The WISER approach to sustainability implements a least-cost strategy to establish an innovative and advanced pathway to a society with sustainable energy, water, and food. The WISER short-term WISER approach includes the development of programs to: enhance energy efficiency including energy conservation and connectivity; launch water and material accountability and recycling initiatives; enhance power reliability and security; develop clean coal and biomass technologies for power generation with carbon dioxide capture and sequestration; apply renewable energy sources such as solar, geothermal, and wind in the design of buildings and residences; and pursue effective energy conversion technologies. The WISER approach to the transition to a sustainable society includes the use of natural gas and biofuel and major infrastructural change in both the electricity and gas grids, and distribution for transportation including local energy storage. The WISER long-term approach also includes large-scale energy storage, energy synchronization, life cycle analysis of all materials, and supply of water needed for societies including the desalination process.
WISER is well on the way to establishing a national and international reputation for the University in the energy and water sustainability area that is of global interest—representing one of the major issues that the world is facing today and will continue to face in the future. To date, WISER has launched a number of collaborative educational and research programs including microgrid, energy efficiency and energy infrastructure, renewable energy, clean coal and biomass gasification, carbon capture, biofuel, natural gas, sustainable built environment, energy storage, and a significant number of Interprofessional Projects (IPROs) in energy and sustainability related areas.