About

The Environment and Natural Resources Program's mandate is to conduct policy-relevant research at the regional, national, international, and global level, and through its outreach initiatives to make its products available to decision-makers, scholars, and interested citizens.

Over the past 30 years environmental policy has changed dramatically. Today it is an integral part of energy policy, economic development, and security. Security means not only protection from military aggression, but also maintenance of adequate supplies of food and water, and the protection of public health. These problems cannot be addressed from one discipline or from the perspective of one issue or one country. The world of the future will demand the integration of multiple needs and values across both disciplinary and geographic boundaries.

Each year ENRP faculty and fellows produce publications and conduct research on a wide variety of topics. Five themes stand out:

  • Integration: Bridging the gap across natural, social, and engineering sciences, the environmental and development communities, multiple sectors of human activity, and geographic and temporal scales
  • Global change: Responding effectively to global environmental threats such as climate change, loss of biodiversity, and environmentally unsustainable economic policies
  • Energy: Designing, developing, and implementing economically and environmentally sound energy policies
  • Economic Incentives: Assessing the effectiveness of incentive-based environmental regulation
  • Sustainability: Meeting human needs for energy, agriculture, and water while protecting environmental quality and biodiversity

While our projects and activities continue to evolve, our perspective remains global and interdisciplinary, linking the fields of science and policy. ENRP looks forward to being an active participant in the environmental policy debate as it evolves over the course of this decade.

Now accepting nominations for the 2018 Roy Family Award. Please click here for the nomination form. The nomination deadline is October 15, 2017.

Roy Awards

The Roy Family Award for Environmental Partnership is presented every two years to an outstanding public-private partnership that enhances environmental quality through novel and creative approaches.

We are looking for partnerships that:

  • have advanced a new idea, model, or paradigm that could be replicable to other efforts to improve the quality of the environment;
  • are unusually creative and provide a model for improvement that is transferable to other issues or geographic regions;
  • involve a novel leap in creativity and foster significant positive change that improves environmental quality or preserves natural resources;
  • have taken risks that result in significant changes that benefit the environment and create leverage for greater action.

Eligibility

Awards are given to programs or projects that:

  • engage in partnership, defined as participation of two or more separate organizations;
  • organizations must operate in at least two different sectors: academic, civic, business, government, or non-profit; and
  • organizations must work together collaboratively on a project or program that tangibly improves the quality of our environment.

Selection Criteria

  • Innovation - Demonstrates a leap in creativity
  • Effectiveness - Achieves tangible results
  • Significance - Successfully addresses a challenging environmental problem
  • Transferability - Shows promise of inspiring successful replication by others

How to Submit a Nomination

Please use the on-line nomination form on our nomination page here>

Self-nomination is permissible and encouraged!

Deadline for nominations: 5:00pm EST October 15, 2017

Past Award Winners

  • 2016: California Healthy Nail Salon Program

    In partnership with local counties and cities throughout California, the California Healthy Nail Salon Program addresses the environmental health and justice issues faced by workers in the salon industry and works to standardize safe, pollution prevention salon practices that can be implemented nationwide and globally. The Program focuses on the reduction of carcinogenic and reproductive toxins in the workplace by establishing locally-legislated programs that educate and empower salon employees and incentivize salons to reduce chemical exposures and protect the health of the employees, customers, and the environment.

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    Nail salon workers handle products containing toxic chemicals, solvents, and volatile organic compounds known to be harmful to human and environmental health, but there is very little federal and state oversight of chemical use and exposure in salons. The workers and salon owners often lack accurate information about safe occupational practices and hazardous waste disposal policies that impact thousands of individuals and pollute air and water.

    In the United States, over 400,000 individuals are formally employed in the nail salon sector, excluding the thousands of independent contractors who rent stations in salons. Over 97 percent of salon workers in the U.S. are women, many of them immigrants. In California alone, it is estimated that up to 80 percent of manicurists and cosmetologists are Vietnamese immigrants, and more than 50 percent are of reproductive age. The California Healthy Nail Salon Collaborative and AHS partnered with the City and County of San Francisco, the City of Santa Monica, Alameda County, Santa Clara County, and San Mateo County to standardize safe, pollution prevention practices by requiring that to qualify as a "Healthy Nail Salon," a salon must 1) use products free of chemicals known to cause reproductive harm, cancer and respiratory problems; and 2) train workers in the best practices for worker safety and environmental health. As of July 2016, 96 salons carry the "Healthy Nail Salon" seal.

