The Environmental Sciences Initiative (ESI) is a new research center based at the CUNY Advanced Science Research Center with affiliated members from across CUNY’s twenty-four campuses (and beyond). Our aim is to provide cutting-edge analytical tools to better understand environmental challenges and craft innovative solutions to emerging environmental problems.


Harrison, I.J., P.A. Green, T.A. Farrell, D. Juffe-Bignoli, L. Sáenz, and C.J. Vörösmarty (2016). Protected areas and freshwater provisioning: A global assessment of freshwater provision, threats and management strategies to support human water security. Aquatic Conservation: Marine and Freshwater Ecosystems 26(Suppl. 1):103-120. DOI:10.1002/aqc.2652.

Larson, K.L., K.C. Nelson, S.R. Samples, S.J. Hall, N. Bettez, J. Cavender-Bares, P.M. Groffman, J.M. Grove, J.B. Heffernan, S.E. Hobbie, J. Learned, J.L. Morse, C. Neill, L.A. Ogden, J. O’Neil-Dunne, D.E. Pataki, C. Polsky, R. Roy Chowdhury, M. Steele, and T.L.E. Trammell (2016). Ecosystem services in managing residential landscapes: Priorities, value dimensions, and cross-regional patterns. Urban Ecosystems 19:95-113. DOI:10.1007/s11252-015-0477-1.

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Across the CUNY campuses, faculty and researchers are engaged in a number of different areas of environmental research. The Environmental Sciences Initiative is designed to provide an open and highly interactive setting for researchers to engage in innovative and cutting-edge work. Click here to find out more.