Centre receives ACS/Mellon grant for Environmental Studies

Posted by Centre News in News, Sustainable Centre 04 Nov 2010

Centre College has received another two-year grant for an Associated Colleges of the South/Mellon-funded Environmental Postdoctoral Teaching Fellowship. This will allow the College to continue having a post-doctoral teaching fellow in the area of environmental ethics or environmental policy, who teaches three courses each year for the next two years.

Dr. Brett Werner joined Centre’s faculty in 2009 as an ACS Environmental Postdoctoral Teaching Fellow and has been actively and successfully involved in enhancing Centre’s environmental studies minor. This newly funded position will allow the College to continue to enhance the minor, both in and out of the classroom.

The Teaching Fellow allows the College to add environmental studies courses that it wouldn’t otherwise be able to include in the curriculum. The Teaching Fellow will also be able to work with students on environmentally focused research projects.

“The Postdoctoral Fellowship really is a win-win situation,” Werner says. “During my time here, I’ve been able to help Centre build and develop the environmental studies program, and I’ve had the chance to teach courses I love on a reduced teaching load, which allows me to further my research in ecology and the environmental humanities.”

During Werner’s 2010 CentreTerm course “Food and Campus Sustainability,” students developed the idea to create an organic garden. After the course, interested students got together in spring 2010 in an effort to generate more student interest in on-campus gardening.

The result is Centre’s first student garden organization, Centre Garden Research Through Organic Sustainability (GROWS), of which Werner is the faculty advisor. The garden, which features eight three-feet by eight-feet beds, is located behind the Emeritus House on Maple Avenue. At optimum rates, the garden will produce 50 pounds per raised bed.

By Abby Malik