Campus Compact for Southern New England (CCSNE), in partnership with Maine Campus Compact (MCC), and New Hampshire Campus Compact (NHCC), has been awarded a $228,996 grant from the Davis Educational Foundation to support curricular innovation and environmental stewardship. 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.
Through this three-year initiative, over 60 faculty members working in multi-disciplinary teams from 16 campuses across five New England states will embed community-engaged environmental education into a course of any discipline. Selected campuses, to be announced in May 2018, will deliver 3-4 related service-learning courses. Teams will receive training in service-learning pedagogy and apply this interdisciplinary model to create community partnerships and address critical environmental stewardship challenges across 5 New England states.
CCSNE, MCC, and NHCC are grateful to the Davis Educational Foundation for their support of this grant. The Foundation, established by Stanton and Elisabeth Davis after Mr. Davis’s retirement as chairman of Shaw’s Supermarkets, Inc. is committed to strengthening undergraduate programs at New England-based colleges and universities.
The CES initiative will culminate with environmental community projects, campus community engagement recognition events, and a Best Practices Showcase, and will continue through regional collaboration to further advance the role of higher education in addressing the region’s most pressing issues.