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.


Explore the Sights and Sounds of NCSE 2020

The NCSE community was privileged to gather in-person just a few short months ago and now everyone can explore the NCSE 2020 Annual Conference experience through videos, photo galleries, podcast episodes, attendee reflections, and graphic recordings. Learn more.

Celebrate 50 Years of Earth Day

We invite the NCSE community to contribute to the collective impact on April 22, 2020, the 50th anniversary of Earth Day. Earth Day Network is taking Earth Day digital for 2020 with EARTHRISELearn more


Upcoming Events

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

NCSE KNOW Community Call: Looking Down the Pike
Friday, April 10, 2020, 2 p.m. Eastern
Register today


NCSE 2021 Annual Conference: Hot Water: Science and Solutions for a Planet Under Pressure
January 6–8, 2021
Washington, D.C.



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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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