    The Collaborative, AHS, and its partners are taking the lead on the issue of environmental justice in the nail salon industry with a high level of progress and partnership. By fostering partnerships on several levels—individual (salon workers), community (organizations and groups), local (counties, cities, policymakers), and national (federal and government agencies)—the Collaborative has brought together diverse entities to implement an innovative and growing program, and in the process, has brought national attention to salon worker environmental justice, health, safety, and rights.

    Building on the success of the Healthy Nail Salon Recognition Programs at the city and county level, on September 24, Governor Jerry Brown signed California Assembly Bill 2125, requiring the California Department of Toxic Substances Control to create guidelines for local governments to voluntarily implement Healthy Nail Salon Recognition programs.

    "The Roy Award selection committee was especially impressed with the program's commitment to empowering salon workers to proactively take steps to improve their health and safety and reduce chemical exposure in their workplaces and communities," said Henry Lee, director of the Environment and Natural Resources program at Harvard Kennedy School's Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, which coordinates the award. "We believe that this partnership demonstrates the impact of a highly-local, targeted approach in addressing environmental health and justice – and one that can be replicated around the globe." The partnership was selected from a number of highly qualified projects the world that tackle tough environmental problems ranging from eliminating lead in gasoline to lessening the environmental impacts of textile manufacturing to harnessing big data to protect forests. Experts world-wide reviewed the nominated projects with the following criteria: innovation, effectiveness, significance, and transferability.

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    "It is a great honor that our diverse partnership of non-profit and governmental partners, who have come together to address what has been an overlooked environmental justice issue in our nation, are being recognized for their cross-sector collaborative efforts," said Julia Liou, Planning and Development Director at Asian Health Services and Co-Founder of the California Healthy Nail Salon Collaborative.

    The purpose of the Roy Family Award for Environmental Partnership is to draw attention to an exceptional partnership and its achievements while inspiring others to replicate or expand upon its success. "We are delighted to receive this award along with the Healthy Nail Salon Collaborative," said Debbie Raphael, director of the San Francisco Department of the Environment. "It acknowledges fruitful collaboration among government, NGOs and small business to make work environments healthier. Despite these gains, federal law regarding cosmetics is woefully weak and we call on Congress to strengthen FDA's ability to regulate personal care products and professional salon products."


    Belfer Center Coverage

    Watch a panel held at the Harvard Kennedy School, "Toxic Beauty: Environmental Justice and Workers' Rights," discuss the California Healthy Nail Salon Collaborative


    External Coverage

    Coverage in the Harvard Crimson

    National coverage by CBS News

    Local coverage in the East Bay Times

  • 2013: Dow-TNC Collaboration

    The Dow-TNC Collaboration is an innovative partnership between The Dow Chemical Company and The Nature Conservancy to research the value of ecosystem services. Established in 2011, the five-year project combines the expertise of Dow, one of the world’s largest chemical manufacturers, and TNC, the foremost global land and water conservation organization, to develop tools and models that incorporate the value of resources provided by nature into business decisions.

    Ecosystems provide valuable services for communities and companies. Measuring the value of water, land, air, oceans, plants, and animals to a company or community is difficult, and as a result, business decisions are often made without taking natural assets into account. The Dow-TNC collaboration takes a science-based, measurable approach to help companies understand how to incorporate the value of nature into the business decision process. The ecosystem services framework has long been hailed by academics as a viable mechanism for valuing nature, but has not been practically applied – until now.

    In January 2011, Dow and TNC launched their 5-year collaboration to promote valuing ecosystem services in business decision-making. Since the launch, Dow and TNC have worked together to identify key ecosystem services that Dow relies upon as well as the environmental impacts of priority Dow manufacturing sites around the world. Scientists from TNC and Dow are working together at selected Dow pilot sites to implement and refine models that support corporate decision-making by taking into consideration the value and resources that ecosystem services provide. These sites serve as “living laboratories” where Dow and TNC are testing methods and models of ecosystem valuation so they can be used to inform more sustainable business decisions at Dow and influence the decision-making and business practices of other companies globally.

