Sustainable Environments

Clark's George Perkins Marsh Institute conducts transformative research on relationships between humans and their surrounding natural, technological and socio-economic environments.


Our connection to the planet is a fragile one; the resources that support us breathtakingly finite. This is why Clark researchers monitor the melting of Arctic sea ice, advise the leaders in coastal towns how to stave off the effects of erosion, promote the creation of durable economies, and examine the causes of deadly wildfires and droughts in the West.

The mission driving this work infuses many of Clark’s academic departments and institutes, as we seek ways to reverse the harmful effects of past abuses and nurture a more viable future.