Sustainability Fellows

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Bring deeper harmony into life and work in God’s creation


A new opportunity for students who join Calvin in the fall of 2023.

Climate change, biodiversity, energy, and the circular economy are some of the biggest challenges facing your generation. There's only one way to confront these challenges: together.

As a Sustainability Fellow, you’ll join a community of students and faculty committed to sustainability in our policies, infrastructure, and behaviors.

You’ll deepen your understanding of the challenges—but you’ll also focus on solutions. You’ll find them through collaborative work in fields like business, environmental studies, education, and philosophy. Along with fellow students from many different backgrounds and majors, you’ll work on projects with tangible impact. You’ll gather at Sustainability Action Workshops and take a spring break trip. You’ll plug into Calvin’s existing sustainability efforts—restoring the Plaster Creek Watershed, or bringing water to an disadvantaged community through the Clean Water Institute.

The Sustainability Fellows cohort provides an instant social group as you acclimate to campus, but it’s far more than that. You’ll grow in the classroom, connect with passionate faculty, prepare for a career in any field—and bring renewal to the world around you.

Students who start at Calvin in the fall of 2023 semester may apply to join this cohort. Applications to join the Sustainability Fellows will be open until December 15, 2022.

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What you’ll experience in this cohort

Expert guidance - You won’t just learn from your professors in class—you’ll serve, research, and explore alongside them. You’ll be mentored by professors who know you personally and understand your career goals.
Practical opportunities - Take a special spring break trip with your Sustainability Fellows teammates and find leadership and research opportunities in Calvin’s many student organizations and sustainability initiatives.
Real-world research - In Sustainability Fellows, you'll have the chance to do research that affects your own community at Lake Michigan’s coastal dunes, the Plaster Creek watershed, and more.
Stronger together - Your passion for sustainability is shared by your cohort teammates, who will bring fresh perspectives and interests from every major or field of interest, from psychology to pre-law to chemistry.

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