    The collaboration recently completed its first pilot at Dow’s facility in Freeport, Texas, the company’s largest manufacturing facility; and is currently in the midst of the second pilot in Santa Vitoria, Brazil. A major goal of this collaboration is to produce results and findings that are replicable and transferable to Dow’s other 135 sites. In addition, most of the methodologies, tools and results will be shared publicly with the hope that other companies, non-governmental organizations and governments can make use of them as well.

    “Valuing natural services is a critical step in protecting our environment – and one that should be replicated around the globe,” said Henry Lee, director of the Environment and Natural Resources program at Harvard Kennedy School’s Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, in announcing the 2013 award winner.

    Neil Hawkins, vice president of Global EH&S and Sustainability at Dow, said “This award is recognition not only of this unique collaboration, but truly a win for sustainable business. We hope to incorporate the value of nature into decision-making – not only at Dow but also across the broader business community, inspiring others to invest in nature as well.”

    “Our collaboration shows how companies and public-interest organizations can work together to make economic growth a force for conservation," said Glenn Prickett, chief external affairs officer for The Nature Conservancy.  “By studying the value of nature and incorporating it in business decisions, the private sector can become a powerful agent not only for economic development, but for conserving the healthy lands and waters on which our economy depends.”


    Belfer Center Coverage

    Watch the panel video on the Belfer Center's YouTube channel

    Dow Chemical Company and Nature Conservancy Win 2013 Roy Family Award for Environmental Partnership


    External Coverage

    Putting a Price on Nature, Harvard Gazette

    Dow Chemical-Nature Conservancy Collaboration Honored, e! Science News

    The Economics of Ecosystems, Sense and Sustainability blog

  • 2011: Refrigerants, Naturally!

    In 2011, ENRP awarded the Roy Family Award to Refrigerants, Naturally!, a  unique global initiative of companies committed to combating climate change and ozone layer depletion by substituting harmful fluorinated gases ("F-gases", such as CFCs, HCFCs and HFCs) with natural refrigerants.

    Since Refrigerants, Naturally! received the Roy Family Award for Environmental Partnership in 2011, the partners have continued their efforts to provide HFC-free cooling equipment in Europe, the US, and around the world. Unilever, for example, has rolled out more than one million HFC-free ice cream cabinets. Coca Cola remains committed to their goal of going HFC-free in all new equipment by 2015 and at the London Olympics already every single one of Coca Cola’s 3,130 vending and cooling units are HFC-free, most of them using CO2 technology.

    In February 2012, the US Environmental Protection Agency finally included hydrocarbon refrigerants such as propane and isobutane in their list of substitutes for ozone-depleting substances in household refrigerators and freezers – a decision Refrigerants, Naturally! had long been hoping and advocating for. Hydrocarbon refrigerants have zero ozone depletion potential (ODP) and very low global warming potential (GWP) compared to other refrigerants.

    Partner companies are Unilever, McDonald’s, The Coca Cola Company, Pepsico, and Red Bull, which joined in 2011. UNEP and Greenpeace are supporting partners. Several companies have expressed interest in committing to an HFC-free future and participating in the partnership. The members are optimistic that their number will continue to grow.

    In November 2010, the Board of the Consumer Goods Forum has agreed on a resolution and action plan to mobilize resources within their respective  businesses to begin phasing out HFC refrigerants by 2015, and replace them with non-HFC refrigerants (natural refrigerant alternatives) where these are legally allowed and available for new purchases of point-of-sale units and large refrigeration installations. Since then, the CGF Member companies have made steady progress. To help deliver continued momentum in fulfilment of the Board Refrigeration resolution, the 2nd CGF Sustainable Refrigeration Summit was held in Atlanta on September 28th 2011. At the Summit were 110 attendees, representing equipment suppliers, retailers, other CPG companies, customers, and NGO partners. A total of 45 companies representing geographical diversity (Asia, North America, Europe, and Latin America) were in attendance. At this summit, they identified common challenges to implementing this commitment and discussed ways to overcome these challenges. Read more about the project at the Refrigerants, Naturally! website

