University Affiliate Benefits & Services

  • Representation on NCSE’s Council of Environmental Deans and Directors (CEDD), the leadership organization advancing the quality and effectiveness of interdisciplinary environmental and sustainability education and scholarship on the nation’s campuses.
  • Exclusive access to information on federal funding for environmental research and education, including participation in the annual Academic-Federal Dialogue on Environmental and Energy Research and Education.
  • Opportunities to participate in multi-institutional collaborations to secure federal funding;
  • Complimentary registrations (up to five) to NCSE’s National Conference: The Food, Energy, Water Nexus, January 19-21, 2016, valued at $495 per attendee.
  • Exclusive environmental education report series providing data, analysis, and case studies for understanding the  fields of interdisciplinary environmental and sustainability education programs, institutes and centers in the U.S.
  • Campus-wide subscription to NCSE’s Daily Environmental News Digest, an online resource on environment, energy and science-related news and information.
  • 40% discount on strategic consulting services that support program evaluation, enhancement and planning.
  • Affiliate schools can become a member of the Council of Energy Research and Education Leaders (CEREL) for an additional affiliate membership rate of $800.

  • NCSE provides office space for member schools’ faculty and administrators to use when visiting Washington, DC. The office is centrally located downtown near federal agencies and Capitol Hill. 

 Council of Environmental Deans and Directors

A premier benefit of University Affiliate membership is representation on NCSE’s Council of Environmental Deans and Directors (CEDD) — the leadership organization of environmental program heads. CEDD works to advance the quality and effectiveness of interdisciplinary environmental and sustainability education and scholarship on the nation’s campuses. Each University Affiliate school designates a representative and alternate to serve on CEDD.

CEDD supports improved management of academic programs, promotes leadership development, and facilitates collaborative program and partnership opportunities. Government agencies, national and international organizations, and business groups seek out CEDD as a gateway to working with the academic environmental community and accessing its expertise.

CEDD members decide on priorities and Initiatives that provide value to their respective programs and to the academic environmental community overall. As a member of CEDD, you are encouraged to participate in CEDD Strategic Committees: Curriculum Development, STEM, Food Systems, Diversity, Health and Global Sustainability, and Humanities. Committees to develop priorities and action plans for project initiatives and collaboration among members.   

Leadership Development Workshops help members better define and explore their leadership skills and share experiences and resources on innovative programming.

CEDD Meetings

The 2015 CEDD Summer Conference was held at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography, at the University of California, San Diego, June 22-24, 2015. 

The 2016 CEDD Winter Business Meeting will be held January 22, 2016, in Washington, DC, directly following NCSE’s National Conference.  These meetings are exclusive and complimentary to CEDD representatives or their designee.

The 2016 CEDD Summer Conference will be held in Washington, DC in June, 2016. 

To learn more about CEDD programs and activities, please visit

Environmental Education Research Reports

NCSE's Center for Environmental Education Research (CEER) conducts ongoing research to provide insight into the rapidly evolving fields of interdisciplinary environmental, sustainability, and energy (IES) education for member institutions. CEER’s extensive and ongoing research program results are documented in a unique series of reports combining nationally-representative data, analyses, literature review, and illustrative profiles on topics of importance to IES program leaders.

Featured IES educational reports include:

  • Leadership and Administrative Structures.  This report analyzes nationally representative data on IES administrative program structures and resources and highlights profiles from program leaders on how they lead for success.
  •  Institutes and Centers at Research Universities. This report describes the findings from a survey of 340 IES institutes and centers and includes 28 profiles that illustrate the diversity of these units in the U.S.
  • Curriculum Design. This study includes data on 242 undergraduate and 112 graduate IES programs and includes analyses on ideal curricula for both levels.
  • Sustainability Education. This report presents findings from the 2012 census on sustainability programs at four-year colleges and universities and demonstrates rapid growth in the number of programs and students between 2008 and 2012.
  • Interdisciplinary Hiring and Career Development: Guidance for Individuals and Institutions. This study, authored by CEDD members, offers advice aimed to facilitate the advancement of interdisciplinary scholars over the course of their careers.
  • Programs’ Learning Outcomes and Core Competencies (Fall 2015)


Funding for Environmental Research and Education

NCSE is a leading national voice in support of extramural funding for environmental research and education.

Through NCSE events, faculty and administrators have the opportunity to engage with officials at federal agencies. In April 2016, NCSE will hold the annual Academic-Federal-Foundation Dialogue on Environmental and Energy Research and Education Funding in Washington, DC. This exclusive meeting provides opportunities for small group and individual discussions with federal funders on their program priorities and funding opportunities. The 2015 Dialogue featured over 30 federal officials representing NSF, DOE, NASA, NOAA, USDA, EPA, and USGS as well as foundation officials.

Federal Funding Handbook

University Affiliate schools receive exclusive access to NCSE’s Federal Funding for Environmental Research and Development 2015. The report provides an overview of the entire federal environmental R&D portfolio and features individual chapters covering 13 federal agencies and programs. The report will be available in the summer 2015.


Campus-wide Subscription to the Daily Environmental News Digest

Member schools receive campus-wide subscriptions to NCSE’s Daily Environmental News Digest. This online resource provides faculty, administrators, and students with salient environmental, energy and science-related news from major newspapers, electronic media, select science outlets, and blogs. The News Digest is a popular resource for faculty and students for their coursework and projects. Subscribe at and have the news delivered directly to your Inbox.  


National Conference on Science, Policy and the Environment: The Food, Energy, Water Nexus

NCSE convenes an annual national conference that brings together more than 1,000 academic, government, business, scientific, and civil society leaders to address a global environmental challenge.

The 16th National Conference and Global Forum on Science, Policy and the Environment: “The Food,Energy, Water Nexus,” will be held January 19-21, 2016, in Washington, DC. The conference will address how to provide food, energy and water for a population of 9.6 billion by mid-century without overwhelming our planet.  

University Affiliate schools receive free conference registrations for up to five faculty, administrators and students (valued at $495 per participant).  Faculty and students will have the opportunity to organize sessions and participate in poster sessions and the exhibition.  The conference offers exceptional networking opportunities with other institutions, federal agencies and businesses. Visit for conference information.

Council of Energy Research and Education Leaders

The Council of Energy Research and Education Leaders (CEREL) brings together the leaders of university-based energy centers and programs to advance university-based energy education and research, advocate for funding for energy research, and promote the role of energy research and education in society. CEREL works to ,  strengthen the links among energy sciences and engineering in academia,government and industry.

Affiliate member schools can join CEREL at a special membership rate of $800 and appoint an energy leader to serve as a representative to CEREL.


Office Space in Washington, DC

NCSE provides an office for member schools’ faculty and administrators to use when visiting Washington, DC. The office is centrally located downtown near federal agencies and Capitol Hill. 

Strategic Assessment for Interdisciplinary Environmental Programs

NCSE is now offering a valuable, customized service to provide confidential assessments of 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. 

Last Updated: July 1, 2015 [PS]