The Center for Energy, Transportation and the Environment (CETE) is a program of applied research at The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga to develop and deploy technologies that utilize clean and secure sources of energy.

CETE Resides within the College of Engineering and Computer Science, which strives to serve and support the people, businesses, and industries of the greater Chattanooga metropolitan area. The College exists as the region's principal resource for engineering education, applied research, and service programs that are grounded in the application of scientific and mathematical principles and based on a commitment to interdisciplinary study. The College recognizes the importance of developing clean, renewable energy systems for transportation as a critical element in national and global efforts to reduce the harmful effects of engine exhaust gases while promoting energy conservation and independence.

CETE is intended to leverage the technical skills of The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga (UTC) and the application knowledge of a wide range of partners such as Chattanooga Area Regional Transportation Authority (CARTA), the Electric Power Board (EPB) and the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA), and others to complete projects encompassing a variety of renewable energy sources as solutions to this nation's energy challenges.