Consortium Circular
Fall 2016
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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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Regional Opportunities
 

Poster Competition for Undergraduate and Graduate Students at the New York Marine Sciences Consortium Annual Conference

 

Bard MBA in Sustainability Visiting Lecturer Positions, Spring 2017 

 

C2C Fellows Sustainability Leadership Training: Bard College, Dec. 2-4

Academic Programs at Member Institutions
 
Greening Highlights
 
  
Regional Events
 
 
 
Visit the Consortium's online regional event calendar for latest listings.
  
CONSORTIUM NEWS
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Beyond the Classroom: A day long colloquium for faculty and students on research, service, and training opportunities
The Environmental Consortium's annual conference  will be held on Friday, March 3, 2017 at Marist College. Research, civic engagement, internships and externships are part of the undergraduate experience beyond the classroom. Join the region's faculty, students, leaders and educators to collaborate on new ideas and solving challenges to provide a rich and innovative classroom for students and their experiences both on and off campus. The conference features a keynote, interactive sessions, an interdisciplinary and multi-disciplinary poster session of faculty and student research related to the Hudson-Mohawk region, and the annual presentation of the Environmental Consortium's prestigious Great Work Award.



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The Great Work Award - Nominations Due Nov. 30th
Do you know someone deserving of The Great Work Award? Someone whose work in higher education has furthered our understanding of the environment or environmental issues? Perhaps she or he has had an extraordinary influence on students, or advanced our knowledge in one of the many disciplines essential to our environmental future.  
 
All around us the life's work of friends and colleagues is improving the relationship between humans and nature, without proper recognition. This is one reason the award was created. Assist us in identifying those special individuals  by November 30th.


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Congratulations to the 2016 Awardee of the Theodore Gordon Flyfishers Founders Fund Scholarship: Nick McCloskey of Siena College
Nick McCloskey is the 2016 recipient of the $3,500 Theodore Gordon Flyfishers Founders Fund Scholarship . Mr. McCloskey is a senior environmental science major at Siena College. He is active on campus as the environmental club president, and active off campus, in communities, such as volunteering in Project WAVE to assist the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation in assessing water quality in streams. Mr. McCloskey has had a lifelong interest in the environment and plans to pursue research and work that will promote environmental awareness of local waterbodies and their interconnection to both the human and fish populations. He is passionate about finding ways to protect aquatic species and improve water quality.
 

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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 (3-year terms) are:
Member Seats: Nominee must hail from an
Institutional Member .
Affiliate Seat: Nominee must hail from a Non-Profit Member .

If you are interested in serving on the Committee, please
complete the nomination form . 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 Friday, December 2nd.    
 

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Environmental and Urban Studies at Bard College: New Director is the Consortium Liaison

Bard College Consortium liaison and former VP and dean of the college, Michèle Dominy, is the new program director for the
Environmental and Urban Studies  program. A cultural anthropologist, Professor Dominy is teaching a new course in Conservation Anthropology after a yearlong research leave in New Zealand's South Island, and in the United Kingdom. 

REGIONAL OPPORTUNITIES
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Poster Competition for Undergraduate and Graduate Students at the New York Marine Sciences Consortium Annual Conference
Report Card on Excess Nitrogen in the Marine Environment: How Are We Doing?
On October 22, 2016 the NYMSC will hold its annual symposium at SUNY Maritime College, focusing this year on efforts to reduce the amount of nitrogen in our coastal waters. It has long been known that excess nitrogen is problematic in systems around New York City and Long Island, where the water is eutrophic and suffers from limited circulation. It's time to take a look at what we've been doing to fix this and how well it's working. The event will also give an inside look at new methods being developed to limit nitrogen that's being discharged into the water, mainly from sewage treatment plants. There will be a poster competition for undergraduate and graduate students, with a $250 prize. Attendees, as well as students who wish to compete in the poster session, can find online registration and more information on our website:  you.stonybrook.edu/nymsc/ 


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Bard MBA in Sustainability Visiting Lecturer Positions, Spring 2017
Bard College's low-residency MBA in Sustainability program, based in New York City, has openings for visiting lecturers to teach the following courses in the spring semester of 2017:
Please follow the links to the courses to learn more about their content. Professors modify the existing syllabi for these courses to reflect their area of expertise.  Bard's MBA program is one of a select group of programs globally that fully integrates sustainability into a business curriculum. Courses address core MBA material through a mission-driven lens, supporting students to master the business case for sustainability.  Faculty members teach during intensive weekend residencies held once a month in Manhattan. In addition, they teach an online evening session each week between the monthly residencies. The low-residency format allows flexibility in residential location.  MBA faculty members are expected to have earned a Ph.D., J.D., M.B.A., M.P.A. or equivalent degree. Successful candidates will have an established record of excellence in teaching. 
 
