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Technology, Innovation and the Environment Program

The next generation of environmental challenges and opportunities will be shaped by shifts in the way we think, make, and innovate. ELI’s Technology, Innovation, and the Environment Program focuses on how we can better understand the environmental impacts and opportunities created through emerging technologies and their underlying innovation systems, structural changes in the economy, and new roles for the public in environmental research and protection.

Some of the spaces we are exploring include:

  • Thinking: machine learning, networks, cloud and cognitive computing, distributed sensing, improving human thinking and decision-making;
  • Making: the next production revolution, bioeconomy, DIY-everything, 3-D printing; and
  • Innovating: crowdsourcing, crowdfunding, citizen science, sharing economy, simulations/video games.

We are looking for people and organizations who are willing to reach outside the normal boundaries for solutions. Read on to learn more about our work.