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

Now Hiring: Membership and Grants Coordinator

NCSE is hiring a Membership and Grants Coordinator, who will manage the NCSE membership program and administer the grant application process for the organization. Applications due no later than Friday, March 6, 2020. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. Early submission is recommended. 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.

Submit Technology and Policy Ideas to the Day One
Project Accelerator

The Day One Project is accepting submissions for science and technology policy ideas for action on the first day of the next presidential term. The Policy Accelerator seeks the best ideas from people with firsthand experiences to solve a problem with solutions rooted in science, technology, and innovation. Selected ideas will receive support from the Day One Project to define and refine the initial idea, and shape and convert it into an actionable policy paper over the course of five months. Submit by March 1, 2020. Learn more.

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. If you or your institution plans on hosting an Earth Day event, please be sure to register your event on their global map. Learn more

​​​​UN Environment Programme 2020 Champions of the Earth Award Opportunity

Every year, individuals, groups, and organizations that have made outstanding contributions to the protection and restoration of the environment are recognized in four categories: 1) policy leadership; 2) inspiration and action; 3) entrepreneurial vision; and 4) science and innovation. Champions are selected from hundreds of nominees globally, submitted during a public nominating process. All nominations must be received by March 20, 2020. Learn more 

RISE Network: University Responses to the Earthquakes in Puerto Rico

Many universities within the NCSE RISE Network have been actively involved in the response and recovery to the recent earthquakes in Puerto Rico. NCSE is tracking efforts that have emerged and has compiled resources if your institution would like to be involved with response and recovery efforts. Learn more.

Upcoming Events

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

2020 EnvironMentors National Fair and Awards Ceremony
May 29, 2020
Washington, D.C.



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