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Winter 2013
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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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Annual Student Summit - From Environmental Data to Decisions: The Expanding Role of Technology (April 5th)


Pace Law School Environmental Consortium Merit Scholarship


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Huyck Preserve and Biological Research Station: Undergraduate Internship: Odum Internship in Field Ecology

Mohonk Preserve: 2013 Scheuer Land Management Internship

Mohonk Preserve: 2013 Schaefer Research Internship



Huyck Preserve and Biological Research Station: Research Grants for Graduate, Postdoctoral, and Senior Researchers



Ramapo College Workshop: The Hudson River in the Nineteenth Century and the Modernization of America



Bard College: MBA in Sustainability - Program Associate  

Campus Greening Corner
Vassar's First Annual Idea Fair Brings Energy to Campus Sustainability Efforts
Vassar College established its Green Revolving Fund as a way to start meaningful dialogue on campus around the use of resources and foster community engagement with these issues. From the application process the Fund received 10 proposals that were then displayed in a science-fair-esque setup allowing the whole community to check out the Ideas and vote on their favorites. 

Visit for campus greening resources and case studies. 

Environmental Consortium of Hudson Valley Colleges & Universities

See list of events below.

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

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Environmental Consortium Welcomes New Members to Steering Committee

Governed by a multi-institutional, multi-disciplinary Steering Committee, the following members were elected to serve a 3-year term on the Environmental Consortium's Steering Committee:

  • Monika Espinasa, Professor, Department of Biological Sciences, SUNY Ulster County Community College (re-elected for 2nd consecutive term)
  • Kytt MacManus, Geographic Information Specialist, CIESIN, Earth Institute at Columbia University
  • Captain Walter Nadolny, Assistant Professor, Marine Transportation Department, SUNY Maritime College
  • news2Carol Rietsma, Ph.D., Emerita Professor, Biology, SUNY New Paltz

Annual Student Summit - From Environmental Data to Decisions: The Expanding Role of Technology

Save the Date, Friday April 5, 2013.  Technology experts and professionals will discuss with students how technology, data gathering and analyses create knowledge and how that knowledge can be translated through communication and visualization toward meaningful environmental action. Join us for the Environmental Consortium's 8th Annual Student Summit, From Environmental Data to Decisions: The Expanding Role of Technology at Beacon Institute for Rivers and Estuaries of Clarkson University, Center for Environmental Innovation and Education (CEIE) at Denning's Point State Park in Beacon, New York. FREE and open to all higher education students in the region.news3

Theodore Gordon Flyfishers, Inc. Founders Fund Scholarship

Application Deadline: April 1, 2013, Award Amount: $3,500 

This merit scholarship, in the amount of $3,500, is offered annually in the name of the TGF founders, to a single recipient who has demonstrated excellence and outstanding dedication in a field of study that falls within an environmental field of a school or department. It was the hope of the founders, as it is the hope of the current membership of Theodore Gordon Flyfishers, that the recipient will use this scholarship to assist his or her studies, and after graduation seek employment in the tri-state region in either the public or private sector furthering the cause of environmental protection and riparian habitat conservation for the benefit of all. 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. This scholarship is available to undergraduate students who will have Senior standing as of Fall 2013, who will be enrolled, and who will continue to be enrolled during the award year (2013-2014 academic year), in a full-time four-year undergraduate degree at a member institution of the Environmental Consortium; and graduate students who will be enrolled, and who will continue to be enrolled during the award year (2013-2014 academic year), in a full-time graduate degree program at a member institution of the Environmental Consortium.news4

Pace Law School Environmental Consortium Merit Scholarship

Award Amount: $3,000 - $10,000  

In support of the Environmental Consortium of Colleges & Universities' mission, Pace Law School is offering a Merit Scholarship award to a fall 2013 entering student who is either currently enrolled in or has earned his or her bachelors or masters degree from one of the Environmental Consortium's member institutions and has demonstrated an interest in environmental issues affecting the Hudson-Mohawk River watershed region. 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. The scholarship recipient will be expected to complete at least one project related to a regional environmental issue(s) while at Pace Law School. Selection is based on the student's application and academic record. 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.


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Bard College Seeking Environmental Policy and Climate Science and Policy Graduate Students (Deadline March 15th)
Bard Center for Environmental Policy
 is seeking applicants to its MS degrees in environmental and climate science and policy. Interested students should apply by March 15th for fellowship consideration. Interested students are encouraged to contact our admissions office to learn more, set up a visit, and learn about upcoming events.  Contact: Molly Williams, Assistant Director of Graduate Admissions,, 845-758-7071.



