Electrification and alternative fuels are essential to reducing reliance on fossil fuels in transportation and manufacturing, in particular. The pathways to more electrification, storage, and production and use of hydrogen as a fuel all require more mined and processed materials such as copper and lithium.

Currently, mining, extraction, and processing of critical materials rely on the use of fossil fuels and excessive water use, both of which have environmental impacts. AUI has established the Center for Greening the Supply Chain (CGSC) to help address these issues, and seeks significant input and support from leaders in industry, government, and academia. Our aim is to increase the focus on the upstream supply chain of critical materials, identify both research gaps and technology development needs, integrate workforce development activities, and promote the rapid transition and deployment of technologies to green the supply chain.

AUI pioneered the open access model in which access to the facilities, capabilities and programs is available to all on a competitive, merit basis. This will enable equitable engagement with a broad and diverse community. It will also allow its members to have a preferential interaction with the leading edge technologies that the world is developing.

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CGSC is a Do Tank!

We don’t just identify problems – we develop and deploy solutions. Throughout our history, AUI has worked with scientific communities to create nuclear medicine, develop a Parkinson’s disease treatment, explore the cosmos, enhance education through supporting eLearning programs, develop and steward collaborative STEM programs, managing world-class scientific facilities, among many other achievements. Through the CGSC AUI will convene leaders, conduct workshops, and pursue research and development needed to create a greener supply chain of critical materials.

Clean Mining R&D

We are working to advance and deploy promising technologies to help industry address environmental needs. CGSC members get a first look at emerging technologies and may participate in pilot projects. We pursue solar derived fuels, carbon mitigation, reprocessing of tailings, and water conservation.


Building the Communities of Tomorrow

We pursue economic development through entrepreneurship. CGSC members have a first look at new technologies as they progress in the development pipeline and can accelerate deployment of technologies to market. Our workforce development programs ensure the workforce of today are prepared for the technologies of tomorrow. CGSC members’ employees benefit from education opportunities, reskilling support and leadership programs, and a robust outreach program for the public and the elementary education levels.



Artistic rendering of the ICTL, a clean mining institute to be constructed in the Antofagasta region of Chile.

Concept of hydrogen energy storage from renewable sources.

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 For more information on how your tax-deductible donation can make a big difference, please reach out to [email protected] or call us at (202) 462-1676. Associated Universities, Inc. (AUI) is a 501(c)(3) organization (EIN: 11 1630900).

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