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Beloit College Sustainability Fellows Program

The Sustainability Fellows Program will operate in 2016. Application information will be updated soon.

The 1987 Brundtland Commission report called “Our Common Future” defined “sustainable development” as development that “meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs” (World Commission on Environment and Development, 1987, Our Common Future. Oxford University Press, Oxford). According to this report, achieving sustainable development requires preventing environmental degradation while enhancing economic growth and furthering social equity.

The Beloit College Sustainability Fellows Program gives students the opportunity to contribute their expertise to a campus- or community-based sustainability project and earn one unit of academic credit. This eight-week summer program offers internships and applied research experiences for Beloit College students to engage in sustainability related activities on campus and in the local community. Each student will work at one site under the mentorship of a faculty member. In addition to working full-time at their placement sites, students will participate in a weekly Sustainability Seminar and a weekly community-based learning workshop. Please click on 2015 Projects for information on the sustainability sites.

Fellows will receive a stipend of $4,500, must enroll in one unit of Environmental Studies 390:Special Projects, and pay summer tuition for this course. They may contract with the college for room and board. The stipend has been calculated to cover these costs. The program dates for 2015 are June 1 through July 24.

All current Beloit College students are eligible to apply. For full consideration, please apply by March 20, 2015. Application materials are available by clicking HERE and referee materials are available by clicking HERE. Email an unofficial transcript from the Portal to Sarah Arnsmeier, Academic Program Coordinator for the Science Center, For additional information, contact Professor Yaffa Grossman, Director of the Beloit College Sustainability Fellows Program (

The Beloit College Sustainability Fellows Program is supported by sources including: an anonymous donor and a gift from Judy McCleary, a Beloit College life trustee, to help fund fellowships at the Natural Land Institute's Nygren Wetland Preserve in Rockton, Illinois.