School of Environment & Energy

The School of Environment and Energy (SEE) was established in 2009. Its mission is to address critical contemporary issues related to energy and the environment that are challenging the continued development of both China and the world. SEE focuses on these issues through research and education in the broad areas of renewable energy and environmental protection. SEE conducts mission-oriented, innovative and interdisciplinary research and has adopted a multi-dimensional model of research and teaching that encourages both local and international collaborations among academic, public and industrial agencies. It focuses on converting waste into new energy and improving both the quality of life and economic growth without environmental side effects, climate change in particular. Its primary goal is to help the world build a zero- or low-carbon economy by developing new and renewable energy sources.

Recently, SEE submitted a proposal, which was subsequently funded by the Shenzhen Development and Reform Commission, to implement new and innovative curriculum ideas by applying an integrative approach to renewable energy and environmental friendly technologies, which are then synthesized into teaching and course material for future development of 21st century cutting-edge education and research projects.

The research of SEE revolves around new low-carbon energy and urban habitat science and technology. The school currently hosts two main laboratories, the Key Laboratory for Urban Habitat Science and Technology (consisting of an Environmental Engineering Laboratory and an Environment and Health Laboratory) and the Key Laboratory for Algae New Energy Technologies Development and Application. Additional laboratories in the low-carbon energy and related areas include the Wastewater Control and Resource Laboratory, the Environment and Energy Information Laboratory, the Urban Waste Treatment and Utilization Laboratory and the Green Lighting Laboratory. Since the establishment of the school in July 2009, it has received more than 30 national, provincial and municipal funding for a total of 25 million RMB to support various longitudinal researches, as well as funding from 70 cooperative programs with various companies and government organizations culminating to over 20 million RMB. In two years, professors and students have applied for ten invention patents and already received one patent certificate, published five monographs and over 150 academic papers.

SEE offers both MS and PhD degrees in nine areas of research within two major fields: Environmental Sciences and Environmental Engineering. Research areas include Environmental Planning and Management, Environment and Health, Urban Water Environment and Water Resources, Water Science and Environmental Informatics, Water Treatment and Resource Engineering, Environmental Microbiology, Energy Efficiency Engineering, Bioenergy Engineering, and Environment and Energy Information. Currently, the school has more than 190 full-time graduate students. It has a long-term dual degree program with both the National University of Singapore and Drexel University. In 2001, the SPO (Singapore-Peking-Oxford) project has successfully enrolled its first 30 dual degree postgraduates. The school also offers various scholarships, such as the “Dean Award for Energy Conservation Services” sponsored by the Dean of SEE, the “Yuezhong-SEE Scholarship” and the “Hangzhou Xin Yu International Scholarship” sponsored by corporations.

The Key Laboratory of Urban Habitat Environmental Science and Technology

The Key Laboratory is a major component for research and education efforts. Based in Shenzhen, the laboratory operates within the Pearl River Delta region, carrying out integrated research and technological development on three levels: residences, communities and urban areas.

The laboratory promotes the development and construction of sustainable living environments and also researches causes and control measures for water and air pollution in Shenzhen and the Pearl River Delta region. The Key Laboratory has outstanding achievements in the areas of urban, ecological and environmental planning and design.