Our Bucknell Connection

Bucknell Center for Sustainability & Environment (BCSE)

The BCSE seeks to enable scholarship and learning that advances and applies understandings of natural systems and human-nature relationships, as part of the university's mission to educate our students to serve the common good and to promote justice in ways sensitive to the moral and ethical dimensions of life. Since its inception in 2015, the BCSE has connected students, faculty, and staff to anthracite coal communities through projects that foster community revitalization, explore coal region histories and heritage, and imagine future possibilities.

Mining Memories Project highlighting Mother Cabrini Parish, Friar Ed Costello, and other local folks.

Bucknell Class Projects

Multiple courses in humanities, social sciences, and management have engaged in collaborative community-based research and field trips throughout the area. These have led to many positive outcomes, including a documentary on the Fire History Museum in Shamokin, studies on community revitalization, a study on the history of coal mining in the area, assistance with strategic planning, a study of regional food availability, the development of a smartphone App for Mt. Carmel to address the problem of blight, the Mother Cabrini/Our Lady of Hope “Holy Pierogi” project.