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AN INSTITUTE TO SAFEGUARD OUR FUTURE. Tulane University is at the epicenter of a threatened environment defined by a legacy of historical degradation, catastrophic disasters, and growing risk. As an urban university embedded within a coastal landscape sustained by globally relevant culture and rich natural resources, Tulane is uniquely positioned to address many of the grand challenges of the 21st century through interdisciplinary scholarship. 

MISSION. The Institute aims to execute internationally recognized research, education and service programs on the environment, energy, and resilience that enrich complementary programs across the university.

Through funding from endowments, intramural revenue, competitive grants, and philanthropy:

The Institute aims to engender a legacy of engaged, interdisciplinary scholarship through timely investments in innovative research that can be sustained by a lasting surge in competitive extramural resources for research, education and outreach focusing on the Gulf Coast region.

The Institute aims to build cohesive programmatic depth by guiding and supporting new faculty hires. With some hires jointly appointed with partner institutions, new faculty will strengthen core capacity in hydrology, natural systems engineering, environmental economics, energy development, fisheries, and coastal processes. Interdisciplinary programmatic strength will be bolstered through cross-appointments of current or new faculty associates. Critical mass will be achieved through engagement of faculty affiliates.

The Institute aims to execute an inaugural portfolio of interdisciplinary research, spanning several core projects that are serving as anchors for further growth and development, including: the Riverfront Initiative, A Studio in the Woods, the New Orleans CNH Program, the Faculty Fellowship & Scholarly Residency Program, and the Mississippi River Observatory. 

The Institute aims to support a larger portfolio in energy and resilience by establishing the Center for Energy Sustainability and Center for Resilience Innovation.

The Institute aims to guide and support the development of new coordinated degree programs including a coordinated non-thesis MS degree program in Environmental Management (MEM), building on the undergraduate program in Environmental Studies and other degree programs.