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Mellon Foundation Grant For Environmental Education Initiative

St. Lawrence University has been awarded a grant of $800,000 from The
Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, New York City, for support of its
Environmental Education Initiative for Active Learning, Research and
Advocacy
, a four-year collaborative project with broad
multi- and interdisciplinary participation.

The University plans to expand experiential learning opportunities such
as field experiences and internships related to environmental education,
research and advocacy; coordinate and increase collaborations between
faculty members across disciplines; and implement these programmatic
enhancements in environmentally sensitive ways. Participants in the
initiative will be asked to estimate the "environmental footprint" of
proposed activities and offer suggestions for how they can and will
mitigate or offset those factors. In evaluating projects for funding,
the Project Steering Committee will consider both any potential
short-term negative impact on the environment (such as travel) and
potential short- and long-term benefits to the environment that will
result from the activity.

The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation has provided St. Lawrence with a number
of generous grants over the past three decades, all of which have
enabled the institution to think creatively about how to enhance the
curriculum in new and innovative ways. Examples in recent years include
grant support for expansion of the arts curriculum; development of a new
curriculum in rhetoric and communication; development of the ConnectNY
consortium of academic libraries; support for the establishment of the
Center for Teaching and Learning; and awards to initiate the
University's Technology for Teaching Project and its Cultural Encounters
Program.