The Carbon Mitigation Initiative (CMI), based at Princeton University, is an independent academic program sponsored by BP. The goal of the program is to bring together scientists, engineers, and policy experts to design carbon mitigation strategies that are safe, effective and affordable. Since its inception in 2000, CMI has been committed to the dissemination of its research findings so they may benefit the larger scientific community, government, industry, and the general public.
In July 2017, the administering entity for CMI, the Princeton Environmental Institute (PEI), underwent a leadership transition. Michael Celia, the Theodora Shelton Pitney Professor of Environmental Studies Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering and a CMI principal investigator (PI), became the Institute’s new director, succeeding François Morel, the Albert G. Blanke, Jr. Professor of Geosciences and also a CMI PI. Morel served two terms as PEI’s director: first, from 1998 to 2005, which included CMI’s early years and again from 2014 to 2017.
CMI is currently comprised of 18 lead faculty and more than 50 Princeton research staff and students. The program identifies both risks and opportunities posed by the carbon problem. Research teams are organized into three groups: science, technology, and integration.