To apply, send a cover letter, CV, and names and contact information for three references through Interfolio at:  http://apply.interfolio.com/38104. Applications will be reviewed as received. 
Bard College is an equal opportunity employer, and we welcome applications from those who contribute to our diversity. 


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C2C Fellows Sustainability Leadership Training: Bard College, December 2-4
The C2C Fellows Network at the  Bard Center for Environmental Policy is a national program for undergraduates and recent graduates aspiring to leadership work in sustainable politics, NGO's and business. C2C's intensive skills-based weekend workshops include young people from across the country.  Led by Dr. Eban Goodstein, Director of Bard's Center for Environmental Policy, C2C trainings focus on key leadership skills: vision, courage, developing your network, telling your story, and raising funds. 

Graduates of the workshops join a national network with access to continuing educational and professional opportunities, including dedicated scholarships to attend Bard's Graduate Programs in Sustainability:  Masters of Science degrees in Environmental Policy and Climate Science and Policy and the  Bard MBA in Sustainability.

Registration fee of $30 covers lodging and food. Conference begins at 5:00pm Friday and ends noon Sunday.  Bard College is 90 miles north of New York City, and is easily accessible by Amtrak from Penn Station in NYC.  Info and Application.

ACADEMIC PROGRAMS AT MEMBER INSTITUTIONS
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Environmental and Urban Studies at Bard College: Fostering Connections with the Hudson River Valley
The
Environmental and Urban Studies (EUS) program  at Bard College (EUS) aims to endow students with an in-depth, interdisciplinary understanding of the complexities of environmental and urban issues. With our location in Annandale-on-Hudson, we have the ideal set of natural and built environments to use as case studies with both local and global implications. The Saw Kill Watershed Community  and Bard Water Lab are EUS initiatives building community through citizen science on our local stream-the Saw Kill (with support from the Hudson River Estuary Program and the Hudson River Foundation). The Saw Kill also hosts studies on dams as barriers to fish migration and as opportunities for micro-hydro-electric energy generation (with assistance from the Hudson River Estuary Program and NYSERDA). We are also studying trails as links between people and the river (with help from the Hudson River Estuary Program). Finally, we are implementing courses on Environmental Justice in Kingston and Hudson, NY (with support from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and Bard's Center for Civic Engagement). These place-based and globally-meaningful projects embody the "three-legged stool" of sustainability-environment, economy, and equity-and offer many opportunities for regional collaboration. Stay tuned for updates! 
 
 
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Bard Graduate Programs in Sustainability Fall Open Houses - in NYC and Hudson Valley
Join the Bard Graduate Programs in Sustainability for our Fall Open Houses in New York City and at Bard College. Our Open Houses allow applicants and interested students to learn about the  Bard Center for Environmental Policy  and the  Bard MBA in Sustainability.   Attendees will get information about our programs of study, how to apply, and speak one-on-one with admissions staff, faculty, and students.
Bard Open House: December 3, 2016, 11:00am-2:00pm, Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson, NY 12504
NYC Open House: December 7, 2016, 6:30pm-8:30pm, LMHQ, 150 Broadway, New York, NY 10038

 
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NYU M.S. Program in Environmental Health Sciences
Are you looking to continue your education in a broad spectrum environmental science masters program that provides full tuition remission and a stipend currently at $15,000?
 
Then check out the NYU M.S. Program in Environmental Health Sciences, Department of Environmental Medicine, New York University School of Medicine, Langone Medical Center, and the Graduate School of Arts and Science, New York University.
 
The NYU M.S. degree program in Environmental Health Sciences is a specialized course of study providing students with flexible opportunities to develop skills and expertise leading to careers in toxicology, analysis of environmental toxicants and toxic environments, pharmaceutical research, air pollution research, ecotoxicology research, worker health and safety, epigenetics, and health hazard identification. Potential employers of our graduates include academia, industry, consulting firms, and local, state, and federal governmental agencies. The M.S. degree program offers study tracks in a) environmental toxicology and b) occupational-environmental hygiene. Beyond the M.S., highly motivated and successful students can be fast tracked into consecutive Ph.D. studies, pending successful completion of the M.S. degree and competitive readmission.  M.S. students in this program are supported with stipends and free tuition benefits. Please contact Ms. Lupino below regarding applications, which will be accepted through December 18, 2016 for classes starting in September 2017.
 
For program information contact:Catherine B. Klein, Ph.D., Director, MS Programs in Environmental Health Sciences, NYU, 845-731-3510, catherine.klein@nyumc.org .
 
For applications or administrative information contact:Francine Lupino, Graduate Coordinator, Program in Environmental Health Sciences, 845-731-3661,  ehs@env.med.nyu.edu .
 
