University of Minnesota
University of Minnesota
Initiative for Renewable Energy & the Environment

IREE has quickly become a central part of Minnesota’s renewable energy economy, mobilizing more than 1000 experts around one vital mission: To promote statewide economic development, sustainable and healthy ecosystems and national energy security through development of bio-based and other renewable resources and processes.

Between 2003 and 2012, IREE has invested in over 300 research projects to advance this critical mission. To date, IREE investments have leveraged nearly $120 million in additional renewable energy research support to the state of Minnesota. With IREE support, a community of over 750 University of Minnesota scholars has been actively engaged in IREE-sponsored research, including over 370 undergraduate and graduate students and post-doctoral fellows. These efforts have resulted in over 250 partnerships with business, industry, state and federal agencies, national labs, and higher education institutions. In total, IREE has connected with 6 colleges on the Twin Cities campus, all 5 University of Minnesota campuses, and 3 research and outreach centers.

In the process, we have not only reduced dependence on fossil fuels and enhanced energy security, but also trained the next generation of renewable energy scientists and leveraged more than $100 million in additional government and industry research funding to Minnesota.

Our passion: advancing development of economically beneficial renewable energy systems.

Our vision: a better Minnesota and a better world.


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The Initiative for Renewable Energy and the Environment (IREE) is a signature program of the University of Minnesota's Institute on the Environment.

Check out IREE's research impacts, pioneering projects, external collaborations, educational initiatives and more in the 2012 annual report (PDF).

Measuring the carbon footprint of Gevo, Inc.’s Luverne, MN corn supply: A survey based assessment of the potential for delivering a low carbon corn grain feedstock for biofuels. Read the report (PDF).