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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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1st Annual Student Congress: Saturday, November 7, 2015

Regional News & Opportunities



NYU M.S. Program in Environmental Health Sciences 


Sarah Lawrence College Center for the Urban River at Beczak: Research Collaborations and Visiting Scientists Welcome 


SUNY ESF: Call for Proposals - Interdisciplinary Scholarship in Land Use and Ethics (Due 12/21)

SUNY Sullivan Named Finalist for National Climate Leadership Award

Judges needed for 2016 Westchester Science and Engineering Fair   


Scholarly Highlights



Organic Struggle: The Movement for Sustainable Agriculture in the United States, by Brian K. Obach 


Ending the Fossil Fuel Era, Edited by Thomas Princen, Jack P. Manno and Pamela L. Martin 


Environmental Consortium of Hudson Valley Colleges & Universities

See list of events below.

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


news1Consortium News


Registration Open: Celebrating the Living Classroom: Research, Education and Collaboration in the Hudson-Mohawk Watersheds
The Hudson River and Mohawk River basins are vibrant venues for research and teaching in higher education. At the 12th annual conference of the Environmental Consortium of Colleges & Universities, explore how these rivers and their tributaries can enhance the classroom experience.
Highlights of the Environmental Consortium of Colleges & Universities' conference include:
Online registration is open . We look forward to seeing you at the conference!news2


1st Annual Student Congress: Saturday, November 7, 2015
Students are invited to attend a peer-to-peer student networking opportunity at the 1st Annual Student Congress of the Environmental Consortium . Students of all majors and disciplines are encouraged to participate in a unique and groundbreaking forum on Saturday, November 7, 2015 to exchange ideas and inspiration as we create a shared action agenda for our region's institutions of higher education. 
  • Mobilize our Collective School Resources to Enhance our Individual School Experience
  • Articulate a Student-Based Agenda for the Environmental Consortium
  • Develop a Role for Regular Interactions and a Regional Student Network
  • Create New Student Opportunities Across Institution and Disciplinary Boundaries
  • Network with Like-Minded Students
The Congress will be held during the Consortium's annual fall conference , November 6-7, 2015 at Vassar College in Poughkeepsie, NY. This is an opportunity to be part of something big, something different, and something that makes a difference for you, for your institution, for the region and the future.

Students who register and attend the Student Congress receive a free t-shirt.  Conference registration  fee is deeply discounted for students: $30 for full conference or $15 per day ($40 and $20 respectively for students of non-member institutions).news3


Consortium Scholarships: Applications Being Accepted
The two scholarships below are available exclusively to students of member institutions  of the Environmental Consortium of Colleges & Universities.   
  • Environmental Scholarship for Undergraduate and Graduate Students Funded by Theodore Gordon Flyfishers
    Majors/fields of study may include, but are not limited to:
      Biology, Ecology, Law and Policy, Environmental Studies or Science, Conservation, Natural Resource Management, Hydrology, Zoology
    Award: $3,500
    Application deadline: April 1, 2016

    Theodore Gordon Flyfishers 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.   Eligible students must be enrolled in a full-time program during the entire award year (2016-2017) at a member institution of the Environmental Consortium of Colleges & Universities.  Open to undergraduate students who will have Senior standing as of Fall 2016 and graduate students entering 1st or 2nd year as of Fall 2016.  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.

  • Pace Law Environmental Consortium Merit Scholarship
    $3,000-$10,000 towards tuition
    Application: Accepted on a rolling basis through April 2016.

