Arnold, C., J. Barrett, T. Campbell, M. Chrysochoou, and N. Bompoti. 2021. The Environment Corps: combining classroom instruction, service learning, and extension outreach to create a new model of community engaged scholarship at the University of Connecticut. Journal of Higher Education Outreach and Engagement 25(2): 215-231.
UConn Receives NSF Grant for “Environment Corps” Project, UConn Today, 7/28/19.
From “rain bombs” to “sunny-day flooding,” climate change has become local, Hartford Courant, 11/03/2019.
Connecting Towns and UConn Students: The Environment Corps, CLEARScapes newsletter, Winter 2020 edition.
IUSE Builds Community Around Improving STEM Education, AAAS News, 4/01/2021.
Throwing Nitrogen Out with the Stormwater: UConn Extension Educator, Team Helps Coastal Communities Reduce Runoff Pollution. Article in UConn Today newsletter, 7/08/21.
Their Efforts will Impact the State, and the World, for Decades to Come. Article in UConn Today newsletter, 7/23/21.
One can never have too many umbrellas. This is true not only in light of shifting climate regimes, but with respect to the strengthening of new STEM efforts here at UConn. With the launch of this website, more than a year after our formal debut as a program and over five years after the […][Read More]
Arnold, C., Barrett, J., Bompoti, N., Dickson, Sullivan, B., Kerrigan, K., and Maitland, M. The Environment Corps: an engaged scholarship model that combines classroom instruction, service learning and Extension (an act in two parts). Part Two: focus on community projects. Faculty workshop (virtual) of the UConn Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning, April 23, 2021.
Campbell-Montalvo, R., C. Gopalan. “Responses to COVID-19: Adapting Classroom Teaching Techniques and Hands-On Learning to an Online Environment.” AAAS-IUSE 2021 Virtual Workshop series. March 23, 2021.
Bompoti, N. Path to brownfield redevelopment: Connecticut Brownfields Institute's Municipal Assistance Program. UConn CLEAR Webinar Series, April 22, 2020.
Arnold, C. UConn Environment Corps: Harnessing student power to help towns. UConn CLEAR Webinar Series, March 25, 2020.
Chet Arnold, Director, Center for Land Use Education and Research, Dept. of Extension, UConn
A UConn faculty partnership that reaches across departmental and college lines is engaged in an effort that seeks to enhance, expand and institutionalize a new model for community engagement at the University. The “Environment Corps” combines the familiar elements of classroom instruction, service learning and Extension outreach in a unique way that provides “real world” experience for students as they prepare for the work force, while helping communities respond to complex environmental mandates. Students enroll in a semester of classroom instruction that focuses on the impacts and issues involved in an environmental problem at the municipal level. Case studies, news articles, guest lectures by practitioners, field visits, and group projects are used to provide a local framework for the class. Students can then choose to enroll in a practicum course during the following semester, where they form teams that work directly with municipal officials from Connecticut towns. The initial pilot effort, funded by an internal UConn grant, created the Climate Corps, now finishing its third year. It was joined in the following year by the Brownfields Corps, and the Stormwater Corps in Spring 2020. To date, 39 town projects have been completed. The challenge moving forward will be to institutionalize this approach at UConn by making it an attractive and viable option for instructors.
Dr. Nefeli Bompoti, Project Manager, Connecticut Brownfields Initiative, Dept. of Civil and Environmental Engineering, UConn
The Connecticut Brownfields Initiative (CBI) is an educational and community support program with a mission to promote brownfield redevelopment in the State of Connecticut. CBI operates within the University of Connecticut and provides training and support for CT stakeholders on brownfield remediation and redevelopment. Our educational program creates a workforce of skilled graduates with hands on experience on brownfields. The initiative enables public-private industry, academia and government to collaborate in solving brownfield remediation and redevelopment challenges in CT.
In this webinar, you will learn about:
- Brownfields projects we support
- CBI’s Fall and Spring Municipal Assistance Program
- Recent success stories