SUEZ Environmental Studies Institute

SUEZ Environmental Studies Institute

The SUEZ Leadership Institute for Environmental Studies at St. Thomas Aquinas College is a pre-college residential camp intended for students who will be High School Seniors and College Freshmen. The Institute offers students a unique opportunity to develop the knowledge, skills and attitudes necessary to create positive change on environmental issues in their own local communities and the planet as a whole, while earning 3 college credits. 

The application process for summer 2018 will begin in the spring. Contact for general information about the program.

The SUEZ Foundation awarded a $150,000 grant to St. Thomas Aquinas College for the establishment of the SUEZ Leadership Institute for Environmental Studies at St. Thomas Aquinas College.  

The Environmental Leadership Institute is a week-long (in residence) program for rising high school seniors and college freshmen. The students experience an in-depth program curriculum studying water, the environment, energy, climate change and sustainability.  The grant will fund the program for three years and started in 2016.  The SUEZ Foundation is the philanthropic arm of SUEZ New York, which supplies drinking water for 300,000 people in Rockland County. 

Meagan Schweiger, a student from Marlton, NJ, who participated in the 2016 program said, “the hands-on activities made me feel empowered to be part of the solution to problems that exist everywhere, even in my home county.”

The Institute will continue to promote awareness of global environmental issues and provide students an understanding of how local environmental issues reflect greater environmental challenges.  Participants earn three college credits for the six-day program.  Students engage in environmental inquiry and action through critical thinking and scientific methods while seeking solutions to challenges facing the environment.  Students work in the College’s state-of-the-art science labs and engaged in hands-on activities inside and outside of the classroom.  The program consists of instruction by faculty members, guest lectures by external expert speakers, and field trips to a variety of sites including a water treatment plant.

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