Energy and Environment

Environmental responsibility is an indispensable aspect of sustainable human development, a fact that has become increasingly evident through the influx of natural disasters over the past decade. The Payson Center’s commitment to educating students through a combination of study and practice is especially evident in its environmental course offerings, which focus on environmentally responsible policies and technologies for developing countries as well as strategies for rehabilitating distressed environments.

Current and past projects that focus on this service area are:


One Health to Address Human, Animal and Ecosystems Health in Central and Eastern Africa

“One Health to Address Human, Animal and Ecosystems Health in Central and Eastern Africa” in partnership with the One Health for Central and Eastern Africa (OHCEA) Secretariat located at Makerere University will expand leadership capacity development, human resources development and targeted research and community engagement activities in applied research related to One Health issues across several countries in the region through the OHCEA Secretariat. The major activities of this partnership include the management and award of competitive research grants for graduate, undergraduate and faculty at OHCEA member institutions; curriculum development; tailored short term training; and leadership capacity development all with an emphasis on women empowerment.

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Improving Resource Recovery of Organic Waste - New Orleans East

This long-term project, funded by EPA under a program called "People, Planet, and Prosperity", characterizes the multiplicity of waste streams in New Orleans East in order to fashion an "Industrial Ecology" that will convert a, economically and environmentally distressed situation into a more positive one.  Environmental and social injustice is the focus of project; by converting environmental liabilities into clean sources of economic activity, the Payson center is working at the intersection of human need and environmental sustainability.

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Social Impact Assessment of the BP Oil Spill Disaster on Gulf Coast Communities

In support of the OXFAM Social Impact Assessment of the BP Oil Spill Disaster on Gulf Coast Communities, the Payson Center for International Development and the  Disaster Resilience Leadership Academy (DRLA) will collect and analyze existing baseline social and economic vulnerability of Terrebonne and Plaquemines parishes.

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Central America Free Trade Agreement - Dominican Republic (CAFTA-DR) Environmental Law Capacity Building Project

The Payson Center for international Development, at Tulane University School of Law (Payson/TU), in collaboration with the Universidad Iberoamericana in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic (UNIBE), the Universidad Rafael Landívar, in Guatemala City, Guatemala (URL) and the Universidad Pau

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US China - Energy and Environmental Technology Center (EETC)

The US/China Energy and Environmental Technology Center (EETC) is funded by the United States Department of Energy and China's Ministry of Science and Technology. It was established at Tulane University and Tsinghua University in 1997 and has branch offices at the China Coal Research Center and Shanghai. EETC has developed a broad based bi-national team of industry, government, and academic professionals focused on commercializing energy and environmental technologies & services in China.

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