Program Overview

The Bioenergy and Sustainable Landscapes research cluster is focused on conducting resource assessments for renewable energy and biofuels processes, combustion emissions modeling of biofuels, and climate and wildlife habitat impact analyses.

Our team of engineers and economists works to address a variety of sustainability issues on working landscapes, such as:

  • Land use change associated with biofuels production
  • Habitat restoration on marginal land and utility and transportation right-of-ways
  • Soil carbon emissions and sequestration modeling
  • Combustion emissions modeling
  • Resource and plant health assessment of biofuels crops
  • Economic assessments of renewable energy and biofuels technologies
  • Combined heat and power systems fueled by renewable resources
  • Greenhouse gas emissions from renewable energy and biofuels production along different production pathways

We employ the followings equipment and tools:

  • Argonne National Laboratory's Greenhouse Gases, Regulated Emissions, and Energy Use in Transportation (GREET) Model as well as the Carbon Calculator for Land Use Change from Biofuels production (CCLUB) model
  • US EPA MOVES (Motor Vehicle Emission Simulator) model
  • Survey research and statistical software tools
  • Geographic information systems software such as ArcGIS

Visit The Rights-Of-Way As Habitat Working Group

The ERC is engaged in a number of ongoing coordination efforts focused on monarch conservation in the United States, namely the U.S. Geological Survey’s Powell Center Monarch Conservation Science Partnership and the Keystone Policy Center’s Monarch Collaborative. Specific research has focused on the development of geospatial tools and land use analyses that designate priority areas for monarch habitat and engaging the utility, transportation, and agricultural sectors in habitat restoration activities.

See more information about habitat mapping and land use analyses here.

See more information about the Rights-of-Way as Habitat Working Group here.


Iris Caldwell, P.E.


Energy Resources Center (MC 156)
University of Illinois at Chicago
1309 South Halsted Street
Suite 205
Chicago, IL 60607

P: (312) 996-4490
F: (312) 996-5620