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What is the Center for the Environment? What is it trying to do? Why does it do it? How does it do it? Where is it headed?

The broad mission of the Center for the Environment is to enable our students and community to work toward environmentally responsible, just, and equitable societies by bridging diverse interests and backgrounds, and by deepening the connections between people, community, and the Earth.

We imagine “environment” broadly—not just as surroundings, not just as the air, water, and land on which we depend, or that we pollute—but as sets of circumstances, conditions, and contexts in which we live, work, and develop. We seek common ground where edges have separated us—by discipline, by lifeways, by points of view, by structures that may have kept us from engaging in dialogue about “environment” in our work and lives.

Respect and care for the community of life, ecological integrity, and social and environmental justice are the principles grounding the vision and work of the Center.

The Center’s programs seek to offer frames for interdisciplinary and cross-[cultural] dialogue and partnerships, which recognize shared responsibility and interdependence. Our programs seek to increase awareness of local, national, and global realities and to encourage leadership within all of us to reflect, communicate, and act as responsible citizens of the Earth.

A guiding principle of the Center for the Environment is the integration of teaching, research, and community service such that activities and programs positively reinforce each other. The Center serves as a forum that brings together people from diverse backgrounds—faculty, students, staff, and members of the wider community—to discuss and collaborate on issues of mutual concern. An additional important function is to serve the needs of all students studying the environment, including those in the popular Environmental Studies (ES) major and in the student-run Environmental Action Coalition.

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 16, 2006.