WMU climate change working group awards mini-grants to faculty, students

In collaboration with the Western Michigan University’s Office for Sustainability, the WMU Climate Change Working Group awarded a Climate Change Teaching Fellow mini-grant of $500 to seven successful applicants. The awards seek to foster the integration of climate change as a topic in WMU courses at all levels and in all disciplines. 

Awardees were selected from a variety of disciplines across campus, including the Departments of English, Family and Consumer Sciences (Interior Design and Nutrition and Dietetics), Gender and Women’s Studies, Geological and Environmental Sciences, and Philosophy. The CCWG executive committee was delighted to receive many excellent submissions and deeply appreciated learning about the important curricular modifications being considered by so many talented faculty.

Smoke stacks at plant2020 Climate Change Teaching Fellow mini-grant awardees

Kim Buchholz, WMU instructor of family and consumer sciences, interior design

Dr. Caroline Webber, WMU associate professor of family and consumer sciences, nutrition and dietetics internship director

Dustin Altschul, WMU part-time instructor of family and consumer sciences, interior design

Dr. Todd Kuchta, WMU associate professor of English

Dr. Johnson Haas, WMU associate professor of geological and environmental sciences

Dr. Mariam Konate, WMU associate professor of gender and women’s studies and co-author Deirdre Courtney, WMU interdisciplinary Ph.D. student

Anna Kietzerow, WMU graduate assistant of philosophy

About WMU’s Climate Change Working Group

The WMU CCWG is an interdisciplinary group of faculty, staff, student and community volunteers dedicated to working for the urgent action needed to adapt to and mitigate global climate change. The CCWG heightens the awareness of the consequences of climate change and provides leadership about action through research, education and community outreach in Kalamazoo. The CCWG is a member of the Kalamazoo Climate Crisis Coalition.

 All faculty are encouraged to join the CCWG, and to consider adding their courses to the existing Minor in Climate Change Studies or the recently approved Graduate Certificate in Climate Change Policy and Management (beginning Fall 2020). For more information or to get involved, please contact Dr. Denise Keele