Energy and the Environment

From seminal research on smog in the 1940s to today’s work on reliable electricity grids, renewable energy, water conservation, and measuring Earth’s climate from space and on land, Caltech researchers unite across fields and institutions to translate discoveries into new technologies and inform policy decisions. Your support can help tip the scale toward a cleaner and more sustainable future for society.

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Two Years In, the Campaign Continues to Create New Possibilities

Since its public launch in April 2016, Break Through: The Caltech Campaign has broken Institute fundraising records. While Break Through looks to secure Caltech’s future as a source of discovery for the world, the campaign already is making an imprint on campus and beyond by supporting Caltech people who are pursuing big questions and bold ideas.

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Caltech graduate student in sustainability Hao Zhao

But Does It Hold Water?

The drought is over. Or at least that’s the word on the street in California after a rain-soaked winter that restored surface water and snowpack in 2017. The picture is far more complicated, though. Groundwater takes years to recover after a prolonged shortage. In the meantime, many parts of the state still lack cohesive plans to meet the needs of people and businesses while protecting water resources. That’s where Hao Zhao comes in.

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