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Earth and Environmental Systems Institute

The Earth and Environmental Systems Institute (EESI) is the portal to environmental research, education, and outreach programs offered by the College of Earth and Mineral Sciences and is one of the leading earth and environmental sciences research institutes in the U.S. EESI is affiliated with Penn State's Institutes of Energy and the Environment (IEE), the central coordinating structure for energy and environmental research, education, and outreach at Penn State.


EESI's mission is comprised of four interrelated elements:

  • To encourage interdisciplinary examination of the links between Earth’s chemical, physical, and biological processes from atomic to global scales by supporting faculty and student research on earth sciences and environmental issues;
  • To facilitate the modeling and manipulation of data in new and innovative ways through EESI’s Environmental Computing Facility;
  • To facilitate dissemination of research findings through publications, presentations, web pages, workshops, seminars, testimony to public agencies, and advice to public and private organizations and agencies; and
  • To develop innovative, interdisciplinary research and education programs that benefit internal and external stakeholders, including the Penn State community, the Commonwealth, scientific communities, and federal and state science agencies and organizations.

Learn more

To learn more about EESI, please visit the EESI website.


rocket launching
Launching a celebration on the 50th anniversary of Apollo 11

Penn State's colleges of Agricultural Sciences, Engineering, and Earth and Mineral Sciences hosted a model rocket launch July 16 to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon mission.

Astronaut Edwin E. "Buzz" Aldrin Jr. photographed walking on the moon on July 20, 1969.
Penn State celebrates Apollo 11 moon landing with speaker and film event

Neil Armstrong took "one small step" onto the moon 50 years ago. To celebrate the anniversary of the Apollo 11 landing, Penn State will host a speaker and film event at The State Theatre in downtown State College on Saturday, July 20. The event, which is free and open to the public, begins at 6:15 p.m. with informational and interactive displays set up inside the theater.

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Shale Network workshop brings together diverse stakeholders to discuss shale gas

The Shale Network hosted its eighth annual workshop May 16 and 17 at the Nittany Lion Inn on Penn State's University Park campus. More than 100 individuals representing diverse stakeholder groups attended the workshop to discuss environmental monitoring in communities and regions experiencing shale energy development.

Old Main at dusk on Penn State's University Park campus.
Institutes of Energy and the Environment announces seed grant recipients

The 2018-19 Institutes of Energy and the Environment (IEE) seed grant recipients have been awarded to 18 groups of interdisciplinary researchers at Penn State.

Penn State graduate students and members of the Science Policy Society recently visited congressional offices in Washington, D.C
Penn State graduate students visit Capitol Hill, discuss science-based policy

Members of the Penn State Science Policy Societyrecently visited Washington, D.C., where they met with officials from several congressional offices and nongovernmental organizations to discuss the promotion of science and evidence-based policy.