Environmental Issues

This Study of the US Institutes provides participants with an overview of climate change along with its impact on communities in the American west, natural resources, and the local economy.

Academic sessions will explore clean energy, sustainable development, the risks of natural disasters, and the intersection of climate justice and community activism. 

Topics may include, but are not limited to:

  • strategic communication
  • social justice
  • emergency response
  • water rights
  • energy efficiency
  • sustainability

Academic activities will be supplemented by opportunities to engage with the local community, including a weekend home-stay, meeting with local environmental non-profits, and, if conducted in-person, a study tour to New Orleans, Louisiana.  

Should conditions allow, the programme will begin with an opening forum in Washington, D.C., bringing together participants of different Summer Institutes for networking, foundational leadership skills development, and exploring relevant topics from multi-regional perspectives.