Environmental Policy and Administration

Environmental Policy and Administration provides students with an understanding of the administrative, political, and legal challenges confronting managers in the public, private and non-profit sectors who deal with environmental policies, as well as the role of the private sector in policymaking in the energy industry.

The teaching objectives include knowledge of environmental institutions and policies involved at all levels of government, current trends, needs, and administrative problems.

There is a growing and unprecedented need for individuals with managerial as well as environmental expertise. Students completing all requirements of Environmental Policy and Administration will be well prepared for a variety of positions.

Among the areas of recent and current research of Maxwell School faculty in environmental policy are issues involving: water quality and availability, biodiversity, clean energy, global climate change, transboundary issues, public lands policy, citizenship participation, role of media, weapons clean-up, and environmental governance, risk, and technology.

CEPA: Center for Environmental Policy and Administration

CEPA is an interdisciplinary center at Syracuse University's Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs that focuses on environmental issues. MPA students have the opportunity to work with CEPA to conduct research in their chosen field of study.


PAIA Courses

  • Climate Change: Science, Perception & Policy
  • Economics of Environmental Policy
  • Energy, Environment and Resources Policy
  • Managing the Policy Process
  • Public Administration and Law
  • Regulatory Law & Policy
  • Science Technology and Public Policy

Related Courses

Maxwell School, SUNY ESF and SU's College of Law 

  • Climate Change:  Geography, History and Politics
  • Environmental Advocacy Campaigns and Conflict Resolution
  • Environmental Thought and Ethics
  • Environmental Policy Analysis
  • Foundations of Environmental Studies
  • Natural Resources Policy
  • Seminar on Environmental History 
  • Environmental Law and Policy
  • Land Use Planning & Zoning Law
  • Natural Resources Law

Alumni Careers

Visit the Palmer Center for Career Development's Career Field Guides for more information about Careers in Environmental Policy, Sustainability and related fields.    

International Research and Relations Specialist, US Green Building Council
Chief Sustainability Officer, Carrier Corporation
President and CEO, National Wildlife Federation
Attorney, US Environmental Protection Agency
Environmental Consultant, Environmental Action Foundation
Superintendent, Department of Parks, Recreation and Marine, City of Long Beach, CA
Chief of Party, Energy & Environmental Division, International Resources Group (IRG)
Secretary, State of Delaware, Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control
Environmental Protection Specialist, US Department of Energy
Senior Contracting Officer, US Department of the Interior
President, Solar Energy Industries Association
Program Director, Energy & Environment Group, LMI Consulting
Deputy Director, FEMA, US Department of Health and Human Services
Special Agent, US Environmental Protection Agency
Chief, USTs, Asbestos, Lead & Pesticides Branch, Office of Regional Council, US EPA
Senior Consultant, Customized Energy Solutions, Ltd.
Enforcement Officer, US Environmental Protection Agency
Senior Environmental Analyst. Department of Environmental Affairs, City of Rochester, NY
Director, Waste Reduction & Recycling, Onondaga County
Chief of Staff, Department of Conservation & Recreation, Commonwealth of Massachusetts
CFO/COO Community Energy, Inc.
Regional Coordinator for Alaska, National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration, US Department of Commerce
Director of Public Policy, Michigan Consolidated Gas Company
Conservation Service, US Department of Agriculture
Environmental Manager, Nash Finch Company
Deputy Executive Director for Corporate Management, US Nuclear Regulatory Commission
Sustainability Manager, Daymon Worldwide