Founded within the Columbia University’s Faculty of Arts and Sciences, this center operates based on the firm belief that local environments, economies, and societies are so tightly interwoven and interdependent that one cannot thrive without the others. They are all “in it together”. Consequently, communities and businesses ought to suppo the government in its efforts to protect the environment by recognizing its social and economic value by the former and investing in it to promote sustainable economic growth by the latter. CEES is funded by more than a dozen foundation grants and gifts. It employs a two-pronged strategy to promote its values based on Applied Research and Implementation coupled with a focus on Education, Professional Development, and Outreach.