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from The Plan for Mount Holyoke 2003

"Recognizing that informed decision-making about regional and global environmental issues is crucial to responsible citizenship and leadership, let us encourage personal and professional activities to improve environmental literacy and awareness, generate scientific knowledge, guide public policy, and encourage individual students and faculty to advocate and effect social change that will improve the environmental health of our community and our world."

The Center for the Environment (formerly the Center for Environmental Literacy) was established in 1998 as an initiative of the The Plan for Mount Holyoke 2003. Its primary goal was to make environmental literacy a central part of all students’ education at Mount Holyoke, by using our campus, with its botanic garden, as a natural laboratory for the study of landscape ecology and ecological processes.

Support from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation allowed the center’s first two directors (Aaron Ellison and Thomas Millette) and staff to develop the curricular trail, which monitors weather, water flow and water quality (in Stony Brook and the ponds), forest composition, and invasive species. This resource has enabled students and faculty across the disciplines to investigate the local environment and to identify their own sense of environmental “place.”

Center for the Environment
Talcott Greenhouse South
50 College Street
Mount Holyoke College
South Hadley, MA 01075
Phone: 413-538-3091

Copyright © 2006 Mount Holyoke College. This page created and maintained by Center for the Environment. Last modified on April 21, 2006.