The Goodwin-Niering Center for the Environment at Connecticut College brings together faculty fellows, staff, and students for joint investigation of environmental problems. 

Named in honor of Richard Goodwin and William Niering, the Center builds on strong environmental traditions at Connecticut College. 


Each year, The Goodwin-Niering Center hosts a Jean Thomas Lambert memorial lecture. And every other year, we host the interdisciplinary Lear-Conant Symposium. Our most recent symposium, held in February 2017, was on "Sustaining Pollinators."

In addition to their research in botany and ecology, Goodwin and Niering were deeply involved in land conservation. Mindful of this legacy, the Goodwin-Niering Center today maintains close connections with the Avalonia Land Conservancy, where our students do service learning projects.

Our selective Certificate Program in Environmental Sustainability is for students from any major who are seeking a rigorous, academically challenging experience that combines an independent environmental research project with a relevant internship. One distinctive feature of our Center is that sophomores, juniors, and seniors all take the 2-credit certificate seminar together. This creates a close-knit community of student researchers, where students learn from each other how to integrate their research, internships, and coursework, and then pass that experience on to the incoming sophomores.

Since our first class of Certificate students graduated in 2001, we have also developed a strong network of alumni, many of whom have gone on to pursue environmental careers. 

We are also lucky to be able to work with others around campus who engage with environmental issues, including our distinctive Botany Department, a thriving interdisciplinary program in Environmental Studies, the Office of Sustainability, the Sprout garden, and the Connecticut College Arboretum. Our Linda Lear Center for Special Collections and Archives, in Shain Library, is also home to the Lear-Carson Collection, an important resource for scholars of Rachel Carson.