The Engineering for One Planet Mini-Grants Program (EOP-MGP) at the American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE) supports faculty teams as they pursue new ways to integrate sustainability into their programs. Teams are matched with mentors for guidance, and receive an $8000 award to support the piloting and implementation of their projects.
Since July 2022, 27 faculty teams have been identified to participate in this new program — 13 in the first cohort, and 14 in the second cohort. These teams were selected from pools of more than 100 applicants each year.
EOP recognizes the importance of including people from historically marginalized and low-income communities who are disproportionately negatively affected by climate and environmental degradation as partners in creating change. As such, a key goal of the EOP-MGP is to engage diverse faculty and institutions. 11 of the 27 grants were awarded to Minority-Serving Institutions as follows: three Historically Black Colleges and Universities; and six Hispanic-Serving Institutions, and two Asian American and Native American Pacific Islander-Serving Institutions.
The teams are geographically dispersed and represent a mix of institutional sizes and programs, including engineering and non-engineering disciplines. Faculty are also ethnically and racially diverse.