Director: Prof. Fabio Orecchini

Reference Person for the Research: Prof. Cinzia Bellone


Our vision is focused on a society based on the most dynamic science in the world, the Science of Sustainability. It is able to develop economic, social, and environmental sustainable solutions addressed to increase the quality of life and furthermore to be more safe and in good health in all the areas of the world.

We strongly believe there isn’t a unique concept of Sustainability, it rather represents a purpose that assumes different meanings either for different people in different situations or in different socio, economic, environmental contexts.

Department’s Research activities aim to achieve the key objective outlined in the Brundtland Report (Our common future, United Nations, 1987). As an avoidable duty, we are deeply committed to satisfy the needs of contemporary generations without compromising the possibility of the next generations to fulfil also their needs. In order to reach that goal, we work hard in three main fields we consider necessary and fundamental: research, development, and dissemination of solutions, methods and technologies to raise the economic prosperity, the quality of environment and the social responsibility.

The Department of SUSTAINABILITY ENGINEERING is the reference office of the University for the cultural areas which are currently studying the environmental sustainability and are focused on environment and territory’s protection, on a sustainable use of the resources as well as a coherent and eco-friendly development of infrastructure and complex systems.

Main Research Areas and Objectives

The Department promotes and coordinates research activities aimed to effectively improve human well-being in compliance with the requirements of social, economic, and environmental sustainability. In particular, it support theoretical and practical researches in order to provide concrete answers to the complex issues due to the interaction of technological, economic, social and environmental features of development processes. 

Research Areas:

  • Energy and Sustainability;
  • Urban and Territorial Planning;
  • Planning of infrastructure and Transport;
  • Architectural Planning;
  • Mechanical Engineering;
  • Industrial Engineering;
  • Structural and Geotechnical Engineering;
  • Hydraulic Constructions;
  • Mathematics;
  • Agricultural science.

As concerns the most relevant Research Projects, we are proud to mention:

MIPAAF: Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Forestry: TE VES DIVINO: Identification of homogeneous territorial units (districts) by means of clustering spatial models for the definition of homogenous agricultural-energetic contexts, assessment of technical – economic sustainability of a prototypical agriculture – energetic cluster.

POR-FESR 2013: WISE - Wastewater Integrated System Enhancement: Integration of Meteorological Radar’s Network provided with distributed sensors for the development of an automatic control system for drainage system.

PIF 2015 – Integrated Projects - Tuscany Region: LA NOBIL-ETA’” IN UN BICCHIERE: 50 ANNI DI NOBILE DI MONTEPULCIANO”: The project is aimed at developing a cooperative platform to support innovation and the technological transfer in the viticulture farms of the Consortium Vino Nobile of Montepulciano. Several activities have been implemented in order to improve the ranking of the viticulture farms of the Consortium within the international market in terms of environmental sustainability.

The Department has signed several Research Agreements, Memorandum of Understanding and Conventions, such as:

  • VENETO INNOVAZIONE: 2011-2012. Innovation Voucher Program Technological Development for Production, Transport and Storage of Hydrogen as Energy Vector.
  • STOWELL srl: Practical Research Study on “Feasibility Analysis addressed to the Patent process and to the study of the engineering and prototyping of the cogenerating system named PE-rling”;
  • IASS – Italian Association for Sustainability Science. Memorandum of Understanding;
  • ENEA – National Agency for the New Technologies, the Energy and the Sustainable Economic Development.