The adverse environmental risks and problems the country is facing necessitate a drive for environmental management toward sustainable development. This depends on extensive public awareness and understanding, adoption of new values and changes in attitudes toward the preservation of our natural and agricultural resources.

Responding to the call for conservation and management of the natural environment, the Office of the Vice President for Academic Affairs of the Central Luzon State University proposed the creation of the Environmental Management Institute (EMI). The CLSU Board of Regents approved the establishment of the EMI on March 11, 1997.

However, the complex environmental problems are intensified and aggravated by climate change. To oversee the climate change impacts and adaptation measures locally, regionally and internationally, it was proposed that the Climate Change and Disaster Risk Management be integrated in the Institute. On September 21, 2011 at CHED Conference Room, HEDC  Building, Quezon City under Board Resolution No. 44-2011, the proposal was approved and it was named as Institute for Climate Change and Environmental Management (ICCEM).