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Rising to the OccasionRising to the Occasion

The program is called Retirees in Service to the Environment (RISE). It's a joint project of the Ithaca College Department of Environmental Studies and Sciences, the Ithaca College Natural Lands, the Ithaca College Gerontology Institute, and Longview, a residential community for older adults.

But to Mary McKean '15, it's much more than an interdisciplinary venture.

"The retired community is an invaluable knowledge base that is often overlooked, and RISE struck me as something that was really unique and powerful," says Mary, an environmental studies major and student intern who ran the program last summer. "It is incredibly fulfilling to learn how different individuals see the beauty in the world. This is an awesome opportunity to do that."

RISE brings together IC students and local retirees through regular indoor workshops and outdoor excursions. The group learns about big-picture topics -- energy conservation, land management, and environmental stewardship -- as well as day-to-day things like gardening, bird-watching, and citizen biology. The retirees who participate are asked to spend about five hours a week on environmental projects, either on campus in the organic garden or off campus on the IC Natural Lands.

Rhoda Meador, director of IC's Gerontology Institute, founded the RISE program.

"The interdisciplinary partnership between the Department of Environmental Studies and Sciences, the IC Natural Lands, and the Gerontology Institute has been a win/win proposition," Rhoda says. "It allows us to provide students like Mary with the opportunity to lead an interdisciplinary initiative, while at the same time make a significant tangible impact on our community and the retirees who live here."

Jake Brenner, an assistant professor of environmental studies, couldn't agree more.

"Many retirees enjoy the outdoors and the company of like-minded souls," says Jake, who helps Rhoda implement the program. "What I really like about it is the transgenerational aspect. Collaboration among people from many walks of life provides great opportunities for creativity and innovation."