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A New Mission — Earth Institute Center for Environmental Sustainability

The Center for Environmental Research and Conservation (CERC), a leading provider of cutting-edge environmental research, education, and training, has grown into two institutions—an Earth Institute center and the secretariat for a major environmental consortium. The center’s new name is the Earth Institute Center for Environmental Sustainability (EICES, pronounced “i-sees”). EICES also continues, however, as the secretariat for the Consortium for Environmental Research and Conservation, continuing 15 years of collaborations between the Earth Institute, the American Museum of Natural History, the New York Botanical Garden, The Wildlife Conservation Society and EcoHealth Alliance on biodiversity conservation.

“Fifteen years of research, education and training in biodiversity conservation with our partner institutions has led down the path of becoming a leading center for achieving environmental sustainability,” said Shahid Naeem, the center’s director. “The Earth Institute Center for Environmental Sustainability—EICES—more fully conveys the nature and tremendous breadth of the work that we do.”

As well as the name change, the center has adopted a new website,, which is designed to foster increased flexibility, engagement and exposure. Through a diverse array of strategic partners in science, education and outreach, the center builds unique programs that promote human well-being through the preservation, restoration and management of biodiversity and the services our ecosystems provide.

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