Become a Member

Colleges and universities are preparing future leaders to address the global challenges facing society. In today’s world, where environmental challenges have grown more complex, the role of science in environmental decision-making remains as essential as ever. 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. See a list of current Member Institutions.

NCSE Member Institutions are organized into three networks: the College and University Network, the Community College Network, and the International Network. These Member Networks engage independently to discuss issues and challenges specific to their network. The networks also collaborate to advance shared goals. 

NCSE membership benefits are available to all individuals from the Member Institution: deans, directors, administrators, and academic leaders; faculty and researchers; 
and undergraduate and graduate students.

College and University Network

Diagram showing NCSE Member NetworksFormerly the University Affiliate Program

The College and University Network promotes and builds programs, departments, and schools in environmental and sustainability science, education, research, and interdisciplinary/interuniversity engagement strategies to work with administrations to underscore the importance of interdisciplinary environmental and sustainability education. The College and University Network provides practical peer support for leaders developing and improving academic offerings in sustainability and environmental science. 

Community College Network

Formerly the Community College Alliance for Sustainability Education (CCASE)

The Community College Network focuses on education, curriculum and professional development, community service, undergraduate research, and other high-impact teaching practices that prepare environmentally-informed citizens and a trained workforce for the future to drive public policy and decision-making. The Community College Network supports higher education degree completion for underrepresented and all students as well as environmental restoration and resilience for institutions’ local communities.

International Network

The International Network is launching in the 2019-2020 academic year and will engage academic leaders from institutions around the world to address complex environmental challenges. The International Network offers a global network of academic leaders and leverages the value of multidisciplinary perspectives and expertise.

NCSE Alliance of Sustainability and Environmental Leaders

The NCSE Alliance of Sustainability and Environmental Academic Leaders (NCSE Leaders’ Alliance) brings together over 100 deans, directors, and academic leaders of environmental and sustainability departments, programs, and schools from all NCSE Member Institutions. Participation in the NCSE Leaders' Alliance provides a valuable peer network for academic leaders to improve the quality and effectiveness of environmental and sustainability higher education programs, research, curricula, and workforce development.

Formerly known as the NCSE Council of Environmental Deans and Directors (CEDD) and the NCSE Community College Alliance for Sustainability Education (CCASE), the NCSE Leaders’ Alliance now captures both CEDD and CCASE and includes the expansion of academic leaders beyond deans and directors as the landscape of sustainability education has continued to evolve and grow. Each NCSE Member Institution is invited to select two deans, directors, and academic leaders to represent their institution on the NCSE Leaders’ Alliance. The NCSE Leaders’ Alliance provides input and perspective on priorities of NCSE Member Institutions and advances the quality and effectiveness of interdisciplinary environmental and sustainability education and scholarship. 

Current Membership Benefits

  • Representation on the NCSE Alliance of Sustainability and Environmental Academic Leaders, a group for deans, directors, and academic leaders to connect with peers. Formerly known as the NCSE Council of Environmental Deans and Directors (CEDD) and the NCSE Community College Alliance for Sustainability Education (CCASE).

  • Complimentary registrations to the NCSE Annual Conference.

  • Complimentary registrations to the in-person Summer and Winter Member Meetings to discuss shared challenges and form collaborative, strategic, and responsive solutions, as well as to lead on the advancement of environmental and sustainability education.

  • Access to information on federal funding and partnership opportunities for environmental research and education.

  • Complimentary access to NCSE Higher Education Research Reports, which provide analysis on national trends in environmental and sustainability education and research to help higher education institutions grow and innovate. NCSE also invites input from Member Institutions to suggest topics for future research reports and the opportunity to lead a research effort. 

  • Participation in Communities of Practices, technical working groups that support and amplify education, research, and analysis from higher education institutions.

  • Access to the NCSE network of influential policymakers and leaders across scientific and academic societies, government at all levels, and the private sector.

  • Engage in facilitated partnerships between universities and local governments through NCSE Applied Solutions, a peer network of almost 200 local governments focused on the use of science in resilience and sustainability.

  • Coaching and expert advice from NCSE staff on policy communication and engaging with decision-makers.

  • Participation in NCSE Science and Policy Events, including the NCSE Annual Conference, the Academic-Federal Dialogue, and Science Communication Training.

  • Exclusive communications for members: the electronic email publication NCSE Pathways, that shares tangible tools for science to engage in environmental decision-making, and access to a members-only email list.

Membership Dues

College and University Network

Student Enrollment Annual Membership Dues
< 1,500 $1,500
1,500 - 6,499 $3,000
6,500 - 10,999 $5,000
≥ 11,000 $7,500

Community College Network

Number of Campuses Annual Membership Dues
Single campus $1,500
2 campuses $2,500
3 campuses $3,250
4 campuses $4,000
5 campuses $4,500
6 campuses $5,000
7 campuses $5,250

Please contact Kate Ceste, Communications, Events, and Membership Manager, for additional information or if your institution is interested in NCSE membership.