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Spring 2013
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Event Summary: 8th Annual Student Summit, From Environmental Data to Decisions: The Expanding Role of Technology


Bard MS/MBA Student and 2012 Consortium Scholarship Winner, Libby Murphy, Spoke on Flood Management Panel


Save the Date: Nov. 8-9, 2013, Consortium Annual Conferences

Call for Homepage Feature Stories


Member Programs & Opportunities


Bard College: Open Faculty Positions and Article "Sustainable Careers: The World Needs You Now"

New Leadership Awards for River University (June 10 - 28, 2013)

Marine Ecology Summer Course at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

Westchester Community College Now Enrolling in Environmental Studies and Science A.S. Programs


Regional News
Scholarly Highlights

Campus Greening Corner

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Environmental Consortium of Hudson Valley Colleges & Universities

See list of events below.

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news1Consortium News


Nominations for the Thomas Berry Great Work Award Due June 1st
The Thomas Berry Great Work Award recognizes individuals in higher education whose work exemplifies Berry's admonition that colleges and universities should "reorient the human community toward a greater awareness that the human exists, survives, and becomes whole only within the single great community of the planet Earth." Furthermore, the Award aims to encourage teaching, scholarship, service, leadership and other educational activities that embody Berry's vision for the university to educate students about "how to move out of this alienation of the human into a more viable mode of presence to the natural world."

The award is named for and honors Thomas Berry, whose vision for the role of the university in a New Cosmology that celebrates the inherent interconnectedness of humans and nature, inspired the formation of the Environmental Consortium in 2004.

Nominees must demonstrate a dedication to teaching, scholarship, service, leadership or other educational activities that have resulted in significant achievement or impact while reflecting the essence of Thomas Berry's vision and philosophy. The nominee does not necessarily need to have directly referenced Thomas Berry, so long as his ethic is expressed.



Event Summary: 8th Annual Student Summit, From Environmental Data to Decisions: The Expanding Role of Technology
On April 5, 2013, the Environmental Consortium of Colleges & Universities' held its 8th Annual Student Summit, From Environmental Data to Decisions: The Expanding Role of Technology. 60 students representing 17 different institutions gathered at Beacon Institute for Rivers and Estuaries/Clarkson University's' Center for Environmental Innovation and Education to hear speakers and panelists who shared their expertise in discussions on the expanding role of technology for communicating environmental insights to the public and policymakers. Presenters were experts from Beacon Institute, Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies, Clearwater, NASA, Pace University, Clarkson University and The New York Times. Following presentations, students mingled with presenters and professionals for further inquiry into potential future environmental careers. The event concluded with optional field trips: a demonstration by Beacon Institute's research team of the River and Estuary Observatory Network "B4" sensor platform, a guided tour of the local modern art museum Dia: Beacon, and a walking tour highlighting Denning's Point's archeology and history led by Vassar College professor Dr. Lucille Lewis Johnson.news3



Environmental Consortium Welcomes Wilton Wildlife Preserve & Park as Newest Affiliate Member
Wilton Wildlife Preserve & Park has joined the Consortium as an affiliate member. The mission of this nonprofit organization is to conserve ecological systems and natural settings while providing opportunities for environmental education and recreational experiences. Located in Saratoga County, New York, the Wilton Wildlife Preserve & Park is part of the geologically significant Saratoga Sandplains. This area of ancient sand dunes, small but important wetlands, and diverse ecological communities is home to the federally endangered Karner blue butterfly, the catalyst behind an effort to conserve this increasingly rare landscape.news4



Bard MS/MBA Student and 2012 Consortium Scholarship Winner, Libby Murphy, Spoke on Flood Management Panel
Bard MS/MBA Student Libby Murphy, who is also the 2012 winner of the Theodore Gordon Flyfisher Founders Fund Scholarship through the Environmental Consortium, spoke on the panel, Flood Management: New Strategies in a Changing Climate on May 4, 2013 at the Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies. The forum focused on examples of flood resilience strategies that can help Hudson Valley communities minimize risks while conserving financial resources.news5



Save the Date: Nov. 8-9, 2013, Consortium Annual Conference
The Environmental Consortium will hold its 10th Annual Conference at Pace University in Pleasantville, New York - the Consortium's headquarters. Mark your calendar and save the date!



Call for Homepage Feature Stories
If you are a member institution or organization and have a story you think 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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Bard College: Open Faculty Positions and Article "Sustainable Careers: The World Needs You Now"
Bard MBA in Sustainability and the Bard Center for Environmental Policy are hiring faculty for the upcoming academic year. For more information on Bard employment opportunities.

