Climate Science and Sustainability

The Climate Science and Sustainability Concentration is a four-year program designed for Wyoming Seminary Students to both focus their studies and engage in a variety of experiences that center around the scientific, global, atmospheric, economic, and societal implications of climate change in the present and future. This work will include fieldwork, research, portfolio development and will culminate in a Capstone Project. Student work will be regularly reviewed by a preselected panel and later presented and displayed to the community at a poster session during the fall of senior year.

Timeline for the 2021-22 academic year

  • Interest meeting for returning students will be held August 26, 2021 via Zoom.
  • Interest meeting for new students will occur during the Fall Term. Check your email for updates or see Mrs. Lewis or Mrs. Shafer for information.
  • Applications will be released January 2022.
  • New cohort will be selected by April 2022.
  • Cohort meetings will begin in late April to plan the individual course of study and expectations for summer 2022.

Students enrolled in this concentration program will:

  • Submit an application for the program in the winter term of freshman year. Other interested students may apply by meeting with a program director.
  • Cultivate a portfolio throughout their time in the program. This will include the academic intersections, extracurricular pursuits including community service and club membership, as well as attendance and participation cohort meetings three times each year in the program.
  • Design and complete a capstone project by the fall term of senior year.
  • Present capstone work and final portfolio to the Sem community in January of senior year.


"About those flowers on the side of the road" magazine layout

Over the past couple of summers, I have had the opportunity to learn about numerous plants and their purpose in nature. What intrigued me about the plants in our area was that many of them are not supposed to be here and, in turn, tend to destroy many of the habitats of animals, like deer, grouse, and birds.

Lily Kutz

Upon receiving the email notification of a new academic initiative of the Climate Science and Sustainability Concentration at Wyoming Seminary, I can easily say I felt great excitement.

The Importance of Portfolios and Partnerships in Experiential Education

Climate change is an urgent matter that will demand a focused and committed approach. In designing Wyoming Seminary’s Climate Science and Sustainability Concentration (CSSC), we emphasized the cultivation of student portfolios and participation in discussion groups as primary ways to engage students in a style of conscientious and sustained academic and experiential learning that leads to personal investment in the generation of climate change solutions. [Read more]

Social Activism and the Power of Connection

It’s no secret that widespread activism is the catalyst for all types of social change, but what many don’t realize is that movements seeking justice are all interconnected. Environmentalism has been a topic of discussion for many years and has more recently gained momentum due to the younger generations' concern for the planet and future. [Read more]

Wyoming Seminary seal

Collective and global response to the COVID-19 crisis has had a huge impact on reducing the expected rate of community transmission and the burden on hospitals which has saved the lives of many, including our most vulnerable. But as the COVID-19 crisis continues, there is another very real and very frightening situation that is not going away and cannot be fixed with vaccination or antibodies and that is climate change. [Read more]


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    The marine biome was completed by Tyra McCormick and Jess Kline, class of 2020. This canvas is one of a 10-piece project that will be completed by various student artists at Sem. Most of the artists are members of Mark Webber’s AP Studio class. The completed canvases will be part of a future art showing at the KCCA. They will be also used individually around campus and, in partnership with the Endangered Species Club and Environmental Club, have other educational components about the biomes, animals that live in it, and the effects of climate change on this area.