PEI’s established interdisciplinary research centers are committed to the dissemination of research findings so they may benefit the larger scientific community, government, industry, and general public. Researchers frequently present at national and international conferences and participate in public outreach events.
One notable example of PEI’s research outreach efforts is the development of the Stabilization Wedges game on the Carbon Mitigation Initiative (CMI) website. The 2004 Science article by Pacala and Socolow “Stabilization Wedges: Solving the Climate Problem for the Next 50 Years with Current Technologies” has been cited over 750 times in peer-reviewed science and policy literature.
PEI collaborates with academic departments and programs across campus to develop a rich curriculum of cross-listed courses. The Environmental (ENV) Studies Program within PEI is responsive to the growing demand for courses focused on emerging themes in environmental research, both at the undergraduate and graduate level.
Through the Grand Challenges Program and in partnership with faculty, campus and community affiliates, PEI organizes and operates an extensive summer internship program designed to foster experiential learning that complements undergraduate classroom teaching. Over 100 Princeton undergraduates participate annually.
International field research and study abroad opportunities are facilitated by collaborations with the Bermuda Institute of Ocean Sciences (BIOS) and in Kenya at the Mpala Research Center. PEI collaborates with the Keller Center and the Princeton Institute for International and Regional Studies to support the Princeton Chapter of Engineers Without Borders.
PEI has paid special attention to developing collaborations that engage the humanities, and social sciences at Princeton. Examples of collaborations include After the Spectacular Image: Art, Architecture, and the Media of Climate, The Multispecies Salon: Environmental Humanities Dialogues, What Arts & Humanities Are Good For, Environmental Humanities in a Changing World; How Climate Works; Water and Climate; Food and Ethics; Environmental Justice; Climate and Ethics,
A two-day conference “Food, Ethics, and the Environment,” co-sponsored with the University Center for Human Values (UCHV), the 2008 two-day conference “A Different Shade of Green: Race, Place, and Environmental Justice,” co-sponsored with the Center for African American Studies (CAAS), a year-long collaboration effort involving PEI along with the Lewis Center for the Arts and the Civilians Theatre culminating in a theatrical production of The Great Immensity. Most recently, PEI hosted a 2-day conference on Environmental Humanities in a Changing World including broad participation among faculty and students from humanities disciplines.
In 2007, the Princeton Environmental Institute launched the Grand Challenges Program, an integrated research and teaching program designed to promote student involvement and faculty research on complex global environmental issues with scientific, technological, and policy dimensions, in collaboration with the Woodrow Wilson School and the School of Engineering and Applied Science
PEI actively partners with students and other campus affiliates and organizations to support forums, visiting lecturers, film series and other activities that contribute to dialogue and insight around environmental topics. Recent collaborations include Energy Table, Greening Princeton Farmer’s Market (Relating article), Forbes College Garden Project (Relating article), and breakout civic action trips with the Pace Center. PEI also works with the Outdoor Action Program, Princeton Dining Services, Princeton-Blairstown Center (PBC) and the Office of Sustainability to raise awareness regarding environmental sustainability at Princeton.
PEI partners with alumni and community organizations that share common interests in environmental sustainability on a local and global level. Recent alumni collaborations include the Princeton Class of '76 Green Business Plan Competition and alumni-faculty panels Princeton Entrepreneurs: Designing the Future for Food, Feeding the Future and the Future of Food: Panel Discussion and Film Screening, and Unleashing Innovation: Tackling Environmental Challenges.
PEI seeks opportunities to work with like-minded community partners to develop innovative programming and educational opportunities that benefit the extended University community and the community at large.