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Master in Environmental Metrology & Policy Program – for the Betterment of the World

Coming Together to Protect the Earth by Mitigating and Preventing Chemical Pollutions for the Betterment of the World

We live in a world where there exist hundreds and millions of chemicals. Many of them are man-made and key ingredients of consumer products that improve and sustain the still increasing quality of human life. But many of them also end up as hazardous environment pollutants that cause irreparable harms to human health through polluting air we breathe, water we drink, food we eat, materials we use, and soil we stand on. This is epitomized by many environmental disasters from the mercury-poisoning caused heartbroken Minamata disease first discovered in Minamata, Japan, in 1956; to the deadly spill of methyl isocyanate at the Union Carbide pesticide plant in Bhopal, India, in 1984 that could have killed up to 15,000 people over the years; to the lead-poisoning caused drinking water crisis in Flint, USA, in 2014 and onward; and to the emerging worldwide plastic pollution; just to name a few. If not better managed and reversed, man-made chemical pollutions could become an existential threat to human society.

Therefore, how to eliminate or minimize the health risk of increasingly worsening chemical pollutions worldwide, particularly in underdeveloped regions and countries, by managing them most effectively, is among the global top contemporary priorities of human society. This calls urgently for a new type of environment stewards who should possess a deep understanding of the intricacies in both science of measuring and risk-assessing chemical pollutants and its critical role in developing and implementing the soundest environmental policies so that the aforementioned societal priority can be best addressed, for you can only prevent hazardous environmental exposures that you can measure and assess their health risk.

“We just come from different places but we are all united for this one thing, which is we want to help protect the Earth”, Parker Jones, EMAP class of 2021

Environmental Metrology & Policy Program (EMAP) at Georgetown University aims to help address these ubiquitous and ever-worsening chemical pollutions. It leverages enhanced strengths drawn from a unique close partnership between academic institution (Georgetown University), governmental agencies (Environmental Protection Agency and National Institute of Standards and Technology) and industry (Agilent Technologies, Inc.) to deliver an integrated interdisciplinary curriculum of highest quality by engaging students in rigorous experiential learning and training in imparting science of measuring and risk-assessing environmental toxic chemicals into sound policymaking. As such, EMAP enables students to possess a solid intellectual and technical foundation in an emerging interdisciplinary field of immense societal impact for becoming sophisticated and effective environmental leaders and practitioners who will be guardians of a cleaner, safer and more sustainable terrestrial environment in the 21st century and beyond. As eloquently expressed by Parker Jones, an EMAP student of class 2021: “We just come from different places but we are all united for this one thing, which is we want to help protect the Earth.” This is exactly what EMAP stands for: coming together to help protect the Earth for the betterment of the world as developing and implementing best evidence-based environmental policies can maximize societal benefits of sciences and technologies and ensure a clean, safe and sustainable environment at the same time.

We humbly invite potential donors to join this noble but challenging endeavor. Your generous donations will contribute to (named) scholarships for providing much needed financial support specifically to students who are economically less capable but otherwise well qualified and deeply inspired and dedicated to becoming able and impactful environment stewards, particularly students from African or other underdeveloped countries where people suffer constantly from environmental injustice because of lacking both properly developed environmental policies, regulations and laws and brainpower to develop and enforce them.

You may give to the Environmental Metrology & Policy Program for this purpose through the Office of Advancement’s secure site.