Bard Center for Environmental Policy and MBA in Sustainability Director Dr. Eban Goodstein wrote an article for Triple Pundit, Sustainable Careers: The World Needs You Now, on the need for graduate education in the field of environmental leadership. opportunity2

New Leadership Awards for River University (June 10 - 28, 2013)
River University, an interdisciplinary undergraduate program in environmental science and policy, is an exciting opportunity to earn Clarkson University credits this summer on the shores of the Hudson River. Undergraduate students applying to River University now have the opportunity to apply for a Beacon Institute Leadership Award, which provides tuition assistance for students meeting eligibility criteria. For more information and to apply, contact Educational Program Director Mike Walsh. opportunity3

Marine Ecology Summer Course at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Brian H. Jensen, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Biology and Pre-Medical Advisory Committee Chair at The College of Saint Rose will be teaching a marine ecology course this summer at RPI. The course runs from May 20th to June 28th and includes a week on Cape Cod from June 10th to the 14th. The bulk of the course will be a survey of marine ecology, but we will also have a journal club on ocean acidification, and devote a good deal of time to fisheries biology. Registration for the course ends on May 14th. For inquiries contact or check out the Summer @ Rensselaer website. opportunity4

Westchester Community College Accepting Students for Environmental Studies and Environmental Science A.S. Programs
Westchester Community College is now enrolling students in both Environmental Science and Environmental Studies A.S. programs. Transfer agreements have been established with several local colleges and universities. For information contact Prof. Michael Priano at



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EarthDesk Blog Launched by Pace University
Join the conversation on EarthDesk, a new blog launched by Pace University Academy for Applied Environmental Studies (also headquarters of the Environmental Consortium). Examine and discuss environmental issues, innovations and opportunities from the perspective of a university's unique role in society: as a hub for critical thinking, a laboratory for testing ways to advance human progress, and an intellectual resource dedicated to nature and community.

In the era of online connectivity, EarthDesk convenes thinkers and doers from the Pace University campuses, the greater New York region, and the world, across a host of disciplines - from law to art to the sciences, and more. Our objective is to advance creative thought and innovative solutions regarding topics that touch every life on the planet. Subscribe to posts by email. Like on Facebook. Follow on Twitter. region2

Sarah Lawrence College Establishes Center for the Urban River at Beczak Environmental Education Center
Sarah Lawrence College and the Hudson River Valley Environmental Education Institute (HRVEEI) announced on May 1, 2013 an alliance that will establish The Sarah Lawrence College Center for the Urban River at the Beczak Environmental Education Center in Yonkers. Central to the Center will be a field station, the first academic research facility in Yonkers beyond the College's campus. Sarah Lawrence students will also participate in the continuing work of the Beczak Center, including educational outreach concerning the environment to K-12 students in the Yonkers community and beyond. region3

Westchester Community College's Between River and Sound Continues with Funding from ConEdison
Between River and Sound, a learning community on sustainability at Westchester Community College, continues with a third year of funding provided by Con Ed. Fourteen WCC faculty, staff and administrators have been accepted into the fall 2013 semester-long program. Each participant will develop and implement a project that infuses principles of sustainability into course curriculum and/or college operations. The program begins in June with a Long Island Sound sail on Soundwaters. region4

Cary Institute Scientist Honored by EPA for Hudson River Work
Dr. Stuart E. G. Findlay, an aquatic ecologist at the Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies, was recently honored with an Environmental Quality Award from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). He was selected for the award based on his scientific achievements, which have helped lead to better stewardship practices in the Hudson River. For more than twenty-five years, Findlay has been investigating the ecological functions of submerged aquatic vegetation, intertidal wetlands, and the shoreline zone of the river. He's also played a leadership role in the Hudson River Environmental Conditions Observation System (HRECOS), a collaborative network of real-time monitoring stations on the Hudson River Estuary.

Two Row Wampum Renewal Campaign Summer Events
The Two Row Wampum Renewal Campaign is coming to a river landing near you this summer. Plans for the symbolic enactment commemorating the first treaty between the Haudenosaunee (Iroquois) and the incoming Dutch launches from Rensselaer on July 28, 2013 and arrives at Pier 96 in Manhattan on August 9, 2013. All along the Hudson (The River that Flows Both Ways) there will be many educational and cultural events. Please visit the website for more information and to see how you and your students and colleagues can join in and/or help out. For questions, contact, Jack Manno at or 315-391-5959.


