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About STEP

Princeton University's Program in Science, Technology and Environmental Policy (STEP) is based in the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs with strong ties to the Princeton Environmental Institute. The program offers a certificate for students enrolled in the Woodrow Wilson School's M.P.A. or M.P.P programs and studies leading to a Ph.D. Many aspects of science and technology policy debates have been tackled with the tools of political and economic analysis that are the traditional strong suits of the Woodrow Wilson School. In addition to providing a systematic introduction to the field of policy analysis, the goal of the STEP program is to develop a deeper understanding of current scientific, technological, and environmental issues and potential local, national and international policy responses.  We provide inter-disciplinary training that facilitates communication between technical experts and policy makers. 

Increasing numbers of students in the School generally, and in the STEP program in particular, have a primary interest in environmental science and technology policy, including global climate change, air pollution, negotiated environmental accords, biodiversity, environmental economics, environmental justice, and the connection between the environment and development. Research in these areas and others such as biotechnology and nuclear-weapons policy is facilitated by the Program's ties with the Princeton Environmental Institute, the Departments of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Molecular Biology, and Geosciences, the Geophysical Fluid Dynamics Laboratory, the Program on Science & Global Security, and the Office of Population Research.

Upcoming Events

September 30th, 2013 - Chris Little , "Developing Local Projections of 21st Century Sea Level: A New York City Case Study."

October 7th, 2013 - Nadine Unger, " Clean the Air, Heat the Planet?"

October 14-16th, 2013 - James Hansen -  Public lectures and meetings with students and faculty

October 21st, 2013 -Eric Davidson ,  "Solutions for a A Nitrogen-Soaked World "





Oppenheimer recieves the 2010 Heinz award (press release)

Dual Focus on the environment: Mauzerall connects Climate change, pollution in search for solutions (link)

Wilcove sees degraded lands worth protecting: the biological importance of Southeast Asia's repeatedly logged forrests. (link)

Mauzerall and Kopp evaluate the complex effects that soot has on  global climate. (link)

Oppenheimer responds on the 7:30 Report to the exaggerated claim that the Himalayan  glaciers will melt
7:30 Report video

Oppenheimer discusses the psychology of global warming with ABC News
Oppenheimer in the news

No Way Home - David Wilcove's new book contributes to climate and conservation debates.
Reviews: Science, Bioscience, Washington Post

Searchinger's work has far reaching implications
Time article, "The Clean Energy Scam"