    Individuals in photo from left to right: Else Krueck (Director Environment & CSR, McDonald's Europe), Bernard Morauw (Senior Director of Worldwide Equipment, McDonald’s), Emad Jafa (Pepsico), Bob Langert (Vice President for Corporate Social Responsibility, McDonald’s), Professor Henry Lee (HKS), Antoine Azar (Global Program Manager, The Coca Cola Company), Amy Larkin (Director, Greenpeace Solutions), Rajendra Shende (Head of OzonAction, United Nations Environment Programme), David Lustig (Vice President for Global External Affairs, Unilever), Bryan Jacob (Director of Energy Management & Climate Protection, The Coca Cola Company), Jeff Seabright (Vice President for Environment and Water Resources, The Coca-Cola Company), Ellen Roy Hertzfelder (Representative of the Roy family)

    Individuals in photo from left to right: Professor Henry Lee (HKS), Amy Larkin (Director, Greenpeace Solutions), David Lustig (Vice President for External Affairs, Unilever), Jeff Seabright (The Coca-Cola Company), Rajendra Shende (United Nations Environment Programme), Ellen Roy Hertzfelder (Representative of the Roy family)


    Belfer Center Coverage


    External Coverage

  • 2009: Mexico City Metrobus

    In 2009, the Roy Family Award was given to the Mexico City Metrobus, a Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) system that reduces air pollution and greenhouse gas emissions, while improving the quality of life and transportation options in one of the largest cities in the world. The Metrobus system is a result of a partnership launched by EMBARQ - The World Resources Institute Center for Sustainable Transport - with assistance from CEIBA (a Mexican NGO) and the Mexico City government and with funding and support from the Shell Foundation, Caterpillar Foundation, Hewlett Foundation, and the World Bank. Through this collaboration, EMBARQ, CEIBA and Mexico City established the Center for Sustainable Transport in Mexico, now known as EMBARQ Mexico, the not-for-profit organization that has provided ongoing technical assistance to the Metrobus system from its inception through its expansion.

    The Metrobus system has expanded rapidly in recent years, from 20 kilometers in 2005 to 95 kilometers in 2012. In April 2012, the system expanded even further: it opened Line 4, which runs through the historic downtown neighborhood of the city and extends to the airport. As of 2012, the Metrobus system served 760,000 passengers per day.

    Read more at the Metrobus website

    Individuals in photo from left to right: Professor Henry Lee (HKS), Alexis Mariani (Sr. Climate Change Specialist, Global Environment Facility), Ellen Roy Hertzfelder (Representative of the Roy family), Nancy Kete (Director, EMBARQ – The World Resources Institute Center for Sustainable Transportation), Adriana Lobo (Executive Director, Center for Sustainable Transport in Mexico), Chris West (Director, Shell Foundation), Dean David Ellwood (HKS), Marcelo Ebrard (Mayor of Mexico City), Alejandro Villegas (Program Officer, Hewlett Foundation), Guillermo Calderon (Director General for the Metrobus)

    Individuals in photo from left to right: Marcelo Ebrard (Mayor of Mexico City), Dean David Ellwood (HKS)


    Belfer Center Coverage


    External Coverage

    Articles in Spanish

  • 2007: Hybrid Systems for Rural Electrification in Africa

    In 2007, ENRP awarded the Roy Family Award to the Hybrid Systems for Rural Electrification in Africa (HSREA), a collaboration among Energiebau Solarstromsysteme, a German solartechnology provider; InWEnt- Capacity Building International, Germany, a non-profit organization with expertise in human resources development, and their African colleagues at Kakute Limited, a technology training company in Tanzania; RENERG Ghana; and the Vincentian Sisters in Mbinga, Tanzania. The HSREA Project provides reliable, renewable electricity to rural African villages through a system of solar panel technology combined with modified diesel motors running on pure plant oil from the plentiful jatropha nut.

    After being awarded with the Roy Family Award 2007, the project team composed of InWEnt – Capacity Building International, Germany (now: GIZ - Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit GmbH) and Energiebau Solarstromsysteme, Cologne/Germany together with its main partner Kakute Ltd. Arusha/Tanzania intensified the capacity building activities in Ghana, Mali, and Tanzania.

    It implemented training courses in Ghana, Mali, and Tanzania to enhance the local capacities for optimized jatropha cultivation. As part of the regional outreach, a special training in Tanzania was also offered for experts from Ethiopia. Besides this, two motor trainings for multi-fuel generators were carried out in Cologne/Germany to ensure proper operation of the installed hybrid-systems.

