MACC Provides Sub-grants for Member Campuses to Support Environmental Stewardship

Massachusetts Campus Compact Shares $168,000 Davis Grant

Massachusetts Campus Compact (MACC), in partnership with Maine, New Hampshire, and Vermont Campus Compacts, has been awarded a $168,000 grant from the Davis Educational Foundation to support curricular innovation and environmental stewardship. The Campuses for Environmental Stewardship (CES) program will train college faculty from 18 colleges and universities in four New England states to develop and deliver courses in which students and faculty partner with community organizations to address pressing environmental issues.

“MACC is delighted to be part of this unique opportunity, which will support the work of our member campuses in promoting environmental stewardship through strong community programs,” says MACC Executive Director Barbara Canyes. “This is very much in keeping with our mission of integrating civic and community engagement into academic life in ways that develop students’ civic skills while helping communities address pressing needs.” Environmental stewardship is an area that resonates with students, making it ideal for this type of program, she adds. “Students care deeply about the environment, and they’re eager to gain the knowledge required to develop sustainable practices and policies.”

Five MACC member institutions have been selected for inclusion in the grant portfolio on the basis of their competitive proposals:

  • College of the Holy Cross
  • Gordon College
  • Springfield College
  • Stonehill College
  • UMass Boston

Through this two-year initiative, more than 70 faculty members working in multidisciplinary teams from the 18 campuses will learn how to embed environmental service-learning components into courses across disciplines. Chosen campuses will deliver a minimum of four related service-learning courses each. Teams will receive training in service-learning pedagogy and apply this interdisciplinary model to create community partnerships and address critical environmental stewardship challenges across Massachusetts, Maine, New Hampshire, and Vermont.

“This program will help our member campuses advance teaching and learning while supporting local communities and providing students with real-world experiences that increase their capacity to produce change in areas that matter,” notes Canyes. “We are grateful to the Davis Educational Foundation for providing this exciting opportunity.” The Foundation, established by Stanton and Elisabeth Davis after Mr. Davis’s retirement as chairman of Shaw’s Supermarkets, Inc., is committed to strengthening undergraduate programs at New England–based colleges and universities.

The CES initiative will culminate with environmental community projects and will continue through cross-campus, statewide, and regional collaboration to further define and advance the role of higher education in addressing the region’s most pressing issues.

See what Stonehill College is doing with its portion of the grant.

See the RFP