Emily Carter, founding director, Andlinger Center for Energy and the Environment
"As we — Princetonians, Americans and citizens of the world — move forward in this new century, the most important mission we must undertake is to act to preserve the planet for future generations. This century will see unprecedented demands for energy, clean water and food, for two reasons: (i) overpopulation and (ii) the increasing desire of those in developing countries to live as we do. How to provide these necessities while protecting the environment is the grand challenge of our times.
"The problems our planet faces are complex and intertwined, involving not only science and engineering obstacles to overcome, but also requiring changes in human behavior, economic analyses and thoughtful policy. The Andlinger Center for Energy and the Environment, in partnership with many entities at Princeton including the Office of Sustainability, is engaging students, postdoctoral fellows, staff and faculty in moving locally and globally to a sustainable way of life. I look forward to many years of working with the Office of Sustainability to put into practice here at Princeton new technologies and policies that arise as a result of the work of the Andlinger Center."
—Emily Carter, founding director, Andlinger Center for Energy and the Environment, shown near a model of the Andlinger Laboratory