The Center for Economic and Environmental Development (CEED) engages Allegheny College students, faculty, and the community in creating innovative approaches to environmental stewardship, environmental education, and regional revitalization.
CEED involves faculty and students in college-community partnerships that address local and regional sustainability issues. CEED’s nationally recognized accomplishments stem from faculty-driven projects that begin as in-class concepts and exercises, and grow into hands-on activities combining Allegheny students with community partners to find solutions for real world problems. These partners include numerous regional agencies, government organizations, schools, businesses, and citizens’ groups. Addressing issues in watershed stewardship, educational outreach, strategic environmental management, entrepreneurship for sustainability, art and environment, energy, forestry, environmental writing, community visioning, and environmental justice, CEED seeks to get students involved in active learning that makes a difference in the community and in people’s lives.
CEED has a wide variety of projects that all share at least one common characteristic; they each, in some way, invite members of the local community to share in the project’s development. CEED’s success builds on its ability to draw upon the talents and enthusiasm of local and regional partners and to nurture these attributes by providing innovative outlets for their application.
In this way, CEED has encouraged leaders to take a different approach to community challenges that have faced northwestern Pennsylvania for many years. CEED is helping to foster a new sustainable vision for the region by identifying what issues need to be addressed, and by working toward solutions in conjunction with those persons most affected.
CEED operates with a Director, an Executive Committee, a National Advisory Board, and individual Project Directors. The CEED Executive Committee meets monthly, the Advisory Board meets at least once every three years, and Project Directors meet quarterly.