Consortium Circular
Fall 2013
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Member Programs & Opportunities
Regional News
Scholarly Highlights
Regional Events
Campus Greening Corner
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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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Consortium News

Environmental Consortium Welcomes Maria College as its 60th Institutional Member, and Black Rock Forest Consortium as its Newest Affiliate Non-Profit Member


Pace Law Environmental Consortium Merit Scholarship Open for Fall 2014 Applicants

Call for Nominations to the Consortium Steering Committee


Call for Homepage Feature Stories 

Member Programs & Opportunities
Regional News

News from Bard College

Jason J. Czarnezki Joins the Pace Law Faculty

Director Named to Sarah Lawrence College Center for the Urban River at Beczak

Scholarly Highlights


Nicholas M. Bianco, Franz T. Litz, Kristin Igusky Meek, & Rebecca Gasper, Can the U.S. Get There From Here? Using Existing Federal Laws and State Action to Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions (February 2013, World Resources Institute)

Nicholas Robinson, Wang Xi, Lin Harmon, & Sarah Wegmueller, Dictionary of Environmental and Climate Change Law (Edward Elgar 2013)

Richard Ottinger, Renewable Energy Law and Development: Case Study Analysis (Edward Elgar 2013)

Environmental Consortium of Colleges & Universities

See list of events below.

Visit the Consoritum's online regional event calendar for latest listings. 

Campus Greening Corner
Have a great case study or resource to share? Want to highlight your campus's success story? Send us an email.

Visit for campus greening resources and case studies.

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Sustain What? Preparing our Students by Greening our Campuses (10th Annual Conference)
Join sustainability teams from around the region to share new ideas, gain renewed inspiration, and bring back plans to your institution. Featuring keynotes by: James Gustave "Gus" Speth, Professor of Law, Vermont Law School; and David Hales, President, Second Nature. Additional highlights include: breakout sessions, plenaries, and presentation of the 2nd Annual Great Work Award, exhibitor expo, and poster session.

Poster abstracts due October 25th.  TRACK 1: Campus Greening (share your campus case studies, committee and student projects, etc.); TRACK 2: Scholarly or creative work dedicated to environmental topics in the Hudson-Mohawk River Watershed.

Registration is now open! Take advantage of an early discount rate through October 25th. Fee is deeply discounted for students! Special team discount! Save 15% on your registration fee by bringing a team from your institution. A team consists of at least one faculty member, administrator, facilities representative, and student. BONUS: If you are registering as part of a team, one student may register at no charge! Full conference details are online.


Environmental Consortium Welcomes Maria College as its 60th institutional member, and Black Rock Forest Consortium as its Newest Affiliate Non-Profit Member
The Consortium welcomes Maria College to its membership. Maria College, a nonprofit, independent, coeducational institution, serves nearly 1,000 students from across the Capital Region each year, and offers a bachelor's degree program, as well as a variety of associate degree and certificate programs. "At Maria College, our mission is simple: to serve others. In the classroom and outside it, in our hallways and throughout the community, Maria students experience the difference of an education that is not only about acquiring knowledge but about giving of oneself."

Black Rock Forest Consortium was welcomed as an affiliate non-profit member. Black Rock Forest, located in Cornwall, NY, is a nearly 4000-acre natural living laboratory for field-based scientific research and education, operated by a unique consortium of colleges and universities, public and independent schools, and scientific and cultural institutions.

View full list of Consortium members.  news3   

Congratulations to the 2013 Consortium Scholarship Winners: Stefan Karkuff (SUNY ESF), Drew Gamils (SUNY ESF) and Bianca Brown (Pace University) 

Stefan Karkuff
is the 2013 recipient of the $3,500 Theodore Gordon Flyfishers Founders Fund Scholarship. Mr. Karkuff will be entering his second year of graduate studies in Environmental Conservation at SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry. His proposed research project is to assess the impacts of leaf litter on food web interactions in temporary wetlands. Mr. Karkuff aims to better understand natural systems, with the ultimate goal of becoming a career biologist or ecologist with an environmental consulting firm. It is clear that he applies the discipline he knows as an athlete to all that he does. Several people recommended Stefan for the scholarship citing his dependability, hard-work, and intellectual curiosity. Reflecting on the evolution of his own knowledge of biology, he states, "I would certainly hope to apply my knowledge and understanding of natural systems to daily responsibilities, not only for the protection and enhancement of natural environment, but also for public education purposes."

