This spring sees the beginning of an exciting collaboration between Castleton University faculty concerned about environmental sustainability.  Castleton University is participating in Campus Compact’s Campuses for Environmental Stewardship  project made possible by a grant from the Davis Educational Foundation.  The team members (pictured above during a break from training in Seward, ME in November), are working together to offer an innovative inter-linking of courses during the Spring 2016 Semester:

Ingrid Johnston-Robledo, Dean of Arts, Sciences, and Community Engagement, is serving as the team leader and project manager.

Students in Matt Moriarty‘s course on Vermont’s Ancient Past will be examining long-term patterns in human-environment interaction through local archaeological fieldwork. He and Paul Derby will be launching a new field school in archeology at the Helen W. Buckner Nature Preserve at Bald Mountain this coming summer.

Judith Robinson is teaching a special course on Building Environmental Sustainability.  As part of her course, students will be learning about and practicing new techniques in sustainable cultivation.

Students in Scott Roper‘s course Globalization and the Environment are working with Chris Boettcher‘s students in Expository and Argumentative Writing  to plan a BioBlitz for the early summer.

All of the courses are being offered in Castleton’s Civic Engagement Program.  As part of their work on the project, the participants are building collaboration across the university, creating ways to link, for example, the Environmental Studies Program with the work of the Environmental Science Program.  Students and faculty will be presenting their projects this term as part of Castleton University’s Earth Day festivities in April.