The Environmental Studies Institute, as a center of excellence for environmental studies and education, envisions the development of citizens and leaders, respectful of the sacredness of creation, who will work for an ecologically sound environment, equitable economic growth, and people empowerment as pillars of sustainable development.
In the pursuit of this vision, ESI commits itself to:
- Provide academic programs with emphasis on multi-disciplinary research, pedagogy, and natural resource management with a strong environmental science and values education
- Implement relevant research projects that will dynamically respond to evolving knowledge and situations in the environmental field
- Develop non-formal training and outreach programs in partnership with various communities and publics for environmental management protection and advocacy
- Serve as a resource center for information and networking
- Act as venue for catalyzing citizens' involvement.
1973 - Miriam College started its environmental thrust through a module on pollution in the seniors' curriculum
1978 - Miriam College started offering B.S. Environmental Planning.
1986 - Miriam-P.E.A.C.E. (Public Education and Awareness Campaign for the Environment) was born to promote in society what it had been teaching in school
1993 - Masteral programs were started: MS Environmental Studies, MA Environmental Education, and MA Environmental Management
1998 - The Environmental Education Center (EEC) was inaugurated, housing Miriam-P.E.A.C.E.- from which more stewards of God's creation would be born, bred and nurtured
1999 - The Ph.D in Environmental Studies and in Environmental Education were launched
2001 - EEC was transformed into the Environmental Studies Institute (ESI) to consolidate and strengthen Miriam College’s academic, extension, and research efforts for the environment