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John Muir Institute of the Environment

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The John Muir Institute of the Environment (JMIE) supports innovation and discovery aimed at solving real-world environmental problems. The institute’s faculty are committed to strengthening the scientific foundation for environmental decision making through collective entrepreneurship, a team-oriented approach that recognizes the complexities of environmental problems and the societal context in which they occur.


Under the direction of civil and environmental engineer Professor Deb Niemeier, JMIE champions science and technological innovation, provides campus-wide leadership, hosts centers and projects, and seeds research and educational initiatives to solve real-world environmental problems. The institute links science and technology to policy by providing the intellectual setting for interactions between researchers, regulatory agencies, policymakers, and the public. The Graduate School of Management – in particular Davis Net Impact – have begun collaborating more frequently with JMIE as of late. Initiatives include a new Professional Degree Program in Environmental Policy & Management and UC Davis participation in the January 31st, 2008 Focus the Nation (on climate change solutions) event.

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