National Council on Science and the Environment

In Brief

1990, Washington; climate, biodiversity


(1990, Washington;

“Dedicated to improving the scientific basis of environmental decision-making.” NCSE seeks to be a bridge that spans the divide between science, its applications, and policy…[by engaging] scientists, educators, policy-makers, environmental managers, government agencies, conservationists, and business leaders.” Non-partisan; does not take positions on environmental issues. Envisions “a society where environmental decisions by everyone are based on an accurate understanding of the underlying science.” Works with a variety of allies to strengthen environmental science and career development. Its Science Solutions program has a particular focus on forestry and wildlife habitat. Holds a yearly conference involving 1,000-1,200 scientists, policy makers, government, business and conservation leaders and educators to catalyze new initiatives and partnerships and develop science-based strategies and recommendations for policy and decisions. Organizing themes have included the New Green Economy, Integrating Environment and Human Health, and Disasters and the Environment. The EnvironMentors program “mentors and motivates high school students underrepresented in the sciences as they conduct scientific research and acquire skills that will allow them to build careers and become active stewards of their communities and the environment.” Its exhaustive Encyclopedia of Earth ( is a free, searchable online resource about many environmental issues and their interaction with society. EoE has been built by a global community of over 1,400 scholars, educators and professionals from 60 countries.  Dr. Peter Saundry, Executive Director. 22 staff.

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