Western Kentucky University

Center for Environmental Education and Sustainability - CEES

Bristow Elementary's Energy Team installs a vernal pond as part of an extended classroom area. Click image for more information.Brian Deskins, of Miller Construction, cuts and sets the blocks to trim out the edge of the on-street parking lane at Durbin Estate.Earth Force training at Bowling Green Jr. High SchoolCarl Lombardi mixes with the audience getting them to act like grass for the story of The LoraxJason Weatherford displays duck boxes before posting to trees for his class project.LBL participants are installing a butterfly garden as a service learning project4th grade students from McNeil Ele. are searching for macro invertabrae at Trammel CreekPotter-Gray Elementary School at Tremmel Creek for water quality testing.Volunteers set grass plugs to slow velocity in the drainage canal at Durbin Estate Project. For more information about the project, click the image.WKU-Child Care Center pre-kindergarden students plant a garden

Bristow Elementary's Energy Team installs a vernal pond as part of an extended classroom area. Click image for more information.

Brian Deskins, of Miller Construction, cuts and sets the blocks to trim out the edge of the on-street parking lane at Durbin Estate.

Earth Force training at Bowling Green Jr. High School

Carl Lombardi gets the LBL participants engaged with the story about The Lorax.

ENVE 585: Independent Studies project. Click image for more information.

LBL participants are installing a butterfly garden as a service learning project

4th grade students from McNeil Ele. are searching for macro invertabrae at Trammel Creek

Potter-Gray Elementary School at Trammel Creek for water quality testing.

Volunteers set grass plugs to slow velocity in the drainage canal at Durbin Estate Project. For more information about the project, click the image.

WKU-Child Care Center pre-kindergarden students plant a garden. Click the image to learn more about the garden project.

Welcome to CEES

Welcome to the WKU Center for Environmental Education and Sustainability (CEES). Formerly the Center for Mathematics, Science and Environment Education (CMSEE), we have been in existence at WKU for over 25 years. The Center works with formal and non-formal educators from preK through adult and has become nationally and internationally recognized for many of its programs.

Mission Statement

The CEES works in partnership with WKU and a broad set of stakeholders to provide resources and leadership to advance environmental education and education for a sustainable future.  The Center builds upon existing relationships to create new networks, education programs, and models, through professional development, community service and research.


Latest News

Bristow Elementary School Installs a Vernal Pond on their Campus
Development of a "Disconnected Classroom" started October 18, 2013, in Warren County, KY, with installing a vernal pond to provide real-life experiences with scientific material through discovery learning.
Phase 2a for Durbin Project Completed; first passive home to be constructed ...
Phase 2a for the initial road and utility infrastructure, including permeable parking and a road-length bioswale designed to help with stormwater management, was completed in fall, 2013, using EPA 319(h) funds from the KY Division of Water.
NASA supports Center to work with STEM Educators
This NASA-funded project will implement an innovative collaborative project that addresses the need to increase the number of qualified science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) educators.

Spotlight On

Bristow Elementary School Installs a Vernal Pond on their Campus
Bristow Elementary School Installs a Vernal Pond on their Campus
Development of a "Disconnected Classroom" started October 18, 2013, in Warren County, KY, with installing a vernal pond to provide real-life experiences with scientific material through discovery learning.
Science in the Stream
Science in the Stream
The season of Fall welcomes Potter-Gray Elementary School to Trammel Creek in Alvaton, KY to learn about water quality testing.




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Upcoming Events / News


ENVE 560: Investigating Environmental Issues.

This course will be afford the Spring 2014 semester. This course is specifically designed for teachers and other educators. This course focuses on the identification and evaluation of specific environmental issues, leading to possible environmental/service action projects by their students with attention to the potential outcomes of such projects on the physical environment, other humans, and other living things. It will meet on three Saturdays throughout the semester.. February 8, March 1, and April 26, 2014.

The Partnership Between General Motors and the Center Continues

GM Foundation funding will be used to support GM GREEN, a partnership between community-based organizations in GM communities and the nonprofit organization Earth Force.  Locally, the Center for Environmental Education and Sustainability at WKU has been coordinating GM GREEN in Bowling Green since 2005.  Through the program, young people are challenged to be active community citizens, tackling water quality issues with hands-on science.

Fall 2013, the Center facilitated six stream investigations at Trammel Creek in Alvaton with local schools involving over 400 students.  A typical stream investigation allows the students to study the physical, chemical and biological aspects of Trammel Creek.  Three more schools are schedule for Spring 2014 if the creek doesn't rise to high.

Durbin Estate Project

Durbin Estate gets a landscaping design for water basin and bio-retention swale.

 landscape design map for water basin, bio-retention swell

Vernal pond installed at Durbin Project 

(Press release)

After more than a year of planning, the WKU-Habitat for Humanity (HfH) Durbin Project broke ground on Friday, Aug. 3rd with the installation of a vernal pond.  Most of the work was completed as planned, with wetland plantings to be done later this fall.

For a five minute slideshow of the vernal pond installation, click here.

WKU center receives $297,000 grant extension for Durbin Project

(Press release)

The WKU Center for Environmental Education and Sustainability (CEES) has received a $297,000 grant extension over 18 months from the Kentucky Division of Water to support construction at the WKU-Habitat for Humanity (HFH) Durbin Project. 

 Last Modified 12/18/13