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

Contact: Kathleen Refior

KALAMAZOO, Mich—In collaboration with the Western Michigan University’s Office for Sustainability, the WMU Climate Change Working Group awarded Climate Change Teaching Fellow mini-grants of $500. There were 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, gender and women’s studies, geological and environmental sciences, and philosophy.

2020 Climate Change Teaching Fellow mini-grant awardees

  • Kim Buchholz, instructor of family and consumer sciences, interior design
  • Dr. Caroline Webber, associate professor of family and consumer sciences, nutrition and dietetics internship director
  • Dustin Altschul, part-time instructor of family and consumer sciences, interior design
  • Dr. Todd Kuchta, associate professor of English
  • Dr. Johnson Haas, associate professor of geological and environmental sciences
  • Dr. Mariam Konate, associate professor of gender and women’s studies, and co-author Deirdre Courtney, interdisciplinary Ph.D. student
  • Anna Kietzerow,  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, contact Dr. Denise Keele

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