M.A.C. Foundation Environmental Initiatives

Marlboro College has received a grant from the M.A.C. Foundation (Margaret A. Cargill Foundation) in support of environmental initiatives at the College.  Funds available total $120,000 and will be spent from spring 2012 through the 2013-2014 academic year, including summer 2014.

 The M.A.C. Foundation is a subsidiary of Margaret A. Cargill Philanthropies. The Mission of the Margaret A. Cargill Foundation is to “support programs that relieve suffering and enhance quality of life in a sustainable manner.”  One of the particular goals of the Foundation is to “preserve and promote sustainable use of the environment.”  It is for this environmental dimension that we have received funding.    

Faculty members involved in Environmental Studies, in consultation with several students and staff members, have developed categories that will receive funding.  Below are brief descriptions of each of the categories, links to application forms when needed and funding amounts for the 2013-2014 academic year.  Deadlines for the Fall 2013 semester are October 10th, November 11th, and December 10th.  The committee will meet shortly after these dates to decide awards.

Student Internships/Fieldwork (typically summer)

Marlboro provides support for summer internships to enable students to conduct research or to take volunteer or low-paid positions in organizations and gain applied experience in environmental fields. Our hope is that students will engage in work that cannot be done on campus and that they will establish relationships with professionals who may be helpful to them in the future. Students in the past have interned in non-profit organizations, research centers, laboratories, art studios, cultural festivals, hospitals, correctional facilities, and museums. Students have also received support for their own independent, Plan-related research project, guided by a Marlboro College faculty member or a mentor at another institution. Up to $5,000 per student for four students; amount per student and numbers of students funded will be based on applications.  Deadline: To be announced; normally in ealry March.

Student Research Support (typically during the 2013-2014 academic year)

Funding is available to support research projects during the semester and workshops on campus that have an environmental focus.  Up to $1,000 per student for a total of $6,000.

Conferences/Workshops for Students (year round)

Funding is available to attend conferences and workshops that have an environmental focus.  Funding may also be available to partially fund food and travel for conferences.  Up to $2,000 for each student for a total of $7,000; funds may also be used to support attendance for whole classes.

Faculty Research Support (2013-2014 year round)

M.A.C. Faculty Professional Development Grants are to support faculty research and creative work within environmental fields independent of, but not to exclude, curricular development.  To this end, funds are awarded primarily to projects designed to enrich faculty involvement in their fields.  The grant may cover travel, lodging, and limited meals; materials such as books, office and laboratory supplies, photographs, and photocopies; and consultation with outside specialists.  The grant does not cover salary.  These grants are competitive and the committee may decide to award the full amount requested, a portion, or make no award. A faculty member may apply for up to $2,500; a total of $5,000 is available.

Marlboro College Environmental Practices/Sustainability (2013-2014 year round)

Funding to support initiatives on campus that enhance sustainability.  A total of $10,000 is available.

Speaker Series (2013-2014 academic year)

Funding to support bringing environmentally oriented speakers to campus.  A total of $2,000 is available.

Outdoor Programs (2013-2014 academic year)

Funding to support an environmental focus in training and implementation of Bridges trips and other Outdoor Program trips with an environmental focus.  A total of $2,000 is available.

 On behalf of the Environmental Studies faculty, we invite you to submit proposals or requests for funding.  Please contact us if you have any questions.  Thank you very much for your interest, and we look forward to your applications for endeavors that will support and expand Marlboro College’s environmental initiatives.

Matt Ollis

William Edelglass

Jennifer Ramstetter (contact for Spring 2014 applications)