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Program Updates

Information Sessions

GW's Columbian College of Arts and Sciences (CCAS) is hosting several online information sessions throughout the fall, which cover financial aid, admissions requirements and any other questions you may have.

Faculty News

After checking in with our faculty members during the fall 2014 semester, we've added some information about their current research projects and work to the "Our Faculty" page. See what they're up to.

ENRP Bucket List for D.C.

ENRP provides plenty of opportunities for students to take advantage of Washington, D.C. outside of the classroom, so check out our list of favorite things to do.

Framework for Environmental Analysis

Dr. Peter Linquiti, Director of ENRP, wrote a white paper on the process of interdisciplinary environmental policy analysis. He argues that successfully addressing an environmental challenge requires a panoptic perspective.

Partnership Increases GW's Investment in Solar Energy

In June 2014, GW, American University, and the GW Hospital announced the Capital Partners Solar Project, a partnership with Duke Energy that will connect 52 megawatts of solar power from North Carolina to D.C.

GW Earns Gold Ranking for Sustainability Performance

In its first submission to the Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System (STARS)™, GW received a Gold rating for its sustainability performance.

Need Help Finding a DC Internship?

We compiled a list of organizations in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area that work in the environmental policy arena to help you find an internship – ENRP list of DC environmental organizations.

The Environmental Resource Policy (ENRP) Program at GW offers a multidisciplinary approach to environmental and sustainability studies. The Master of Arts program prepares students to enter environmental policy careers in government, non-profit organizations, the private sector, and environmental advocacy groups. If you are interested in environmental policy, there are five reasons why you might want to take a closer look at GW's ENRP Program.


About the Program

DCENRP is based in Washington, D.C., near Executive Agencies, Congress & the Supreme Court, the World Bank, numerous think tanks, advocacy groups across the ideological spectrum, and non-profit service organizations focused on a wide array of issues & clients.  Attend lectures, policy events, Congressional hearings, or Supreme Court cases on a host of environmental topics.  Explore alternative environmental careers through internships and build a professional network to support your career growth.

ENRP is built on a multidisciplinary curriculum that includes environmental economics, environmental law, public policy, research methods, and a two-semester environmental science course.  Faculty scholars with deep expertise will help you understand complex environmental policy issues and identify connections between specific issues and the relevant natural sciences. Learn to build policy on science-based evidence, an appreciation of economic incentives, and a clear-eyed understanding of environmental law and politics.

CapstoneENRP blends theory and practical experience with a professional, client-oriented, capstone project, academic credit for relevant internships and research, and a wide range of DC-based internship opportunities.  Practice applying classroom concepts to real-world environmental policy issues and gain professional experience working in a group on an important environmental policy topic. Join a collegial community of classmates and faculty.

ENRP lets you customize your curriculum around a set of eight required courses, with four electives in virtually any GW Department, as well as at Consortium Schools like American University, George Mason University, and Georgetown University.  Elective courses let you go “deep” in one area, like urban sustainability or biodiversity, or go “broad” by covering multiple diverse environmental topics.  Take advantage of GW resources like SustainableGW, PlanetForward.org, and the Urban Food Task Force.

ClassroomENRP meets students' practical needs with the option to attend full-time or part-time, and evening classes that accommodate working students.  The incoming class size is small – between 12 and 20 – to facilitate close ties between faculty and students and create a sense of community among students. The admissions cycle is flexible.

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Student & Alumni Testimonials

In their own words...

"It offers access to government agency officials and policy engines."

"DC is the heart of policy."

"Having the base of science and policy, and then being able to pick and choose what you really are interested in, was very useful."

"The Capstone course adds a real-life experience in terms of problem solving, group dynamics, client interaction, interview, report writing—all of which are very useful skills in any field."

"A strength of the ENRP program is that it lets students complete the degree part-time."

"The program offers night classes for students who work full time."