The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has begun a unique partnership with Benedict College in Columbia, South Carolina to increase students’ education on environmental issues. The college and the EPA plan to work together to form a mutually beneficial relationship, with the goal to help students become more knowledgeable about the environment as well as secure internships with the EPA’s local regional office.
The partnership is set up so the EPA can work with faculty and students to become more environmentally-informed and in turn, can help the federal agency complete important research and projects. Benedict College hopes that the partnership will help them to promote a better environment and increase relationships with local communities by helping to explain public issues and policy.
This partnership is an important part of the growing sustainability movement. Colleges across the nation have begun offering environmental courses and majors, but these steps have little impact if there’s not student interest. This program is setting a new precedent because it nurtures students’ interests in the environment and provides them with an outlet in which they can put their knowledge to use in the real world.
We hope to see more colleges and universities implementing similar programs to really engage students in environmental issues. And as David Swinton, president of Benedict College said, “The college has been trying to move forward to effectively influence and help promote a better environment.” To learn more about this partnership, read the entire article here.