ACS signs partnership agreement for environmental initiatives with the EPA

Posted by Centre News in News, Sustainable Centre 19 Aug 2010

On Monday, August 16, the Associated Colleges of the South (ACS) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) at Centre College.

The MOU between the EPA and ACS affirm that both parties are committed to enhancing environmental stewardship and sustainability. The MOU will serve as a mechanism to increase cooperation in areas of mutual interest between the EPA and ten colleges in the ACS consortium located within EPA Region 4.

ACS was represented by Centre President John Roush, chairman of the ACS Board of Directors. The EPA was represented by Region 4 Administrator Stanley Meiburg.

“The faculty, students and staff at Centre have taken initiative and have made good decisions that are in line with the efforts the EPA supports and that are good for our environment,” Roush said. Speaking of the ACS, he said, “The ACS has led our colleges in directions we might not otherwise have gone. The ACS is a remarkably important group, comprised of the premier undergraduate colleges and universities in the southeast and southwest.”

Meiburg says that this MOU represents the EPA’s desire to tap into a resource that can help the EPA carry out its goals. In exchange, the EPA will offer students resources—like job opportunities, experts, advice, and internships—to which they might otherwise not have access.

“I’m a strong and firm believer in the value of a liberal arts education,” Meiburg said. “We at the EPA rely heavily on scientific skills, and critical thinking is at the core of a liberal arts education. “

Meiburg said that the next generation of environmental leaders is now in training, and this MOU will put that effort in motion.

More about the MOU

The MOU emphasizes collaboration between ACS and EPA in several areas: curriculum, community service, undergraduate research, pedagogy, student leadership, and facilities. As part of the relationship, EPA would extend its expertise to ACS at conferences, workshops, and as visiting faculty; provide assistance to institutions regarding compliance issues; offer opportunities for students to present research at EPA conferences; allow ACS students to apply for internships; and assist students interested in EPA careers.

The colleges located in EPA Region 4 include Birmingham-Southern College (Alabama); Centre College (Kentucky); Davidson College (North Carolina); Furman University (South Carolina); Millsaps College (Mississippi); Morehouse College and Spelman College (Georgia); Rhodes College and Sewanee: University of the South (Tennessee); and Rollins College (Florida).

By Abby Malik

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