 
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Pace University Welcomes Inaugural Class for its new MA in Environmental Policy
This semester, Pace University welcomed the inaugural class of the Master of Arts in Environmental Policy (MEP) . The MEP trains recent graduates, returning students and working professionals to be "practice ready" for a full range of environmental policy careers. The curriculum emphasizes classroom-based skill development, training in the practical policy arts, and experiential learning taught by recognized experts and practitioners in the field. These students will go on to work on today's most pressing environmental issues like climate change, water depletion and pollution, sustainable food supplies and wildlife conservation.

GREENING HIGHLIGHTS
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Pace University's Environmental Classroom Earns LEED Certification
The Environmental Center Classroom on Pace University's Pleasantville campus has been awarded LEED certification by the US Green Building Council, which measures a building's design and construction in terms of environmental efficiency. The classroom's geothermal heating and cooling system, solar panels, plumbing and design all contributed to the certification. The Classroom is part of Pace's new
Dyson College Institute for Sustainability and the Environment .
 

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SUNY New Paltz makes Sierra Magazine's "Cool Schools" list for sustainable practices, facilities
New Paltz has been recognized as one of the 201 greenest schools in America by Sierra Magazine, which ranks four-year undergraduate institutions on criteria ranging from campus energy use, transportation and fossil fuel divestment, to community engagement with environmental issues through coursework, scholarship and advocacy.

REGIONAL EVENTS
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8:30 am-10:30 am 
Pace University, 861 Bedford Road, Kessel Student Center Multipurpose Room, Pleasantville, NY
Learn why pollinators are important, what has been happening to pollinator populations, and what you can do in your own backyard to encourage pollinators. Speakers include Greg Wechgelaer, Senior Naturalist & Apiarist at the Greenburgh Nature Center; Shaun McCoshum, Preserve Manager & Educator at Westchester Land Trust; and Lori Fontanes, co-head of the Rye Healthy Yard Program. The event is free, pre-register online.    
    
OCT 19 - Bard College: Politics & Environment Webinar Series
12:00 pm 
Webinar - Full Details Online
The Youth Vote & the Environment
Presenter: Alica Prevost, Defend Our Future
The Bard Center for Environmental Policy is the home for the Politics and the Environment project. 
 
 
OCT 19 -
Columbia University: Lessons of Climate Resilience in New York City
6:00 pm-7:15 pm 
Columbia University, Low Library, 535 W. 116 St., New York, NY 10027
What can cities do to become stronger and more resilient in the face of climate change? This panel will provide a perspective on how urban areas can prepare for extreme weather events, and protect critical infrastructure and communities from harmful impacts. This event will be livestreamed. Reception to follow.  Registration is free, but required.
 

OCT 20-22 - AMNH: Student Conference on Conservation Science (SCC-NY 2016)
American Museum of Natural History, Central Park West at 79th Street, New York, NY 10024-5192
The Center for Biodiversity and Conservation and its partners invite graduate students, post-docs, and early-career professionals to take part in the seventh annual Student Conference on Conservation Science-New York (SCCS-NY).  As a part of the only international series of conservation conferences featuring students, SCCS-NY provides opportunities for emerging scientists to professionally network, gain experience, and present and get feedback on their work. Interactions with peers as well as leaders in science, policy and management will encourage collaborations, inspire further research, and create lasting professional connections.
 
   
OCT 20 -
Hudson River Environmental Society Annual Awards Dinner 
6:00 pm-9:00 pm 
River Station Restaurant, Poughkeepsie, NY
The Hudson River Environmental Society will be honoring Dr. Dennis Suszkowski by presenting him with the HRES Distinguished Service Award. HRES will also be honoring Betty and the Baby Boomers by presenting them with the HRES Outstanding Environmental Communicator Award. Please join us for a wonderful evening as we recognize the exceptional lifetime achievements made by these dedicated stewards of the Hudson River!  Purchase tickets online.  
 
 
7:00 pm 
Cary Institute Auditorium, 2801 Sharon Tpk., Millbrook, NY
University of Maryland's Karen Lips will discuss the underlying causes of global amphibian declines and extinctions. Free an open to the public.
 
   
OCT 22 - New York Marine Sciences Consortium Annual Conference
Report Card on Excess Nitrogen in the Marine Environment: How Are We Doing?
8:30 am-4:00 pm 
SUNY Maritime College
This year's conference will focus on efforts to reduce the amount of nitrogen we are putting into our coastal waters. For years we have known that excess nitrogen is problematic in systems like bays and the Long Island Sound, where the water receives limited circulation. It
's time to take a look at what we've been doing to fix this and how well it's working. The event will also give an inside look at the new methods that are being developed to limit nitrogen that'
s being put into the water.  
 
 
9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Belleayre Ski Center, Highmount, NY
The 2016 CERM conference is an opportunity for researchers, agency staff, and others working on natural resource and environmental management issues in the Catskills to network and collaborate. Dr. Joshua Ginsberg, President, Cary Institute for Ecosystem Studies will deliver the keynote address. The conference features presentations on research supporting policy decisions in the Catskills, tools and models to understand and adapt to climate change, carbon in Catskill waters from soil to tap, Catskill soils and wetlands cooperative research, and wood in Catskills streams. A poster session and mixer on October 27 from 5:00-7:00 pm will feature Catskills forest history maps by Dr. Michael Kudish.
 
 
OCT 29 - Iona College: Ecological Spirituality and Laudato Si
9:30 am-5:00 pm 
  Iona College, Burke Lounge in Spellman Hall, 715 North Avenue, New Rochelle, NY 10801
The Thomas Berry Forum for Ecological Dialogue at Iona College is pleased to announce a conference on the theme of "Ecological Spirituality and Laudato Si'." In his encyclical, Laudato Si: On Care for Our Common Home, Pope Francis advocates an "ecological spirituality," to "motivate a more passionate concern for the protection of our world" (216).   The Pope echoes Thomas Berry's challenge to all religions to recover their Earth-centered spiritualties, in order to activate a new and shared ecological sensibility and responsibility.
 
    
NOV 2 - Hudson River Watershed Alliance Annual Watershed Conference
Healthy Watersheds, Healthy Waters: Emerging Perspectives on Sustainable Watershed Management

8:30 am - 4:30 pm
Henry A. Wallace Center at the FDR Presidential Home & Library in Hyde Park
Learn about emerging science on the health benefits of our connections with water and the basic human right to clean water. Featuring a keynote address and book signing by Dr. Wallace J. Nichols, the New York Times bestselling author of Blue Mind, and a keynote address by Peter Iwanowicz, Executive Director of Environmental Advocates of New York, in addition to other speakers from the nonprofit, government and academic sectors. Network with some of the Hudson Valley's most dedicated and informed watershed advocates.
 
 
NOV 2-3 - SUNY New Paltz: The State of New York Sustainability Conference
SUNY New Paltz, 1 Hawk Drive, Student Union Building, New Paltz, NY
This conference is for staff, faculty and students forwarding sustainability in public and private higher education institutions across New York State. The conference includes two days of networking and workshops to share best practices about and to build relationships around sustainability in higher education.   

   
NOV 2 - Bard College: Politics & Environment Webinar Series
12:00 pm 
Webinar - Full Details Online
Common Threat, Common Ground
Presenter: Liz Joyner, The Village Square
The Bard Center for Environmental Policy is the home for the Politics and the Environment project.
   
 
NOV 16 - Bard College: Politics & Environment Webinar Series
12:00 pm
Webinar - Full Details Online
The Post Election Climate for Climate Action
Presenter: Bill Mckibben, 350.org
The Bard Center for Environmental Policy is the home for the Politics and the Environment project.
 
 
NOV 18 - SUNY ESF: Divestment 2016: Setting a Path for a "Just Transition"
8:30 am - 5:30 pm  
SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry, Gateway Center, Syracuse, NY
Join us for a daylong symposium focused on divesting from fossil fuels in a socially responsible, financially feasible manner. Learn about:
--Fossil fuel divestment in higher education and a just transition to a clean-energy economy;
--The feasibility and effectiveness of fossil fuel divestment;
--Alternative investment strategies to foster innovation and economic activity.
Hear from speakers representing Sustainable Endowments Institute, U.S. Climate Plan, the Responsible Endowments Coalition, Trillium Investments and others.
 
 
DEC 8 - Pace Haub School of Law: Land Use & Sustainable Development Conference
Pace Haub School of Law, 78 North Broadway, White Plains, NY
This year's theme will be The Economics and Equity of Sustainable Development. Vicki Been will be our morning keynote speaker. As the former Director of NYU' s Furman Center for Real Estate and Urban Policy, Been is now the Commissioner for NYC's Department of Housing Preservation & Development.

We invite you to spend the day at this educational event, with more than 250 attorneys, business professionals, and local leaders in attendance to learn about national, regional, and local innovations, challenges, and best practices.
 
 
APR 13, 2017 - SAVE THE DATE
Pace University: Third Biannual Summit on Resilience
Water Cooperation and Conflict: The Local and Global Challenge
Pace University, Schimmel Center, New York City campus
This conference will convene experts and practitioners from the public, academic and private sectors to discuss collaborative problem-solving strategies for the protection and sharing of water resources, ranging from transboundary conflicts, to local water scarcity, to watershed management.
www.environmentalconsortium.org
Pace University is the host institution of the Environmental Consortium of Colleges & Universities, with headquarters located at Pace Academy for Applied Environmental Studies at Dyson College.