Fletcher’s Center for International Environment and Resource Policy (CIERP) just celebrated a birthday — its 20th! To mark this milestone in the history of environment study at the School, CIERP compiled a list of some of the highlights of its work, which I’m featuring today. Also of note: The Center has a new director. Prof. Kelly Sims Gallagher, a Fletcher alum and current member of the faculty, will lead CIERP as it enters its second 20 years.
CIERP by the Numbers
- CIERP faculty members have published research results in more than 70 refereed journal articles, six books, 62 book chapters, and 70 research reports, conference papers, and other articles.
- Since its inception, CIERP has raised more than $4.6 million in grant funding.
- In 2012, five of Fletcher’s 17 graduating PhDs were IERP students.
- Since 2002, CIERP has funded more than 65 external summer internships and provided $500,000 in tuition and living stipend support to IERP students.
- Since 1992, CIERP has hired more than 300 research assistants and 60 teaching assistants.
- Since 2009, CIERP has hosted four pre-doctoral fellows and eight post-doctoral research scholars — the first ever post-doctoral research fellows at Fletcher.
- Since 2009, CIERP professors have tallied more than 90 media appearances, including interviews and numerous quotations in sources such as Bloomberg, WGBH, USA Today, PRI “The World,” and The Boston Globe, among others.
- In the last year, CIERP has hosted 32 workshops, seminars and conferences on campus.
- Prof. William Moomaw has worked on eight different Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change reports, for which he, along with thousands of other climate scientists around the world, was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 2007.
- Prof. Kelly Sims Gallagher has been a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences’ study group on the Alternative Energy Future, a lead author of the Global Energy Assessment, and was appointed to a panel of the President’s Council of Advisors on Science & Technology (PCAST) to make recommendations about U.S. energy innovation.
- Prof. Moomaw and former CIERP Professor Adil Najam, along with students, published “Designing a Forest Financing Mechanism: A Call for Bold, Collaborative & Innovative Thinking” in June 2008, which led to the adoption of a “Portfolio Approach” in the recently negotiated international forest agreement.
- Prof. Moomaw, with colleagues at Purdue University, developed improved means for identifying intervention points for reducing the adverse impacts of reactive nitrogen, which has led the U.S. EPA to reexamine its regulations on nitrogen.
- Prof. Moomaw co-facilitated an off-the-record dialogue to help move forward the negotiations leading up to COP-3 in Kyoto, Japan. The resulting Summary report became the basis for the actual Kyoto negotiations outcome (“A Report of the Schlangenbad Workshop on Climate Change,” Oct. 1997).