The Council of Environmental Deans and Directors (CEDD) is a professional organization of the environmental leaders on the nation’s campuses that was launched formally in December 2001. NCSE serves as its facilitator.
To promote, encourage, develop and support efforts to advance knowledge and learning in the interdisciplinary environmental sciences and studies (physical, biological, social and engineering sciences) and to disseminate such knowledge to the scientific community and to the public.
To facilitate the formulation of goals, policies and objectives and provide advice and management for educational and research programs and facilities in environmental sciences and studies and related fields.
To promote the exchange of information and knowledge to create, foster and encourage cooperative efforts among members of CEDD and other U.S. scientists and federal, state and local agencies.
Enhance the visibility and appreciation of the benefits of research and education in interdisciplinary environmental sciences and studies by the American public and achieve recognition that such research and education are integral to U.S. policy goals in the environment, national security, economic development, quality of life and education.
Increase and strengthen the links between interdisciplinary environmental sciences, studies, technology, research and development in academia, federal labs, and industry.
Establish CEDD as a recognized focus for issues related to research and education in interdisciplinary environmental sciences and studies.
Membership is institutional, with the President or Chancellor recommending one individual to represent the institution in CEDD. Membership in CEDD is open to members of the National Council for Science and the Environment’s University Affiliate Program. CEDD dues are taken from the dues paid to the University Affiliate Program.
CEDD hosts two regular meetings per year: a major conference each summer and a meeting in conjunction with the National Conference on Science, Policy and the Environment each winter.