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Consortium News

9th Annual Conference of the Environmental Consortium

Rediscovering Higher Education’s Role in the Earth Community

Saturday, October 27th at Marist College


Feature Story

Honoring the Two Row Wampum


Consortium Scholarships

Congratulations to the 2012 Awardees:
Elizabeth Murphy (Bard) and
Patrick Carroll (SUNY ESF)


Regional News
Bard College Welcomes New Activities and Internships Coordinator

Queens College Professor Receives 2012 New York Marine Conservation Award

Engage MidHudson Launches Regional Conversation
Scholarly Highlights
Where the Waters Divide: Neoliberalism, White Privilege, and Environmental Racism in Canada

SUNY Maritime College Professor Debuts Marine Defenders Project

Two Books Released on New York City and Hudson Valley Urban Nature - One New, One Revised

Opportunities

SUNY ESF - Interdisciplinary Scholarship in Land Use and Ethics (2nd Annual Symposium)


NY State Water Resources Institute / Hudson River Estuary Program 2013 Grant Competition


Bard College: Visiting Faculty to Teach Environmental and Urban Science Course


City College of New York: Instructor for Economics of Sustainability Course


Fordham University: Tenure-Track in Department of Biological Sciences


New York University: Full Time Position in Environmental Conservation Education

Environmental Consortium of Hudson Valley Colleges & Universities

See list of events below.

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Campus Greening Corner


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Consortium News

Rediscovering Higher Education’s Role in the Earth Community – Saturday, Oct. 27th
Explore with us how ecology can be the pedagogical core for the way we teach, learn, and apply our disciplines to meet higher education's obligation to our environmental future. Join us at Marist College for a plenary and roundtable discussion, as well as a keynote by Mary Evelyn Tucker Co-Director of the Forum on Religion and Ecology at Yale University. This year the Environmental Consortium will also present the first Thomas Berry Great Work Award, recognizing a faculty member, or members, whose work has advanced higher education's unique and central role in the environmental future of our region, and the planet, as articulated in Berry's book, The Great Work: Our Way into the Future. Full conference details at www.environmentalconsortium.org.


Feature Story: Honoring the Two Row Wampum
The world has changed significantly in the 400 years since the Haudenosaunee (the Six Nations Iroquois) recorded the Two Row Wampum Belt, their first agreement with the Dutch. The Treaty’s messages of friendship, peace, and ‘living in parallel’ are as important today as they have ever been. Honoring the Two Row Wampum Treaty is a reminder that collaboration is the key to living peacefully together on this Earth. Read full story.


Consortium Scholarships: Congratulations to the 2012 Awardees, Elizabeth Murphy (Bard) and Patrick Carroll (SUNY ESF)

Elizabeth Murphy is the 2012 recipient of the $3,500 Theodore Gordon Flyfishers Founders Fund Scholarship.  Ms. Murphy is a Masters candidate at Bard College in the Climate Science and Policy program.  She obtained her Bachelor of Arts in Geology from Vassar College and was one of ten national awardees of the Compton Mentor Fellowship in 2008 which enabled her to further her studies on tidal power in the Northeast.  With a commitment to her home region, the Hudson River Valley, Ms. Murphy’s passion and work has focused on energy. “Energy is not just electricity, transportation and heat, it is everything: food, shelter, health and happiness.  Our current society has an enormous energy deficit and we are rapidly approaching bankruptcy.  In order to restore an energy balance, we must examine not only the science, but also the economics and society, to determine the best technologies and practices.” Ms. Murphy has worked as project manager for local renewable energy companies, is a volunteer member on the Town of New Paltz’s Environmental Conservation Board, and is also an Energy and Efficiency Consultant for Bard College.  In addition, she is founder and contributor for www.carbonocracy.com, a blog dedicated to reporting on the latest in clean technology and policy.

Patrick Francis Carroll is the 2012 recipient of a $4,000 Pace Law School Environmental Consortium Merit Scholarship. He recently completed his Bachelor of Arts in Environmental Studies, Environmental Law, Policy and Planning Option, at SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry.  Having grown up in the Hudson River Valley, Mr. Carroll has observed the importance of maintaining the health of local ecology through the legal checks that protect it: “the one location [that] has formed a deeper foundation for my passion of environmentalism though policy and law.” He views Pace Law School as his door to participating more directly in local and national stewardship. Mr. Carroll’s exemplary experiences include applying the technical and economic analyses of Iceland to international energy consumption during a study abroad opportunity. He also served as a legal intern in the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, Office of General Counsel, Region 3. To this experience, Mr. Carroll credits a strengthened conviction to pursue a legal education and an even greater appreciation of local stewardship.   


