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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

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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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 offered 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. 


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