The Patrick '61 and Marcelle Leahy Center for the Environment

Developing environmentally conscious citizens as leaders, advocates, scientists, artists, humanitarians, thinkers & business people.

Our Mission

Through research, contemplation, and action, the Center for the Environment strives to...

Prepare students to think and act critically and creatively by combining their intellectual pursuits with immersive experiences to tackle the world’s most complex issues as environmental leaders - locally and globally.

Evolve the culture of sustainability on campus and in our community to have a social impact and leave a legacy for future generations.

Foster connection between students and career experts to create career exposure and structure learning experiences such that students leave with essential workforce skills, career preparedness, and purpose.

We Teach, Learn, and Steward

We envision the C4E as a hub. A place to engage. A place to grow. A place to find purpose and make an impact.

Environmental Education

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A man waters a tree at the Farm at Saint Michael's College.

Ecological Restoration

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Farm & Food

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St. Michael’s College promotional photos. 
Photo By Bear Cieri

Environmental Analysis

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About Us

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In Our Living Laboratories

Across six classrooms to impact the greater SMC and VT communities. Exploration of these areas happen in the traditional classrooms and our campus-wide living laboratory.

After collecting the cameras, students head back up a snowy hill in the Natural Area on Feb. 13.

The Natural Area

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Mark Lubkowitz, left, and Valerie Bang-Jensen, in the Teaching Gardens earlier in their years of collaboration back in 2013. The top image behind the headline shows Mark researching corn with a collaborator a few years ago.

The Teaching, Pollinator, and Tree Nursery Gardens

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The Farm

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Student Opportunities

Connections with the greater community expand students’ access to an immersive learning experiences.

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April 12, 2024

Biology Professor earns international recognition for faculty-student research in ‘The Lub Lab’

Saint Michael’s College Biology Professor Mark Lubkowitz’s years of corn genetics research with dozens of students was recently recognized through a prestigious international award.   Lubkowitz was awarded the 2024 Maize […]

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April 10, 2024

St. Mike’s experiences the solar eclipse together

On April 8, 2024, the Saint Michael’s community experienced the solar eclipse together on campus with astrophysicist Alain Brizard, Saint Michael’s Professor of Physics, who guided the experience. The surreal, […]

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April 18, 2024

SMC Earth Week

Celebrate Earth Week at SMC with a variety of events. More will be announced soon! Friday, April 19 OVE: Earth Day Edition – 2:00pm – 5:00pm Sunday, April 21 Green […]

April 18, 2024

Earth Week 2024: Garden Work Day

Join Green Up, Environmental Education, and Art & Ecology in the center of campus and the Teaching Gardens in spreading mulch and constructing the new Spiral Garden on Thursday, April 18, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

April 18, 2024

Earth Day 2024: Flower Press-Making

The MakerSpace is hosting a workshop on Thursday, April 18, from 2 to 5 p.m. to teach you how to make your own mini flower press.

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