    In order to underpin the relevance of jatropha in general and specially of hybrid-systems combining photovoltaic systems with refitted generators running on straight vegetable oil from the jatropha nuts, a regional “Dialogue Forum on Biofuels for Poverty Alleviation” was carried out in December 2008 in cooperation with UNEP-DTIE and FAO, bringing together representatives from the relevant ministries for rural and social development, research institutes and NGOs from Cameroon, Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Mali, Mozambique, Ruanda, Tanzania, Uganda, and Zimbabwe. The reason for focusing poverty alleviation on the political level was that more and more African countries were confronted with an international hype caused by the search for alternatives to fossil fuels. They experienced increasing pressure to convert arable land into plantations for export-oriented production of oil seeds – among others jatropha – without having defined their own biofuel policies. The forum therefore came up with recommendations on how to shape such policies.

    Under such circumstances, the approach to use straight vegetable jatropha oil for fueling off-grid power systems in rural areas is still innovative but has also to compete with diesel generators that are cheaper in the short run than hybrid-systems, but are inefficient and extend the dependence on fossil fuels.

    A promising program is now developed in Zimbabwe using the HSREA approach and its network: The NGO Environment Africa is engaged in a project working on three pillars: policy development, research and, community development. The aim of the last is to assist community groups in setting up small businesses on processing of the seed for production of oil for soap making and energy. This also involves setting up a hybrid system. Two oil milling plants in Mudzi and Mutoko districts have been developed yet. The installation of the hybrid-system is scheduled for next year.

    Read More: Role of Hybrid-Systems in Rural Electrification – Experiences from pilot projects in Africa

    Individuals in photo from left to right – Back Row: Marko Schmitt (Projects Worldwide, Energiebau), Bernd Wolff (Project Manager, Energiebau), Michael Funcke-Bartz (Senior Project Manager, InWent, Achim Steiner (Executive Director, United Nations Environment Programme), Bernd Schleich (Managing Director, InWent)

    Front Row: Livinus Manyanga (Director, Kakute, Ltd. Tanzania), Sister Kaja Peric (Vincentian Sisters from Mbinga, Tanzania), Richard Aburgi (RENERG Ghana)

     

    Individuals in photo from left to right - Back Row: Richard Aburgi (RENERG Ghana), Michael Funcke-Bartz (Senior Project Manager, InWent), Sister Kaja Peric (Vincentian Sisters from Mbinga, Tanzania), Michael Schäfer (Managing Director, Energiebau), Livinus Manyanga (Director, Kakute, Ltd. Tanzania), Bernd Schleich (Managing Director, InWent), Professor Henry Lee (HKS)

    Front Row: Ellen Roy Hertzfelder (Representative of the Roy family), Bernd Wolff (Project Manager, Energiebau), Dean David Ellwood (HKS)


    Belfer Center Coverage


    External Coverage

  • 2005: FedEx-Environmental Defense Future Vehicle Project

    In 2005, ENRP awarded the Roy Family Award to the FedEx-Environmental Defense Future Vehicle Project, in which FedEx committed to make the hybrid truck its standard replacement vehicle for its fleet of 30,000 medium duty delivery trucks if emissions, performance, and cost goals were met.  While the economics of the hybrid truck and more viable alternative options such as smaller trucks meant that FedEx did not replace all of its trucks with hybrids, as of 2012 it had 330 hybrid-electric delivery vehicles and a total of 1,869 alternative-fuel vehicles in its fleet.  The project was a catalyst for bringing hybrids to the truck marketplace.

    Individuals in photo from left to right: James Sweetnam (Senior Vice President, Eaton Corporation), David Bronczek (President and CEO, FedEx Express), Ellen Roy Hertzfelder (Representative of the Roy family), Fred Krupp (President, Environmental Defense Fund), Professor Stephen Walt (HKS), Professor Henry Lee (HKS)

    Individuals in photo from left to right: Professor Stephen Walt (HKS), David Bronczek (President and CEO, FedEx Express), Fred Krupp (President, Environmental Defense Fund), James Sweetnam (Senior Vice President, Eaton Corporation)


    Belfer Center Coverage


    External Coverage

  • 2003: Noel Kempff Climate Action Project

    Located in the northeast of Bolivia, the Noel Kempff Climate Action Project (NK-CAP) preserves the rich and biologically diverse ecosystems of Noel Kempff Mercado National Park. The Noel Kempff Mercado National Park is located in one of the few areas in South America where several different ecosystems converge: the evergreen forest of the highlands, the cerrado’s savannas, the savanna’s wetlands, and the forest’s wetlands.  In 1997, when 832,000 hectares of tropical forest adjacent to the park were threatened with timber harvesting and deforestation, The Nature Conservancy (TNC) and Bolivian conservation organization Fundación Amigos de la Naturaleza (FAN) created the NK-CAP. Together with the Bolivian government and three energy companies, the partners terminated the logging rights and the land was incorporated into the national park. Then the project partners launched a rigorous scientific program to measure the carbon stored in the project area and the carbon emissions avoided by the project.

