Greenway Institute awarded $1.2 million grant for Heart for Fairness and Sustainability in Engineering

White River Junction, VT – Greenway Institute and Elizabethtown Faculty had been awarded a $1.2 million grant by the Nationwide Science Basis (NSF) to develop and launch the Greenway Heart for Fairness and Sustainability (GCES) in Engineering in Vermont.

“The Greenway Heart for Fairness and Sustainability addresses our two greatest imperatives for engineering training: closing alternative gaps for traditionally marginalized college students and making ready the subsequent era of engineers to construct a sustainable future. As a result of traditionally marginalized teams, together with communities of colour and rural college students, are sometimes the primary and most harmed by failures to suppose sustainably, the challenges of fairness and sustainable engineering are one and the identical,” stated the grant co-PI Greenway Institute co-founder and former Secretary of Schooling of Vermont, Rebecca Holcombe.

The Greenway Heart for Fairness and Sustainability will function as an innovation campus underneath Elizabethtown’s Faculty of Engineering, Math and Science. It’ll redesign and re-center engineering training round sustainability and research-based fairness practices that empower college students from underrepresented teams. The grant will assist fund:  

  • An immersive “sustainability semester” in Vermont the place engineering college students from across the nation interact in hands-on engineering initiatives that introduce them to ideas and practices of sustainability
  • A primary-year of immersive, team-based, hands-on engineering training for college kids admitted to Elizabethtown’s engineering program 
  • Mission-based skilled improvement for Okay-12 academics in collaboration with the Elizabethtown’s Masters in Curriculum and Instruction

“With the assistance of this grant, we hope to reimagine engineering training round our shared commitments to fairness and sustainability. Each establishments are dedicated to offering college students with hands-on, project-based studying fashions and to conducting analysis that addresses the limitations college students typically encounter in engineering training attributable to socioeconomic, gender, rural and racial disparities,” stated Elizabethtown Faculty Dean of the Faculty of Engineering, Math and Science, and grant co-Principal Investigator Sara Atwood.

Greenway Institute and Elizabethtown are partnering round a shared imaginative and prescient to supply one of the best undergraduate engineering training within the nation by means of a singular hands-on, project-based, sustainability and equity-focused training program that prepares future engineers to think about, design, and construct communities which are higher for the individuals, the atmosphere, and a vibrant economic system. The GCES program will search approval from the State of Vermont to supply ABET-accredited engineering programs at a web site in Vermont. 

“Greenway Institute and Elizabethtown Faculty have a relationship based mostly on our longstanding work collectively,” stated Troy McBride, co-founder of the Greenway Institute, CTO of Norwich Applied sciences, and former school member at Elizabethtown. “Greenway will get individuals enthusiastic about sustainability, enthusiastic about know-how, enthusiastic about engineering, and exhibits them how you can design an equitable and sustainable future.” 

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Rebecca Holcombe, Greenway Institute

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