Beloit College Sustainability Fellows Program

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 or staff 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 2016 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 must live on campus to earn the full stipend amount and contract with the college for room and board. The stipend has been calculated to cover these costs. The program dates for 2016 are June 6 through July 29, 2016.

All current Beloit College students are eligible to apply. For full consideration, please apply by March 21, 2016. Application materials are available by clicking HERE. Request letters of recommendation from two individuals, at least one of whom is a Beloit College faculty member. When your referees agree to write letters for you, provide them with this LINK to the referee materials.  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 the Pathways to Sustainability Leadership Program.