Dr. Jason Keller
Assistant Professor School of Earth & Environmental Sciences
Environmental Brigades allows Chapman students the experience of a lifetimethe opportunity to reach out to others and truly do something greater than themselves. Amongst many life lessons, it shows students that borders are no limit on life. This club allows students from a wide range of majorsenvironmental science, sociology, spanish, anthropology, biology, international relationsto gain hands-on experience with issues that the communities in Panama face. Overall, Environmental Brigades will transform Chapman students into more cultured individuals who are aware with environmental issues that are present in the world and gives them the opportunity to make a change and make the world a better and more sustainable place.
Environmental Brigades members work with families and community leaders in rural villages on improving environmental sustainability for 8 days. Volunteers develop strategies to address the socio-economic challenges that link to resource depletion and by providing education to community members on the importance of preservation while expanding their farms or businesses. Volunteers activities are focused on reforestation and waste management. Specifically, they have the opportunity to work with community members to help build tree nursery to grow sustenance trees to later be planted and to provide education and help structure waste management.