New Leadership for the Chesapeake, June 2013

About the Program

Your Summer, Your Choice

The Chesapeake Bay is a critical resource not only for Maryland but also for the entire Mid-Atlantic region. Due to the mission of St. Mary’s College, our location on a tributary of the Chesapeake Bay and our community’s commitment to the environment, the Center for the study of Democracy and the Chesapeake Bay Foundation have teamed up to train college students to become better environmental advocates. This program will provide an opportunity for you to explore environmental leadership and will link you to leaders who will help you become environmental advocates, defending water quality in the region and uphold long-term environmental values associated with the health of the Chesapeake Bay. You will learn important aspects on how to sustain and improve the health and future of our Bay, through classroom activities and field experience. At the end of the weeklong program, you will receive a certificate from the Chesapeake Bay Foundation and St. Mary's College of Maryland for your participation in the training.

Course Specifics for the three-week program:

ENST 350 Special Topics

Saving the Bay: Environmental Science and Justice for the Chesapeake

This three-week summer course will examine the current health of the Chesapeake Bay as well as moral, social and political implications related to the impact of bay health on local communities. Students will learn about the types of environmental markers used to monitor the bay, including pollution levels, wildlife populations and climate cycles associated with bay ecology. Having established a framework for measuring bay health, students will go on to explore how we should think about environmental value, what it means to work for environmental sustainability, and the moral considerations of the health of the bay and the resulting effects on current and future generations. Though this course will focus on the Bay in particular, students will acquire conceptual tools, which will enable them to think about and work for environmental justice in other contexts.