Climate and Sustainability

As the climate changes due to human activities, our projects are focused on how society can adapt to live in a manner that has less of an impact on the natural environment.

  • AU Site Tour at the Environmental Protection Agency  

    On Friday February 9th, students from the Washington College of Law (WCL) and the School of International Service (SIS) had the opportunity to visit the Office of Enforcement and Compliance Assurance (OECA) at the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), to talk with SIS/WCL alumni, learn about a career in federal service, and to discuss the NETI […]
  • Article: Busting Myths and Calls to Action – A Round-Up of Environmental Books

    Saving Ourselves, by CECE Director Dana Fisher was discussed as part of a review of a “roundup of environmental books” in the Financial Times on February 12th. See the full review here.
  • In the News: Apocalyptic Optimism Could Be the Antidote for Climate Fatalism

    TIME excerpts CECE Director, Dana R. Fisher’s new book Saving Ourselves: From Climate Shocks to Climate Action. For the full excerpt click here
  • COP28 DC Climate Hub

    On Thursday, December 7th, CECE, The School of International Service, and We Don’t Have Time cohosted the COP28 DC Climate Hub. Policymakers, climate activists, journalists, and academic experts came together to discuss what is needed to ensure a just and equitable climate transition. This multi-panel event included: Ambassadors Up-Close: COP28 Reflections, The Power of Storytelling, […]
  • COP28 Around American University

    As all eyes turn towards Dubai for the 28th Conference of the Parties to discuss climate change on a global scale, we are taking this opportunity to look inward to the work happening across American University’s campus related to climate policymaking and COP28.    CECE will also be co-hosting a live event with We Don’t Have […]
  • Article: How Effective are Climate Protests at Swaying Policy—and what could make a difference

    Nature has just published “How Effective are Climate Protests at Swaying Policy—and what could make a difference.” By CECE Director Dana R. Fisher, Oscar Berglund, and Colin J. Davis. The piece integrates Fisher’s research on climate protests and the growing radical flank in climate activism with Berglund and Davis’ work on public responses to climate action, which […]
  • CECE Announces Inaugural Faculty Research Incubator Grants

    This fall, the Center for Environment, Community, and Equity commenced the CECE Faculty Research Incubator Program: a new funding program designed to launch exciting, interdisciplinary work on the environment conducted by faculty teams from programs across campus. By the end of the academic year, teams are expected to have built out their projects, piloted the […]
  • Developing Research Strategies to Assess the Expanding Work on Climate Adaptation, Resilience, and [...]

    CECE Director, Dana R. Fisher has secured funding from Americorps to support a three-year project: Developing Research Strategies to Assess the Expanding Work on Climate Adaptation, Resilience, and Mitigation at AmeriCorps. The project builds on a long-term partnership with collaborators from across the US government in the USDA US Forest Service and Department of Interior/National […]
  • Carbon Removal Justice Fellows Program

    This past July, eleven fellows in the Carbon Removal Justice Fellows Program convened for two weeks of intensive discussions, launching a year of continued engagement on the equity and justice dimensions of carbon removal policy. Their aim? To challenge this emerging industry to break away from the patterns of environmental injustice that have characterized emissions-generating […]
  • Kogod Sustainability Speaker Series

    The most recent discussion in the Gamechangers in Sustainability speaker series took place last spring, on Earth Day. The Kogod School of Business concluded the Spring 2023 lineup with a panel of innovative women, to discuss how they have worked to create a more sustainable world.  The discussion was moderated by AU’s very own Danielle […]
  • The Climate Story Gaps Project: Locating Untold Climate Intersections in Washington, D.C. 