    In its 15 year existence, the Noel Kempff Climate Action Project has achieved the following results:

    • It considerably expanded biodiversity protection in Bolivia.
    • It preserved a rich and biologically diverse forest ecosystem.
    • It was included in the UNESCO’s list of World Heritage Sites.
    • It avoided 1,034,107 tons CO2 emissions, which would have been caused by logging and deforestation between 1997 and 2005.
    • It guaranteed the long-term projection of Noel Kempff Mercado National Park.
    • It contributed substantially to the empowerment of the indigenous communities in Bajo Paraguá and to community development, in particular.
    • It supported indigenous communities to achieve legal status as "Communities of Native Peoples" and to apply for official recognition of their land title.
    • It provided alternative, environmentally sustainable economic opportunities for the local population.

    In November 2005, an internationally accredited certifier evaluated and certified the Noel Kempff Climate Action Project design and its emissions reductions. It was the first forest emissions reductions project to be fully certified using rigorous standards based on those used in the Clean Development Mechanism. The Noel Kempff project provided an excellent working example of how carbon sequestered in the living biomass of forests, and emissions reductions achieved through forest conservation, can be scientifically quantified, monitored and certified, and also generate benefits for biodiversity and local communities.

    Due to the current position of the Plurinational State of Bolivia, which is opposed to carbon markets, the project is analyzing opportunities and scenarios to adjust to the Bolivian policies regarding the climate change regime, and to continue generating benefits to biodiversity conservation and local communities in the Noel Kempff Mercado National Park.


    Belfer Center Coverage


    External Coverage

ENRP offers several funding opportunities for Harvard Kennedy School (HKS) and Harvard College students. Incoming HKS students can apply for the Roy Family Fellowship, a two-year scholarship for MPP or MPA students. Harvard and HKS Ph.D. candidates can apply for a year of support through the Joseph Crump Fellowship. Returning HKS and Harvard College students are eligible for funding through the Roy Family Summer Environmental Internship program.


 

Roy Family Fellowship

This fellowship is open to all two-year degree program candidates in the Master in Public Policy, Master in Public Administration, and Master in Public Administration/International Development programs. It provides full tuition for two years through the generous support of the Roy Family Student Support Fund. This fellowship is not open to joint or concurrent degree candidates.

To be eligible, applicants must have demonstrated an interest in environmental and energy issues, either through public or private sector work experience or through related entrepreneurial experience as an undergraduate. Successful applicants will also make a strong case that they intend to focus their studies at the HKS on environment or energy issues. Preference will be given to candidates with a demonstrated interest in public-private partnerships and market-oriented solutions to realize environmental or energy goals. The Roy Family Fellow will consult with Environment and Natural Resources Program faculty to assure that his or her curriculum choices will advance his or her understanding of and ability to contribute to environmental policy.

Fellows will be selected based on outstanding merit, from applicants who meet all relevant admissions criteria for the Harvard Kennedy School. Both domestic and international students are eligible to apply. Two-year HKS degree program students will receive funding for both academic years, so long as the recipients remain in good academic standing and enroll in a program of courses relevant to environment and energy issues.

Instructions on how to apply for the fellowship can be found on the HKS Student Financial Services Office website.

Crump Fellowship

ENRP offers the annual Joseph Crump Fellowship in conjunction with the Center for Business and Government to support a Harvard PhD candidate conducting research on the environment, natural resource management, or the intersection between energy and the environment. Preference is given to Kennedy School students.

The Joseph Crump fellow is expected to be involved with one or more ongoing research projects within the sponsoring centers and to write at least one publishable paper in the area of energy, environment, or natural resource policy.

