An Introduction to PECS

Princeton Energy and Climate Scholars Environmental Humanities and the Changing World 2013-March-9

What is PECS?
• Princeton Energy & Climate Scholars • Founded in 2008 • Student-led group with supervision and sponsorship provided by a core group of faculty • Members have interests and research in the fields of climate and energy • Forum to interact, collaborate and gain firsthand understanding of research areas outside their own discipline, broadening their horizons as scholars and citizens

Who are we?
• 17 current PECS student members • 14 faculty members • Diverse departmental backgrounds • Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences • Chemical and Biological Engineering • Civil and Environmental Engineering • Ecology and Evolutionary Biology • Economics • Electrical Engineering • Geosciences • Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering • Operations Research and Financial Engineering • Princeton Environmental Institute • Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs

What do we do?
• Student research activity
– Student dinner seminars – Lab tours

• Faculty research discussion
– Dinner faculty seminars: faculty presentation of research – Breakfast discussion with PECS faculty members: new research ideas; possible collaborations

What do we do?
• Outreach activities
– Meet visiting scholars • Jane Lubchenco (NOAA) • Sir Robert Watson (DEFRA) • Jose Goldemberg (USP) – Social media presence: • Facebook, Twitter, Youtube, blogs – Undergrad activity: • Partnership with EWB, SEADS – High school students: • Alliance for Climate Education – UN activity: Rio +20 – Workshop with PUC students

What do we do?
• Collaborative Project
– Inequivalent Emissions – Commentary on Princeton-China energy forum, Climate negotiations in Copenhagen, and the ARPA-E Energy Innovation Summit – Rio+20 Trip and outreach with video commentary and reporting – Possible India trip working with NGO TERRE towards implementing an energy plan on college campuses

Why is PECS valuable?
• Interdisciplinary exposure – Prepares members to be at ease with a variety of subjects across a number of environmental issues. – Interdisciplinary training strengthens members’ ability to handle climate & energy issues that are increasingly interconnected • Encouragement for energy/climate research – PECS travel fund • Career plan – Broad perspective on climate & energy issues enhances career opportunities outside academia: – Industry, government, NGO, and UN work


Expanding our Boundaries
• “The Two Cultures in Environmental Studies” – Ken Hiltner • “PECS aims to enhance the research experience of Princeton’s graduate students by encouraging them to transcend the boundaries of their fields and by fostering a sense of common intellectual adventure. Drawing from a broad range of disciplines, PECS students and members of the faculty board have a unique opportunity to thoughtfully approach the multifaceted energy challenges of the 21st century.” – PECS website • Lacking perspectives on history, ethics, and culture

Call For Applicants
• March 22, 2013 Deadline!!! • Typically 2nd or 3rd year students with research in areas relating to energy and climate. • 2 year membership • Monthly student and faculty dinner meetings • Available $1000 funding to each member for related travel, research costs, and conference participation • $15,000 annual budget for events and group travel • For more information contact or visit

“Human history becomes more and more a race between education and catastrophe.” – H.G. Wells

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