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* Open Facebook Group for Enviro Colleagues *

ACS is always looking for ways to help its members stay connected.  For this reason, Programs in Sustainability and the Environment has created an open Facebook group wherein faculty, staff and former ACS Fellows can share their accomplishments, read environmental news of other campuses and the world, and network with like-minded ACS colleagues. Currently, 39 ACS faculty and staff are members. The group can be viewed by anyone with a Facebook account at https://www.facebook.com/groups/ACSEnviro/, or contact emacnabb@colleges.org.

* 2009-2013 ACS Environmental Fellowship Program *

In fall 2008, The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation board awarded ACS $3.5 million, which would support 25 Post-doctoral Fellows in environmental studies at ACS campuses between 2009 and 2013. This unique effort is the only Andrew W. Mellon Fellowship program to date devoted exclusively to one interdisciplinary academic field. In four years, Environmental Fellows not only taught over 100 courses for the consortium (including upper and lower level, new and established courses), they also created co-curricular projects, collaborated in undergraduate research, sponsored Earth Day and Earth Week activities, gave presentations, assisted with departmental issues, and much more. Consortium students, faculty and staff benefited enormously from Fellows’ energy, passion, and expertise. ACS remains extremely grateful for this opportunity to help our institutions create more muscular environmental studies curricula, generate increased enthusiasm in our students and renewed energy in our established faculty, and pave the way for new programs in sustainability and the environment. Below are details about the postdoctoral Fellows who populated the two flights.

Birmingham-Southern College hosted a Fellow in 2011-2013. Sarah Frohardt-Lane’s field is race and environmental history in the United States. She earned the PhD in 2011 at the University of Illinois (Urbana-Champaign).

Centenary College of Louisiana hosted one Fellow in 2009-2011.  John Davenport studied cultural geography at the University of Kentucky (PhD 2008).

Centre College hosted Fellow Cynthia Isenhour in 2011-2013.  Another University of Kentucky PhD (2010), Isenhour studied comparative environmental governance and policy, with a specialization in sustainable consumption programs and policy.  Centre’s 2009-2011 Fellow was Brett Werner, whose field is rhetoric and scientific & technical communication. Werner received the PhD in 2009 from University of Minnesota (Twin Cities).

Davidson College’s 2011-2013 Fellow was Abigail Schade, a 2011 Columbia University PhD in global environmental history, with an interest in groundwater.  The College’s 2009-2011 Fellow was Julianne Mills (PhD 2009), who studied evolution, ecology, and organismal biology at Ohio State University. 

Furman University hosted Fellow Carmel Price in 2011-2013.  She is a 2011 PhD from the University of Tennessee at Knoxville in the field of sociology, with a focus on environmental values.  In 2009-2011, FU hosted Amélie Davis, a 2009 PhD from Purdue University (West Lafayette), where she focused on forestry and natural resources.

Hendrix College’s 2011-2013 Fellow was Amanda Hagood, a 2010 Vanderbilt University PhD in English, who specializes in American environmentalism and postwar culture. The College hosted Jacques Pollini in 2009-2011, a 2007 PhD from Cornell University, with a specialization in natural resources policies and management. 

Millsaps College hosted Drew Swanson in 2011-2013. Swanson is a 2010 University of Georgia PhD in environmental history with a focus on southern agriculture.  Millsaps’ 2009-2011 Fellow was Jessica Piekielek, who attained the PhD in 2009 from the University of Arizona, where she studied cultural anthropology.

Rhodes College hosted a Fellow in 2011-2013:  Ermanno Affuso, a 2011 PhD from Auburn University with a focus on environmental and resource economics.      

Rollins College hosted James Klepek in 2011-2013. James is a 2011 PhD, our second PhD from the University of Arizona. His field is environmental politics, with a focus on social movements in Latin America. In 2009-2011, Rollins hosted Valerie Peters, a second University of Georgia PhD (2009). Her specialty is tropical ecology.

