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Environmental Entrepreneurs

Northwestern Engineering faculty members are taking their sustainable innovations out of the lab and into industry to help mitigate the effects of climate change and pollution.

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Rapidly advancing technology has given much of the world a better quality of life. People live longer, healthier lives. They connect and collaborate with others around the world. They have access to the energy needed to power their homes, businesses, and vehicles. Yet, these same advances have also led to some of Earth’s greatest environmental problems: climate change, pollution, and contaminated water.

Many Northwestern Engineering faculty have channeled their problem-solving mindset toward sustainable solutions for some of the crises that threaten society most. By founding startups to commercialize their ideas, they can move their solutions beyond the lab and help turn the tide on environmental degradation.