As public sector budget pressures grow and government’s ability to formulate and evaluate public policy becomes increasingly constrained, there is an increased recognition of the contribution university-based applied research can make to public policy formation and evaluation. This is particularly true for energy policy, where the government’s policymaking capacity is enhanced by the presence of a center devoted to consideration of the interrelation of energy, economic and environmental policy. To respond to this opportunity, the Center for Energy, Economic & Environmental Policy (CEEEP) was established in 2003 at the Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy, at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey.
Center Mission and Goals
CEEEP works to strengthen energy, economic and environmental public policy in close cooperation with faculty, students, and other centers within the Bloustein School. The Bloustein School conducts research and education in the areas of housing, transportation, workforce development, public health, economic development, ecological balance, and social equity and justice. In addition, CEEEP collaborates with policy experts and stakeholders in the private, public, and non-profit sectors throughout our region and across the country.
The mission of the Center is to:
- Educate future leaders of business, government, and academia to prepare them for responsibility as makers or influencers of public policy.
- Conduct multifaceted energy, economic, and environmental research to support the initiatives and goals of New Jersey, the nation, and the international community.
- Inform public policymakers, businesses, academia, and the public with objective, credible, and useful analysis.
- Serve as a recognized and respected forum for collaboration among individuals and organizations to build stronger links between economic development and energy policy.
The Center is working towards the goal of establishing Rutgers University and New Jersey as national centers of excellence for applied research regarding energy policy.