Council of Environmental Deans & Directors

Next Meeting: CEDD 2017 Winter Meeting

See for more details. Initial program will be available early September.

 The Council of Environmental Deans and Directors (CEDD) is an association of institutional representatives who come together to improve the quality, stature and effectiveness of academic environmental programs at U.S. universities and colleges. CEDD is facilitated by the National Council for Science and the Environment (NCSE) as a part of its University Affiliate Program.

A premier benefit of University Affiliate membership is representation on NCSE’s Council of Environmental Deans and Directors (CEDD). Launched in 2001, CEDD has emerged as the leading organization working to improve the quality, stature, and effectiveness of environmental programs on the nation’s campuses. Government agencies, national and international organizations, and business groups seek out CEDD as a gateway to working with the academic environmental community. Each University Affiliate school designates a representative to serve on CEDD. The group currently includes over 150 members representing academic environmental programs of all sizes and types.

Special Projects and Partnerships

CEDD has initiated projects to help academic programs educate future environmental professionals and leaders. These include:

  • A major study of career pathways and opportunities for environmental program graduates;
  • The first quantitative study of environmental curricula at more than 250 programs and a new program analysis service;
  • Climate Change Education Resource to create materials and courses to prepare students to respond to the climate challenge, which received $1.7M NSF and $150K NASA grants in 2009;
  • An online resource, Interdisciplinary Hiring, Tenure and Promotion: Guidance for Individuals and Institutions, which presents the first comprehensive how-to-guide, providing best practices for each stage of a scholar’s career;
  • A collaboration with EnvironMentors, NCSE’s national college access program for underserved youth, to better serve the diversity needs of affiliate schools. 13 university EnvironMentors chapters are operating in the 2012-2013 academic year; and
  • Partnerships with national and international academic organizations.

Biannual Meetings

The 2014 CEDD Summer Meeting was held on June 9-11, 2014 in Rye Brook, NY. We had the priviledge to have three keynote speakers: Quentin Wheeler, Debra Rowe, and Paul Anastas who all inspired the environmental community and brought insight from their respective institutions.  The CEDD Winter Meeting will be held on January 29-30, 2015 in Washington, DC. We encourage all University Affliates to take advantage of these meetings and to encourage your collegues to attend as well. 


Should professors engage in public debate?

August 5, 2014

Andrew Hoffman, a U-M professor who teaches and researches business sustainability at the  Stephen M. Ross School of Business, frequently wades into the most controversial waters regarding climate change.

Knowing how and when to do so is something he has figured out through trial and error. Why more academics don’t speak up and what the ground rules should be for those who do is a little hazy.

Antioch University New England Master's International Program

June 20, 2014

Within the Master's International program, students can choose from four concentrations providing customized curriculum and training in technical skills and community development leading to successful community-based work in the Peace Corps. While serving as Peace Corps volunteers, Master’s International students conduct their master’s research. They benefit from an Antioch University faculty with deep experience and close ties to ongoing international research initiatives in Africa, Central America, and elsewhere.

2014 CEDD/CCAP Summer Meeting

June 9, 2014 (All day) - June 11, 2014 (All day)

2014 Academic-Federal Dialogue

April 7, 2014 (All day) - April 8, 2014 (All day)

2013 CEDD Summer Program Conference

June 17, 2013 (All day) - June 19, 2013 (All day)

2013 CEDD Summer Program Conference

June 17-19 | Pittsburgh, PA

NCSE Publishes Four Reports Containing Results of 2012 Census

March 21, 2013
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