Drew V. Gamils is one of two recipients of the 2013 Pace Law School Environmental Consortium Merit Scholarship with an award of $2,000. Ms. Gamils is a graduate of SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry, completing her BS in Environmental Studies: Policy, Planning and Law in the top ten percent of her class. While at SUNY ESF, she engaged the campus community as a member of the Environmental Studies Student Association, Green Campus Initiative, Alpha XI Sigma Honors Society, and as captain of the women's soccer team. Drew recognizes her summers spent at Long Beach Island, NJ, including two summers interning with the Alliance for a Living Ocean, as inspiring her love and awe of the environment. It was the destruction wrought there by Superstorm Sandy in 2012 that facilitated her decision to study land management policies in law school.

Bianca Brown has been awarded $3,000 as one of the 2013 recipients of the Pace Law School Environmental Consortium Merit Scholarship. Ms. Brown is a graduate of Pace University, where she studied Criminal Justice. Bianca received Dean's Honors for her consistently high GPA. Today her interests range from criminal and public interest law to land use and environmental law. She was fixated on animals and the outdoors even at an early age. Her passion stayed consistent, as demonstrated in the years she spent working with horses in her local Westchester County. Ms. Brown was drawn to law school by a sense of duty to preserve the environment in order to give both people and animals a healthy place to live.  news4

Pace Law Environmental Consortium Merit Scholarship Open for Fall 2014 Applicants
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. Details at:


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.  If you are interested in serving on the Committee, please complete the nomination form and send it to Lucy Johnson, Chair, at  If you would like to nominate someone else for service, please contact them first to assess their willingness to serve and ask them to send the nomination form.  Nominations close Monday, December 2, 2013. news6

Call for Homepage Feature Stories
If you are a member institution and have a story that would make a great feature to share on the Environmental Consortium's homepage, please submit your ideas to with "Feature Story" in the subject line. The Environmental Consortium aims to highlight its members, whether individuals, research, collaboratives, or innovative programs. Past feature stories are archived on the Consortium's website.



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C2C Fellows Sustainability Leadership Workshop: Bard College (Feb 14-16, 2014) and Bentley University (Oct 25-27, 2013)

C2C Fellows believes that young leaders in business and politics can change the world. Do you? Current students and recent college graduates are invited to attend the C2C Fellows Sustainability Leadership Workshop at Bard College in February. C2C Fellows workshops, sponsored by the Bard Center for Environmental Policy, teach the leadership skills necessary to succeed, such as how to: raise money, tell your story, build your network, pitch your idea, and know what you're good at. Graduates of C2C workshops are eligible for partial scholarships to CEP's master programs in sustainability, as well as scholarships for follow-on leadership trainings. Students can apply online - applications are due two weeks prior to the workshop. For inquiries, contact Jess Scott, C2C Workshop Director, at C2C Fellows Workshop is also available at Bentley University, October 25-27, 2013. 




Cary Institute's 27th Annual Research Experiences for Undergraduates - Apply Online by February 5, 2014

The Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies' Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) program is now entering its 27th year. The summer program provides ten undergraduate students with the opportunity to become part of an established ecological research community in Millbrook, New York. Participants receive a stipend of $6,000, plus $600 food allowance. Complimentary housing is provided. See flyer for details.


