The Environment, Energy, and the Economy track offers a unique opportunity to learn firsthand how international environmental, energy and economic policies are formulated and implemented.

Fellows selected for this program gain both academic and practitioner perspectives on the role of intergovernmental institutions, nongovernmental organizations, and the private sector in shaping global environmental, energy, and economic policy

The program is open to graduate students attending schools of public administration, public policy, environmental management, sustainable development and related fields. We also accept a limited number of exceptional undergraduate students.


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2019 fellows visit the World Trade Organization.

Drawing on leading international experts, diplomats, and representatives of key international organizations, the course provides participants with a unique chance to think about international perspectives on the challenges of securing environmental protection and fostering economic prosperity.  It addresses questions such as:

  • Who "owns" the natural environment?
  • Do poor countries have the right to pursue non-green development?
  • Do rich countries have the right to subsidize green industries?
  • How does the need for energy supplies affect countries' environmental and economic commitments?
  • How well do governments, international organizations, and the private sector work together in balancing environmental protection and economic growth?

Through guest speakers and site visits, students meet with experts from top international Environment and Energy agencies including: the United Nations Environment Program, the World Trade Organization, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, the UN Conference on Trade and Development, and many others. 

During the course week, the program also facilitates additional evening events, such as a program reception, mentorship dinners, and networking events.