Environmental Research Program

NYSERDA’s Environmental Research Program aims to increase the understanding and awareness of the environmental and public health impacts of energy choices and emerging energy options, and provide a scientific foundation for creating effective and equitable energy-related environmental policies and resource management practices.

How it Works

The program supports monitoring and assessment of environmental conditions and fosters technological innovation related to energy use and production. That work provides objective, science-based information to help address immediate and long-term, energy-related environmental challenges across New York State. The program also supports an interdisciplinary approach to building research capacity and seeks to ensure that findings of the research program reach appropriate policy audiences.

How to Participate

The program has catalyzed numerous multi-institution collaborative efforts, bringing diverse 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.
  • 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 Environmental Research: Research addresses information needs common to the topics of air quality, health, ecosystem response, and climate change.

Read about current funding opportunities

Learn More

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.

Topics closely related to the Environmental Research Program include Biomass.