Environment, Climate, and Sustainability

Environmental science and policy degrees at every level

  • Master of Public Affairs—Energy and Climate Policy (MPA): Work to meet the energy challenges that dominate the global landscape. 
  • Master of Public Affairs—Environmental Policy and Natural Resource Management (MPA): Combine environmental knowledge with policy know-how to impact crucial issues. 
  • Master of Public Affairs—Sustainability and Sustainable Development (MPA): Achieve strategies to ensure natural and social environments endure for future generations. 

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  • Ph.D. in Public Affairs—Environmental PolicyGain research and analytical skills to produce knowledge and helps address complex problems including climate change, clean energy, manufacturing and chemical regulations, and policies related to poverty and justice. 
  • Ph.D. in Environmental Sciences: Develop skills and training in the basic and applied sciences with the objective helping manage, mitigate, and avoid environmental problems. 

Study abroad while focusing on environmental management and sustainability

Turtle swims along the ocean floor.

We offer a variety of overseas opportunities that provide hands-on experience conducting research in diverse ecosystems and learning about conservation and sustainability strategies, such as coral reef restoration and conservation in the Cayman Islands or island conservation and sustainability in the Caribbean, among others.

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An academic and practical focus on the environment

  • Attari Lab: Dedicated to solving problems related to human behavior, resource use, and climate change. 
  • Biomet Lab: Combining principles from biometeorology, plant physiology, and hydrology.  
  • Bloomington Urban Forestry Research Group: Studying the urban forest as a social-ecological system, drawing from the Social-Ecological Systems Framework developed by the late Nobel laureate Elinor Ostrom and colleagues. 
  • Chemicals Policy Research Group: Faculty explore various aspects of chemical regulation with the goal of informing the Toxic Substances Control Act debate. 
  • Electric Mobility Transition Research Group: Faculty focus on the public policies, consumer information, and regulations related to clean vehicles in the United States, Canada, the European Union, China, Japan, and South Korea. 
  • Energy Justice LabOffering insights on what energy justice means as it relates to the energy transition and what individuals and communities on the frontline are facing.
  • Hites Laboratory: Applying organic analytical chemistry to the understanding of environmental problems. 
  • Indiana Clean Lakes Program: A monitoring and education program in partnership with the Indiana Department of Environmental Management Office of Water Quality. 
  • Indiana University Atmospheric Chemistry Lab: Focusing on the chemical mechanisms in the atmosphere that influence regional air quality and global climate change.
  • Indiana University Research and Teaching Preserve: Our mission is to provide natural field settings for research and teaching at IU. We address environmental issues which require solutions that include studies in the natural world and affirm that not all scientific research is done in a lab and not all teaching is done in the classroom. 
  • Integrated Program in the Environment: Bringing together faculty members across multiple departments and schools in IU to encourage collaboration among those that study the environment and to prepare our next generation of scientists and leaders. 
  • Limnology Lab: Focusing on the study of applied science with regards to fresh water, primarily in the state of Indiana. 
  • Public Policy Institute: Delivering data-driven research to help public, private, and nonprofit sectors make decisions that impact the quality of life throughout Indiana and the nation. Based on our Indianapolis campus, PPI staffs the Indiana Advisory Commission on Intergovernmental Relations and houses the Center for Health and Justice Research. 
  • The Raff Laboratory: Studying issues related to air pollution, human health, and climate. 
  • Regulatory Reform Research Group: Our focus is on environmental regulations and regulatory reform at the national and international levels. 
  • The Royer Laboratory:  Studying biogeochemistry and water quality in streams and rivers. 

  • Environmental Science Speaker SeriesEach year, we present a series of speakers from around the nation and around the world to discuss today’s topics related to environmental science. 
  • Environmental Policy Seminar Speaker Series: O’Neill faculty, external speakers, and graduate students share their research ideas, perspectives, and preliminary findings through semi-formal presentations. 

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A sample of recent faculty publications in environmental policy and management

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Environmental Management: Concepts and Practical Skills

Marc Lame and Richard Marcantonio

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50 years at the US EPA book cover

Fifty Years at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency: Progress, Retrenchment and Opportunities

 A. James Barnes, John D. Graham, David M. Konisky

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Handbook of U.S. Environmental Policy

David M. Konisky

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More faculty-written and faculty-edited books

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The O’Neill school is unique in that policy and science are under a single roof, where the faculty who are top researchers, communicators, and instructors are working with each other, engaging students in their research, in their communications, and building bridges at the research level as well as within the classroom.

—Professor Vicky Meretsky