Protecting Our

> We are researching access and use of energy from the ocean.

> We are conducting water analysis to generate clean water from unclean water.

> We are involved in sea turtle rescue projects and conservation efforts.

> We are examining sustainability in areas such as the Everglades to maintain biodiversity as millions of species are becoming extinct.

Programs & Initiatives

Southeast National Marine Renewable Energy Center 
The Southeast National Marine Renewable Energy Center (SNMREC) at Florida Atlantic University is working to help accelerate the commercial implementation of marine renewables for a more diversified and sustainable energy future. Because commercial marine energy technologies are still immature, the Center focuses public and private investment in ocean current and ocean thermal resource characterization, technology development, testing infrastructure installation, environmental assessment, and regulator framework development as well as pioneering standards, procedures and tools for this new economic sector.


Environmental Sciences Program
At FAU, Environmental Science is an applied multidisciplinary field that focuses on human-caused problems, mostly in aquatic systems. In the Environmental Sciences Program, we focus on aquatic systems because this is where a great strength of our faculty lies and because of FAU’s proximity to the Everglades and coral reef ecosystems.  Faculty in the Environmental Sciences Program reside in many participating colleges and departments, including Biological Sciences, Geosciences, Chemistry, Philosophy, Economics, Urban and Regional Planning, Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute, and the Center for Environmental Studies.

Florida Atlantic Planning Society
The Florida Atlantic Planning Society (FAPS) promotes excellence in planning education, training and practice, fosters appreciation of issues that are contained within the planning profession and related disciplines; and organizes urban and regional planning students to combine their efforts to advance the art and science of urban planning. FAPS is committed to helping clean up local waterways.

Florida Public Archaeology Network (FPAN)
The Florida Public Archaeology Network (FPAN) is an innovative approach to stemming the rapid deterioration of our state’s buried and submerged past through education and action. The Southeast Regional Center is headquartered in Fort Lauderdale at FAU and serves Palm Beach, Broward, Miami-Dade and Monroe counties. FPAN is a grant-funded organization that is part of the FAU Anthropology Department. 

Florida Center for Environmental Studies
Represents the ten state universities, including FAU, and four major, private universities.  The center serves as a facilitator and coordinator of research and training related to the environment and as a locus for environmental information. Grounding its activities in the Florida sub-tropical environment, the center’s mandate also encompasses global tropical and sub-tropical environments as well as issues related to freshwater and estuarine ecosystems worldwide.


Charles E. Schmidt College of Science

College for Design and Social Inquiry 

Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute

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