2015-2016 InTeGrate Grant
No longer can colleges or universities ignore the need to produce campus environments that promote stewardship and sustainability at all levels and for all peoples. The over use and abuse of natural, economic, and human resources have all led to significant challenges for today's society. Given historic and current trends, colleges and universities must be part of the solution by providing a path forward by developing, modeling and teaching best practices when it comes to resource conservation.
With this in mind, during academic year 2015-2016, faculty from Shippensburg University Departments of Biology and Geography & Earth Science received a grant for nearly $49,000 to help support integration of sustainability into a range of courses here at Shippensburg. The grant is supported by funds from the National Science Foundation and is coordinated by the Science Education Resource Center at Carleton College. Shippensburg received one of about 15 implementation grants awarded to a range of universities and colleges across the country. The program encourages colleges and universities to integrate "Teaching for a Sustainable Future" into undergraduate courses across a wide range of disciplines including the humanities, social sciences, and traditional sciences and math.
Shippensburg University's grant titled "Cultivating Sustainability through General Education Coursework, Professional Development, and High-Impact Co-Curricular Programming and Career Development" provides funding to support professional development activities, and a whole range of programs to support student learning outside of the classroom whether through faculty-student research, service-learning opportunities, internships, and more. These projects are ultimately aimed at providing high impact outcomes for our students so they are successful in their career development.
Key programs this year include:
- Campus-Community Sustainability Forum which is open to the public, students, administrators, and faculty.
- Sustainability Field Conference which is open to faculty, staff and student leaders who are interested in learning more about sustainability in our region.
- Faculty Curriculum Development Workshops
- Service-Learning Opportunities at the SU Campus Community Farm, the Food Recovery Network, ShipShape Day, and with other local and regional partners
- And more
View the Shippensburg University page on the SERC website!
Sustainability Outdoor Film Festival
DATES: September 19-22, 2016
TIME: Shows begin @ 7:00 PM
PLACE: Huber-Shearer Academic Quad
Each night of the film festival will be sponsored by a community partner. We plan to show short films focusing on local, regional, national, and international sustainability concerns. The event will be outdoors in coordination with the Outdoor Nation Challenge! We are seeking permission to show the films in the Huber-Shearer Quad by projecting onto the side of Huber Art Center (the big white block wall facing Old Main). There will also be free solar cooked popcorn. More details coming soon!