CEES has a two-pronged strategy for promoting its core belief in the interdependence of environment, economy, and society: one focus is on Applied Research and Implementation (ARI) and the other focus is on Education, Professional Development, and Outreach (EPDO).

The ARI strategy is exemplified by the Environmentally and Socially Sustainable Economic Growth (ESSEG) and Environmental Protection through Incentives and Commerce (EPIC) programs.

  • Through the ESSEG programs in the Dominican Republic and Papua New Guinea, CEES works with local communities, businesses, and government agencies to manage economic growth, natural resource protection, and the social enhancement of communities, based on sound science. Our goal is to meet the need for economic growth while respecting and sustainably managing all available natural and human resources.
  • The EPIC program analyzes the pros and cons of applying incentive-based conservation efforts around the world.

The EPDO strategy is exemplified by the Integrated Environmental Curriculum (IEC) and New York Times Institute (NYTI) programs.

  • The IEC program brings knowledge of ecology and economics to middle school teachers and their students, through curricular innovations and experiential learning.
  • The NYTI program brings this knowledge to mid-career journalists, through exposure to the latest scientific research and workshops on presenting that information to the public.

EPIC: Environmental Protection through incentives and Commerce

Analysis of incentive-based approaches to conservation, including the development of a case study library to serve as the backbone for courses and programs bridging science and business. 

ESSEG: Environmentally and Socially Sustainable Economic Growth

Through its ESSEG initiative, CEES works with local communities, businesses, and government agencies to manage and create economic growth that benefits from and is consistent with sustainable natural resource and social capacities of communities. 

IEC: Intergrated Ecology Curriculum

The Integrated Ecology Curriculum (IEC) program developed by CEES is a unique approach to middle school education that uses topics in environmental science as a framework for problem-oriented, place-based learning. Ecology is used as the conceptual “hook” to place subject content in larger contexts, encouraging cross-disciplinary collaborations among teachers, and engaging teachers and students in experiential learning.

NYTI: New York Times Institute

An annual 5-day institute providing journalists with training in the latest environmental science, economics, and business.

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