The NCSE team is currently teleworking in response to the COVID-19 situation. We remain committed to improving the scientific basis of environmental decision-making and are connecting with our community virtually during this time. Please visit the Team page for current contact information. 

The National Council for Science and the Environment (NCSE) advances informed environmental policy- and decision-making through science. Our work and programs include interdisciplinary research, scientific assessment, information dissemination, training, and curriculum development. 

We engage scientists, educators, policymakers, business leaders, and officials at all levels of government. NCSE is a nonprofit organization established in 1990 and has a longstanding reputation for nonpartisanship. We invite you to explore our work and join our community. Read more about the NCSE Mission and History

News and Events

Join the NCSE KNOW Community

The NCSE Knowledge Network for One World (KNOW) Community aims to provide engagement opportunities to our community of scientists, decision-makers, and subject matter experts to maintain connectivity, share tools and resources, and build community. Learn more.


NCSE Announces the 2019 Photography Contest Winner

In 2019, NCSE held a photography contest and invited photographers to share their most inspired work that demonstrated their interpretation of how science is used in service to the environment and society. We are pleased to announce that Preston McLaughlin, a recent graduate student at The University of Texas at Austin, won our contest. Preston’s photo, “Where the Ocean Meets the Sky,” is an aerial perspective that depicts an estuarine wetland landscape located in West Side National Park in the Bahamas. View the winning photo and contest finalists.


Earth Day Opportunity for the NCSE Community

We invite the NCSE community to contribute to the collective impact on April 22, 2020, the 50th anniversary of Earth Day. To mark your support of Earth Day, please join the MobilizeU Green Campus Network as an indication of your commitment to sustainability. MobilizeU has a dedicated resources page that assists institutions in organizing Earth Day events such as teach-ins, forums, and cleanups. Learn more


Upcoming Events

Find out more information about our upcoming events below and on our Events page.

NCSE KNOW Community Call: Innovations for Uncertain Times
Friday, April 3, 2020, 2 p.m. Eastern
Register today


NCSE KNOW Community Call: Looking Down the Pike
Friday, April 10, 2020, 2 p.m. Eastern
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NCSE Member Institutions are four- and two-year colleges and universities that are committed to ensuring that science is represented at the tables where decisions are made and to advancing environmental and sustainability education and training. 

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