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Regional News

 

Bard College Welcomes New Activities and Internships Coordinator
Bard College's Environmental and Urban Studies program has hired Karen Gardner (Bard '12) as the program's activities and internships coordinator. This hire is part of a larger project in expanding the program to emphasize student interaction with Bard's local environment and community. Bard's Environmental and Urban Studies department will launch an internship program this spring focusing on the Hudson River Valley as a laboratory for research and experience in environmental and urban studies.


Queens College Professor Receives 2012 New York Marine Conservation Award
John Waldman, Professor of Biology at Queens College, was presented the 2012 New York Marine Conservation Award by the Wildlife Conservation Society at their annual Dinner By The Sea for his achievement in conservation. Previous winners included Carl Safina, Robert Kennedy Jr., and Carleton Ray.


Engage MidHudson Launches Regional Conversation
Engage MidHudson is an online platform where citizens and government of the Mid-Hudson Region share knowledge and brainstorm project ideas and initiatives that will help build a more sustainable region. Engage MidHudson is being developed in support of the Mid-Hudson Regional Sustainability Planning Project, led by the Mid-Hudson Sustainability Planning Consortium. The Consortium is steering the development of the Mid-Hudson Regional Sustainability Plan as part of the Cleaner, Greener Communities Program announced by Governor Andrew M. Cuomo in his 2011 State of the State address.� The Program empowers regions to create more sustainable communities by funding smart development practices. Visit the online tool to participate with thoughts and reactions.


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Scholarly Highlights

Where the Waters Divide: Neoliberalism, White Privilege, and Environmental Racism in Canada
This timely and important scholarship advances an empirical understanding of Canada’s contemporary “Indian” problem. Where the Waters Divide is one of the few book monographs that analyze how contemporary neoliberal reforms (in the manner of de-regulation, austerity measures, common sense policies, privatization, etc.) are woven through and shape contemporary racial inequality in Canadian society. Using recent controversies in drinking water contamination and solid waste and sewage pollution, Where the Waters Divide illustrates in concrete ways how cherished notions of liberalism and common sense reform – neoliberalism - also constitute a particular form of racial oppression and white privilege.� The author, Michael Mascarenhas,� is� an� Assistant� Professor� in� the� Department� of� Science� and� Technology� Studies� at Rensselaer� Polytechnic� Institute� and� an Andrew Mellon� Foundation� Fellow.


SUNY Maritime College Professor Debuts Marine Defenders Project
Through funding from the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, Captain Walt Nadolny, Vice Chairman of the Marine Transportation Department at Maritime College has launched the Marine Defenders project which focuses on reducing the amount of intentional oil pollution in our waters.� Deliberate dumping of oil from ships accounts for nearly half of all the oil dumped into the oceans by humans, and it is one of the last places where industry is regularly polluting on a daily basis into the oceans. It is critical that our students, the mariners of the future, become aware of the laws governing oil pollution, understand the penalties, and how their actions may impact the world’s oceans. Visit the Marine Defenders website for information, lesson plans, and resources, including the new Marine Defenders APP that allows mariners, boaters, fishermen, and concerned citizen-scientists to report oil spills and marine debris.  A short documentary film has been produced called "Oil in Our Waters", by Micah Fink, an Emmy nominated filmmaker, which offers a close look at intentional oil pollution and its impact on marine life and the response of the US government. The documentary is designed for classroom use as well. Copies of the DVD, brochures and posters are available upon request, and a limited quantity will be available at the Environmental Consortium’s annual meeting.� For more information contact Capt. Nadolny at wnadolny@sunymaritime.edu or 718-409-7291.��������������������������������


Two Books Released on New York City and Hudson Valley Urban Nature - One New, One Revised




Fordham University Press, in conjunction with Oxford University Press are pleased to release two titles on New York City and Hudson Valley urban nature. Still the Same Hawk: Reflections on Nature in New York was edited by John Waldman and contains brand new, creative non-fiction essays by thinkers and philosophers of nature in New York, including Robert Sullivan, Phillip Lopate, Anne Matthews, Tony Hiss, Betsy McCully, and others.





Heartbeats in the Muck: The History, Sea Life, and Environment of New York Harbor �is a revised, paperback edition of John Waldman's 1999 classic, bringing the story of New York Harbor's and the Hudson's challenges and renaissance from 2000 through 2012, the fortieth anniversary of the pivotal Clean Water Act.

