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New Mexico State University
Institute for Energy & the Environment
Energy, Environment, Renewable Resources



WERC is a consortium of New Mexican educational and research organizations that focuses on environmental education and technology development. Originally known as the Waste-management Education and Research Consortium, the organization is now called WERC: A Consortium for Environmental Education and Technology Development, which reflects the consortium’s expanded mission and accomplishments. Our goals are to develop the human resources and technologies needed to address environmental issues, using a three-fold approach through: 1) Education; 2) Public Outreach; and 3) Technology Development and Deployment.

WERC’s successes are many, with an active higher education program that supports students pursuing environmentally-related degrees, an outreach program that has the ability to reach thousands of children and hundreds of regional businesses and agencies, and a technology development effort that consistently creates new environmental technologies.

 Since 1991, WERC has also hosted the International Environmental Design Contest, a unique event that brings industry, government, and academia together in the search for improved solutions to environmental challenges. The competition is held annually at New Mexico State University in Las Cruces, New Mexico, drawing hundreds of college students from throughout the United States and around the world.

WERC’s consortium members include:

Published: September 5, 2011 Updated: January 14, 2014 Permalink