Funding

EESI is seeking EMS undergraduate students interested in enhancing environmental stewardship and outreach in the University community and beyond to become Environmental Student Ambassadors.

Funds are available to support the activities of an ESA by applying with a faculty sponsor in your EMS department. ESAs will be selected on the basis of a proposed project that improves the health and sustainability of the environment for the local community, for EMS, or for the University. The projects could, but are not required to, be executed in collaboration with University units (e.g. Physical Plant, the Arboretum at Penn State), student clubs (e.g. Ecoaction), community groups (e.g. ClearWater Conservancy, Millbrook Marsh), or an environmental group (e.g. Nature Conservancy, SIerra Club). Projects could focus on, for example, developing new educational or outreach materials for the public, improving the carbon footprint, recycling, energy audits, or removing invasive species in conservation areas.

Environmental Student Ambassadors will receive financial and staff support for their activities for a semester but longer projects will be considered.

Student ambassadors will need a faculty sponsor who is willing to serve as a mentor during the implementation of the project. The ESA could become part of a student curriculum by registering for independent study credits in consultation with their faculty mentor. ESAs are also expected to share project results with the EESI community at an informal lunch.

EESI has allocated $2,500 annually to support the activities of the ESA program. Salary support will not be provided for the ESA. Acknowledgment of the ESA in any presentation or educational/outreach materials developed for distribution is expected.

Applications to become an Environmental Student Ambassador should include:

  • A two-page statement describing the proposed project and how it will enhance environmental stewardship and outreach in the University Community

  • A schedule of activities and project deliverables

  • A budget that identifies how funds will be spent

  • A letter of support from a faculty sponsor

  • Letters of support from any collaborating partners

Applications will be accepted at anytime during a semester for projects in the following semester(s). Please submit your application to: Tracy Bernier, Administrative Assistant, Earth and Environmental Systems Institute (txw9@psu.edu).