As sustainability fellows, Bernstein and Ochs will work to implement several environmentally-aligned strategies for campus, including providing professional resources for faculty, organizing discussions that foster an awareness of environmental issues, and creating workshops and other learning opportunities focused on infusing sustainability components into Mount Mercy's curriculum.
Bernstein has been a pioneer of environmental awareness and a campus sustainability advocate for years. He currently serves on the Mount Mercy Sustainability Task Force, has helped institute Mount Mercy's recycling program, was instrumental in creating a course on global environmental issues, has helped investigate campus energy use, serves as a faculty mentor for the GREEN Outdoor Recreation Club, promotes sustainability-focused internships, and partners with the Sustainability Living Learning Community in the Residence Halls.
Ochs also brings extensive qualifications to the position of Educating for Sustainability fellow. She has conducted research on earth systems and interdisciplinary approaches to resource problems, teaches environmentally and place-based writing courses in the English department, is currently co-developing a proposed new course which highlights issues of food distribution, is a key contributor to the nationally recognized Partners in the Parks program, and serves as a facilitator for the Awakening the Dreamer program.
Educating for Sustainability Fellowships at Mount Mercy are supported through a generous West Midwest Mercy Grant from the Sisters of Mercy for 2011-12. Sustainability is closely aligned with Mount Mercy University's mission and the Critical Concerns articulated by the Sisters of Mercy, who founded Mount Mercy in 1928.