In 2011, Washington University was granted admission to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change as a representative non-governmental observer organization. This opportunity was sought after by an undergraduate student group, Washington University Students for International Collaboration on the Environment (WUSICE). Since 2011, Washington University has sent official observer delegates to attend Conference of the Parties (COP), Ad Hoc Working Group on the Durban Platform for Enhanced Action meetings, and other intersessional meetings. Each spring, approximately six undergraduate and graduate students are chosen through an application process to attend the Conference on the Parties the following fall. To prepare for the conference, students enroll in EnSt 452, International Climate Negotiation Seminar, and closely prepare to follow a topic at the negotiations. Faculty member, Beth Martin  attends the negotiations with the student delegates each year.

Washington University and its associated delegates are members of the Research Institution Non-Governmental Organizations (RINGO) constituency. The delegation has a number of contacts with other RINGOs.

Students apply to attend the negotiations with the Wash U Delegation during the spring before the negotiations. Students must be prepared to enroll in the Climate Change Negotiations course during the fall semester and miss a week of classes to travel to the negotiations. To learn more about the application process, email Beth Martin at

Hannah Greenhouse, Ingrid Archibald, and Andrea Godshalk at COP23 in Bonn, Germany

Vanessa Wu, Sarah Greenberg, and Sean Fallon at COP23 in Bonn, Germany

Andrea Godshalk, Ingrid Archibald, Hannah Greenhouse, and Beth Martin at COP23 in Bonn, Germany

Jess Walia, Anu Hittle, Amanda Bender, and Nicola Salzman at COP22 in Marrakesh, Morocco

Clayton Scott, Noe Gonzalez, and Lucy Chin at COP22 in Marrakesh, Morocco

Nicola Salzman, Jess Walia, and Amanda Bender at COP22 in Marrakesh, Morocco

Talia Rubnitz, Taylor Blevin, and Elise Fabbro at COP21 in Paris, France

Melody Burns, Cameron Pully, Emre Gunay, and Nick Annin at COP21 in Paris, France

Jessica Rudnick, Tamara Slater, Megan Shepley, Akshay Gopan, Beth Martin (front), Anu Hittle, Emre Gunay and Teddy Sims at COP20 in Lima, Peru

Akshay Gopan, Jessica Rudnick, Tamara Slater, and Anu Hittle at COP20 in Lima, Peru

Maggie Beetstra and Caitlin Lee at COP19 in Warsaw, Poland

David Yuan Zhang, Alex Bluestone, and Lauren Kan at COP18 in Doha, Qatar

Hilary Jacobs, Eleanor Cooper, Da Huang, Lisa Zhang, Jeremy Pivor, David Dill, and Craig Jacobson at COP17 in Cape Town, South Africa.