NCSE Membership Benefits

Membership Benefits

NCSE Member Institutions are organized into three networks: the College and University Network (formerly the University Affiliate Program), the Community College Network (formerly the Community College Alliance for Sustainability Education [CCASE]), 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 a Member Institution. Please contact Kate Ceste, Member Communications and Engagement Officer, with any questions.

Representation on the NCSE Leaders' Alliance

Member institutions are represented on the NCSE Alliance of Sustainability and Environmental Academic Leaders (NCSE Leaders’ Alliance). The 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. 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. 

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. Each institution is encouraged to nominate two deans, directors, or academic leaders to serve as NCSE Leaders' Alliance representatives. To update or select your institution's representatives, please contact Kate Ceste.

NCSE Member Meetings

There are two in-person Member Meetings each year: a Summer Member Meeting held at a member institution and a Winter Member Meeting held in conjunction with the NCSE Annual Conference. Learn more about upcoming and past Member Meetings.

Participation in Communities of Practice

Communities of Practice (CoPs) are technical working groups that support and amplify education, research, and analysis from higher education institutions to advance the use of science in environmental decision- and policy-making across all levels of government. NCSE members are invited to join these groups to advance capacity building and increase deeper engagement between members and improve the focus, scale, and impact of NCSE initiatives. Learn more about the current Communities of Practice.

Member Institutions receive complimentary access to NCSE’s research reports through DigifyView a list of all reports.

Participation in NCSE Science and Policy Events

  • NCSE Annual Conference: NCSE Member Institutions receive up to five complimentary registrations to the NCSE Annual Conference. The Annual Conference convenes national leaders in science, policy, and the environment and facilitates productive conversations. Each year, the conference focuses on a different theme and brings together a diverse community of experts from a variety of disciplines and provides an enriching opportunity for all attendees to learn from each other, collaborate on exciting projects, and build productive professional relationships. Learn more.

  • NCSE Academic-Federal Dialogue: The Academic-Federal Dialogue (AFD) provides opportunities for engagement between academics and policy representatives from environmental programs in federal agencies. In the past, federal agency representation had included Department of Energy, National Science Foundation, NASA, Environmental Protection Agency, Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, and National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences.

  • NCSE Science Policy Communication Training: NCSE provides members with the training to help scientists practice tools and build skills to use science effectively in policy discussions and policy-making. The 2018 training was co-sponsored with COMPASS and New America. View the event agenda (PDF).

Member Resources and Communications

Anyone from an NCSE Member Institution can receive the following member-only communications. Contact Kate Ceste to receive these communications.

NCSE Pathways

The weekly electronic publication, NCSE Pathways, shares tangible tools for science to engage in environmental decision-making, reflects on current trends in the science-policy interface, and includes events and opportunities of specific relevance to NCSE Member Institutions. 

Members-Only Email List 

Members can also join the members-only email list to facilitate topical discussions, disseminate information, and exchange resources within the NCSE member community.

NCSE Community College Handbook for Sustainability Education and Operations

Member Institutions in the Community College Network are invited to contribute to the Community College Handbook for Sustainability Education and Operations, a practical resource on sustainability education and operations at America’s community colleges. These reports are intended audience is anybody who works and attends a community college: faculty, administrators, staff, students, and community partners. View the handbook