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About the ESE Institute


Our mission is to foster interdisciplinary research, education, and community engagement to promote understanding of the environment and the development of creative and effective solutions to environmental and sustainability issues. The ESE integrates perspectives and methods from the natural sciences, social sciences, humanities, technology, and engineering. Our B.A./B.S. degree program is unique in Illinois in its breadth of learning and engagement opportunities for its students and will provide the region and the nation with graduates prepared to take on the diverse suite of important challenges that exist in environmental quality, energy and sustainability. Our graduates will provide needed expertise to industry, government, NGOs, and academic research.

The Institute is a collaborative program with faculty from the College of Liberal Arts & Science, College of Engineering & Engineering Technology and the College of Law. Other Colleges at NIU are joining the collaborative efforts, such as the School of Art and the College of Health & Human Sciences, through team-taught courses and research programs.

We hope that our website provides you with useful information about the ESE Institute and the academic program. If you would like more information or have any questions regarding the program, please contact:

Melissa Lenczewski, Ph.D.

Contact Us

Institute for the Study of the Environment, Sustainability, and Energy/ENVS
325 Montgomery Hall
Northern Illinois University
DeKalb, IL 60115