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 in Beacon, NY are taught by Hudson River environmentalist John Cronin, Clarkson University faculty and expert guests. Contact Mike Walsh:


Mohonk Preserve Seeks Education Coordinator for Public and Youth Programs
Mohonk Preserve, New York State's largest member and visitor supported nature preserve, is seeking an experienced environmental educator to fill the position of full time Education Coordinator for Public and Youth Programs.   We have an exceptional Education department offering programs including field studies and outreach for schools, summer camps, public programs, and interpretive exhibits.  The Preserve is seeking a highly-engaging educator with a passion for the outdoors who possesses superb interpersonal, teaching and organizational skills, who works equally well independently and as a member of a team.  We are looking for someone who will bring an innovative, entrepreneurial spirit to their programs. This position reports directly to the Director of Education.  The position requires a Bachelor's degree; driver's license; ability to manage multiple projects and work equally well collaboratively and independently in a fast-paced environment; and frequent weekend and occasional evening work.  Additional details at: must be received by October 11th. Mohonk Preserve is an Equal Opportunity Employer.



SUNY ESF - Interdisciplinary Scholarship in Land Use and Ethics, Call for Papers
SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry's Northern Forest Institute invites submissions for its third annual symposium in Land Use and Ethics. Submissions from a range of disciplines and professional fields are encouraged. Topics include a variety of approaches to land use, the moral implications of these approaches and their impacts on social and environmental justice. Submission deadline is December 16, 2013Contact: Marianne Patinelli-Dubay at



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News from Bard College
  • Bard CEP second year masters student and returned Peace Corps volunteer Megan McClellan was a recipient of one of the Open Space Institute's McHenry awards. Each year the Open Space Institute provides four McHenry awards to college or graduate students who are implementing projects in tourism, environmental conservation, historic preservation, or arts in conjunction with a non-profit organization.  All projects must take place in the Hudson River Valley.  The award is for $5000. "When I was looking for an internship back in February a professor suggested that I contact the Woodstock Land Conservancy. They were very interested in having an intern to help them with their quickly developing Catskill Mountain Rail Trail Project. As a small community land trust, however, they were unable to provide funding for the internship.  With a young child at home, I would have been unable to accept an unpaid internship.  When we were awarded the McHenry award for tourism I was then able to accept the internship, which has been an extremely rewarding experience," said Megan. Megan will use her experience at the Woodstock Land Conservancy to help develop her master's thesis.
  • Bard Center for Environmental Policy Director Eban Goodstein was a keynote speaker at the annual South American Business Forum in Buenos Aires, Argentina this year. Held annually in August in Buenos Aires, the SABF draws students and business and political leaders from around the world to come together for a discussion about global development, sustainability, and the challenges the next generation of business leaders face. This year's topic focused on changing the rules of the game and the importance of sustainable growth, entrepreneurship, and the relationship between state and technology. Dr. Goodstein spoke about the rapidly changing world that businesses face. With declining ecosystems, limited natural resources, climate change and a myriad of other issues, Goodstein answered this important question: how will humanity survive? "We need to our commercial system to mimic our natural system. In natural systems there is no pollution, no energy crisis, no systems, financial or otherwise, it's simply too big to fail!" said Goodstein.
  • Libby Murphy '14 (MS/MBA) is featured in the "I am Ulster County" profile for the Ulster Magazine issue for July/August 2013. Libby is currently a climate outreach specialist at New York State Department of Environmental Conservation. She is also a member of the pioneering class of Bard MBA students as a dual MS/MBA student. See the digital version of the July/August Issue of Ulster Magazine online and look for Libby's feature on page 10: Ulster Magazine July/August Issue Interactive Flipbook
  • Bard Center for Environmental Policy 2011 Graduate Vanessa Arcara is now Bill McKibben's, founder of, new assistant. She is involved in working on the organization's U.S. campaigns team to build connections with United States farming and ranching communities being affected by climate change.  "Most advanced degree programs feature classes that offer a deep but narrow range of expertise. Bard CEP understands that a systems approach is a far more useful way to train future leaders who need to communicate well with policymakers, scientists, and the public. The wide-ranging coursework has made me confident in responding to any number of issues that arise in my current role at, where I assist Bill McKibben and work with staff to create effective campaigns that fight the climate crisis," said Arcara, when asked about her Bard CEP graduate school experience.  region2