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Bard Alumna Lindsey Shute ('07) Participates in Tedx Talk, "Changing the Way We Eat"

Hudson Valley Bard Center for Environmental Policy alumna, Lindsey Shute '07, participated in a recent Tedx Manhattan talk titled "Changing the Way We Eat". As Executive Director of the National Young Farmers' Coalition, Lindsey talks about farming as a career path, which, once on the decline in the U.S., is now popular among young farmers - and how important it is for us to support them. She and her husband Ben run Hearty Roots Community Farm in Clermont, NY. scholar2

Researchers at Marymount Manhattan College Find Chlorinated By-Products in Bleached Laundry
Organochlorines make up a class of compounds known for persistence in the environment, bioaccumulation, and toxicity, including deleterious effects on human health. Research by a student-faculty team at Marymount Manhattan College has revealed for the first time that organochlorine is produced and retained in cotton fabrics as a result of typical household laundry bleaching. In the study, published in Chemosphere in February 2013, Professor Alessandra Leri and Marymount Manhattan undergraduate Laura Anthony use synchrotron-based spectroscopy to demonstrate the formation of organochlorine and the persistence of reactive chlorine in fabric as a result of laundering with chlorine bleach. The high levels of chlorinated organics in bleached textiles may pose a threat of sustained dermal and inhalation exposure to these compounds. This study provides a first step toward identifying a new risk factor for elevated organochlorine body burdens in humans. scholar3

Pace University Student Identifies Trends in Fish Communities of the Hudson River Estuary
On April 20, 2013, Akino Higa presented her research via a poster at The Ecology of New York City Symposium at Columbia University. Akino is a Masters of Environmental Science student at Pace University. Her research involves analyzing fish catch data collected by The River Project (TRP). Cathy Drew and others at TRP have set traps in the Hudson River estuary since 1988, and volunteers and interns have been cataloging captured species. Akino explored this data to uncover trends in fish species' cohabitation and correlations between catches and water temperature. These results provide insight into which species share the same environmental needs, and provide valuable information on fish community variation in the Hudson River estuary. Other collaborators include Michael Levandowsky, Nina Zain, and Erika Crispo. scholar4

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Professor Featured on Latin Waves Grass Roots Media
Michael Mascarenhas has been featured on Latin Waves Grass Roots Media in a live interview on his book, Where the Waters Divide and global social movements. The Latin Waves Grass Roots Media interview, an internationally syndicated radio program, which features the voices of Noam Chomsky, Derrick Jensen, Vandana Shiva, Silvia Federici and others who are working to create a society based on justice (racial, gender, ecological and cultural) and principles of fairness and equity.


event1Regional Events


May 9, 2013 (6:00 pm - 8:00 pm )
Putting a Price on Carbon: The Social Cost of Carbon and U.S. Climate Policy
Pace Law School, White Plains, New York
Superstorm Sandy clean-up, rising food prices, increased heating and cooling costs: we can no longer ignore the direct economic impact of climate change on our day to day lives. Estimating costs of climate change damages informs rule-makers of the benefits of implementing climate change policy. How do policy-makers calculate the costs and benefits associated with carbon emissions reductions? In collaboration with the Pace Energy and Climate Center, the Bard Center for Environmental Policy is excited to host an expert panel on the Social Cost of Carbon, an estimate of the economic damages associated with a small increase in carbon emissions.

May 11, 2013 (10:00 am)
Beacon Institute: Walk n Talk with Herbalist Sarah Elisabeth
Beacon Institute for Rivers and Estuaries, CEIE at Denning's Point, 199 Denning's Avenue, Beacon, NY 12508
Explore Denning's Point for wild edibles and healing herbs with Sarah Elisabeth, an herbalist in the Wise Woman Tradition. Pre-register.

May 16, 2013 (7:00 pm)
Beacon Institute: Alex Prud'homme on The Ripple Effect: The Fate of Fresh Water in the Twenty-First Century
Beacon Institute for Rivers and Estuaries, CEIE at Denning's Point, 199 Denning's Avenue, Beacon, NY 12508
Alex Prud'homme, stirred by experts' declaration of water as "the next oil," launched a three-year investigation of fresh water realities that led him from 600 feet beneath Manhattan to Las Vegas, California, Alaska and beyond. Hear about his compelling journey and his assertion that fresh water is the defining resource of the 21st century. Online registration required.

May 17, 2013 (12:00 pm)
Bard College: Building Green for Everyone
Dial in: 712-432-3100; Conference Code: 253385

Sustainable Business Fridays convenes every first and third Friday of the month during the semester, with special guests selected by students in the Bard MBA in Sustainability program. Our final call of the spring semester will be on with Les Bluestone, President, Blue Sea Development Co. on "Building Green for Everyone."