Former Crump fellows completed work on topics such as "Technological Diffusion in China's Iron and Steel Industry" (Karen Fisher-Vanden '98); "Institutional Change in the Electricity Industry: A Comparison of Four Latin American Cases" (Carlos Ruffin, '00); and "Thirsty Colonias: Determinants of Water Service Coverage in South Texas" (Sheila Cavanagh, '02).

For information, visit the Crump Fellowship website.

Vicki Norberg-Bohm Fellowship

The Vicki Norberg-Bohm Fellowship, made by the Science Technology and Public Policy Program and the Environment and Natural Resources Program at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government, supports Kennedy School of Government PhD candidates conducting early exploratory research on energy or environmental issues. The fellowship is designed to enable doctoral students to expose themselves to a wide range of researchers and research approaches early in their training before they make their ultimate choice of a dissertation topic. The $7,000 award can be used for a variety of activities such as conducting field work, providing support for an internship, or learning a foreign language in a host country. The award is a tribute to the late Dr. Vicki Norberg-Bohm whose work focused on understanding the process of technological change and the role of public policy for stimulating innovation and diffusion of environment-enhancing technologies.

For information, visit the SSP website.

Roy Family Summer Internship Funding (HKS Students)

**Summer Funding Common Application Now OPEN**

ENRP offers funding for innovative summer projects that ordinarily would not offer a salary. The Roy Family Summer Environmental Internship allows returning students to craft their own internship for a public, private, or non-profit organization abroad or in the United States.

Award recipients will be chosen based on the merit of their projects. To craft the most valuable, well-developed project proposal, you must begin work now, contacting potential sponsors and developing your idea. The application deadline is March 27, 2017 (see details below).

Each Roy Family Summer Internship provides $6,500 salary for the summer, and up to $1,300 travel funds for transportation to and from a project country.

Roy Family Summer Environmental Internship

Application Details

Who is eligible?

Any Kennedy School student who has completed two semesters of course work and is returning to the Kennedy School for the coming fall semester. (You must be a returning student to apply. Not open to May 2017 graduates).

What type of work will be supported?

The work must focus on a topic that relates to energy, environment, or natural resources, and it must be conducted under the direct auspices of a public, private or non-profit organization either in another country or the United States. The work can involve research, or implementing or managing programs or projects. The work does not have to be with an environmental or energy organization per se, nor does it have to focus exclusively on environment or energy topics. For example, a project with a local planning board that involves working on topics that have an environmental component would be eligible. Candidates must negotiate their project or responsibilities with an eligible organization, which must agree in writing to employ the candidate for a minimum of ten weeks between the end of the spring semester and the beginning of the fall semester. The work conducted under this internship should be of direct benefit to the selected organization and the work should further the student's education. It is the student's responsibility to identify their potential employers and negotiate the arrangement.

What are the employing organization's responsibilities?

The organization must agree to provide the student with supervision and direction. The organization must provide workspace, telephone and photocopying resources, and, if relevant, travel expenses other than the initial travel to and from the project site.

When must the internship take place?

The student must work a minimum of ten weeks between the end of the spring semester and the beginning of the fall semester. How the student schedules the time is up to the student and the employer.

How will the students be selected?

Students should submit an application that contains:

  1. A description of the organization and the proposed project.
  2. A one-page letter summarizing why this opportunity will benefit both you and the organization.
  3. A letter from the employing organization agreeing to the arrangement and the responsibilities outlined above.
  4. A recommendation letter from a member of the Kennedy School faculty.
  5. A copy of your resume.

A committee of HKS faculty and environmental leaders will review the applications and determine the awards. The committee will weigh the merits of the proposed project, the qualifications of the applicant, and the employing organization's ability to pay. Some preference will be given to internship offers from organizations that would be otherwise unable to pay for a masters-level intern.

Applications must be received by March 27, 2017 via the HKS Student Funding Common Application 

Any questions should be addressed to Amanda Sardonis

Good Luck!

Roy Family Summer Internship Funding (Harvard College Students)

ENRP offers funding for innovative summer internships that ordinarily would not offer a salary. The Roy Family Summer Environmental Internships allows returning Harvard College students to craft their own internship for a public, private, or non-profit organization abroad or in the United States.

Award recipients will be chosen based on the merit of their projects. The application deadline is March 27, 2017 (see details below.)

Each Roy Family Summer Internship provides $4,000 salary for the summer, and up to $1,300 travel funds for transportation to and from a project country.

