Sustainable Development Center of Economic Excellence Endowed Chair

Actively Recruiting
Thomas F. Hash ’69 Endowed Chair
in Sustainable Development
Clemson University

Clemson University realizes it is not easy
for the world to be green. Sustainable
development is an emerging discipline
that studies and determines ways to
grow and build communities while at the
same time protect and preserve our
world. Clemson’s expertise is just in time
and right on target. More>

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Sustainable Development

Center of Economic Excellence



Award Amount

$4 million

University Partner

Clemson University

Private Sector Partner

Multiple Industry Partners

The Center’s mission is to advance sustainable development through technological innovation. This includes the development of new technologies, from optically-based chemical sensors to wireless networking platforms, as well as the development of new environmental and ecological models designed to support real-time monitoring and management of natural and built environments.

The Center will build on the success of the Intelligent River Project, which focuses on the development of hardware, software, and modeling infrastructure to support real-time management of water resources. More than 75 Clemson faculty members and students in areas such as wetland ecology, hydrology, landscape architecture, computer sciences, computer engineering, and environmental toxicology are collaborating on this project.
The Intelligent River Project recently was awarded a $3.1 million grant from the National Science Foundation, competing against more than 875 other proposals. The project’s technology has the potential to transform how natural resources are managed, and has the potential to be applied to other industries, including agriculture.

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