Several years ago the Mellon Foundation awarded SLU a four-year $800,000 grant for environmental education, research and advocacy. Over the first two years we have funded approximately twenty-four proposals from faculty and students.
The Mellon Environmental Education Initiative Steering Committee announces the call for proposals to be due by February 17, 2012 (Faculty/Staff), March 7, 2012 (Students). We invite faculty,staff, and students to submit proposals for projects that meet the spirit and goals of the Mellon grant. These goals include the following:
Increase in-depth experiential learning opportunities for students to apply and discover knowledge through firsthand “field” opportunities off campus, including environmental research, advocacy, internships, activism, and seminar/studio study.
Promote and foster opportunities for interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary collaborations related to the study, sustainability, and protection of the environment.
Implement project activities (i.e., increased field study and advocacy activities) in environmentally sensitive ways for short and long term benefit to the environment.
Proposed activities should take place summer or fall 2012, or during winter break 2012/2013 (Faculty/Staff only).
Please note that our pool of resources dedicated to funding faculty/student projects is limited, thus we anticipate that this year’s funding cycle will be very competitive. Please read the application guidelines and supplemental criteria on the Mellon Initiative website carefully to ensure that your proposal meets one or more of our criteria. Students, please note if your project involves travel including (overnight or international travel) please you’ll need to use the travel registry on the CIIS website to ensure compliance with University travel policies.
The Steering Committee is particularly interested in proposals that have long term environmental benefits, contribute to regional sustainability, or durable impact on the SLU curriculum. Projects that enhance inter- and multi-disciplinary collaboration across the campus among faculty, staff or students will be favored.
In the spirit of reducing our environmental footprint, the application process will be largely online. Please draft your application form, proposal narrative and budget as electronic documents for uploading.
Should you have questions, we encourage you to contact Mary Hussmann or Carrie Johns, co-chairs, or any member of the Steering Committee (Carol Cady, Alexander Stewart, Eric Williams-Bergen, Brad Baldwin, Devon Stein, Alison Del Rossi, Karl Schonberg and Carol Smith).
Join the African Studies
and Conservation Biology Departments for a lecture by Bill Weber and Amy
Vedder, "Out of Africa, Into the Adirondacks: A Conservation Journey."
Bill and Amy live in the Adirondacks and have extensive experience working on
conservation issues in Rwanda and the Adirondacks, among other places.
Both served as directors of the Wildlife Conservation Society's (WCS) Africa
Program for many years. Amy oversaw the design, implementation, and
assessment of field projects and conservation programs in twenty African
countries. Bill created a Congo Basin Program that helped establish more
than twenty new protected areas, produced the first reliable data on forest
elephant and great ape populations, and developed effective alliances with
local communities and commercial timber companies. Bill later served as
WCS North America Program director, focusing on wildlife recovery, ecological
connectivity, energy development, and community-based conservation. He is
currently acting director of Two Countries One Forest, an organization
dedicated to transboundary conservation in the Northern Appalachian forest
region of southeastern Canada and the northeastern U.S. Amy has carried
out extensive field research among mountain gorillas in Rwanda; more broadly,
she is an expert in tropical forest ecology, specializing in the Central
African rainforest. She has served as director of the Living Landscapes
Program, where she oversaw the implementation of a science-based approach to
conserving wildlife and wildlands outside of protected areas. She is
currently Vice-President of WCS. Their co-authored book, In the Kingdom
of Gorillas: The Quest to Save Rwanda's Mountain Gorillas, is available for
sale in Brewer Bookstore.
Join Keeping Track's Susan Morse for a presentation hosted by St. Lawrence University. The event is free and open to the public.
Throughout North America, Susan Morse is highly regarded as an expert in natural history and tracking. Ms. Morse has more than thirty-fiveyears experience monitoring wildlife and interpreting wildlife habitat use. Her research has focused on cougar, bobcat, black bear, and Canada lynx.
She has given workshops on wild felids and other carnivores to a wide range of audiences, including the general public, conservation leaders and professional biologists.
This presentation is supported by a grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation
The Mellon Environmental Education Initiative Steering
Committee announces the fall call for proposals. The due date for faculty/staff submissions is October 12th, the due date for students is October 28th. Faculty, staff, and students are invited to
submit proposals for projects that meet the spirit and goals of the Mellon
grant. Please see the Mellon Initiative
website proposal guidelines for faculty and staff.
Proposed activities should
take place spring or summer 2012. We will make another call for proposals due
in early February for projects that will take place in summer or fall 2012.
The Steering Committee is
particularly interested in proposals that have long term environmental
benefits, contribute to regional sustainability, or durable impact on the SLU
curriculum. Projects that enhance inter- and multi-disciplinary collaboration
across the campus among faculty, staff or students will be favored.
Professor of Environmental Studies, Jon Rosales, spent a
second summer visiting two villages in Alaska to document the impacts of
climate change and share adaption strategies.
Jon and his research students use the internet to share the stories they
Want to get paid to garden this summer? Consider applying to become one of the first ‘Seed
to Table' garden interns.
The Seed to Table interns will work from May - August on the
Seed to Table garden and also participate in educational opportunities relating
to environmentally friendly living and sustainable agriculture. Interns will
work an average of five days a week and have two days off (both interns will
not have the same days off) Interns will be paid a $4,000.00 stipend for the
summer. Funding is provided through the
Mellon Foundation. Housing will be
The Interns will be expected to spend at least ten hours working
with Seed to Table before the end of spring term. Interns will be expected to take part in
additional educational opportunities throughout the summer, and present a
conclusion of their experience during a meal at the beginning of the Fall 2011