    In support of the Environmental Consortium of Colleges & Universities' mission, Pace Law School is offering a
    Merit Scholarship award to a Fall 2016 entering student who is either currently enrolled in or has earned his or her bachelors or masters 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 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. 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. The scholarship recipient will be expected to complete at least one project related to a regional environmental issue(s) while at Pace Law School.


opportunity1Regional News & Opportunities
NYU M.S. Program in Environmental Health Sciences Accepting Applications Through March 2016
Department of Environmental Medicine, New York University School of Medicine, Langone Medical Center, and the Graduate School of Arts and Science, New York University

M.S. students in this program are supported with stipends and free tuition benefits. The NYU M.S. degree program in environmental health sciences is a specialized course of study providing students with flexible opportunities to develop applicable skills and expertise leading to careers involving toxicology, analysis of environmental toxicants and toxic environments, pharmaceutical research, worker health and safety, health hazard identification and communication, health risk assessment, and related areas of administration and technical sales. Potential employers include academia, industry, consulting firms, trade associations, 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., interested students can be fast tracked into consecutive Ph.D. studies, pending successful completion of the M.S. degree and competitive readmission.  Contact Francine Lupino regarding applications, which will be accepted through March 2016 for classes starting in September 2016.

For program information contact Catherine B. Klein, Ph.D., Director, MS Programs in Environmental Health Sciences, NYU, 845-731-3510, .
For applications or administrative information contact Francine Lupino, Graduate Coordinator, Program in Environmental Health Sciences, 845-731-3661, opportunity2
Sarah Lawrence College Center for the Urban River at Beczak: Research Collaborations and Visiting Scientists Welcome
Set on the banks of the Hudson River in downtown Yonkers, the Center for the Urban River at Beczak (CURB)  is an education and research center focused on Hudson River and urban watershed issues. The 4,000 sq ft facility includes a wet lab featuring an IDEXX system for testing water samples for bacteria, as well as various aquaria and field equipment. CURB's nearby HRECOS station provides Hudson River water quality and weather data in real time . The property includes a 10,000 sq ft constructed tidal marsh and a beach that can used to launch small craft. We welcome proposals for joint research and collaborations of all types. To discuss potential opportunities or schedule a visit contact CURB Director, Ryan Palmer, at . opportunity3

SUNY ESF: Call for Proposals - Interdisciplinary Scholarship in Land Use and Ethics (Due 12/21)
SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry's Northern Forest Institute invites submissions for its fourth annual symposium of interdisciplinary scholarship in land use and ethics (June 2016).  Our focus will be on a poetic approach to the topic of land use and ethics.  We welcome submissions related to the Symposium theme in the areas of poetic criticism and interpretation, new and original poetry including a scholarly contextualization to situate the poem(s) in the event topic, submissions that reimagine a philosophical approach to land ethics as poetry, treats an other-than-poetic work as poetry and/or emphasizes the lyricism of non-poetic academic work for the purpose of illustrating how what has been traditionally viewed as other can be read through a poetic lens. Deadline for submissions is December 21, 2015. For full details and submission requirements, visit:
SUNY Sullivan Named Finalist for National Climate Leadership Award
For the second consecutive year, SUNY Sullivan has been named a finalist for Second Nature's annual national Climate Leadership Awards. The awards, hosted by Second Nature, are a national competition among higher education institutions that are signatories of the American College & University Presidents' Climate Commitment (ACUPCC).

Selection of the finalists was based on each college's ability to demonstrate student preparedness, climate innovation and creating opportunity. "I couldn't be happier to have the college selected as a finalist for the second year in a row," said SUNY Sullivan President Dr. Karin Hilgersom. "Sustainability is deeply ingrained in the college's mission, and our faculty, staff and students embrace the mission every day in so many ways."  opportunity5


Judges needed for 2016 Westchester Science & Engineering Fair
We are looking for volunteers to serve as science fair judges at the region's premier high school level science fair. The event takes place Saturday, March 12, 2016 at Sleepy Hollow High School. Over 400 high school students are expected to attend this year's event presenting cutting edge research in all fields of science including biology, chemistry, environmental science, and behavioral science. Judges can be professional scientists, graduate students with research experience, and engineers. Breakfast, lunch, and a thank you gift will be provided. Please contact  for more information or visit . Thank you for supporting our budding scientists!


scholarship1Scholarly Highlights
Organic Struggle: The Movement for Sustainable Agriculture in the United States (MIT Press), by Brian K. Obach
In the early 1970s, organic farming was an obscure agricultural practice, associated with the counterculture rather than commerce. Today, organic agriculture is a multi-billion dollar industry; organic food can be found on the shelves of every supermarket in America. In Organic Struggle, Brian Obach examines the evolution of the organic movement in the United States, a movement that seeks to transform our system of agriculture and how we think about food.

