The Program on Global Environment works with a wide range of University programs, external partners, and undergraduate students to offer a variety of programming. Learn more about how to get involved with PGE!

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    Frizzell Family Speaker and Learning Series: The Frizzell Family Speaker and Learning Series (the “Frizzell Series”), is a year-long, student organized series of events engaging fields of the agriculture, environment, health and best practices drawn from social sciences inquiry. The Frizzell Series is meant to commemorate the life, accomplishments and aspirations of Alexandra Frizzell. As a tribute to Alex as friend, student and advocate, annual planning for the Frizzell Series is led by student leaders from areas of campus life that mattered most to her: social and health advocacy, student-centered learning in areas such as economics, environment and public policy, and the Greek system.


    UChicago College Researchers on Urban Environment (CRUE): The CRUE serves as the official committee for student engagement in activities, events and programming, communications and research projects for the program and its partners. The CRUE will be responsible for the operation and management of PGE's two student-led working groups: the Environmental, Food and Agriculture (EAF) working group, and the Frizzell Speaker & Learning Series.

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    Chicago Studies offers curricular and co-curricular opportunities to discover, study, engage with, and positively impact the diverse communities of our world-class city. Working with campus- and city-wide partners, we support the College community in encountering and learning with Chicagoans from all walks of life. In so doing, we facilitate the development of reciprocal, respectful collaborations between campus and city that empower students in the College to deeper critical inquiry and more impactful responses to complex and systemic issues in Chicago and in cities around the world.

    Curricular Initiatives

    • Chicago-focused Classes
    • Chicago Studies Quarter
    • Undergraduate Research Support
    • Certificate in Chicago Studies
      • Chicago Studies Certificate Program:  The Chicago Studies Certificate Program is a series of curricular and co-curricular opportunities designed to help undergraduate students meaningfully integrate their academic inquiry with positive impact in Chicago across their College careers.  A collaboration with the University's Office of Civic Engagement, the Certificate Program will be facilitated by the University Community Service Center (UCSC) with academic support from PGE faculty and preceptors, and has been designed to provide pathways for any undergraduate student in any major to apply their academic interests to concrete social issues and public questions in Chicago in collaboration with community entities. Completion of the Chicago Studies Certificate fulfills the internship requirement for the Environmental and Urban Studies major.


    Environmental Frontiers (EF) creates student-faculty research and educational opportunities focused on the intersection of environmental sustainability and urbanization, with the goal of giving UChicago undergraduate students a scientific and practical understanding of sustainable urban development. Spanning the physical, biological, social sciences and the humanities, the initiative complements existing and emerging course curriculum in Environmental and Urban Studies, Environmental Sciences, and other programs.


    EFGalápagos is an international research opportunity for UChicago undergraduate students to gain critical computational and policy skills necessary to become future leaders in sustainability. The Galápagos present an ideal case study as the islands have a controlled in/out flow of resources – energy, building materials, waste, transportation, food and goods.

    During this 8-week summer program, UChicago students gain an understanding of how development patterns on the Galápagos can lead to solutions to manage urbanization in a way that is beneficial for both people and the natural ecosystems. Utilizing technological innovations, data mining, and computational analysis, if our students can understand sustainability in an ecosystem as delicate as these islands, then there may be hope for other environments across the globe.

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