Dr. Bezotte Earns Grant through Wells College Finger Lakes Project

November 02 2017
Category: Faculty

Dr. Christine Bezotte

Dr. Christine Bezotte, associate professor of biology, recently earned a grant through the Finger Lakes Project at Wells College. The grant will be used to develop a sustainability curriculum at Elmira College.

The new curriculum aims to introduce the concepts and ideals of sustainable agriculture through two biology courses. The first is an upper level microbiology class, and the second is a Term III study abroad course to Italy.

“In both classes, a major theme is to introduce concepts of sustainable agricultural practices through readings, discussions, site visits, and hands-on experimental activities. Sustainable agricultural practices can enrich the health of the people and the environment. Persons who evaluate, discuss and better understand the concept of sustainable agricultural practices become better citizen stewards,” said Dr. Bezotte.

“This new focus on sustainability and service-learning should enhance our EC students’ educational experience.”

The grant comes after Dr. Bezotte recently attended a Finger Lakes Project Workshop at Wells College. The workshop focused on fusing sustainability into curriculum development as well as hands-on activities by local professors and persons on the teaching of sustainability.