Roy Family Summer Environmental Internship for Undergraduates

Application Details

Who is eligible?

Any Harvard College student who has completed two semesters of course work and is returning to the college for the coming fall semester. (You must be a returning student to apply. Not open to May 2017 graduates.)

What type of work will be supported?

The work must focus on a topic that relates to energy, environment, or natural resources, and it must be conducted under the direct auspices of a public, private or non-profit organization either in another country or the United States. The work can involve research, or implementing or managing programs or projects. The work does not have to be with an environmental or energy organization per se, nor does it have to focus exclusively on environment or energy topics. For example, a project with a local planning board that involves working on topics that have an environmental component would be eligible. Candidates must negotiate their project or responsibilities with an eligible organization, which must agree in writing to employ the candidate for a minimum of ten weeks between the end of the spring semester and the beginning of the fall semester. The work conducted under this internship should be of direct benefit to the selected organization and the work should further the student's education. It is the student's responsibility to identify their potential employers and negotiate the arrangement.

What are the employing organization's responsibilities?

The organization must agree to provide the student with supervision and direction. The organization must provide workspace and office resources, and, if relevant, travel expenses other than the initial travel to and from the project site.

When must the internship take place?

The student must work a minimum of ten weeks between the end of the spring semester and the beginning of the fall semester. How the student schedules the time is up to the student and the employer.

How will the students be selected?

Students should submit a written application that contains:

  1. A short description of the organization and the proposed project.
  2. A one-page letter summarizing why this opportunity will benefit both you and the organization.
  3. A letter from the employing organization agreeing to the arrangement and the responsibilities outlined above.
  4. A recommendation letter from a member of Harvard University.
  5. Your resume.

A committee of faculty and staff will review the applications and select the recipients. The committee will weigh the merits of the proposed project, the qualifications of the applicant, and the employing organization's ability to pay. Preference will be given to internship offers from organizations that would be otherwise unable to pay an intern.

Applications must be emailed to ENRP@hks.harvard.edu and received by March 27, 2017.

Any questions should be addressed to Amanda Sardonis

Good Luck!

Arctic Innovators

The Arctic Innovators study group is a part of the Arctic Initiative at the Harvard Kennedy School’s Environment and Natural Resources Program and Science, Technology, and Public Policy Program. Its goal is to engage more young people in dialogue around sustainable solutions in the fast-changing Arctic region – changes that have implications for environmental, social, and economic systems in the region and around the globe.

A delegation of Harvard Kennedy School students will serve as “Arctic Innovators” this fall. Students will have a unique opportunity to learn from experts on Arctic issues and participate in the Arctic Innovation Lab at the Arctic Circle Assembly in Iceland - the world’s largest gathering on Arctic affairs.

You can apply to become one of the Arctic Innovators by clicking **here**. Application deadline is Wednesday, September 6th.

Why should I participate?

The Arctic is warming rapidly – opening up the ocean around the North Pole, shortening shipping routes between Asia and Europe, and creating access to the region’s immense oil, gas, and mineral resources. Climate change is disrupting fisheries and subsistence hunting, threatening infrastructure as permafrost melts and storm surges increase, and endangering native communities and indigenous cultures. The impacts of the changes in the Arctic – diminished sea ice, melting land ice, and increased carbon dioxide and methane emissions - will affect the rest of the planet.

These dramatic changes need global leaders with multiple skillsets and interest to help address them. Thus, whether you have a background in international trade, environment, climate change, energy policy, natural resources management, human rights, or issues of peace and security, the changes in the Arctic need your creative solutions and leadership.

Program - Fall 2017

Arctic Innovators must participate in five sessions dedicated to different issues ranging from climate change to security, including a leadership trip to Iceland. (Travel costs will be largely covered by the Arctic Initiative.) Students will propose and develop an idea that can benefit the future Arctic.

The Arctic Innovators study group is led by Halla Hrund Logadóttir, founder of the Arctic Innovation Lab and a research fellow at the Environment and Natural Resources Program. For further information, please contact Halla

“Being a part of the Arctic group in 2016 and traveling to Iceland broadened my perspective on the dynamic region and deepened my understanding of the critical connections between Arctic countries and the rest of the world. We met with key leaders and experts and explored incredible scenery. The trip was a highlight of my HKS experience.” – Shira Miller, MC/MPA 2016.

2016 HKS Arctic Assembly delegation