IMPROVE the quality of teaching and learning throughout New Hampshire institutions of higher education.

PROVIDE leadership throughout the state and nation to reinvigorate the civic and moral leadership of higher education in ways that connect colleges and universities with the communities and constituencies they serve.

PROMOTE citizenship education by expanding higher education's role in educating students not only for careers and jobs but also for their roles as active and engaged community members.

CCES Grant Program

Community Colleges for Environmental Sustainability (CCES)

Today’s students will be facing complex issues, like climate change and water quality, in their communities, and entering a highly competitive global workforce that demands a diverse skill set. Recognizing that these challenges cannot be solved through one discipline alone, a four-state Campus Compact consortium aims to engage teams of faculty from a wide variety of disciplines in collaborative efforts to integrate environmental service-learning projects into the curriculum.

Campuses will be selected to receive a sub-grant of up to $4500 to create institutional change by embedding service-learning projects into courses, thereby strengthening teaching and curriculum, student learning outcomes, and interdisciplinary approaches to education. Each campus will be required to deliver a minimum of 4 related service-learning courses, each partnering with community organizations to address climate change and water quality. Teams will receive training in service-learning pedagogy and apply this interdisciplinary model to environmental stewardship challenges as a part of their participation in the grant. Training will take place at a Faculty Development Institute in June 2016.

Program Goals:

  • To complete environmental service-learning projects that enhance student learning outcomes, and to tie this learning to issues of civic importance and real world application;
  • To create and sustain changes in campus delivery of courses for experiential and environmental education for students in fields of study; and
  • TO create a strengthened and replicable model for interdisciplinary approaches to service and problem-based learning.

The NH community college selected for this grant program is NHTI, Concord’s Community College.  Click here to learn more about their project.


Funding provided by a grant from the EPA