Mission, Goals, and Activities
CEREL will provide the means for leaders in energy research, education, and communication to collaboratively use knowledge about energy to improve education, decision-making, and, more generally, the well-being of society.
- To increase the contributions of university energy research and education to the challenges facing society.
- To promote, encourage, and support efforts to advance knowledge and learning in the interdisciplinary energy fields (engineering, agriculture, the humanities, and physical, biological, and social sciences).
- To elevate the importance and awareness of the role of energy in human affairs across every segment of society through communication, outreach, engagement, and dissemination of knowledge.
- To promote the exchange of information and knowledge to create, foster, and encourage cooperative efforts among members of CEREL and other scientists and engineers, federal, state, and local agencies, business, and non-governmental organizations.
- Enhance the visibility and appreciation by the American public of the benefits of research and education in the interdisciplinary fields of energy, and achieve recognition that such research and education are integral to U.S. policy goals in energy, national security, economic development, environmental quality, education, and other essential aspects of personal well-being.
- Increase and strengthen the links among interdisciplinary energy sciences, studies, technology, research, and development in academia, federal labs, and industry.
- Increase and more effectively utilize funding for energy research, education, workforce development, and communications.
- Serve as a respected and highly visible resource for objective, authoritative information related to research and education in interdisciplinary energy sciences, energy studies, and engineering.
- Establish and share resources about people, programs, organizations, and curricula in energy research and education.
CEREL is neutral in regards to energy sources, systems, and technologies.
The three main areas of activity for CEREL are:
- Research – advocating for support of university-based energy research as well as generally advancing, informing, and elevating the national debate about energy
- Education – sharing approaches to preparing the future workforce
- Collaborating for Success – engagement, education and outreach, and communication