Department Newsletter, March 2017

Message from the Chair
Department Spotlights
Department Announcements
Alumni Updates/Class Notes
Donor Recognition
Support the Department
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Message from the Chair

Professor Peter Linquiti

Welcome to the 2017 edition of the Environmental Resource Policy Program Newsletter!

Our big news is that in the fall of 2017, ENRP will become part of GW’s Trachtenberg School of Public Policy & Public Administration. ENRP has long been a small program without a focal location here on campus. But after the merger, ENRP students will become part of a lively academic community of 400 students and about two dozen faculty.

ENRPers will have the opportunity to join the Trachtenberg Student Organization, the chance to write for Policy Perspectives (our student-run journal) and its associated blog and access to the school’s career advising services. Nancy Augustine (director of graduate studies) and I are already members of the school’s faculty, and three of ENRP’s required courses are currently taught by T-School faculty.

One thing that isn’t changing, however, is our belief that tough environmental challenges can only be addressed with the type of multidisciplinary approach provided by the ENRP curriculum. Accordingly, the content and structure of the ENRP curriculum will not change as a result of the merger.

In other news: Eleven new students joined our MA program this year, bringing our total student body to 36. In addition to our MA students, we have a number of students in our certificate program for National Park Service employees, as well as in our BA/MA program with the undergraduate environmental studies program. In addition, 16 second-year MA students are well into their capstone projects, working on four projects: global shark conservation policy, urban agriculture in Baltimore, sustainable infrastructure in the District of Columbia and the use of river basin report cards. Finally, we are also busy reviewing applications for next year.

If you haven’t done so lately, check out our updated website with lots of new material. And consider joining our LinkedIn group and following us on Twitter (@GW_ENRP) so that you can keep in touch.

Peter Linquiti
Associate Professor & Director
[email protected]
Twitter: @PeterLinquiti

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Department Spotlights

Environmental Resource Policy Certificate

Professor Linquiti showing an ENRP student the many sectors available for people with an ENRP education
Professor Linquiti showing an ENRP student the many sectors available for people with an ENRP education

This year we’ve introduced a Graduate Certificate in Environmental Resource Policy. If potential students are not sure they want to spend the time (or tuition) to get the full MA degree, they can get the certificate instead. The graduate certificate helps students develop the skills to design, analyze, implement and evaluate environmental policy; gain knowledge regarding relevant international, federal, state and local environmental policies, processes and tools; understand basic aspects of environmental science and how scientific principles govern the natural behavior of the earth’s environment; and identify the economic factors that drive the decisions of firms and consumers when it comes to environmentally-relevant behavior. Students who earn the ENRP Certificate can apply all of their credit toward the ENRP MA if they choose to continue their graduate training.


Geographic Information Systems Certificate

Professor helping student with GIS mapping
Professor helping student with GIS mapping

Because of the importance of geospatial reasoning to many environmental and natural resource management issues, ENRP has collaborated with GW's Geography Department to offer our MA students the opportunity to earn a Graduate Certificate in Geographical Information Systems. To do so, students in the ENRP/MA program use all four of their electives toward the GIS certificate. No additional coursework is necessary; all 12 credits are counted towards both the MA and the certificate.


Trachtenberg School of Public Policy & Public Administration

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As mentioned in Dr. Linquiti’s message, ENRP will become part of the Trachtenberg School of Public Policy & Public Administration (TSPPPA) in fall of 2017. In case you didn’t know, U.S. News & World Report currently ranks TSPPPA as first among D.C.-area schools of public affairs, and thirteenth on a national basis. The school offers both a Master of Public Administration (MPA) and a Master of Public Policy (MPP) with about 145 students pursuing each degree. In addition, TSPPPA has a doctoral program of about 75 students. It is one of only a few schools to have both an MPP and MPA degree accredited by the Network of Schools of Public Policy, Affairs, and Administration. About 75 percent of TSPPPA’s 2015 graduates work in the public or nonprofit sectors. Like ENRP, the T-School is part of GW’s College of Arts & Sciences, under the leadership of Dean Ben Vinson. Dr. Kathy Newcomer is the director of TSPPPA.

