Institute for Environmental Science and Sustainability

Our Mission

  1. Facilitate faculty and undergraduate research in ecology and environmental sciences.
  2. Offer enhanced educational opportunities for students with interests in the regional and global environment.
  3. Address environmental concerns in Northeast Pennsylvania through sharing of information and promotion of sustainable life styles.

Topics of local importance include ecosystem health, acid mine drainage and abandoned mine lands restoration, the effects of urban sprawl on landscapes and watersheds, surface and ground water quality, flood prevention, wetland restoration, and sustainable energy utilization and development. Faculty members associated with the Institute are actively investigating several of these areas and are providing information and expertise to local agencies and governments. Our faculty is also assisting the efforts of Wilkes University to reduce its environmental footprint.