The world is facing unprecedented challenges as it attempts to raise more than two billion people out of poverty while the richest billion consume 80 percent of global resources. Our economy is powered by a mix of renewable and non-renewable energy and resources, and sustained by an enveloping climate, adequate water, as well as land and forests. Today we are rapidly degrading and depleting these essential resources.
Established in 1992 to meet the growing need for international environmental leaders, the Center for International Environment and Resource Policy (CIERP) develops innovative approaches to shifting global development onto a path that is more environmentally, socially, and economically sustainable. We analyze how economic and social activities impact the environment, and design strategies for meeting human needs without straining the planet’s resources. CIERP advances theory, turns it into practice, educates the international community, and prepares students for careers as global leaders and citizens.
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