Jason J. Czarnezki Joins the Pace Law Faculty

Pace Law School is excited to welcome Professor Jason Czarnezki to our faculty. Jason comes to us from Vermont Law School, where he served as faculty director of the U.S.-China Partnership for Environmental Law and as a faculty fellow in its Center for Agriculture and Food Systems. He has served as a Fulbright Scholar at Sun Yat-sen University in Guangzhou, China, and a Visiting Fellow at the Uppsala University Faculty of Law in Sweden. At Pace, Jason will serve as the Gilbert and Sarah Kerlin Distinguished Professor of Environmental Law - a title originally bestowed upon Professor and Environmental Law Program founder Nicholas Robinson. region3



Director Named to Sarah Lawrence College Center for the Urban River at Beczak

Sarah Lawrence College announced the appointment of Ryan Palmer as Director of the Sarah Lawrence College Center for the Urban River at Beczak. Palmer's appointment at the SLC Center for the Urban River at Beczak began on August 19, 2013. In May, the College entered into an alliance with the Hudson River Valley Environmental Education Institute, which has operated the Beczak Environmental Education Center on the banks of the Hudson River in downtown Yonkers. The collaboration enables the College to establish a research field station, facilitate faculty and student research, while continuing environmental education programming about the river for school and community groups.


scholar1Scholarly Highlights


Nicholas M. Bianco, Franz T. Litz, Kristin Igusky Meek, & Rebecca Gasper, Can the U.S. Get There From Here? Using Existing Federal Laws and State Action to Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions
February 2013, World Resources Institute)

This report examines opportunities to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in the United States through actions taken at the federal and state levels without the need for new legislation from the U.S. Congress. It can serve as a road map for action by providing both a legal and technical analysis of these opportunities. Professor Franz Litz is the Executive Director of the Pace Energy and Climate Center.scholar2


Nicholas Robinson, Wang Xi, Lin Harmon, & Sarah Wegmueller, Dictionary of Environmental and Climate Change Law (
Edward Elgar 2013)

This landmark book contains definitions of environmental legal terms with Mandarin and Pinyin translations in order to facilitate conversations on environmental law and policy between English and Mandarin speakers. The editors and teams of students and faculty at Pace and Shanghai Jiao Tong University worked on this project. scholar3


Richard Ottinger, Renewable Energy Law and Development: Case Study Analysis (Edward Elgar 2013)

This is a unique book written by one of the leading scholars in the field. It uses detailed case studies to analyze the successes, failures and challenges of renewable energy initiatives in developing and emerging countries. The study compares some of the most exciting success stories, including China's meteoric rise from near zero use of renewable energy to being the world leader in solar thermal, solar photovoltaic and wind energy; Brazil's success in becoming the world's top ethanol producer and exporter; and India's pioneering use of a hedge plant to produce biodiesel and its use of animal and human wastes for rural electrification. Dean Emeritus Richard Ottinger is the founder of the Pace Energy and Climate Center, established in 1987.



event1Regional Events


Bard National Climate Seminar (Series)

Climate Seminar calls are Wednesdays at 12pm EST and held twice a month via conference call. Assign the calls to your students for a chance to hear top scientists, analysts, and political leaders discuss climate and clean energy solutions. Call in to (712) 432-3100 up to five minutes before each call starts and enter conference code 253385. Have questions for the speakers? Email them beforehand or during the call to - or listen in for the chance to ask them live!

