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Paradigm-shifting Research for the Greater Global Good: Setting the Stage for our Future Direction

Sustainability for Global Prosperity

Building sustainable communities is more than ensuring safe water and sanitation, fighting climate change or developing innovative smart grid solutions. It engages citizens to maintain and design livable environments that provide access to infrastructure, amenities, social services, and job opportunities for all. It requires fair and just societies, where human rights are protected and where true democracy allows for freedom of speech and expression. Most importantly, it ensures we manage today’s resources for the benefit of future generations. McMaster researchers are at the forefront of this global effort:

  • McMaster is home to the United Nations University Institute for Water, Environment and Health, a pre-eminent think tank in the fight against the global water crisis;
  • The McMaster Centre for Climate Change is connecting science, technology, and policy to deliver a broad range of local and global climate change solutions;
  • Researchers in the MacData Institute are collecting data to allow communities to measure how well they serve their citizens;
  • The Institute for Globalization and the Human Condition and The Wilson Institute for Canadian History are looking to the past to better understand the social inequalities, globalized economies and looming wars of the 21st Century;
  • The McMaster Digital Transformation Research Centre is focused on the leadership and management of digital transformation and its impact on people, organizations, and society;
  • McMaster’s Research Facility for Integrated Building Energy Harvesting Systems is focusing on community energy management, integrated sustainable energy systems and energy harvesting and storage, and remains the only facility in North America testing new ways to capture energy that is lost during transport to our homes and communities;
  • The McMaster Institute for Transportation and Logistics is helping industry and civic leaders develop smarter, more cost-efficient transportation strategies;
  • The Canada Excellence Research Chair in Hybrid Powertrain Program is pioneering sustainable energy-efficient solutions from advanced power electronic converters and electric motor drives to electric, hybrid electric, and plug-in hybrid electric vehicles, and working to alleviate the loss of performance of lithium ion batteries over time;
  • McMaster’s Institute on Ethics and Policy for Innovation is working to ensure decisions around climate, food security and health are equitable shared and sustained.Spanning disciplines as diverse as biology, economics, sociology, management, civil engineering, and public policy, our work in sustainability is leading to the development of new technologies that are not only innovative and lead to prosperity, but are also culturally and socially acceptable and will reduce our footprint on the planet and ensure its health for generations to come.