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Center for the Environment


About the Center


The Center for the Environment was established in 2017.  This was made possible through the generous support of the McLaughlin-Martin Environmental Innovation Fund.  This effort has also been supported by the Office of the Provost and the Environmental Studies and Sustainability Program.


The new Center will pivot and pool existing resources on campus while leveraging the acquisition of new resources in an effort to contribute to the College’s continued growth and prominence in several areas of institutional priority, including:

(1) Expanding our appeal to a broader base of students

(2) Embracing experiential education through project-based learning, internships, co-ops and service

(3) Increasing opportunities for students to collaborate with faculty on applied environmental research

(4) Strengthening and coordinating connections with the local community

(5) Saving resources, both financial and natural, by spearheading the implementation of campus sustainability measures


As a unit, the proposed Center will be a separate administrative unit, reporting to the Office of the Provost.  A faculty-based Steering Committee or ‘Board of Directors’ will oversee the various facets of the Center and consist of faculty from each of the College’s Schools. 

The Center has financial oversight from the Provost’s Office.   All existing and new academic programs will be linked to the Center and all environmental programs will share a common core environmental curriculum.  This will integrate all the environmental academic programs on campus, allow students the flexibility to choose and move between majors as they matriculate and provide an interdisciplinary cohesion across majors.