The Network for Engineering with Nature®

Combining a diversity of on-the-ground experience with interdisciplinary teams.

The Network for Engineering with Nature (N-EWN), established in 2019, is an active community of researchers, practitioners and educators who are addressing the major infrastructure challenges facing our society while creating opportunities that align ecological, social and engineering processes to achieve multiple societal benefits.

What is Engineering With Nature?

Engineering With Nature (EWN ® ) is the intentional alignment of natural and engineering processes to efficiently and sustainably deliver economic, environmental and social benefits through collaboration. It utilizes natural infrastructure:

Natural infrastructure performs engineering functions and services;

Such as preventing erosion, reducing damage to property from storms, supporting thriving ecosystems. 

It includes natural systems
(whether conserved, created, enhanced or restored) such as wetlands, floodplains, reefs, living shorelines, dunes, and barrier islands, among others

And it produces a broad array of social, environmental and economic benefits.

Such as flood protection, providing recreation opportunities, supporting economically valuable species and absorbing pollution and carbon dioxide. 



Progress and innovation happen best through collaboration and partnerships across disciplines, organizations and perspectives.

Transdisciplinary Research Teams

The most significant knowledge gaps in science and engineering occur at the boundaries of disciplines. We strive to fill in those gaps by working across boundaries.

Real-World Application

True innovation in infrastructure development and operations hinges on successful ‘on-the-ground’ demonstration of new ideas and approaches.

Education and Outreach

We bridge educational boundaries to produce future infrastructure practitioners who are prepared to meet challenges and opportunities in the 21st century and beyond.

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N-EWN governance