Working collaboratively with universities, government agencies, industry, the environmental community, and the public, the program conducts research on the following topics that affect New York’s environment:
- Air Quality and Related Health Research: A range of air pollutants generated within and beyond NY’s borders are monitored for their effects on public health.
- Alternative Energy: Research examines the co-benefits of alternative energy and evaluates its impact on NY’s residents and habitats.
- Acid and Mercury Deposition: Long-term monitoring and assessment of acid and mercury deposition in NY generates data on national and regional trends and policy impacts.
- Climate Change: Decision-makers are provided with cutting-edge information on the state’s vulnerability to climate change to help develop mitigation and adaptation strategies.
- Crosscutting Research Needs: Research addresses information needs common to the topics of air quality, health, ecosystem response, and climate change.
The Environmental Research Program is developing detailed Research Plans for each of the major program components.
Read the plans and learn about the research planning process.