The Morton and Spapperi Family Foundation is excited to be working with Dr. Michael Fenster at Randolph-Macon College in Ashland, VA. Dr. Fenster is the Director of Environmental Studies Program and Professor of EVST 105: Introduction to Environmental Problem Solving. This fall, the students in the class received a Request for Proposal (RFP) from the Foundation to develop a program that educates the public on the impact of climate change on coastal environments and best strategies for how to confront those changes.
The students have a major task ahead of them. We asked the students to explain how climate change impacts natural coastal systems (physical and ecological) using the best science available. They will need to evaluate how land-use and the human element collaborate and adapt to climate change along the coast. They will also have to examine how well Virginian’s are doing at dealing with the impacts of climate change and how resilient they may be in the future.
The Foundation believes strongly that working with students is an excellent way to expose them to real-life scenarios they may encounter after graduation. We present realistic problems, requiring research, strategic thinking and teamwork, while considering business acumen and community regulations. We are inspired by the student’s interest in learning about the impacts of climate change on coastal environments and plan to continue this type of experiential learning in 2017.