What is "CEAP"?
CEAP is a collaborative effort of faculty across Calvin’s campus, mainly in the sciences, whose focus is the understanding of the campus and local ecosystem. The goal is to impact the college and local municipalities as well as individual behavior.
In this innovative program, faculty dedicate a regular lab session or project to collecting data that contributes to an overall assessment of the environment of the campus and surrounding area.
Classes form working teams related to particular environmental issues. The data forms the basis for recommended changes in campus policies, for programs that target individual behavioral changes, and for identifying issues that involve and impact the adjacent neighborhoods.
The program is dramatically increasing natural science faculty and students’ involvement in service-learning.
CEAP is developing a model that can be used by other colleges and universities to move faculty to greater engagement with the local community.