  • OCT 16
    Goodbye Miami
    Join us live for a conversation with acclaimed writer Jeff Goodell. Jeff has been contributing editor at Rolling Stone since 1996. He is the author of several books including his latest, How to Cool the Planet: Geoengineering and the Audacious Quest to Fix Earth's Climate, and How to Cool the Planet,which won the 2011 Grantham Prize Award of Special Merit, citing it as an "immensely readable, carefully researched and groundbreaking contribution to the literature on climate change."   
  • NOV 6
    The Social Cost of Carbon Just Doubled
    Join us live for a conversation with Laurie Johnson, chief economist at NRDC's climate and clean energy program in D.C. Laurie has been with NRDC since 2008, where she works on modeling the costs and benefits of reducing greenhouse gas emissions, the impacts of environmental regulation on employment, economic analyses of regulation by industry, and macroeconomic modeling of climate change legislation and its distributional impacts.
  • NOV 20
    Latino Climate Leadership
    Join us live for a conversation with Jorge Madrid who will talk about the Latino leadership on climate change. Jorge is a Tom Graff fellow at EDF and a member of the Board of Directors of Voces Verdes (Green Voices), an organization for the voice of Latino leaders for the environment.
  • DEC 4
    Gasland 2 and Beyond
    Join us live for a conversation with Josh Fox, Founder and Producing Artistic Director of the International WOW Company, who will be talking with us about his latest film, Gasland Part 2. Gasland Part 1, which Josh wrote, directed and shot, premiered at the Sundance film festival 2010, where it was awarded the 2010 Special Jury Prize for Documentary. The film was nominated for the Academy Award for best documentary, nominated for four Emmys including best documentary, best writing and best cinematography, and awarded the Emmy for best directing.


OCT 9-11
AMNH: Student Conference on Conservation Science
AMNH, Central Park West at 79th Street, New York, NY 
The American Museum of Natural History's Center for Biodiversity and conservation and its partners invite graduate students, post-doctoral fellows and early career professionals to take part in the 4th Annual Student Conference on Conservation Science-New York on October 9-11 2013.

OCT 12
Beacon Institute: Walk 'n Talk with Herbalist, Sarah Elisabeth
CEIE at Denning's Point, 199 Dennings Avenue, Beacon, NY 12508
Explore Denning's Point for wild edibles and healing herbs with Sarah Elisabeth, an herbalist in the Wise Woman Tradition. Sarah's knowledge, combined with a personality which somehow invites the spring, makes for an irresistible morning tour at Denning's Point.   Free and open to the public. Pre-register online.

OCT 17
Beacon Institute: Global Water and Corporate Environmental Responsibility
7:00pm - 8:30 pm 
CEIE at Denning's Point, 199 Dennings Avenue, Beacon, NY 12508
Sustainable investors are forcing corporations worldwide to reduce environmental impact with responsible approaches to water sourcing, infrastructure and usage. Join research analysts and policy experts for an inside look at how shareholder demand is driving corporate change. Moderated by financial consultant Paul Ellis. Free and open to the public. Pre-register online.

OCT 19
Hudson River Environmental Society: Black Dirt Tour of the Upper Wallkill River
8:30am - 4:30pm 
Pine Island, NY
The Black Dirt region of southern Orange County has been the scene of conflict between a wetland and agriculture since colonial times. On October 19 the Hudson River Environmental Society will conduct a day-long tour where we will hear a variety of voices describing the history and challenges of farming in this area. Pre-registration required. Space is limited!

OCT 24-27
NYSOEA 45th Annual Conference: Bridging History, Outdoor Education and Urbanization For Our Future
Hilton, Downtown Albany, NY
Workshop themes include: Outdoor Education and the Common Core; Sustainability: Preserving Our Future The Nature of New York; History Shapes Our Environmental World View Urban Outdoor Education. 
Download flyer

OCT 26
Bard: How We Feed Ourselves: A Look at Farming in the US
Bard College Reem-Kayden Center Laszlo Z. Bito '60 Auditorium 
Can We Feed Ourselves and Protect Our Natural Resources?   A panel discussion during Family and Alumni/ae Weekend at Bard College. Held concurrently with a farmers market (12-2:30pm) and locally-sourced seasonal brunch (12:15 -1:15pm) prepared by the Bard Farm with select area vendors. Brunch tickets will be available for purchase.