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Department Announcements


Cover of The National Mall: No Ordinary Public SpaceLisa Benton-Short, an expert in urban sustainability and chair of the Geography Department, has been awarded the American Association of Geographers 2017 John Brinkerhoff Jackson Prize for her book The National Mall: No Ordinary Public Space. The award recognizes American geographers who write serious but popular books about the human geography of the contemporary United States.


Dr. Vel SubramanianDr. Vel Subramanian taught Environmental Sciences I this fall and will do so again next school year. Vel is a registered professional engineer and an industry expert in environmental engineering. He has over 27 years of professional engineering experience including six years of teaching.


Keryn GeganKeryn Gedan will start teaching Environmental Science II in the spring of 2018. Keryn is an assistant professor in the Biology Department. She has a background in marine community ecology, tidal wetland ecology and conservation biology. Her lab at GW investigates the response of coastal and marine species and ecosystems to global changes in climate, sea level, nutrient availability and invasive species.



Meghan DemeterMeghan Demeter is an intern in the Corporate Partnerships Program (CPP) at the Environmental Defense Fund. CPP works with corporations to engage in voluntary emissions reductions. Meghan's team is currently focusing on methane emissions in the oil and gas industry. She does research and analysis to help identify opportunities and engage companies in emissions reduction. Previously this internship has been held by former ENRP students Carlos Villacis and Michelle Colletti.


Alexis Lopez CeperoAlexis Lopez-Cepero is a staff intern for the office of Congressman Ted Deutch. Ted Deutch is a Democratic member of the United States House of Representatives for Florida's 22nd congressional district, Alexis’s home district. At his internship, Alexis handles daily constituent communications, processes constituent comments and requests, produces written policy responses, engages with the Climate Solutions Caucus and performs research and legislative tasks. Previously, Alexis was an intern at the Natural Resources Defense Council.


Dallas ShattuckDallas Shattuck recently started her research appointment at the Environmental Protection Agency. Dallas’s research appointment is managed by the Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE) under an interagency agreement between EPA and the U.S. Department of Energy.

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Alumni Updates/Class Notes

Scott Bartos, MA ’07, departed EPA's Climate Change Division in May 2016 to join United States Agency for International Development as a foreign service environment officer. In May 2017, he will begin his first assignment in Hanoi where he will lead clean energy, climate adaptation and biodiversity projects.

Katherine Scott, MA ’15, is working at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, Office of Energy Market Regulation as an energy analyst. Katherine is focusing on the East division, and has been working on regulatory cases regarding innovative energy policy and market design.

Henrique Veiga, MA ’15, assumed the position of project manager at the Brazilian Ministry of the Environment one year after completing his master's degree. Henrique also serves as the deputy director of Watershed Restoration.

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Donor Recognition


The Environmental Resource Policy Program would like to gratefully acknowledge the following generous donors who made a gift to the school from January 1, 2016 to December 31, 2016.

Jamie L. Lindsay, MA ’07

Matthew S. Lindsay, MBA ’07 +

Peter D. Linquiti, PhD ’12+

+ Faculty/Staff

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Support the Department

Making History: The Campaign for GW

Gifts to the Environmental Resource Policy Program allow us to provide support for faculty and student research and travel, graduate student fellowships, and academic enrichment activities including guest speakers, visiting faculty, and symposia. Each gift, no matter how large or small, makes a positive impact on our educational mission and furthers our standing as one of the nation's preeminent liberal arts colleges at one of the world's preeminent universities.

Your gift to the Environmental Resource Policy Program will be considered a part of Making History: The Campaign for GW, a comprehensive, university wide philanthropic effort to raise funds in support of GW’s vision and priorities. To learn more, please visit the Making History: The Campaign for GW website

You can make your gift to ENRP in a number of ways:

  • By mailing your check, made out to The George Washington University and with ENRP in the memo line, to:

The George Washington University

2033 K Street NW, Suite 300

Washington, DC 20052

  • By phone by calling the GW Annual Fund at 1-800-789-2611.


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