In post-Revolution Libya, sustainability will likely become rooted in economic growth and social equity. Libya currently ranks amongst the most hydrocarbon dependent countries in the world, a trend which has increased over the past two decades. Libya also ranks very low on several environmental indices, which reflects a lack of cohesive environmental policies and procedures. Due to its climate and desert ecosystem, achieving sustainable development will be critical to the country’s future.
Building on early experiments in renewable energies, Libya now has the opportunity to further embrace practices to meet environmental, social, and economic demands. The Sustainability Center will support Libya’s increased emphasis on sustainable development through training and research for policy makers, researchers, and technologists, and professionals in sustainability disciplines. The Center’s research activity addresses areas such as master planning, renewable energy policy, and the impacts of industrialization on the environment.