Center for Environmental Policy and Administration

About CEPA

CEPA is an interdisciplinary center within Syracuse University's Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs. CEPA explores environmental issues from an integrated perspective that considers technical, social, and humanistic aspects of environmental matters and prepares leaders who can blend those dimensions as they confront the world’s complex environmental challenges. It brings together faculty and graduate students from a range of Maxwell departments including Anthropology, Economics, Geography, Political Science, Public Administration, Public Affairs, and Sociology.

Recent work by CEPA members has examined a wide range of topics including: climate change; international trade and the environment; technology and environmental policy; environmental governance and management; environmental issues in developing countries; land use changes; biodiversity conservation; energy policy; the role of environmental advocacy groups; and public attitudes toward the environment.

CEPA has close working relationships with the Center for Technology and Information Policy, the Center for Policy Research, and with SU faculty from outside Maxwell, particularly those in the biology, earth sciences and in the colleges of law and engineering. Also, CEPA members work with faculty at the nearby SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry. In addition, CEPA has strong links to the SU/ESF EnSPIRE initiative on interdisciplinary environmental research; to Syracuse University’s Environmental Finance Center; and to SU’s Center of Excellence in Environmental and Energy Systems.


CEPA's director is Pete Wilcoxen. Administration is handled by Marlene Rizzo.

Contact Information

419 Crouse-Hinds Hall
Syracuse University
900 S. Crouse Avenue
Syracuse, NY 13244-1020

Tel: 315-443-1890
Fax: 315-443-1075

Center for Environmental Policy and Administration
The Maxwell School, Syracuse University
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