Consortium Circular
Fall 2014

 
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The mission of the Environmental Consortium of Colleges & Universities is to harness higher education's intellectual and physical resources to advance regional, ecosystem-based environmental research, teaching, and learning with a special emphasis on the greater Hudson-Mohawk River Watershed.

 

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Photos from 11th Annual Conference, "The Pedagogical Pursuit of Environmental 'Truth': Mobilizing our Collective Expertise"

 

 

 



Theodore Gordon Flyfishers, Inc. Founders Fund Scholarship Deadline April 1, 2015






 



Pace Law Environmental Consortium Merit Scholarship Open for Fall 2015 Applicants






Member News & Regional Opportunities

 

   

Bard College Regional Demonstration Project to Improve Storm Water Management Using Green Infrastructure at Olin 

  

Hudson River Park Pier 26 "Estuarium" project awarded to Clarkson University

 

Columbia University MPA Announcing New Dean's Environmental Science and Policy Fellowship  

 

Pace University Launches New Environmental Studies and Science Department

 

Pace University to Offer New Masters of Environmental Policy in Fall 2015

 

Eco Practicum - Application Period Open for NYC and Catskill Programs

 

US EPA Now Accepting Applications for P3 Grant Program, December 16th Deadline

 

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Call for Nominations to the Consortium Steering Committee

The Environmental Consortium Steering Committee solicits nominations for open positions on the Steering Committee. In selecting members for election, the Committee considers Article III of the Consortium By-Laws. The Committee encourages nominations from different and diverse academic disciplines. The Steering Committee is responsible for providing strategic guidance for the Consortium's policies and programs. It meets four times a year, twice in the fall and twice in the spring.

Categories for open seats include:
* Member Seats (3 year term): Individuals must hail from an Institutional Member, or, for the Affiliate seat, a Non-Profit Member. Nominees may include faculty, deans, administrators, etc.;
* Student Seat: Nominees must be students from an Institutional Member, have a faculty member endorse his/her nomination, and be able to fulfill a two-year or three-year term.

If you are interested in serving on the Committee, please complete the nomination form and send it to Lucy Johnson, Chair, at johnsonl@vassar.edu. If you would like to nominate someone else for service, please contact her/him first to assess her/his willingness to serve and ask the nominee to send the nomination form. Nominations close Wednesday, December 10, 2014.    news2

 


Photos from 11th Annual Conference, "The Pedagogical Pursuit of Environmental 'Truth': Mobilizing our Collective Expertise"

26 institutions were represented at the Environmental Consortium's 11th annual conference, The Pedagogical Pursuit of Environmental 'Truth': Mobilizing our Collective Expertise, held on November 8, 2014 at Russell Sage College in Troy, NY. The conference featured a keynote by renowned environmental social scientist, Jennifer Jacquet (NYU); breakout sessions where colleagues featured their latest research and teaching; presentation of the 2014 Great Work to Erik Kiviat (Hudsonia); Town Hall hosted by Congressman Paul Tonko and Russell Sage Dean Donna Heald to launch an action plan for the Consortium's next decade. Photos are now viewable on the conference website.news3

 

 

Congratulations to the 2014 Consortium Scholarship Winners: Maija Niemisto (SUNY Stony Brook University) and Emily Svenson (Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute)

Maija Niemisto is the 2014 recipient of the $3,500 Theodore Gordon Flyfishers Founders Fund Scholarship for her exceptional achievements that exemplify the mission of TGF. Ms. Niemisto will be beginning the M.S. program in Marine Sciences at SUNY Stony Brook University's School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences in the fall. She has dedicated her academic and professional life to knowledge in the environmental and conservation sciences. Those that know her have been witness to her "incredibly strong work ethic and unrivaled positive outlook." Her graduate research using an echosounder in collaboration with the Hudson River Sloop Clearwater will directly impact our understanding of the ecosystem dynamics of the historic river.

Emily Svenson is the 2014 recipient of a $10,000 Pace Law School Environmental Consortium Merit Scholarship. Since Svenson received her B.S. in Environmental Sciences from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, she has worked as Consultant and Partner at Mid-Hudson Ecological Services, LLC, Environmental Analyst at NYS Soil and Water Conservation Committee, and in many other positions that support her passion for protecting water quality and thoughtful environmental protection. She serves as Ward 1 Councilwoman and Deputy Supervisor for the Hudson Valley town of Hyde Park and previously served as their Conservation Advisory Council Chair. Mrs. Svenson has also managed many local water quality and climate resilience projects as the Coordinator of the Lower Hudson Coalition of Conservation Districts.
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Theodore Gordon Flyfishers, Inc. Founders Fund Scholarship Application Deadline: April 1, 2015, Award Amount: $3,500
This merit scholarship, in the amount of $3,500, is offered annually in the name of the TGF founders, to a single recipient who has demonstrated excellence and outstanding dedication in a field of study that falls within an environmental field of a school or department. It was the hope of the founders, as it is the hope of the current membership of Theodore Gordon Flyfishers, that the recipient will use this scholarship to assist his or her studies, and after graduation seek employment in the tri-state region in either the public or private sector furthering the cause of environmental protection and riparian habitat conservation for the benefit of all. The eligible applicant's major shall be in an area of environmental studies such as, but not limited to, ecology, hydrology, conservation biology, natural resource management, zoology or environmental law and policy. This scholarship is available to undergraduate students who will have Senior standing as of Fall 2013, who will be enrolled, and who will continue to be enrolled during the award year (2013-2014 academic year), in a full-time four-year undergraduate degree at a member institution of the Environmental Consortium; and graduate students who will be enrolled, and who will continue to be enrolled during the award year (2015-2016 academic year), in a full-time graduate degree program at a member institution of the Environmental Consortium. span> news5

