Campuses for Environmental Stewardship (CES)

About the Program

The Campuses for Environmental Stewardship (CES) program aims to engage teams of faculty from a wide variety of disciplines in collaborative efforts to integrate service-learning into the curriculum. Through funding from the Davis Educational Foundation, the Campuses for Environmental Stewardship (CES) program will train college faculty from 16 baccalaureate degree-granting colleges and universities in Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, and Rhode Island to develop and deliver courses which partner with community organizations to address pressing issues such as environmental stewardship and STEM education. Selected campuses will be required to deliver a minimum of  3-4 related service-learning courses, each partnering with community organizations to address environmental challenges. A limited number of sub-grants are also available for teams with a focus area on STEM education or food insecurity. Teams will receive training in service-learning pedagogy and apply this interdisciplinary model to environmental stewardship challenges as a part of their participation in the grant.

This program  has several overarching goals:

  • to complete service- and problem-based learning projects in Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, and Rhode Island communities to enhance student learning outcomes, and to tie this learning to issues of civic importance and real-world application
  • to create and sustain changes in campus delivery of courses for experiential and environmental education of students in all fields of study
  • to create a strengthened and replicable model for interdisciplinary approaches to service and problem-based learning
  • to improve faculty motivation and to further institutionalize support for community-engaged teaching

About the Campus Grants

Member campuses of Campus Compact for Southern New England are eligible to apply for funding through the CES Program to support curriculum development. 16 Subgrantees in total will be awarded to members from CCSNE, Maine Campus Compact, and New Hampshire Campus Compacts.

  • Maximum grant will be $4,500
  • Cost-share requirement: at least 25% of the budgeted amount
  • No campus may receive more than one award
  • Each team must submit a project budget and action plan.
  • As a team, all faculty participants and designated project managers must attend one 2-day Regional Training & Faculty Development Institute to be held in June 14-15 for Region I (ME, NH) or June 28-29, 2018 for Region II (CT, MA, RI).
  • Each campus must commit to participating in an action planning process to support participating faculty with the goal of sustaining and increasing the number of courses embedded with environmental community projects after the grant has ended. Faculty are encouraged to attend their Campus CE Recognition Event in spring 2019 and are required to participate in a Best Practices Showcase in October 2019.
  • Each participating faculty member will fully develop and deliver a course embedded with environmental service-learning in the term following their participation in the Faculty Development Institute.  Each state CC will support faculty participants in their course delivery through site monitoring and consulting campus visits and phone calls. A faculty coach will offer additional technical assistance to each campus. Each course must include one student-led community presentation as a component of the service-learning project.
  • Campus administrators will participate in trainings and site visits and work with campuses to develop Campus CE Commitment Plans. A Faculty Fellows Program will be launched in Year 3 of the grant.

Current Grantees

Past Grant Program

The CES awarded a total of 18 sub-grants to campuses in Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, and Vermont during the fall 2015 and spring 2016 semesters. CCSNE members included College of the Holy Cross, Gordon College, Springfield College, Stonehill College, and UMass Boston. 

Questions about this year’s grant can be directed to Kaytee Stewart, Assistant Director, at kstewart {at} compact(.)org.