NCSE Membership Benefits

networkNCSE Members are part of an international community of influential leaders across scientific and academic societies, government at all levels, and the private sector. NCSE works with a core community of universities to provide concrete opportunities to engage with decision-makers and learn about science policy through immersive experiences. The NCSE community collaborates on scholarship and synthesis and works to prepare the next generation of environmental leaders for the workforce of the future. 

NCSE membership benefits, detailed below, are available to all individuals at an NCSE Member institution. Please contact with any questions.


Leadership and Community

Representation on the NCSE Leaders' Alliance

Members may select up to two representatives to join 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 Members.

 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. The NCSE Leaders’ Alliance provides input and perspective on priorities of NCSE Members and advances the quality and effectiveness of interdisciplinary environmental and sustainability education and scholarship. Learn more.

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 policy- and decision-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.


Special Event Opportunities

Member Only Events 

Members are invited to engage in member-focused events, such as the Science Dialogues series and the Winter Member Meeting. Learn more about upcoming and past events.

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 Members receive select complimentary and unlimited discounted registrations to the NCSE Annual Conference.
  • Each Member is offered an interactive exhibit in the Virtual Exhibit Hall at the NCSE 2021 Annual Conference to showcase their institution.
  • Students from Member institutions are invited to participate in a special student poster session during the Annual Conference. 


NCSE Higher Education Research Reports

NCSE Members receive access to NCSE Higher Education Research Reports. These reports are now available publicly, to both NCSE Members and non-members. The contents and focus are of particularly value to those interested in current and emerging trends in the landscapes of higher education and workforce development. Look for a new report focused on the emerging field of resilience education in spring 2021. Learn more. 

Member Communications

Anyone from an NCSE Member institution can receive the following member-only communications. Please contact to receive these communications.

NCSE Pathways

The 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 Members. 

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

Members are invited to contribute to the Community College Handbook for Sustainability Education and Operations, a practical resource on sustainability education and operations at community colleges in the United States. The chapters are intended for community college faculty, administrators, staff, students, and community partners. View the handbook