    The first project of the inaugural Faculty Research Incubator Program is entitled “The Climate Story Gaps Project: Locating Untold Climate Intersections in Washington, D.C.”. The research team is made up of professors from both the School of Communication and the School of International Service. Dr. Rosalind Donald (School of Communication), Dr. Malini Ranganathan (SIS), Dr. […]
  • Remote Sensing and Knowledge Co-Production in Northern Haiti 

    The second research project from the Faculty Research Incubator Program comes from a collaboration across the College of Arts and Sciences and the School of International Service. Entitled “Remote Sensing and Knowledge Co-Production in Northern Haiti,” this project by Dr. Michael Alonzo (CAS) and Dr. Scott Freeman (SIS) focuses on co-producing knowledge about land and environment […]

Climate and Sustainability Experts

Abeer Y Al-Eryani

Postdoctoral Fellow, Center for Environment, Community, & Equity

Robert Albro

Research Associate Professor, Center for Latin American and Latino Studies

Michael Alonzo

Assistant Professor, Environmental Science

Julia A. Anderson

Associate Program Director, Masters of Science in Sustainability Management (MSSM)

Valentina Aquila

Assistant Professor, Department of Environmental Science

Barbara Balestra

Director, Environmental Sciences Teaching Laboratory, Micro-Lab.

Kristine Beran

Professorial Lecturer, Department of Environmental Science

Robin Broad

Research Professor, Department of Environment, Development, and Health
Jennifer Brown

Jenn Brown

Program Manager, Institute for Carbon Removal Law and Policy

Claire Brunel

Associate Professor, Department of Politics Economics and Governance

Anny Cárdenas

Assistant Professor, Biology

Ernesto Castañeda

Director, Center for Latin American and Latino Studies

C. Anne Claus

Associate Professor, Department of Anthropology

Ken Conca

Professor, Department of Environment, Development, and Health

Parthiban David

Senior Associate Dean, Kogod School of Business

Rosalind Donald

Assistant Professor, Public Communication

Todd Eisenstadt

Research Director, Center for Environmental Policy

Larry Engel

Associate Director Center for Environmental Filmmaking

Dana R. Fisher

Director, Center for Environment, Community, & Equity

Scott Freeman

Senior Lecturer, Department of Environment, Development, and Health

Garrett Graddy-Lovelace

Provost Associate Professor, Department of Environment, Development, and Health

Edward Guetti

Professorial Lecturer, Department of Philosophy and Religion

Matthew Hartings

Associate Professor, Chemistry

David Hunter

Professor of Law, WCL Program on Environmental and Energy Law
Chris Jayko

W. Chris Jayko

Project Manager, Center for Environment, Community, & Equity
Kyra Jones

Kyra Jones

Operations Manager

Victoria Kiechel

Senior Professorial Lecturer, Department of Environment, Development, and Health

Chelsea Koch

Assistant Professor, Arctic Ecogeochemistry Lab/Department of Environmental Science Assistant Professor, Arctic Ecogeochemistry Lab/Department of Environmental Science

Megan Litke

Director of Sustainability, Office of Sustainability

Maya Livio

Assistant Professor, Climate, Environmental Justice, Media and Communication

Stephen MacAvoy

Associate Professor, Department of Biology

Simon Nicholson

Co-Director of the Institute for Carbon Removal Law and Policy

Jennifer Oetzel

Research Professor, Department of Management

Angela Pashayan

Professorial Lecturer, Department of Environment, Development, and Health

Claudia Persico

Associate Professor, Public Administration and Policy

Natalia Piland

CECE Collaborating Researcher, Interdisciplinary Scientist
Malini Ranganathan

Malini Ranganathan

Associate Professor, Department of Environment, Development, and Health

Jesse Ribot

Professor, Department of Environment, Development, and Health

Thurka Sangaramoorthy

Professor, Department of Anthropology

Judith Shapiro

Professor, Department of Environment, Development, and Health

Garima Sharma

Assistant Professor, Department of Management

Sauleh Siddiqui

Professor, Environmental Science

William John Snape, III

Professor and Director, WCL Program on Environmental and Energy Law

Maggie B. Stogner

Executive Director, Center For Environmental Filmmaking

David J. Vázquez

Associate Professor, Critical Race, Gender, and Culture Studies
Rachel Weiss

Rachel Weiss

Program Manager, Center for Environment, Community, & Equity

Paul Yoo

Assistant Professor, Finance