Education & Training

The Earth Institute Center for Environmental Sustainability (EICES) brings together five renowned scientific, academic and cultural institutions: Columbia University, American Museum of Natural History, New York Botanical Garden, Wildlife Conservation Society and EcoHealth Alliance (formerly known as Wildlife Trust). Since its inception in 1994, EICES’s ambitious educational agenda has evolved in response to the emergent issues of environmental and ecological sustainability. Programs encompass graduate, undergraduate and K-12 levels, as well as those for private and public sector executives and citizens interested in environmental sustainability.The overarching goal of EICES’s education programs is to ensure that research informs what we teach in the classroom.

Our consortium scientists conduct critical and cutting edge ecological and conservation research in over 60 countries. When they are not in the field, they can be found teaching courses like climate change and biodiversity, coral reef ecology, and many other courses on environmental sustainable development. By deliberately combining research and education, EICES ensures that students gain a deeper understanding of the complexity of environmental and sustainability issues, the need for thoughtful and integrated problem-solving and the importance of an ongoing commitment to stewardship of our natural world.

At Columbia University, the Earth Institute’s current Education Programs include Summer Ecosystem Experiences for Undergraduates; Certificate in Conservation and Environmental Sustainability; Coral Reef Ecology: Bermuda; Inquire Institute: Urban Ecosystems: Biodiversity, Water & Energy in NYC; and K-12 Education Programs.