Institute at Brown for Environment and Society

2023-2028 Strategic Plan

Founded in 2014, the Institute at Brown for Environment and Society (IBES) is a thriving interdisciplinary institute for climate, sustainability, and environmental education and research, achieving national and international stature as one of the top programs of its kind. IBES’ goals over the next five years aim to build on this success by engaging and supporting its community of scholars, students, staff, alumni, and partners in advancing durable, scalable, and equitable solutions to the complex climate, sustainability, and environmental challenges of the 21st century.


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Three members of IBES faculty will join Director Kim Cobb and Director of Undergraduate Studies Dawn King to form an expanded IBES Leadership Team, as outlined in the Institute’s 2023-2028 Strategic Plan.
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At Brown's Opening Convocation on September 5, 2023, Cobb called on students to unite across disciplines and take action against climate change — emphasizing that with their unique blend of knowledge and a global network of climate advocates at their disposal, they can work together to secure a sustainable future for generations to come.
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​​​​​​​A content strategist who has served Brown for over 11 years, Warrington will lead the Institute at Brown for Environment and Society’s growing communications team and spearhead initiatives to promote IBES’ Strategic Plan.
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At IBES, we can't overstate the value of interpersonal connection. In the face of climate change, some of the most important work we can do revolves around teaching, learning from, and collaborating with others. Dr. Sekhon — a paleoclimatologist, Voss Postdoc Research Associate, and Presidential Postdoc Fellow in IBES and DEEPS — exemplifies this principle as she strives to make meaningful connections at Brown and abroad.
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