2008–2009 Energy and Empowerment Community-Based Research Grants


In year two, three E&E Grants were used to support CBR projects.

Dr. Richard Olson Interdisciplinary E&E Grant

During the fall of 2008, an interdisciplinary capstone course led by Dr. Richard Olson, brought together graduating students from the following programs: African and African American Studies, Appalachian Studies, Peace and Social Justice Studies, Sustainability and Environmental Studies (SENS), and Women’s Studies.  The students in this course partnered with Sustainable Berea for their Transition Town Project, which sought community input to create a plan to reduce the City of Berea’s energy needs.

Dr. Kate Egerton’s Grant-Writing Course, Sustainable Berea, and Madison County Home Energy Improvement Program, Inc. E&E Grant

The second project of the year happened during Short Term of 2009. The Grant-Writing course (ENG 227), taught by Kate Egerton, partnered with Sustainable Berea and Madison County Home Energy Improvement Program, Inc. The students wrote portions of grants for each of the two organizations.

Dr. Kris Wright’s Health in Appalachia Course, Kentucky Environmental Foundation, and Judith Weckman E&E Grant

A third project was a partnership among the Health in Appalachia course (HLT 210), taught by Dr. Kris Wright, Kentucky Environmental Foundation, and Judith Weckman, of the Berea College Office of Institutional Research and Assessment. In the Spring of 2009, HLT 210 students created and administered a survey for health professionals about their knowledge of health impacts from coal-fired power plants. After the survey, students invited participants to a forum to discuss the results. This project supports the work that KEF and a coalition of other groups in the region are doing to propose alternatives to a new coal-fired power plant in nearby Clark County, Kentucky.