Each Institute will address locally and regionally relevant issues. That said, there are several key topics that we’ll cover on multiple institutes. These include but are not limited to:
Climate Change: Sea level rise, extreme weather events, ocean acidification, coastal and inland flooding, drought, wildfire, impacts to flora and fauna
Environmental Justice: How social and political choices mean underrepresented communities - urban and rural - bear the brunt of environmental and natural resource-related issues - and how communities are taking charge of issues and finding solutions
Environmental Law & Policy: State of foundational environmental policies in the U.S., and how administrative decisions are shaping current management decisions
Public & Community Health: Impacts of climatic and ecosystemic changes on human populations, pollution, infrastructure
Water: Access to clean drinking water, impacts of policy, aging infrastructure, point- and non-point source pollution, wildlife health, the politics of allocation, municipal use.
Energy Production, Supply & Delivery: Market forces, environmental impacts, new technology, frontiers of energy development, policies and practice
Ocean & Coastal Health: How fisheries practices, climatic shifts, management strategies and newly protected marine reserves are impacting ocean health and coastal communities
Agriculture: What impacts are drought, policy decisions, market forces, and climatic shifts having on agricultural communities, and what impacts is agriculture having on downstream communities?
Land Use, Management & Development: Conservation, public and private lands, rural, suburban and urban development, forests, wildfire, rangeland, invasive species, economics, ecosystem services
Wildlife, Biodiversity & Ecosystem Health: Endangered and invasive species, landscape-scale management, economic and social impacts of shifting wildlife populations
Infrastructure: Aging infrastructure, community engagement, government involvement, future development and implementation