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Goucher Receives Cargill Foundation Grant

Release date: September 02, 2011

Goucher College recently received a gift of nearly $384,000 to support its new Environmental Studies Program from the Margaret A. Cargill Foundation, a nonprofit organization that supports programs that relieve suffering and enhance quality of life in a sustainable manner.

This gift, in combination with the Robert and Jane Meyerhoff Endowed Professorship in Environmental Studies and the multi-year grant previously received from the Mellon Foundation, will help Goucher move forward with its proven commitment to supporting environmental sustainability as an important part of academic life on campus.

Last fall the college launched an interdisciplinary environmental studies program that includes two concentrations — environmental science or environment and society — to give students a firm background in all facets of environmental studies.

This new major was made possible in part by a $1.5 million grant from Robert Meyerhoff, which was used to create an endowed faculty chair in environmental studies, and a $448,000 grant from the Mellon Foundation, which provides funding for a visiting professor in the field for three years; summer workshops during that period for faculty to develop additional courses in environmental studies; two visiting scholars every semester for three years, who will spend time on campus with students and give public presentations; and summer research support, including for students who will work with the Meyerhoff professor and the visiting professor.

Goucher is honored and grateful to receive these gifts, which will help the college move forward even more boldly in an area that is so important to its students and its overall mission of advocating environmental sustainability on campus and beyond.