By Gray Bender


The impacts of climate change are already being felt in nearly every policy domain. In the coming years, almost every facet of our lives will be affected, from where we live to how we work and learn. As future decision makers, Harvard Kennedy School students have an important role to play in mitigating and adapting to climate change.

The Climate, Energy & Environment Professional Interest Council (CEEPIC) provides a focused community for HKS students to explore the complex challenges of the global climate crisis beyond the lecture hall. Each semester, CEEPIC organizes a variety of events related to climate, energy, and the environment that bring students together with faculty, policy makers, and subject matter experts. We also support our members’ professional development through recruiting fairs, skill workshops, working groups, and social events.

CEEPIC is open to all HKS students and the entire Harvard community. United by a passion for climate, energy, and environment issues, our members’ policy interests span a wide range of fields, including national security, diplomacy, public health, social movements, democracy, and countless more. We strive to ensure that the diversity of perspectives, expertise, and lived experiences among our members is represented in our programming.

CEEPIC’s Spring 2022 Programming

Join CEEPIC virtually or in-person for these upcoming events:

  • Networking with Harvard Business School’s Energy & Environment Club
  • CEEPIC’s Monthly Happy Hour: Get to know your fellow HKS students with a shared interest in climate, energy, and the environment.
  • Virtual Climate Policy Panel
  • CEEPIC Book Club: This month, CEEPIC is reading Revolution Power by Shalanda Baker, deputy Director for Energy Justice and Secretary’s Advisor on Equity at the U.S. Department of Energy. She will be joining us for a virtual speaking event on April 20 to discuss her recent work in environmental justice and the White House.
  • Energy & Environment Policy Analysis Exercise Showcase: Discover the projects HKS second-year students are working on.  

To get involved with CEEPIC, connect with us via HKSEngage.


Gray Bender is the Co-Chair of CEEPIC and a MPP candidate at the Harvard Kennedy School, with a focus on climate change mitigation and adaptation. 

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