Environmental and Community Outreach Center

The Art Eberhardt Environmental and Community Outreach Center (ECO Center) uses a collaborative model that develop projects, programs, and events with faculty, students, and community members to promote a more sustainable campus and to connect outreach opportunities in northeast Indiana.


The ECO Center will work with Trine University faculty to develop course curricula, objectives, and projects relating to sustainability or community outreach. In the past, the center has worked with students and/or faculty in biology, engineering, humanities and communication, education, and more. Steuben County has many nonprofit and sustainability-oriented programs, organizations, and services. This center helps connect faculty with the community (both on and off-campus).


Community Service
Trine students are very involved in philanthropic efforts in the community. Many campus organizations require volunteer hours, and it can sometimes be difficult to find good opportunities. The volunteer experience should be fun and meaningful, which can be accomplished by being matched with an opportunity that suits the individual. Our goal is to encourage lasting connections.

In addition to helping students (and student groups) find great volunteer opportunities, the ECO Center has two internships available. These internships are relevant to majors in a variety of different disciplines including science and technology, engineering, humanities, communication, social sciences, and business. Contact the ECO Center director to see if there is something available for you!


Volunteer connection: Steuben County has actively engaged citizens. The community cares about its people and successfully addresses many areas of need from aid for the less fortunate to reading programs to sustainability education and forest development. Do you have a restoration project in mind? Would you like to do a food or clothing drive? Maybe you would like to help bring more native vegetation back to the area? There are also a variety of clean-ups available on both land and water. If you are an organization or individual seeking to develop programs or just find volunteers, the ECO Center can help.

Education connection: The ECO Center is committed not just to sustainability practices, but sustainability education in order to ensure that future generations have access to the knowledge necessary to seek a balance between social, economic, and environmental sustainability. For this reason, the center has many knowledgeable students, faculty, and staff willing to come and talk to your group, class, or program. Let us know what you need and we can make it happen.

Please fill out the appropriate service request form and send to ECO Center Director Brandy DePriest at depriestb@trine.edu or mail to:

Trine University
ECO Center, Taylor Hall 208
One University Avenue
Angola, IN 46703

We are here to help, so please contact us at (260) 665-4205 or by email if you have any questions!