University Affiliate Benefits & Services


  • NCSE’s Weekly Newsletter reaches over 180 institutions of higher education, and over 1000 subscribers. Click here to submit to the Weekly Newsletter
  • Representation on NCSE's Council of Environmental Deans and Directors (CEDD) including complimentary registration to the CEDD Summer Conference and Winter Business Meeting
  • Complimentary registrations (up to five) for faculty and students to NCSE's National Conference, January 2015, in Washington, D.C.
  • Participation in multi-institutional collaborations to secure federal funding
  • Up to three registrations to NCSE's Environment and Energy University Federal Dialogue, April 2015, in Washington, D.C.
  • Exclusive access to information on federal funding for environmental R&D and education
  • Funding policy and strategic communication weekly updates of special interest to higher education environmental programs
  • Internship opportunities through NCSE’s online environmental internship clearinghouse
  • 40% member discount on customized analysis and program evaluation services for your institution
  • Daily News Service with Environmental and Energy related articles
  • Special reports providing research and analysis on interdisciplinary environmental and sustainability programs
  • Use of office space at NCSE for faculty and administrators when visiting Washington, D.C.

Council of Environmental Deans and Directors

A premier benefit of University Affiliate membership is representation on the NCSE's Council of Environmental Deans and Directors (CEDD). Launched in 2001, CEDD currently includes leading environmental faculty from over 160 affiliate institutions representing academic environmental programs of all sizes and types. CEDD provides leadership in program management, curriculum advancement, career preparation, and interdisciplinary scholarship. The President/ Chancellor of each University Affiliate school is invited to designate a representative to serve on CEDD.

Participation in Multi-Institutional Collaborations to Secure Funding

NCSE is a leading voice at the national leval in support of extramural funding and assists affiliate insitutions in competing for these resources. In 2009, NCSE partnered with 20 member schools on our Climate Change Education Initiative and was successfully awarded over $2 million in funding from the National Science Foundation (NSF) and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA).

Access to Information on Environmental R&D and Education Funding

Through NCSE events, faculty and senior administrators at affiliate institutions have the opportunity to engage with federal officials in the Obama administration regarding their agencies' priorities, funding opportunities, and new initiatives of direct relevance to environmental and energy research and education at their schools.

University Affiliate schools also receive exclusive access to NCSE's online Handbook of Federal Funding for Environmental R&D. The handbook covers a broad range of federal agencies and offices, describing how each office engages in environmental research and highlighting opportunities for universities to access over $9 billion in federal funding for extramural research.

National Conference on Science, Policy and the Environment

NCSE annually convenes a National Conference that brings together academic, government, business, scientific, and civil society leaders to address a critical environmental challenge. Our 13th National Conference on Science Policy and the Environment: "Disasters and Environment", was held January 15-17, 2013 in Washington, D.C.  The 14th National Conference and Global Forum will focus on the theme of "Building Climate Solutions" and will be held January 28-30, 2014.  University Affiliate schools receive complimentary conference registrations for up to five faculty members and students (depending on school size).

Daily News Service

NCSE provides member schools with a complimentary daily news service with Environmental and Energy related articles. These resources are useful to faculty in course preparation, to students in their classwork and policy research, and to administrators by keeping them informed of today's major issues. 

Environmental Internship Clearinghouse

NCSE's new Environmental Internship Clearinghouse supports young professionals in their first steps towards a career in the environment. The Clearinghouse provides paid and non-paid environmental internship opportunities for students and recent graduates at federal agencies, businesses and non-profit organizations nationwide. Positions range from field and lab research to policy analysis and education. Candidates from University Affiliate schools receive preference in the application and placement process.

Strategic Assessment for Interdisciplinary Environmental Programs

NCSE is now offering a valuable, customized service to assess environmental and sustainability programs at higher education institutions based on the findings of the Curriculum Study. The study, which was commissioned by NCSE and CEDD, is the first comprehensive research on environmental programs nationwide including over 343 degree programs on 260 campuses. A new report, Interdisciplinary Environmental Education on the Nation’s Campuses, has been developed based on the findings. It explores the knowledge and skills components of programs, how programs are organized administratively, and how programs are variously oriented toward science, management or policy.

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