Sewanee: University of the South’s 2011-2013 Fellow was Devan McGranahan, whose 2011 PhD at Iowa State University concentrated on sustainable agriculture. Sewanee’s 2009-2011 Fellow was Daniel C. Carter, another University of Tennessee PhD (2008). Carter studied political science.

Southwestern University was able to host three Fellows because the first Fellow left after only one year to take a full time position. SU’s 2011-2013 Fellow was Brandon Canfield, a 2006 Arizona State University PhD in environmental chemistry. From 2010-2011, Daniel Thornton served as Fellow. His 2010 PhD in wildlife ecology and conservation was earned at the University of Florida (Gainesville).  From 2009-2010, Jinelle Hutchins-Sperry was SU’s Fellow.  Another University of Illinois PhD (2008), her field is ecology, evolution and conservation biology.   

Spelman College hosted one Fellow in 2009-2011. Shereitte Stokes IV earned a PhD in 2009 at Florida A & M University. His field is environmental science/justice/health, policy & risk management.

Trinity University’s 2011-2013 Fellow was William Grove-Fanning, a 2011 PhD at the University of North Texas in environmental philosophy, with a concentration in moral motivation and biodiversity loss. Gregory J. Hazleton was the 2009-2011 Fellow at Trinity. He studied English and American literature for a 2008 PhD at Washington University-St. Louis.

University of Richmond hosted one Fellow, from 2011-2013:  Tihomir Kostadinov, a 2002 UR alumnus. Kostadinov received a PhD in marine science at the University of California Santa Barbara in 2009. His focus is ocean bio-optical modeling and bio-geo-chemistry and the role of land and ocean ecosystems in climate formation.  

Washington and Lee also hosted one Fellow, Laura Henry-Stone, from 2009-2011. Her 2009 PhD sustainability education is from the University of Alaska-Fairbanks.

* ACSEI Faculty Strategize Continuing Collaboration in Coming Years *

Participants at the 2008 Strategic Planning Workshop, Davidson College

* ACS Environmental Initiative, 1998-2008 *

The ACS Environmental Initiative (ACSEI), which ran from 1998 to 2008, encompassed environmental sustainability not only in academics, but in campus operations, campus-community partnerships, student development, and more.  The highly successful ten-year program changed ACS campuses for the better. Most ACS institutions have made significant physical and cultural changes to emphasize “green” thinking, and because these changes affect not only individuals at each campus but also an entire region of the country, we believe the overall impact of the ACSEI has been much greater than the sum of its parts.

Clearly, ACSEI influenced the ACS presidents who signed the American College and University Presidents Climate Commitment (www.presidentsclimatecommitment.org). Those ACS faculty and staff now working to carry out Commitment requirements for their institutions are the very same faculty and staff who attended ACSEI conferences and workshops over the years, and who played key roles in ACSEI alliance and grant activities. Because of their deep commitment, the ACS Environmental Initiative had a profound impact on the lives of students, faculty and staff in our institutions, transforming them into effective environmental citizens. 

Since 1998, ACS estimates that over 7000 ACS faculty, students, and staff, and several hundred members of the surrounding communities, were affected by the many projects and activities ACSEI sponsored or supported.  Between 2001 and 2008, ACSEI supported 131 Faculty Fellows, 16 Facilities Fellows, 269 Student Interns, and 180 alliance members; awarded 232 grants to 294 recipients for a total of $456,768. For more information about ACSEI alliance grants, please see Successful Alliance Proposals.

Moreover, during that time, ACS Environmental Programs hosted or helped support 42 workshops, conferences and symposia addressing various aspects of environmental citizenship. At little or no cost to the individual or to the campuses, these workshops gave over 1000 ACS faculty, students and staff an opportunity to learn about, be engaged in, and be motivated by their peers' environmental courses and research, by co-curricular environmental programs, and by the many environmental partnerships and projects that were created, implemented, and strengthened due to ACS alliance grants. For more information about ACSEI activities, please see Archived ACSEI Reports.

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In honor of our tenth anniversary as a consortium, the ACS gave a tree to each of our member campuses.








     Participants at the 2006 Environmental Conference held at Rollins College


Participants at the 2006
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