Community Partnerships

Center for Economic and Environmental Development (CEED)
CEED engages Allegheny students, faculty and the community in creating innovative approaches to environmental stewardship, education, and regional revitalization. Projects include:

  • Arts & the Environment
  • Creek Connections
  • Ecotourism
  • Environmental Health
  • Environmental Writing
  • Local Foods
  • Strategic Environmental Management
  • Sustainable Communities
  • Sustainable Forestry
  • Sustainable Manufacturing
  • Aquaponics

Local Foods
The Allegheny College community supports the production and consumption of local foods in multiple ways. We host the very popular annual DeHart Local Foods Dinner on campus to celebrate the farm bounty of Crawford County and remember the legacy of local food activist, Jennifer DeHart.  The event includes a meal of locally grown and produced foods and an outdoor festival of local vendors, farm animals, games and a live band. Our dining service, Parkhurst also incorporates local foods into daily dining hall meals through its FarmSource program. This includes produce and baked goods from Fresh From the Vines Farm, bread and rolls from Creative Crust, a local family owned bakery, and fresh herbs grown on campus by students.   

Allegheny College faculty and students are collaborating with local manufacturer Acutec Precision Machining to produce a wind feasibility study. The project will examine wind and power potential, GIS, appropriate turbine types, and economic feasibility.

Creek Connections
At the heart of the nationally recognized Creek Connections program is a collaboration between the college and public school districts in western Pennsylvania and New York for the purpose of encouraging natural science education through hands-on field and laboratory experiences.

PA Home Energy
Beginning as a CEED program, the Meadville Community Energy Project has matured into PA Home Energy, a now independent program focusing on helping Pennsylvania consumers reduce their home energy use. The program integrates the general principles of whole house performance with green home design.