May 17-19, 2013
SUNY ESF: Interdisciplinary Scholarship in Land Use & Ethics
Huntington Wildlife Forest, Newcomb, NY
SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry's Northern Forest Institute announces its second annual symposium of interdisciplinary scholarship in land use and ethic. This event will highlight research from across professions and disciplines on topics related to balancing individual and community priorities with respect to land use, and the associated expectations for human and ecosystem stewardship and social and environmental ethics.

May 19, 2013 (8:00 am)
Cary Institute: Watershed Bird Walk
Cary Institute main parking area, 2801 Sharon Tpk., Millbrook, NY
Join ecologist Ken Schmidt for a bird walk in the Wappinger Creek watershed. Schmidt will provide insight into resident and migratory birds, their behavior, and the science of soundscapes. Free. Registration is required.

May 20, 2013 (8:30 am)
Sustainable Hudson Valley: Resilience and Renewal: Collaborating for Sustainability
FDR Library and Conference Center, Hyde Park, NY
This conference explores these themes in the context of the Mid-Hudson Regional Sustainability Plan that will soon be made public, and the broader work of partner organizations. Its focus is on collaboration and coordination in policy, development and governance as we work to make our region more livable and secure. We'll focus on translating complex details into an integrative vision, and identifying basic strategies for moving forward in a regional collaboration to create a low-carbon future with high quality of life for all.

June 7, 2013 (8:30 am)
Pace University hosts Conservation Cafe: Climate Change & Sea Level Rise, What Can We Expect?
Pace University, 861 Bedford Road (entrance 3), Pleasantville, NY
In recent years the frequency and intensity of storms in our area has been on the rise, and as we are still in the midst of clean-up from Hurricane Sandy, climate change and its effect on sea level rise is top of mind. Find out what climate change is, what its effects are on our oceans and rivers, and the impacts of extreme weather in our local communities. Speakers include Andrew Revkin, Senior Fellow for Environmental Understanding at Pace University's Academy for Applied Environmental Studies; Adam Whelchel, Ph.D. Director of Science at The Nature Conservancy/Connecticut Chapter; Mark Lowery, Climate Policy Analyst in the office of Climate Change at NYSDEC.

Conservation Caf´┐Ż programs provide a forum for dialogue about current environmental issues. Sponsors are Westchester County Parks, Friends of Westchester County Parks, Pace University, Grassroots Environmental Education, Teatown Lake Reservation, the Greenburgh Nature Center, Federated Conservationists of Westchester County, Mianus River Gorgeand Westchester Land Trust.

June 7, 2013 (7:00 pm)
Cary Institute: Bug Music: How Insects Gave Us Rhythm and Noise
Cary Institute Auditorium, 2801 Sharon Turnpike (Route 44), Millbrook, NY
David Rothenberg asks us to consider the relationship between humans and insects in this interdisciplinary music program.

June 7-9, 2013
Left Forum (Hosted by Pace University)
Pace University, 1 Pace Plaza, New York, NY (across from City Hall)
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. Conference participants come together to engage a wide range of critical perspectives on the world, to discuss differences, commonalities, and alternatives to current predicaments, and to share ideas for understanding and transforming the world. The conference is held each year in New York City.

June 15-16, 2013
Clearwater: Great Hudson River Revival
Croton Point Park in Croton-on-Hudson, Croton, NY
Clearwater's Great Hudson River Revival (aka "he Clearwater Festival" or "Revival") features seven sustainably powered stages with diverse music, dance, storytelling and family-oriented programming as well as juried crafts, the Green Living Expo, the Working Waterfront with small boat exhibits and rides, an artisanal food & farm market, environmental education displays and exhibits, and the Circle of Song where audience participation is the focus. The festival is wheelchair accessible and most stage programming is staffed with American Sign Language interpreters.


June 14, July 26, August 16, 2013
Hudsonia Professional Workshops

Friday, June 14, Shale gas development impacts on biodiversity, Ashokan Center, Olivebridge, NY
Friday July 26, Common reed (Phragmites) ecology and management, Bard College Field Station, Annandale, NY
Friday August 16, Conservation of urban biodiversity, a location in northeastern New Jersey (TBA)
Participation in these workshops is by application only and prepayment is required.

July 20-21, 2013
5th Annual Hudson River Days
Organize an event for fifth-annual Hudson River Days, the annual celebration of the river environment. For information, visit or contact Dan Shapley 914-478-4501 x226;

October 9-11, 2013
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 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. Be among the emerging generation of conservation professionals networking and exchanging ideas with leaders in science, policy, academia, and management at one of the world's preeminent scientific and cultural institutions.

November 8-9, 2013
Environmental Consortium of Colleges & Universities 10th Annual Conference
[details above in Consortium News]