Create New Futures

Master of Arts in Environmental Policy Program


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STEPS/EI Summer 2020 PAID Undergraduate Research Fellowship
DEADLINE: February 7, 2020
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Examples of previous recipients research projects

Costa Rica Summer 2020 Fellowship
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NEW ES Student Conference
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NEW Faculty Travel Funding
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The Environmental Initiative (EI) is an interdisciplinary program of academics, research, and outreach whose overall mission is to advance humanity's understanding and awareness of our role in and interaction with our natural environment through research, teaching, and outreach. The EI enables interdisciplinary efforts that transcend typical departmental and college boundaries in degree programs, problem-based research projects, and environmental education for school children, policy-makers, and the general public. The EI consists of faculty, staff and students from all four colleges of Lehigh, including two core departments, Earth & Environmental Sciences (EES), and Civil & Environmental Engineering (CEE).  For more information contact Director of Environmental Intitative, Donald Morris dpm2@lehigh.edu  



Air Pollution Ranked as Biggest Environmental Threat to Human Health. June 17, 2019

Environmental Initiative faculty congratulate the 2019 award winners! Olivia Barz earned the Francis Trembley Award as the top undergraduate Environmental Studies student for 2019. Jackie Cook and Eli Jacobson (not shown) earned honors for their achievement in the graduate Environmental Policy program. The Environmental Initiative is proud of ALL of our 2019 graduates and wish them the best of luck!

Donald Morris (EI Director) and William Hunter (LU-UN Program Director) recently attended the UNEA-4 conference in Nairobi, Kenya. The conference brought together the world's environmental leaders from a variety of civil and non-governmental organizations. Morris and Hunter co-chaired a meeting of the Global Youth Environmental Engagement Committee, which was formed to help promote sustainable development education at all academic levels. Morris also participated in the Global Environmental Outlook Report (GEO-6), which was presented at the meeting. 

The Environmental Initiative recently hosted as screening of the movie "The Human Element" with the Lehigh Valley chapter of the Citizens' Climate Lobby. The video was followed by a panel discussion on the topic of climate change. The panel consisted of (left to right) Steve Samuelson (PA State Representative), Dork Sahagian (Professor, Department of Earth & Environmental Sciences), Kirsten Webb (student, Environmental Policy MA Program), and Martha Christine (Citizens' Climate Lobby). EI Director, Donald Morris (not shown) introduced the film and moderated the discussion. 

Visit the Nurture Nature center website.

Nurture Nature Center, located in Easton, Pennsylvania, is a dynamic center for community learning about local environmental risks. NNC is housed in a beautifully renovated, historic, 30,000 square foot facility, where the staff uses a blend of science, art and dialogue programs to get the community talking and thinking critically about the local environment.

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Marcellus Shale

Because hydraulic fracturing or fracking of Marcellus Shale in Pennsylvania is a major environmental controversy that gets a great deal of media coverage, it has been the ideal subject for a research and writing project in a Lehigh course called "Environment, the Public and the Mass Media." In the fall of 2012 and 2013,  the students’ intense study culminated in a series of research papers, each on an aspect of the fracking controversy, written to serve as a Web guide for readers. In 2013, the students also produced short videos about their research findings.
View the results of these projects at “Drilling Down on Marcellus Shale: Insights into Fracking.”