Bucknell Univesity's Coal Region Field Station
UN Sustainable Development Goals addressed:
Goal 2: Zero Hunger
Goal 4: Quality Education
Goal 7: Affordable and Clean Energy
Goal 8 Decent Work and Economic Growth
Goal 11: Sustainable Cities and Communities
Goal 17: Partnerships for the Goals
Bucknell University’s Coal Region Field Station (CRFS) was established in spring 2015 in partnership with the Mother Maria Kaupas Center in Mount Carmel. Since then, it has grown to work with over 20 partner organizations, involving over 45 classes working on over 60 projects in addition to a range of ongoing faculty research, student summer projects, and volunteer engagements.
The CRFS seeks to provide a structure for faculty, students, and staff to collaborate with community partners on a variety of initiatives connected with community revitalization, local histories and heritage, and future directions in the lower anthracite coal region, predominantly in eastern Northumberland County, Pennsylvania.
Through developing deep partnerships with anchor organizations and connecting projects together over time across various types of engagements and disciplines, the collaborative work has begun to move conversations and actions towards addressing some key concerns highlighted in the United Nations’ Sustainable Goals, such as hunger, education, affordable and clean energy, decent work and economic growth, and sustainable cities and communities.