Obach analyzes why the organic movement developed as it did and evaluates its achievements and shortcomings. He identifies how divergent interests within the diverse organic coalition created vulnerabilities for the movement. In particular, he examines the ideological divide between those he calls the "spreaders," who welcome the wider market for organic food and want to work with both government and agribusiness, and the more purist "tillers," who see organic practices as part of a broader social transformation that will take place outside existing institutions.

Obach argues that the movement's changing relationship with governmental institutions is crucial to understanding the trajectory of the organic sector. The government-run National Organic Program fostered dramatic growth and deep corporate penetration of the organic market. While many activists were disillusioned by changes in the organic industry that came with corporate and government involvement, Obach sees a failure in the essential market- based strategy adopted by the movement early in its history. He argues for a refocus on policy efforts that can reshape the agricultural system as a whole.scholarship2


Ending the Fossil Fuel Era (MIT Press), Edited by Thomas Princen, Jack P. Manno and Pamela L. Martin
Not so long ago, people North and South had little reason to believe that wealth from oil, gas, and coal brought anything but great prosperity. But the presumption of net benefits from fossil fuels is eroding as widening circles of people rich and poor experience the downside.
A positive transition to a post-fossil fuel era cannot wait for global agreement, a swap-in of renewables, a miracle technology, a carbon market, or lifestyle change. This book shows that it is now possible to take the first step toward the post-fossil fuel era, by resisting the slow violence of extreme extraction and combustion, exiting the industry, and imagining a good life after fossil fuels. It shows how an environmental politics of transition might occur, arguing for going to the source rather than managing byproducts, for delegitimizing fossil fuels rather than accommodating them, for engaging a politics of deliberately choosing a post-fossil fuel world.

Ending the Fossil Fuel Era , six case studies reveal how individuals, groups, communities, and an entire country have taken first steps out of the fossil fuel era, with experiments that range from leaving oil under the Amazon to ending mountaintop removal in Appalachia.


event1Regional Events   
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. Dial in: 845-746-2287 12:00 - 1:00 PM EST
10/7 The Power Dialog - Webinar Launch
Dr. Dallas Burtraw, Senior Researcher, RFF

10/21 Beyond Coal: Report from the Front  
Mary Ann Hitt, Director, Beyond Coal, Sierra Club

11/4 No Money Down: The Future of Solar 
Hunter Lovins, Natural Capitalism and Bard MBA in Sustainability

11/18 COP ParIs:  PrevIew
Dr. Neil Leary, Director, Center for Sustainability Education, Dickinson College

12/9  COP ParIs: Live
Dr. Eban Goodstein, Director, Bard Center for Environmental Policy

OCT 1 -
Iona College: Thomas Berry Forum for Ecological Dialogue
7:00 pm-9:00 pm 
Romita Auditorium, Ryan Library, Iona College, 715 North Avenue, New Rochelle, NY
An evening of reflection and celebration of the historic Encyclical of Pope Francis, Laudato Si: On the Care of Our Common Home. Keynote speaker: Erin Lothes Biviano, Assistant Professor of Theology at the College of St. Elizabeth, and coordinator of the "Discipleship and Sustainability" Interest Group of the Catholic Theological Society of America. An expert on energy ethics, she will share her impressions of the document and its implications for our world. Event contact: Sr. Kathleen Deignan ( ).

OCT 7 - 9 - AMNH: Student Conference on Conservation Science-New York
American Museum of Natural History, 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 fourth annual Student Conference on Conservation Science
- New York (SCCS-NY). Interactions with established conservationists will encourage collaborations, inspire further research, and launch lasting associations.

