The goals of the Sustainable Bioeconomy for Arid Regions Center will be to address the nation's needs for biofuels and bioproducts, strengthen Arizona's bioeconomy, and provide training for the next generation of scientists and engineers. Kimberly Ogden, director of the UA Institute for Energy Solutions, will head the Sustainable Bioeconomy for Arid Regions Center. Peter Waller and Dennis Ray, researchers from the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, will also be involved with the center.
Situated in a region that receives more than 350 days of sunlight a year, the UA is uniquely suited to pioneer renewable and sustainable energy and energy policy choices. Researchers across campus already are advancing new technologies and supporting the expanded use of clean and economical renewable energy sources that will meet increasing energy demands and benefit the economy while reducing carbon emissions.