As climate change impacts ecosystems and economies around the world, building resilience requires a deeper and more detailed understanding of region-specific dynamic forces, as well as the investment in people to use this understanding to develop new technology for protecting communities and infrastructure. Large populations surrounding the Caribbean Sea are exposed to increased risk of loss of life, health, home, and income due to sea-level rise and more frequent powerful hurricanes.
The Caribbean Green Engine (CGE) proposes a multi-disciplinary approach to research connecting the biological, geological, chemical, and physical interactions endemic to coastal environments in order to develop technologies in renewable energy, CO2 capture, and sustainable manufacturing.
The island is an ideal location: with a historic infrastructure for manufacturing; a university system with eleven campuses and available facilities for education and technical development; key military bases; a higher unemployment rate than any state in the U.S.; and abundant wind, sun and water to harness for clean energy. Centered in the city of Bayamon, the CGE will bring together researchers from the University of Puerto Rico, Purdue University, Purdue Global, and partners to collaborate on key questions and train students, as well as generate new intellectual property and stimulate start-up formation and licensing.