Environmental Policy Initiative

In the Spring of 1999, The Ohio State University established an Environmental Policy Initiative (EPI). This Initiative aims to stimulate and focus systematic collaboration in environmental policy, through research, graduate and undergraduate education, communication with the policy community, and interaction with the national and international community of scholars in environmental policy. EPI seeks to become a focal point for scholars in environmental policy research, both nationally and internationally.

It is founded upon an impressive record of environmental policy research, teaching and outreach within the colleges and departments at OSU. Membership is drawn not only from the faculty, but also the professional staff and graduate students in social and behavioral sciences, humanities, agriculture, natural resources engineering, and planning.

Environmental policy research applies the principles of many disciplines to resolve real world problems confronted by decision-makers in both the public and private sectors. It seeks to inform the policy process, help define the emerging environmental policy agenda, and to participate in developing new policy paradigms for an interconnected world.


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Ohio State researchers Brent Sohngen, Douglas Southgate and Lea Fortmann, in the field in Guatemala

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