Science & Policy Working Together

Our work combines the efforts and expertise of two complementary MIT research centers—the Center for Global Change Science (CGCS) and the Center for Energy and Environmental Policy Research (CEEPR).

Center for Global Change Science (CGCS)

The CGCS is an independent center in the School of Science that also involves researchers from the School of Engineering. Building on 50-plus years of work on weather and climate at MIT, the center’s meteorologists, oceanographers, atmospheric chemists, hydrologists, ecologists and satellite specialists aim to form a better understanding of earth’s climate while facilitating the prediction of climate change. The center’s Climate Modeling Initiative is an important contributor to the Joint Program’s research.

Center for Energy and Environmental Policy Research (CEEPR)

The CEEPR conducts policy research on energy, natural resources and environmental issues, involving economists with expertise in energy and environmental quality, decision analysts, energy technologists and scholars of politics and the policy process. Created in the 1970s, it is a shared effort of the Sloan School of Management, the Economics Department and the MIT Energy Initiative.


The resources of the parent centers are strengthened through cooperative efforts with other MIT departments, research institutions and nonprofit organizations worldwide.

Marine Biological Laboratory (MBL)

The Joint Program maintains a long-term alliance with the Ecosystems Center at the Marine Biological Laboratory, which provides expertise in terrestrial ecosystem science.

MIT Departments, Labs, Centers, Institutes and Schools


The Program maintains a mutually-designated Affiliate relationship with four independent "think-tanks" based in New York, London, Colorado and New Delhi that focus on global environmental challenges:

National & International

Our faculty and researchers serve on professional committees and panels, and respond to requests for information and assistance from the press, government representatives and other assessment groups. They have delivered briefings to the U.S. Congress and federal and state agencies, foreign governments and international organizations and independent research panels. Examples:

Other Research Institutions and Nonprofits