Center for Sustainability Education
Making Sustainability a Defining Characteristic of a Dickinson Education
The Center for Sustainability Education (CSE) creates, enhances and connects opportunities for learning about sustainability in and out of the classroom. Working with a variety of partners, CSE supports activities that use the campus as a living laboratory for sustainability, helps faculty members incorporate sustainability in their teaching and research, funds student-faculty research, organizes speakers and events, serves as an information hub for all facets of Dickinson’s sustainability efforts, and employs student interns to lead and assist with these and other efforts.
Our partners include academic departments, student organizations, offices of Campus Operations and Student Development, the Dickinson Organic Farm, the Alliance for Aquatic Resource Monitoring (ALLARM), the Center for Global Study and Engagement, the Center for Community Studies, the Clarke Forum for Contemporary Issues, and other groups.
Examples of CSE activities include:
• Serving as an information hub for all facets of Dickinson’s sustainability efforts;
• Employing interns to work on sustainability projects each semester and summer;
• Coordinating Eco-Reps, a peer-to-peer education program for sustainable living;
• Operating The Handlebar, a bike shop that provides students space & tools for maintaining and repairing their bikes;
• Managing the Biodiesel Shop to produce a renewable fuel from waste vegetable oil;
• Helping faculty members to incorporate sustainability content in new and existing courses with grants and advice;
• Supporting student-faculty research projects;
• Offering faculty workshops on sustainability, climate change, and place-based and experiential learning;
• Working with the Center for Global Study & Engagement to promote learning about sustainability in a global context;
• Teaching sustainability courses;
• Coordinating Dickinson’s Climate Action Plan and inventorying Dickinson’s greenhouse gas emissions;
• Leading delegations of Dickinson students and faculty to UN meetings on climate change;
• Organizing conferences, speakers, and other events.