       

Pace Law School Environmental Consortium Merit Scholarship Award Amount: $3,000 - $10,000

In support of the Environmental Consortium of Colleges and Universities' mission, Pace Law School is offering a Merit Scholarship award to a fall 2015 entering student who is either currently enrolled in or has earned his or her bachelors or masters degree from one of the Environmental Consortium's member institutions and has demonstrated an interest in environmental issues affecting the Hudson-Mohawk River watershed region. Scholarship benefits consist of a merit scholarship ranging from $3,000 to $10,000 towards law school tuition, depending upon the student's qualifications and Pace's financial resources. The award is renewable each year based on continued academic excellence. The scholarship recipient will be expected to complete at least one project related to a regional environmental issue(s) while at Pace Law School. Selection is based on the student's application and academic record. Interested students should attach a half to one page statement to the Law School application of how he or she has been involved in Hudson-Mohawk River watershed environmental issues during their undergraduate work or why they have a particular interest in the environmental issues affecting the region.  

  

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Member News & Regional Opportunities  

  

 

 

Bard College Regional Demonstration Project to Improve Storm Water Management Using Green Infrastructure at Olin

Bard College received a grant from the NYC Environmental Facilities Corporation to create a low impact development project on the site of a compacted gravel parking lot by the main classroom building. The project features a constructed wetland, porous asphalt, permeable paver sidewalk, bioswales, a bioretention area and a riparian buffer area. The project will manage over 10 acres of storm water runoff from campus. Bard professors Elias Dueker and Robyn Smyth will be studying the project's impacts on water quality, and Professor Bruce Robertson will investigate whether the impacts to aquatic insects of polarized light pollution vary on the irregular porous asphalt surface as compared to regular asphalt. Construction will be completed this fall.region2

 

 

Hudson River Park Pier 26 "Estuarium" project awarded to Clarkson University

Hudson River Park Trust (HRPT) announced on December 4, 2014 that it has awarded its Pier 26 "Estuarium" project to Clarkson University, a next step in fulfilling its mission to create a 550-acre riverside park and estuarine sanctuary on the west side of New York City at the Hudson River. Clarkson University and its Beacon Institute for Rivers and Estuaries will partner with New York Hall of Science (NYSCI) and the Hudson River Sloop Clearwater to develop the building plan and operate the Estuarium and create a world-class destination for estuary research, education and public discovery.

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Columbia University MPA Announcing New Dean's Environmental Science and Policy Fellowship

The Master of Public Administration in Environmental Science and Policy now offers the Dean's Environmental Science and Policy Fellowship - the first full tuition grant made in the program's 12-year history. All prospective students who apply to the program by Jan. 15, 2015, will be eligible for the Fellowship, valued at approximately $72,000. region4

 

 

Pace University Launches New Environmental Studies and Science Department

Pace University's Dyson College of Arts and Sciences has founded the Department of Environmental Studies and Science (ESS) in order to provide a focused approach to addressing critical environmental issues, to educate Pace students as citizens and to create a skilled and ready environmental workforce. Under the leadership of the founding Chair, Melanie DuPuis, PhD, the Department will consolidate Dyson's current undergraduate and graduate environmental programs and extend them into important new areas. Read the news release here. View details on assistant professor search for both environmental studies and environmental science.region5

 

  

Pace University to Offer New Master of Arts in Environmental Policy in Fall 2015

Pace University's new two-year, 45-credit MA in Environmental Policy provides an interdisciplinary training program based on robust academics that prepares students for success.  The curriculum emphasizes classroom-based skill development, training in the practical policy arts, and experiential learning through externships. It culminates with a capstone course that challenges students to use newly acquired skills in his/her chosen area of policy research and analysis. Graduates of the program will be "practice-ready" for the full range of environmental policy professions.  For more information, visit the MEP website or contact Dr. Melanie DuPuis.  region6

 

 

Eco Practicum - Application Period Open for NYC and Catskill Programs

Eco Practicum offers experiential environmental education and action programs for college students and recent graduates. The programs consist of hands-on farm work, meetings with experts in many environmental fields, thoughtful discussions facilitated by skilled democratic educators, and a final project that challenges participants to actualize their ideas through practical implementation. Eco Practicum NYC takes place during Spring Break (March 8-15; 15-22) and explores the unique ecological infrastructure of New York City, focusing on food, energy, and resource management. Eco Practicum Catskills (May 31-June 14; June 14-28) is our summer program that delves into the intricate socio-environmental issues affecting the bioregion.  Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis and the deadlines to apply are February 1st for Eco Practicum NYC and April 1st for Eco Practicum Catskills. Students can apply online and learn more about the programs at www.EcoPracticum.com.region7

 

 

US EPA Now Accepting Applications for P3 Grant Program

Do you know any college students interested in solving an environmental challenge? EPA's P3: People, Prosperity and the Planet Student Design Competition for Sustainability is a unique college competition that inspires solutions for a sustainable future. P3 offers quality hands-on experience that brings classroom learning to life. For the first phase of the competition, teams are awarded a $15,000 grant to develop their idea. Teams then compete in the National Sustainable Design Expo in Washington, DC for the P3 Award and a $90,000 grant to turn their design into a real world application. Application deadline, December 16, 2014.

 


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