OCT 26
Beacon Institute: Walk n Talk with History expert, Karen Gell
CEIE at Denning's Point, 199 Dennings Avenue, Beacon, NY 12508
Based on historian Jim Heron's popular book, Denning's Point, A Hudson River History," this educational and enlightening walk will reveal a brilliant history which includes Alexander Hamilton and George Washington, on the very grounds where founding principals were created. Free and open to the public. Pre-register online.

Bard: Bringing Sustainability to the Classroom
Bard College, Annadale on Hudson, NY
Two events on bringing Sustainability and Civic Engagement projects into our courses:
1. A panel discussion at 12PM anchored by Laurie Husted and Erin Canaan (Bard Office of Sustainability + Center for Civic Engagement, respectively). The panel will discuss best practices for engaging students in sustainability projects outside the classroom.
2. A faculty development workshop at 1PM on "Bringing Sustainability into the Classroom" at Bard, run by Pushpa Ramakrishna, of the Maricopa Community College System in Phoenix, one of the biggest in the country, where she has been a leader in introducing sustainability into the curriculum.
Who's invited: Faculty from Bard Center for Environmental Policy (CEP), EUS faculty, and faculty/staff from regional environmental programs or offices of sustainability.

Cornell: Campus Life, Peer Sustainability Education Roundtable
9:15am - 3:00pm 
Hall of Fame Room in Friends Hall, Campus Road, Cornell Campus

The Cornell Team and Leadership Center and the Cornell Campus Sustainability Office, in association with the New York State Sustainability Education Working Group, are co-sponsoring the Campus Life Peer Sustainability Education Roundtable. The primary purpose of the Roundtable is to promote, advance, improve, and expand the implementation of campus life embedded, peer-to-peer sustainability learning opportunities and to provide a forum for an exchange of ideas, information, and best practices.

This is a statewide meeting with invitees from all ten regions of the State and from all SUNY,CUNY, and private campuses. Those who should attend this Roundtable at Cornell include all who are involved with campus life, student life, and residential life co-curricular programs.

The cost for the Roundtable is $35 for faculty and staff and $10 for students. Checks should be made payable to Cornell University. Mid-Morning coffee and lunch are included in the registration fee.

Topics to be discussed include: the goal of universal Sustainability Literacy, Peer Education, Community Based Social Marketing, Use of Social Media in Peer Sustainability Programming, and the establishment of a collaborative, multi-institutional model program for training campus and residence life personnel and student sustainability leaders, which can be replicated in all 10 regions of the state.

NOV 8-9
Environmental Consortium of Colleges & Universities 10th Annual Conference
Sustain What? Preparing our Students by Greening our Campuses
Pace University, 861 Bedford Road, Pleasantville, NY
See details in 'Consortium News' above.

NOV 23-24
SUNY New Paltz: Waterways Reskilling
SUNY New Paltz Lecture Center, New Paltz, NY
Presented by The Mid-Atlantic Transition Hub (MATH) in collaboration with The SUNY New Paltz Environmental Task Force. Who is invited?: Environmental activists, waterkeepers, boat builders, students, hydropower & fisheries resource persons, woodworkers, and concerned citizens. What IS a Waterways Reskilling?: A Reskilling showcases skills carbon neutral heirloom technologies that will safeguard the environment in the future.

Pace Law: Leading Communities Toward a Resilient Future

The Land Use Law Center's 12th Annual Land Use & Sustainable Development Conference

New York State Judicial Institute at Pace Law School in White Plains, NY 
Participants will discuss the challenges communities in the New York Metropolitan area face because of natural disasters, a changing climate, new demographics and technologies, and inequitable living conditions.

Save the Dates: Peruse 2014 events on the Consortium's online calendar of regional events.