Opportunities  

 

CALL FOR PAPERS

SUNY ESF - Interdisciplinary Scholarship in Land Use and Ethics (2nd Annual Symposium)
SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry’s Northern Forest Institute invites submissions for its second annual symposium of interdisciplinary scholarship in land use and ethics, to be held May 17-19, 2013 at Huntington Wildlife Forest, Newcomb, NY.�� We welcome research from across professions and disciplines on topics related to balancing individual and community priorities with respect to land use and the associated expectations for human and ecosystem stewardship and social and environmental ethics.  Submissions should generate conversation around a variety of approaches to land use, the moral implications of these approaches, as well as the ways that they influence the ongoing debate over how to achieve social and environmental justice.  Submissions from a range of disciplines and professional fields are encouraged. 


GRANTS

NY State Water Resources Institute / Hudson River Estuary Program 2013 Grant Competition
The New York State Water Resources Institute (WRI) and the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Hudson River Estuary Program (HREP) invite New York's higher education faculty to submit research or outreach proposals that will contribute to better watershed management in New York State. The primary objective of this program is to bring innovative science to watershed planning and management. Proposals that support the strategic goals of the DEC HREP are encouraged since HREP helps fund the WRI grants program. In particular, proposals should address one or more of the related topics of water infrastructure, environmental water quality, and economic vitality as it pertains to watershed planning and management. See the RFA for additional details and focus areas. Approximately $95k in grant funds are potentially available; individual grant awards can be a maximum of $20k.� Applications are due to WRI by 5 pm on November 20, 2012 (email to bgr4@cornell.edu).


EMPLOYMENT

Bard College: Visiting Faculty to Teach Environmental and Urban Science Course
Bard College seeks visiting faculty to teach an introductory Environmental and Urban Science Course (EUS 102) in Spring 2013. EUS 102 offers an integrated exploration of the science underlying environmental issues. The primary objective is to provide students with a systems-oriented understanding of biological, chemical, physical, and geological processes that affect earth, air, water, and life. Students will gain a solid understanding of the fundamental scientific principles governing environmental systems including the cycling of matter and the flow of energy. By practicing the application of these scientific concepts, students will develop their ability to predict potential outcomes of complex environmental issues. Faculty are encouraged to draw on their field of research to focus the course of study. Interested candidates should contact EUS Program Co-Director, Susan Fox Rogers, at rogers@bard.edu.

City College of New York: Instructor for Economics of Sustainability Course
The Sustainability in the Urban Environment program at the City College of New York is searching for an instructor for our Economics of Sustainability course, to be offered in Spring 2013. The course explores such topics as economists' approaches to environmental and natural resource problems; public goods and externalities; options for regulating pollution; etc. Our ideal candidate would be someone with an economics PhD and a record of engagement with issues at the intersection of economics and sustainability—an experienced instructor who could help develop/refine a compelling syllabus and enthusiastically teach the course to our MS in Sustainability students. If you are interested in and qualified for this position, or have colleagues you think would be interested and qualified, please follow up prior to November 1, 2012.
George Smith, Administrator, Sustainability in the Urban Environment, City College of New York, 212-650-6974, gsmith2@ccny.cuny.edu.

Fordham University: Tenure-Track in Department of Biological Sciences
Applications are invited for a tenure-track position at the Assistant or Associate Professor level in the
Department of Biological Sciences. We seek an ecologist conducting hypothesis-driven research in
urban ecology. Experience using molecular tools is desirable. The successful applicant will establish a
research program at Fordham’s biological field station, the Louis Calder Center, and participate in our
Center for Urban Ecology (CUE). There are also opportunities to collaborate with scientists at the New
York Botanical Garden, Wildlife Conservation Society, and American Museum of Natural History. A
commitment to undergraduate and graduate teaching and research is required. Assistant Professor
candidates must demonstrate potential to develop an externally funded research program. Associate
candidates must have a record of external, peer-reviewed funding and indicate future directions
using regional resources.� Applicants should email one PDF application file containing a cover letter, CV, contact information for three references, teaching and research statements, and three reprints to jdlewis@fordham.edu. Address the cover letter to Dr. J.D. Lewis, Chair, Department of Biological Sciences, Fordham University, Bronx, NY 10458. Review of applications will begin October 29th, 2012. Fordham University is an independent, Catholic university in the Jesuit tradition that welcomes applications from men and women of all backgrounds. Fordham is an EOE.