OCT 13 - Pace Law School: Kerlin Lecture by Senator Richard Blumenthal
3:30 pm 
Pace Law School, 78 N Broadway, Ottinger Hall, 202, White Plains, NY
Gilbert and Sarah Kerlin Lecture on Environmental Law
Richard Blumenthal
United States Senator for Connecticut
"Environmental Enforcement - Giving the Law Teeth" 

OCT 14 -
New Paltz: Hudson Valley Green EXPO
5:00 pm-8:00 pm 
SUNY New Paltz, Student Union Building, New Paltz, NY
The mission of the Hudson Valley Green EXPO is "to grow the green economy by connecting buyers and sellers of green materials and services while raising awareness of the industry." Now in its 4th year (and growing!), the Green EXPO 2015 is the premier green event in the Hudson Valley and will showcase local, regional and national green technologies and service providers such as passive house designers, recycled content construction materials, cutting-edge HVAC technologies and many more.

OCT 16 - Climate Action Rally on the Walkway Over the Hudson
1:00 pm 
Walkway Over the Hudson, Poughkeepsie, NY
An Invitation to Students, Faculty and Administration to attend a MASSIVE RALLY AT THE WALKWAY OVER THE HUDSON iin Poughkeepsie, New York. Hosted by New Paltz Climate Action Coalition & local environmental groups. Friday, October 16th is an International Day of Action to demand that UN Climate Summit leaders in Paris drastically reduce fossil fuel emissions that are dangerously disrupting this planet. On this historic day to turn the tide of decades of climate inaction - Please join us anytime between 1 - 5 PM.   RSVP 845-419-3786 or

OCT 19 - 25 - Global Climate Change Week
Global Climate Change Week is a new initiative designed to encourage academics in all disciplines and countries to engage with their students and communities on climate change action and solutions.

OCT 24 - SUNY Maritime College: NY Marine Sciences Consortium Annual Conference
8:30 am-3:30 pm 
SUNY Maritime College
"Protecting our Coastal Environments: The Outlook for Green and Gray Solutions"
Our coastal environment is increasingly threatened by over-development, harmful algal blooms, destructive storm surges and rising sea level. Two broad approaches to these threats have been proposed:
"Green" solutions that seek to use vegetation or organisms to improve water quality and protect coastlines, and "Gray" solutions that use hard structures and storm barriers. These two approaches are often viewed as mutually exclusive.  The purpose of the 2015 NYMSC conference is to provide a forum where diverse perspectives on green and gray solutions can be presented and discussed.

OCT 29 - Hudson River Watershed Alliance: Annual Watershed Conference
8:30 am-4:30 pm 
Henry A. Wallace Center at the FDR Presidential Library & Home in Hyde Park, NY
The theme of this year's Annual Watershed Conference is protecting and managing our source waters and drinking water. This conference will serve as a useful introduction to the policies and challenges related to protecting drinking water supplies and source waters as well as information about emerging trends, research and other tools useful for decision-makers in this field.

NOV 6 - 7 - Celebrating the Living Classroom: Research, Education and Collaboration in the Hudson-Mohawk Watersheds
Vassar College, 124 Raymond Ave., Poughkeepsie, NY 12604
Details above in Consortium News

DEC 11 - Pace Law: Land Use and Sustainable Development Law Conference
New York State Judicial Institute on the Pace Law campus in White Plains, NY
Land Use Law Center's Fourteenth Annual Land Use and Sustainable Development Conference:
"Reflecting on the Past, Planning for the Future: Celebrating 100 years of Zoning"
The Conference will discuss transformative land use, zoning, and sustainable development laws and policies that are shaping communities in the Tri-State Region, as they respond to current challenges.  Conference panels will use zoning's centennial as a broad framework to discuss various land use topics and their promise for the future.  The Conference will bring together national, regional, and local land use experts to highlight how communities are transitioning towards sustainability, disaster recovery, and revitalization. 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.