The Tracy Farmer Institute for Sustainability and the Environment (TFISE) was officially established on July 1, 2009. As Director, Dr. Rebecca McCulley provides primary leadership for the Institute, which is administratively housed under the Office of the Vice President for Research Dr. Lisa Cassis.
The integrated trans-disciplinary research agenda of the Institute is supported, developed, and implemented by the faculty of the environment (FoTE), a group of 150 faculty from across campus representing 14 colleges, and over 45 departments or units. Membership in the FoTE is open and voluntary with faculty self-selecting to become members. Individuals with interest in issues pertaining to sustainability, energy, and the environment from science or policy perspectives are welcome to join the FoTE, regardless of their active participation in ongoing TFISE activities.
To improve built, managed, and natural environments thereby enhancing the health and well being of Kentuckians and the global community by promoting sustainable development, sound energy policies, and effective environmental stewardship through an integrated trans-disciplinary program of fundamental and applied research in the physical, life, economic, and social sciences through education as well as public service and engagement of all stakeholders.