New York University: Full Time Position in Environmental Conservation Education
The Department of Teaching and Learning in the Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development, seeks a candidate for a tenure track position at either the Assistant or the Associate Professor level for the Environmental Conservation Education graduate program beginning September 1, 2013.� The NYU Environmental Conservation Education Program approaches environmental education from an interdisciplinary perspective, focusing particularly within urban environments.� Grounded in the social sciences, the program examines contemporary issues in the environment and the role of education in preparing students for environmental education careers in a variety of formal and non-formal settings. Review of applications will begin December 15, 2012 and will continue until the search is completed. New York University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer.� Details online at: www.nyuopsearch.com/applicants/Central?quickFind=51424

 


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Regional Events
 

Hudson Valley Science Caf�: Sturgeon in the Hudson (Oct. 24) 7:00 pm
Diana’s, 1015 Little Britain Road (Route 207), New Windsor
Topic: Hudson River Atlantic Sturgeon: Biology, Management, and Vulnerability to Coastal Harvests
Presenter: Isaac Wirgin, Ph.D., Assoc. Professor of Environmental Medicine, NYU-Langone School of Medicine
A Science Cafe is a monthly gathering in a Cafe, Pub or Restaurant, open to the public, with a short presentation of a topic followed by discussion. We generally meet on the 4th Wednesday of the month, except where indicated. The essence of a Science Cafe is informality, with groups seated around tables with food and drink to encourage conversation.�


Cary Institute Scientific Seminars
Seminars held in Cary Institute auditorium, 2801 Sharon Turnpike/Rte. 44, Millbrook, NY

Looking at the Evidence: How Certain Are We? (Nov. 1st) 11:00 am 
Speaker: Amy Pallant,The Concord Consortium
Global Water Crisis? Yes...Closer Than You Think (Nov. 8th) 11:00 am 
Speaker: Charles V�r�smarty, City College of New York
Opportunities for Climate Change Solutions in Rangelands (Nov. 29th) 11:00 am 
Cary Institute auditorium, 2801 Sharon Turnpike/Rte. 44, Millbrook, NY
Speaker: Dr. Rebecca Ryals, Brown University


Bard College Climate Seminars
Listen in real time to climate and clean energy specialists talk about the latest science, policy, law, and economics of climate change. Assign these half-hour calls to your students for a chance to hear top scientists, analysts and political leaders discuss climate and clean energy solutions.
Clean Air Act, Next Steps (Nov. 7th) 12:00pm
Guest speaker: Dallas Burtraw, Resources for the Future
Climate Change: A Matter of Health (Nov. 21st) 12:00 pm 
Guest speaker: Kim Knowlton, Health & Environment Program, NRDC
Climate Change and Impacts on Biodiversity (Dec. 5th) 12:00 pm 
Guest speaker: Eleanor Sterling, Center for Biodiversity and Conservation, AMNH


Bard College: What Does the Election Mean for the Environment? (Oct. 25th) 7:00 pm 
Bard College, RKC 103
Panel discussion with Mark Lytle, Lyford and Helen Edwards Professor of Historical Studies and
Professor of Environmental and Urban Studies, Bard College; John Cronin, Senior Fellow for Environmental Affairs, Pace University Academy for Applied Environmental Studies; Monique Segarra, Assistant Faculty, Bard Center for Environmental Policy.


Rediscovering Higher Education’s Role in the Earth Community (Oct. 27th)
Environmental Consortium Annual Conference
Marist College, Poughkeepsie, NY
[details above]


Cary Institute: Full Moon Ecology Walk (Oct. 27th) 6:30 pm 
Cary Institute Main Campus parking area
Join Cary Institute educators for an evening of moonlight exploration.�� During a leisurely walk on our internal paved roads, guests will be treated to the sights and sounds of nature at dusk. Listen for owls and other forest-dwelling animals while enjoying the crisp fall air, the scent of pines, and the golden moon. All ages are welcome to participate; long pants, hiking shoes, binoculars, and flashlights are recommended.�� In the event of heavy rain, the program will be cancelled. Reservations are required.


Beacon Institute for Rivers and Estuaries: History Walk of Denning’s Point
(Nov. 10) 10:00 am
199 Dennings Avenue, Beacon, NY
This enlightening walk, based on Jim Heron's book Denning's Point, a Hudson River History, reveals the rich and enduring history of Denning's Point. Inquiries to mheintzman@bire.org. Register online. FREE.


Beacon Institute for Rivers and Estuaries: Sunday Author Series presents Jonathan Kruk – Legends and Lore of Sleepy Hollow and the Hudson River Valley (Nov. 11) 4:00 pm
199 Main St., Beacon, NY
The full story is revealed behind the "headless horseman" of the Hudson Valley. Kruk offers a lively mix of scholarship, storytelling and local history. Inquiries to jmerchant@bire.org. Register online. FREE


Cary Institute: The Seed Underground (Nov. 16th) 7:00 pm 
Cary Institute auditorium, 2801 Sharon Turnpike/Rte. 44, Millbrook, NY
With a quiet urgency Janisse Ray’s The Seed Underground reminds us that while our health and food security are at stake as seeds disappear, so, too, are the stories, heritage, and history that passes between people as seeds are passed from hand to hand.


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