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Environmental Sciences: Environmental Organizations

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Environmental Organizations

Professional organizations can provide a wealth of information, as well as a way for you to become involved in various environmentally related activities.

  • Multicultural Environmental Leadership Development Initiative- MELDI 
  • MELDI is an organization which promotes diversity in the environmental field. Not only are links provided to professional organizations, but resources are available for students, researchers, and job seekers as well.

  • National Institutes of Environmental Health Professional Organizations 
  • This site from the National Institutes of Health provides links to professional organizations in the sciences, including biology, chemistry, environmental health, microbiology and toxicology, to name a few.
  • Society of Environmental Journalists  Icon
  • A good source of timely news in the environmental field. Go to the Library tab, and click on Reporting Tools for further resources organized by topic.

  • Society of Women Environmental Professionals
  • "SWEP is a national non-profit professional association of women involved or interested in environmental law, science, business, and policy. The Philadelphia Chapter serves as a resource for members in the Philadelphia region, providing opportunities for professional development through educational programming, social events, mentoring, and public service."

Global Environmental Organizations

  • Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change- IPCC
  • "The IPCC is a scientific body under the auspices of the United Nations (UN). It reviews and assesses the most recent scientific, technical and socio-economic information produced worldwide relevant to the understanding of climate change. It does not conduct any research nor does it monitor climate related data or parameters. " IPCC reviews contributed research to maintain quality and objectiveness. "It was established by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) in 1988."

  • International Human Dimensions Programme on Global Environmental Change- IHDP
  • "The IHDP interdisciplinary research programme was established in 1996 to address critical gaps in international research related to global environmental change. We provide global leadership for social science research on the human and societal aspects of environmental change. Our focus lies on conducting research, providing education and training and bridging science with policy." The IHDP is a joint partnership between the International Council for Science, the International Social Science Council, and United Nations University.

  • Global Environmental Facility
  • The GEF is " independently operating financial organization, [which] provides grants for projects related to biodiversity, climate change, international waters, land degradation, the ozone layer, and persistent organic pollutants...Today the GEF is the largest public funder of projects to improve the global environment." See What Is the GEF?

  • United Nations Environment Programme
  • "The mission of the United Nations Environment Programme is to provide leadership and encourage partnership in caring for the environment by inspiring, informing, and enabling nations and peoples to improve their quality of life without compromising that of future generations. They provide resources for governments, scientists, journalists, civil society, business persons, children and youth.


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