The Sustainable Communities Transdisciplinary Area of Excellence (TAE) was established in 2013 to advance sustainable communities-related research and scholarship in areas in which Binghamton University has significant existing strength and can achieve international prominence. As one of five TAEs established by the University, significant resources will be invested in this area of teaching and research as part of the NYSUNY 2020 and Road Map plans. A significant number of the 150 net new tenure-track faculty members will be affiliated or core hires in the TAEs and the Division of Research has allocated resources to fund projects in these areas.
The Sustainable Communities Steering Committee has developed the following mission statement for scholarship in this area: Communities are complex and dynamic.They are defined at local, national and global levels. Sometimes they are place-based, sometimes they are held together by commonalities. They require nurturing to sustain core elements such as environmental quality, safe neighborhoods, good schools, accessible healthcare and engaged citizens. To sustain this balance of economic, ecological, social and political vitality, communities must continuously adapt. Scholars can help, but this often requires crossing disciplinary boundaries.