The Roberts Environmental Center (REC) is hosting the 23rd California Water Policy Conference, April 3-4, 2014, featuring current water issues and bringing all participants into the heart of the debate and problem-solving. All 5-Cs students may attend the talks and workshops for free with a mandatory email RSVP to the Center's Research Fellow (email@example.com,) however meal is additional. The discounted rate for a full registration for all 5-C students and Center's affiliates, which includes meals, is $100, only available through the REC. The agenda of the conference can be found online at: http://cawaterpolicy.org/agenda.htm . Featured speakers include: Cynthia Koehler (Executive Director of WaterNow), Tina Swanson (Director of NRDC's Science Center), Tim Palmer (Author, photographer), and Jeff Mount (Founding Director, Center for Watershed Sciences, UC Davis.)
The Roberts Environmental Center is a place for research and education in environmental studies, where students, faculties, and practitioners collaborate to explore innovative market solutions to real environmental problems.
In this academic year 2013-2014, our Center embarks on taking on four projects:
1. Environmental Governance Research focusing on water issues--to develop recommendations through collaboration among faculty and other researchers, conducted in part through a workshop, will identify which problems are most pressing and capable of improvement if institutional reforms are adopted. The objective is to develop a better governance structure that will be sufficiently resilient to meet the challenges of climate change and population growth.
2. NGO and Corporation Partnership--to explore the dynamics of NGO-business partnerships, including conducting an inventory the nature and history of partnerships. Research is limited to partnerships that require both parties to be actively involved in the environmental issues relevant to the interests of both parties. This research will be used to create new partnerships between corporations and NGOs.
3. Local Environmental Consulting Initiatives--to provide environmental consulting service to local governments and business owners and create a culture of sustainability within the Inland Empire.
4. Best Practice Research--to conduct research on best sustainability practices within a region (working with the Orange County Sustainability Collaborative) and on a particular product line.
|Mission and Goals
The principal goal of the Roberts Environmental Center (REC) is to involve students in real-world environmental issues and to train them to analyze the issues from as broad a perspective as possible, taking science, economics, and policy into consideration. Based out of Claremont McKenna College, the Center is geared to cultivate environmental leadership within its student body.
Our mission is to identify, publicize, and encourage practices that achieve social and economic goals through sustainable means.
Our work centers on analyzing and fostering corporate and organizational sustainability and ranges in scope from local businesses to multinational corporations and governments. We regularly publish research reports as well as work directly with organizations to improve their sustainability. The Center stresses student initiative and leadership, giving student employees ownership of projects and providing them with the tools to see them through.