The Center for the Environment is an interdisciplinary center focused on hands-on environmental scholarship and learning, campus innovation and reciprocal community partnerships. It is generously supported by the McLauglin-Martin Family Environmental Innovation Fund. The Center promotes, coordinates and supports environmental inquiry, stewardship and sustainable design.
The Mission of the Center for the Environment
Our mission is to promote the sustainability of natural resources, stewardship of the environment and service to the community.
As an institution of higher learning and in the Augustinian tradition of seeking truth through inquiry and dialogue, the mission of Merrimack College charges the college to engage in collaborative efforts fostering a just, peaceful, and sustainable world. As such, the Merrimack College community is committed to promote environmental stewardship and responsibility by integrating ethical, social, economic and ecological values of environmentally sustainability into our works,deeds and actions.
The need to understand, respond to and alter the impacts of human activity on the natural systems of the planet is immediate and unprecedented. Current and future generations of students graduating from Merrimack College will be faced with the challenge to re-think, re-design and re-create how humans utilize all the major natural resource based systems on earth. The driving force behind the Center is to educate not only our students to meet these challenges and prepare them to succeed in their career paths, but also to educate the entire campus community and to build Merrimack into a regional environmental partner. We achieve these aspirations through environmental programming and environmental projects on campus and with our community partners.
The Affiliated Faculty with the program provide the backbone of the Center. There are faculty from each of our five schools, Liberal Arts, Science and Engineering, Health Sciences, Education and Social Policy and the Girard School of Business.
We continue to grow and recruit new faculty to be part of the Center and to bring their talents, skills and enthusiasm.
Center Organization and Governance
The Center is under the auspices of the Office of the Provost. The operations of the Center are overseen by a faculty steering committee that includes the Director of our Environmental Studies and Sustainability Program. The Steering Committee is responsible for establishing priorities, developing new programming, reviewing projects and programs and working with the Center’s many partners.