The Biotechnology Center facilitates hands-on educational opportunities for Biology students and provides technical and educational services to the State of Kentucky, biotechnology industry, and general public. It is part of WKU’s Applied Research and Technology Program. Its primary goals are research, support, service, education, and implementation of new technologies.
The Center for Biodiversity Studies coordinates, promotes, and studies biodiversity issues in the state of Kentucky. Its objective is to serve as a resource for information relating to Kentucky biota, from basic demographic, evolutionary and ecological parameters to the role of biodiversity in the economic development of the Commonwealth. Its four primary missions are information, outreach, research, and stewardship.
WKU’s location within the southcentral Kentucky Karst area provides exceptional opportunities for karst studies. The Hoffman Environmental Research Institute and Center for Cave and Studies are the flagship karst research centers at WKU; several other departments and centers also have karst-related projects.
The Center for Environmental Education and Sustainability (CEES) offers education, training, and professional development workshops in the fields of environmental education and sustainability for K-16. Its mission is to work in partnership with WKU and a broad set of stakeholders to provide resources and leadership to advance education for a sustainable future. It has been in existence at WKU for over 25 years and is primarily self-supporting, with much of its funding coming from grants and contracts. The Center also administers the Environmental Education (EE) Endorsement at WKU which provides persons interested in EE with the opportunity to have graduate training that meets national standards developed by the North American Association for Environmental Education and adopted by the Kentucky Education Professional Standards Board.
The Kentucky Mesonet is a network of automated weather and climate monitoring stations developed and managed by the Kentucky Climate Center at Western Kentucky University to serve diverse needs in communities across the Commonwealth of Kentucky. Observations of air temperature, precipitation, relative humidity, solar radiation, and wind speed & direction are collected every five minutes.
The Water Quality Center is a place for individuals and organizations to share information on water. The site contains a books list, glossary, bibliography, groups list, and links to the following related Centers: