Environmental Consortium Elects New Steering Committee Members
The Environmental Consortium is governed by a 21-member multi-institutional, multi-disciplinary Steering Committee. The following members have been elected to serve:
- Paul Benzing, Assistant Professor of Biology, College of Saint Rose (re-elected for a third consecutive term)
- Daniel Farkas, Chair, Information Technology, Pace University (re-elected for a second consecutive term)
- Elyse Fuller, Associate Professor, Science Department, SUNY Rockland Community College
- Evan Kamber, Environmental Studies major, Member of Student and College Committee on Sustainability, Vassar College
- John Kowal, Vice President for Academic Affairs and Academic Dean, Maria College (re-elected for a second consecutive term)
- Madeline Micceri Mignone, Assoc. Professor of Biology, Coordinator of Science Dept. and Biology Program, Dominican College
- Martin Shaffer, Dean, School of Liberal Arts, Marist College (re-elected for a third consecutive term)
9th Annual Student Summit, Exploring Environmental Pathways: Careers and Graduate Education, April 4, 2014 at Siena College
Siena College will host our 9th Annual Student Summit, Exploring Environmental Pathways: Careers and Graduate Education, which will feature a graduate program and career fair. Highlights include opportunities for students to speak with environmental professionals from diverse sectors during lunch; network with like-minded students, meet recruiters for employment, internship, volunteer, and research opportunities; and explore graduate education in environmental fields. Exhibitor tables for graduate programs are available exclusively to member institutions of the Environmental Consortium. Potential employers and organizations with opportunities for students or recent graduates are invited to exhibit.
LaGuardia Community College Welcomed as Newest Affiliate Institutional Member
CUNY LaGuardia Community College was recently welcomed as a new affiliate member. The Environmental Consortium is now 60 member institutions, and 20 affiliate members strong. Institutions and individuals are encouraged to apply for membership to the Consortium. There is no fee to join, and applications can be downloaded at www.environmentalconsortium.org/membership/join.html.
Keynote Videos Posted: Sustain What? Preparing our Students by Greening our Campuses (10th Annual Conference)
On Friday, November 8, 2013, the Environmental Consortium's conference kicked off with a keynote by David Hales, President, Second Nature. Hales spoke about living sustainably in the future climate. He believes that while evidence of climate change mounts, colleges and their communities are not prepared and have not assessed the impacts of climate on their missions, curriculum, infrastructure, operations, students, workforce, investments, and endowments. On Saturday, the Environmental Consortium presented Gus Speth with its Great Work Award, in honor of Thomas Berry. The award presentation was followed by his keynote address. Speth's message to teachers and students was clear: "We environmentalists can legitimately claim many victories but we are losing the struggle-losing the overall effort to pass our beleaguered planet on to our children and grandchildren. ... My hope is that you can help redesign the university's approach to environmental studies, and environmental education generally, in a way that embraces the true keys to environmental success." The conference also included plenaries, breakout sessions, poster session, exhibitor expo, and a very special evening performance by Andrew Revkin's Breakneck Ridge Revue. Keynote videos, posters, photos, and more can be found on the conference website.
Environmental Consortium Scholarships: Pace Law School and Theodore Gordon Flyfishers Founders Fund
Pace Law School is offering a "Merit Scholarship" award to a Fall 2014 entering student who is either currently enrolled in or has earned his or her bachelor's or master's degree from one of the Consortium's member institutions and has demonstrated an interest in environmental issues affecting the Hudson-Mohawk River watershed. Scholarship benefits consist of a merit scholarship ranging from $3,000 to $10,000 towards Pace Law School tuition.
2014 Theodore Gordon Flyfishers, Inc. Founders Fund Scholarship is offered annually, in the name of the TGF founders, to a single recipient who has demonstrated excellence and outstanding dedication in an area of study that falls within an environmental field of a school or department. Award amount is $3,500. This scholarship is available to:
- Undergraduate students who will have Senior standing as of Fall 2014, who will be enrolled, and who will continue to be enrolled during the award year (2014-2015 academic year), in a full-time four-year undergraduate degree at a member institution of the Environmental Consortium. [Students apply for the scholarship in their Junior year.]
- Graduate students entering 1st or 2nd year as of Fall 2014, who will be enrolled, and who will continue to be enrolled during the award year (2014-2015 academic year), in a full-time graduate degree program at a member institution of the Environmental Consortium.
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. Based on a 4.0 scale, the applicant shall demonstrate merit with a current 3.5 GPA in the environmental concentration courses and an overall minimum 3.0 GPA. Application deadline is April 1, 2014.
Member Programs & Opportunities
Clarkson University's RiverU 2014 Summer Program (June 9 - 27, 2014)
Clarkson University's RiverU a collaboration between Beacon Institute for Rivers and Estuaries and the Hudson River Sloop Clearwater, is a six-credit program in environmental science and policy for any college or highly motivated high school student with an interest in the environment. RiverU is designed to help students define and direct their academic and future career path by connecting with professionals in the workplace through course-related field trips, while gaining valuable science, engineering and policy credits over the summer. Classes at Beacon Institute's Center for Environmental Innovation and Education, located on the banks of the Hudson River in Beacon, NY, are taught by Hudson River environmentalist John Cronin, Clarkson University faculty Tom Langen, Ph.D., Shane Rogers, Ph.D. and expert guests. Contact Mike Walsh. To learn more and apply, visit: www.RiverU.org
MS in Sustainability at CCNY: Application Deadline for Fall 2014 is March 15th
The Sustainability in the Urban Environment program at City College of New York (CCNY) is an interdisciplinary program that aims to equip graduates with knowledge and skills that 21st century workplaces will increasingly demand as the US-and the rest of the planet-undergoes a gradual energy transition. We offer a 30-credit Masters of Science (MS) in Sustainability degree. The curriculum centers on five core courses including a Capstone interdisciplinary team project-a sustained exposure to a real-world sustainability problem. Our goal is to enable graduates to be innovative and flexible contributors to sustainability solutions for decades to come.
SUNY ESF Adirondack Residential Semester - Fall 2014
Undergraduate students will earn 16 credits while living and learning at the State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry's Newcomb Campus, a 15,000 acre field station located in the Upper Hudson Watershed and the center of the stunning Adirondack Park.
The semester explores complex scientific and social questions relating to sustaining natural and human communities in large-scale conservation applications. Five faculty teach six interdisciplinary courses in a variety of hands-on field, lab and discussion settings.
Participants will work closely with knowledgeable scientists, philosophers and policymakers and have access to more than 80 years of Adirondack research. Study of this 6 million acre park, with its 130,000 residents and millions of annual visitors, will provide lessons in sustainability that can be transferred to communities around the globe.
The Adirondack Residential Semester is open to current sophomores, juniors and seniors from public and private colleges and universities. Contact: Paul Hai, Northern Forest Institute and Adirondack Ecological Center; SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry; 6312 Route 28N; Newcomb, NY 12852; 518-582-4551 x104; firstname.lastname@example.org.
SUNY ESF Summer Field Experience for Students
Three-credit short course in Environmental Philosophy and Writing at the remote Cranberry Lake Biological Station in the northern Adirondacks, July 27 - August 8, 2014. Students will learn about environmental philosophy through the study and practice of philosophical inquiry as storytelling. Particular attention will be paid to the role that storytelling plays in our striving to understand fundamental philosophical questions. Contact Marianne Patinelli-Dubay for full course description and additional information.
Calls for Papers and Posters
Annual AESS Conference at Pace University - Call for Proposals Extended to February 18, 2014
Due to strong and increasing interest, the deadline for proposals for the AESS conference has been extended to February 18, 2014. The 2014 annual meeting of the Association for Environmental Studies and Sciences (AESS) will be held on June 11-14th, 2014 at Pace University in New York City, NY and co-sponsored by Pace Academy for Applied Environmental Studies and Pace Institute for Environmental and Regional Studies.
The theme for the conference is "Welcome to the Anthropocene: From Global Challenge to Planetary Stewardship." This theme focuses on the argument advanced by many environmental scholars that Earth has entered a new geological epoch, the Anthropocene (the recent age of humans). Proponents of this theory contend that humans have become a global geophysical force capable of disrupting the grand cycles of biology, chemistry and geology by which elements like carbon and nitrogen circulate between land, sea and atmosphere. This disruption is resulting in profound alteration of the planet's climate, serious threats to a large array of species and critical ecosystems and conversion of fertile lands to desert. Click here for more details and to submit a proposal.
HRES Call for Poster Abstracts for 2014 Hudson River Symposium: Watershed Influences in a Changed World
The Hudson River Environmental Society (HRES) is soliciting abstracts from graduate and undergraduate students, environmental monitoring groups, resource managers, and scientists for a poster session to be held during its Hudson River Symposium on May 7, 2014 at the Student Union Building, SUNY New Paltz. Those doing research on Hudson River and watershed topics are encouraged to consider a poster. Abstracts must be submitted by March 17, 2014.
Employment, Internships and Professional Development
Pace University, Chair, Department of Environmental Studies and Science
The Dyson College of Arts and Sciences of Pace University invites applications for the anticipated position of Chair of the newly created Department of Environmental Studies and Sciences to begin Fall, 2014. Appointment will be made at the rank of Professor with tenure. The Department incorporates the undergraduate and Masters level degree programs in Environmental Science, the undergraduate degree program in Environmental Studies, and a Masters degree program in Environmental Policy. The Departmental faculty currently has joint appointments in other relevant departments within the College.
The successful candidate must have an earned doctorate in an environmental area and a background that demonstrates competence to lead an interdisciplinary department that incorporates the various disciplines noted above. The candidate must have a demonstrated record of scholarship, collaborative academic leadership and administrative skills; the ability to facilitate cross disciplinary collaborations both intramurally among departments and schools within the University as well as extramurally; the ability to work with faculty in developing academic programs that reflect current and emerging needs in environmental areas. Pace University is an Equal Employment and Affirmative Action Employer, M/F/H/V, committed to ensuring a diverse learning and working environment. Women and minorities are encouraged to apply.
Cary Institute, Teacher workshop opportunities: How's the Hudson River Doing?
Join Cary Institute educators for a professional development workshop focusing on the health of the Hudson River. In either a 3-hour workshop in Albany, New Paltz, or New York City; or over a weekend data retreat at the Cary Institute, you will make comparisons and observe trends related to the health of the Hudson River using classroom-friendly data sets. Build confidence in your data graphing, interpretation, and analysis skills and learn tips and tricks for introducing real (sometimes messy!) data to students. Participants will also learn how their students can enter this year's Hudson Data Jam competition--a challenge for students to use their creativity to tell a data-based story about the Hudson River. Cash incentives will be provided for teachers participating in the Data Jam and for the student winners. To learn more and to register, contact email@example.com. More on the Data Jam in 'Regional Events' section below.
Mohonk Preserve, Work Opportunities and Internships
Full-time Development/Database Associate position available. Mohonk Preserve is seeking an energetic team player with a collaborative work style and minimum of 2 years of experience in data entry and database management. Submit cover letter & resume by February 21, 2014.
Full-time Applied Conservation Coordinator, submit cover letter, resume and 3 references by February 26, 2014.
Every summer, the Mohonk Preserve offers paid internships for students. The internships run for 10 weeks (June to mid-August). The application deadline is March 15th.
The Thom Scheuer Land Management Internship is open to college juniors and seniors. The intern will help with design of trailhead structures; assist in maintaining the Preserve's boundaries; and support visitor safety and enjoyment.
The Schaefer Research Internship is open to college freshman and sophomores. Research interns work at the Preserve's Daniel Smiley Research Center to conduct field studies and collect natural science data utilizing GIS/GPS technology, and develop and carry out a research projects of their own in conjunction with Preserve staff.
For details and application process visit: www.mohonkpreserve.org/jobs-fellowships-and-internships.
Running Silver: Restoring Atlantic Rivers and Their Great Fish Migrations by Dr. John Waldman (CUNY Queens College) Dr. John Waldman of Queens College announced publication of a new book titled Running Silver: Restoring Atlantic Rivers and Their Great Fish Migrations. Coverage includes the evolution and characteristics of diadromous fishes; introduction to all of the Atlantic species; the fundamental nature of rivers and how our understanding of them is changing; early quotations by awed colonists; Native American and Colonial fisheries; dams, power plants, and the post-industrial river; the promise and problems of fish passage; climate change; alien species; the role of hatcheries; the oceanic 'black box'; a comparison between a shad's life cycle in the years 1600 and 2013; whether 'river giants' of these species will ever be seen again; new concepts in fisheries management and conservation biology; some important examples of good stewardship; and ten ideas for the future. Thoreau's prescient and underappreciated observations from A Week of the Concord & Merrimack Rivers are used as guideposts throughout. More information on Running Silver can be found on the publisher's website at http://bit.ly/17KgBIw (which also provides online sources for the book).
HRECOS: A High-Tech Resource for Hudson River Researchers and Educators
The Hudson River Environmental Conditions Observing System (HRECOS; re-cōs) is a high-tech monitoring network along the Hudson and Mohawk Rivers, consisting of several remote water quality and weather stations. High-frequency data is collected at each station and transmitted in near-real time to the HRECOS website, where users can graph and download current and historical data. HRECOS data has proven useful for researchers in a broad array of interdisciplinary fields such as biology, oceanography, hydrology, geochemistry, and atmospheric science. Educators use HRECOS data in a classroom setting to teach students basic principles of environmental variability and interactions. HRECOS is a rapidly growing network, with one or more stations being established each year since its inception. The network is operated and funded by a consortium of partners from government, non-profit and academic institutions.
Tradepal Offers 10 Reuse Networks at No Cost to Environmental Consortium Member Institutions
Tradepal was impressed by the vibrancy of the Environmental Consortium community and its stated goal of empowering students to build for the future. The goal of Tradepal's commitment to action with the Clinton Global Initiative is to Incubate Consumer Behavior Change
on campus and encourage reuse. Tradepal is offering 10 free reuse networks ($100k total value) to 10 Environmental Consortium institutions. View flyer
. For more details, contact Tamar at firstname.lastname@example.org
Bard National Climate Seminar
The National Climate Seminar is a biweekly, lunchtime dial-in conversation that features climate scientists, political leaders, and policy analysts, each exploring the politics and science driving critical climate change decisions.
Time: 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Call-in number: 1-712-432-3100 Code: 253385
In person: Bard College, Campus Center, Red Room 202, Annandale on Hudson, NY
- Feb. 19th Arctic Methane: Be Afraid?: David Archer, Department of The Geophysical Sciences, University of Chicago
- Mar. 5th Desalination as Adaptation: Micha Tomkiewicz, Physics Professor, Brooklyn College
- Mar. 19th Advancements in California Climate Policy: Emily Reyna, Senior Manager, Partnerships and Alliances, US Climate and Energy, Environmental Defense Fund
- Apr. 2nd Women, Development, Climate Change: Cate Owren, Senior Policy Advisor at IUCN
- Apr. 16th Topic TBD
- May 7th China: How Much Climate Action: Tao Hu, China Program Director, WWF
Feb. 18th (6:00pm-8:00pm)
Bard and Sustainability Practice Network (SPN): Environmental Policy Predictions NYC 2014
Bard College, MBA in Sustainability - 1150 6th Avenue, 5th Floor, New York, NY 10036
As Mayor de Blasio has begun to make appointments, the sustainability community is watching to see what his environmental agenda will be. Though climate change was not a sound bite during the campaign; environmental issues will likely gain more traction in the months ahead, especially after NYC recently experienced several of the worst winter storms on record, which many see as another harbinger of climate change. Please join environmental experts in a discussion looking back at Bloomberg's environmental record and looking forward to de Blasio's environmental promises.
Feb. 21st (6:30pm)
Cary Institute: "Emptying the Skies" Documentary Film
The Cary Institute, 2801 Sharon Tpk., Millbrook, NY
Join the Cary Institute for a screening of "Emptying the Skies," a documentary film about the widespread poaching of migratory songbirds in the Mediterranean and the heroism of a team of Italian bird-lovers trying to stop the practice. Following the film will be a Q&A with director Roger Kass. Free and open to the public.
Feb. 22nd (1:30pm)
Pace Law: The National Environmental Law Moot Court Competition
Pace Law School, 78 North Broadway, White Plains, NY
Environmental students and faculty are invited to attend the final round of the National Environmental Law Moot Court Competition - the largest moot court competition under one roof in the nation and the premier environmental moot. Over seventy teams from law schools across the country will take part in the competition and the top three will argue the final round in front of high level federal and environmental judges.
Feb. 26th (12:00pm-2:00pm)
Pace: FoodYou Design: Feelings, Facts, Food and GMOs - A Fresh Look
Pace University, Kessel Student Center, 861 Bedford Road, Pleasantville, NY
This panel will aim to inform rather than inflame by bringing together a chef focused on conscious cuisine, a food journalist who spent six months investigating claims and counterclaims about GMOs, a law professor and a plant geneticist. The discussion will be moderated by Pace Academy Senior Fellow Andrew Revkin, who has explored the future of food repeatedly on his New York Times blog, Dot Earth. Join us in person, or online through Google+ and Youtube.
Feb. 27th (4:30pm)
Bard: Environment, Ethics, and the Factory Farm
Bard College, Olin Language Center, Room 115, Annandale on Hudson, NY
Pace University's noted environmental law and animal rights scholar, Professor David Cassuto, visits Bard to offer an important lecture on his recent scholarship entitled Environment, Ethics, and the Factory Farm. Cassuto focuses on the ethical and environmental implications of factory farming, while defining those implications through the lens of animal law.
Feb. 27th (7:00pm)
CURB: Tom Lake - The First Fishermen of the River
Sarah Lawrence Center for the Urban River at Beczak, 35 Alexander Street, Yonkers, NY
The Board of Directors of the Hudson River Valley Environmental Education Institute and Sarah Lawrence College Present: Rivertalk: A Lecture Series on Art, Culture, and Ecology of the Hudson River.
Our species has found sustenance in the Hudson River for 12,000 years with aquatic resources being captured for personal and community use, as well as the first commercial endeavors of trade and barter, across those millennia. Tom Lake, an estuary naturalist, will look at the archaeological evidence of the first fishermen of the river, what equipment they used, and what they found so abundant and nutritionally important in the estuary. Tom is an estuary naturalist for the NYSDEC's Hudson River Estuary Program. He conducts education programs, maintains the official Hudson River Watershed Fish List, and compiles and edits The Hudson River Almanac, an online natural history journal now completing its 20th year with more than 4000 subscribers. Free and open to the public.
Mar. 1st (2:00pm)
Bard: Polar Plunge 4 People & Planet (P4P2)
Bard College, The Parliament of Reality, Annadale on Hudson, NY
Join us on Saturday, March 1st at 2pm to support students, faculty, and staff from CEP and EUS as we plunge into icy waters of the Parliament of Reality. There will be music, costume contests, water entry contests, and community revelry. Any member of the Bard community who wishes to contribute $5 on the spot to CEP or EUS is welcome to leap into the freezing water with us! Funds raised will be used for scholarship and internship stipends.
Pace Law: Annual Lloyd K. Garrison Lecture in Environmental Law
Gerber Glass Moot Court Room at Pace Law School in White Plains, NY
The Annual Lloyd K. Garrison Lecture in Environmental Law presented by Professor J.B. Ruhl of Vanderbilt Law School. This annual lecture brings leading legal scholars from around the nation to Pace Law School to discuss cutting-edge environmental legal issues and to honor the memory of Lloyd Garrison, who fought for the protection of Storm King Mountain in the Hudson River Valley and helped to kindle the environmental law movement in the United States.
Apr. 4th (11:30am-5:00pm)
9th Annual Student Summit
Exploring Environmental Pathways: Careers and Graduate Education, Featuring Graduate Program and Career Fair
Siena College, 515 Loudon Road, Loudonville, New York
More details in 'Consortium News' above.
Apr. 17th (7:00pm)
Bard: Our Last, Best Hope For a Future on Earth: Alan Weisman on Population Growth
Bard College, Reem-Kayden Center Laszlo Z. Bito '60 Auditorium, Annandale on Hudson, NY
Investigative and award-winning journalist Alan Weisman, author of the bestselling The World Without Us, will join us for a lecture on overpopulation and his latest book Countdown: Our Last, Best Hope For a Future on Earth, which covers balancing population growth with the health of our planet. To investigate this problem, Weisman travels around the world to understand and describe population issues as well as explore possible solutions. He looks at how different cultures and religions might adopt new behaviors in order to better manage the earth's population and our species ultimate survival. Open to the public.
HRES Symposium: Watershed Influences in a Changed World
SUNY New Paltz, New Paltz, NY
Climate change, urban sprawl, land use, introduced insects disease and pathogens have far reaching effects throughout the Hudson River watershed. These impacts, whether new or newly discovered, are changing our understanding of the influences the watershed has on the Hudson River estuary. Understanding these issues is critical for directing future research and developing the right solutions to minimize impacts. During this symposium, several invited experts will discuss the most recent scientific understandings of the changes in the watershed, recommend where science can lead to better understanding, and present novel approaches to minimizing impacts. A contributed poster session and reception will follow the presentations.
SAVE THE DATES:
May 30th - Jun. 1st
John Jay (CUNY) College in New York City
The theme for the 2014 Left Forum Conference is "Reform and/or Revolution: Imagining a World with Transformative Justice." A unique phenomenon in the U.S. and the world, Left Forum convenes the largest annual conference of a broad spectrum of left and progressive intellectuals, activists, academics, organizations and the interested public.
Jun. 6th - 8th
SUNY ESF: Interdisciplinary Scholarship in Land Use and Ethics
State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry, Newcomb, NY Campus
SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry's Northern Forest Institute's third annual symposium of interdisciplinary scholarship in land use and ethics.
Jun. 11th - 14th
Association for Environmental Studies and Sciences (AESS) 2014 Annual Conference
Pace University, 1 Pace Plaza, New York, NY
The theme for the conference is "Welcome to the Anthropocene: From Global Challenge to Planetary Stewardship." Several of the panels, as well as keynote speakers, will focus on the argument advanced by many environmental experts that Earth has entered a new geological epoch, the Anthropocene, or "the recent age of humans." Proponents of this theory contend that humans have become a global geophysical force capable of disrupting the grand cycles of biology, chemistry and geology by which elements like carbon and nitrogen circulate between land, sea and atmosphere. This is resulting in profound alteration of the planet's climate, serious threats to a large array of species and critical ecosystems and conversion of fertile lands to desert. See 'Member Programs & Opportunities' above for call for proposals.
Jun. 14th (2:00pm-4:00pm)
Cary Institute Hudson Data Jam Competition
Marist College, Poughkeepsie, NY
The Cary Institute is pleased to announce the 2014 Hudson Data Jam Competition, an opportunity for students to use their creativity and skills to find interesting ways to tell stories for a general audience using data from the Hudson River and its tributaries. The competition is open to all middle and high school students. Cash incentives will be provided for teachers participating in the Data Jam and for the student winners.