Mission and Objectives
The Center for Sustainable Energy seeks to improve energy efficiency in end-use sectors and to increase the diversity of energy resources consistent with an economically and environmentally sustainable future. The Center strives to combine undergraduate and graduate education, research, public service, service-learning, and public education into its projects. The mission and major purposes of the University of Massachusetts Lowell are to provide to students an affordable education of high quality and to focus some of its scholarship and public service on assisting sustainable regional economic and social development. The Center's goals help support the overall mission of the University.
More specific objectives within this broad mission include:
• Be a model of village empowerment through research and education to meet needs of the world’s poor through sustained collaboration with a selected network of villages with interdisciplinary projects.
• Work with faculty to incorporate service-learning projects into mainstream courses throughout the College of Engineering in particular, but other colleges and other universities also.
• Design and install solar/hydro/biogas systems for vaccine refrigeration, transceiver radio communication, lighting, laptop PCs, water purification, and agriculture for remote medical clinics, schools and towns in Peru and develop infrastructures for local people to take over development and maintenance of such systems.