Overall Rating Silver - expired
Overall Score 58.99
Liaison Barbara Kviz
Submission Date Feb. 27, 2015
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Carnegie Mellon University
AC-7: Incentives for Developing Courses

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.00 / 2.00 Erika Ninos
Environmental Program Coordinator
Steinbrenner Institute
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Does the institution have an ongoing incentives program or programs that meet the criteria for this credit?:

A brief description of the program(s), including positive outcomes during the previous three years:

Carnegie Mellon University's Steinbrenner Institute for Education and Research provides small grants to students, staff and faculty for the development or enhancement of formal and informal environmental education programs. The SEED (Steinbrenner Environmental Education Development) Fund supports projects such as campus wide student sustainability initiatives, the Environment Today immersion course, and the development of modules or courses that will enhance sustainability education and practice on campus.

A brief description of the incentives that faculty members who participate in the program(s) receive:

Small grants (up to $2500) to support SEED projects are available. Applications are accepted on a ‘rolling’ basis and the criteria for application include the following:

•Eligible activities include course development, projects, workshops, or events
•Students must be involved in the program
•Provision of some level of matching funds must be demonstrated

In addition to SEED Funding, the University provides up to $10,000 annually for the Environment Today weekend immersion course. The course allows undergraduate and graduate students to be involved in a weekend long exploration of topical environmental issues. The course is co-coordinated by undergraduate student group, Sustainable Earth and the Steinbrenner Institute with support from the office of the Vice Provost for Education.

The website URL where information about the incentive program(s) is available:

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