City College of New York MS in Sustainability Accepting Applications

Application deadline for Fall 2013 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 curriculum centered 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.



Beacon Institute, Clarkson University - River University (June 10 - 28, 2013)

This summer, immerse yourself in the Hudson River, the birthplace of the modern environmental movement, and earn six Clarkson University credits in ecology, environmental engineering and water policy. River University, a collaboration between Beacon Institute for Rivers and Estuaries, Clarkson University and the Hudson River Sloop Clearwater, is for any undergraduate student with an interest in the environment. Classes are taught by internationally recognized Hudson River environmentalist John Cronin and respected Clarkson faculty Tom Langen, Ph.D. and Shane Rogers, Ph.D., and include three days of experiential learning on the sloop Clearwater. Enrollment limited to 20 students, so apply now!  

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Sustainable Hudson Valley Seeks Input from Faculty Involved in Service Learning

I am investigating service learning resources in our region that connect with sustainable development in any sense.  The Mid-Hudson Regional Sustainability Plan includes a recommendation to strengthen service learning as a bridge between campus and workplace across the spectrum of green economic opportunities (including research and industry as well as planning, policy, science, trades, etc.).  I have just submitted a proposal to the Spencer Foundation to look at what's presently going on in the region and additional opportunities. I'm seeking faculty involved with service learning to interview, and potentially for future collaboration. Contact Melissa Everett, Ph.D., Executive Director of Sustainable Hudson Valley, 845-384-1189 or







Huyck Preserve and Biological Research Station: Undergraduate Internship: Odum Internship in Field Ecology

Deadline for application: March 8, 2013

The Huyck Preserve and Biological Research Station-a 2,000 acre preserve and 80 year-old field station located 30 miles southwest of Albany, NY-is now accepting applications for our Odum Internship in field ecology for summer 2013. This summer students will spend 8 weeks (June 10- August 5) working with Dr. James E. Watkins from Colgate University to conduct and present original research. This is an unpaid internship, though housing is provided.


Mohonk Preserve: 2013 Scheuer Land Management Internship
Deadline for application: March 15, 2013

The 2013 Thom Scheuer Land Management Internship at the Mohonk Preserve provides an intern with the opportunity to work with Land Stewardship staff and assist with: promoting visitor safety and enjoyment; visitor and land management; facilities projects and maintenance; basic ranger duties; boundary line inspection and reporting. The intern and his/her supervisor will select a land management project that the intern shall complete. The intern will be responsible for a written report summarizing his or her work. 

The Preserve has programs in land protection, land stewardship, environmental education and scientific research. While concentrating on land stewardship and land protection, the intern may also have the opportunity to work with the Research and Education departments.

Who may apply: Junior & senior college students majoring in environmental science/studies, forestry, public safety, planning or natural resource management or a related field.  Duration: 10 weeks (summer). Stipend: $3,200; housing available.

How to apply: Send your resume, a cover letter which clearly states your reasons for pursuing this internship and what you hope to gain as part of your career goals, your transcripts, and two letters of recommendation to: Hank Alicandri, Director of Land Stewardship/Chief Ranger, Mohonk Preserve, P.O. Box 715, New Paltz, NY 12561. 


Mohonk Preserve: 2013 Schaefer Research Internship

Deadline for application: March 15, 2013

The 2013 Schaefer Research Internship at the Daniel Smiley Research Center provides interns an opportunity to work with Preserve research staff, world-class scientists and land managers on bird surveys and habitat analysis; invasive species management; recreational impact assessment; detailed data collection & management library. Interns will also develop an individualized research project and complete a written report.

Who may apply: Freshmen or sophomore college students from 2- or 4-year institutions with biology, ecology, geology, environmental studies/science or related natural science majors. Library/museum science and data management majors also welcome to apply. Those with no previous field or research experience are encouraged to apply. Interns who excel may be invited to return a second year.

How to apply: Send a copy of your resume, a cover letter which clearly states your reasons for pursuing this internship and what you hope to gain as part of your career goals, your transcripts, and two letters of recommendation to: Director of Conservation Science, Mohonk Preserve, Daniel Smiley Research Center, 1000 Mountain Rest Rd., New Paltz, NY 12561. Duration: 10 weeks (June to mid-August, flexible). Stipend: $3,200, housing available.





Huyck Preserve and Biological Research Station: Research Grants for Graduate, Postdoctoral, and Senior Researchers

Deadline for application: March 8, 2013

The Huyck Preserve and Biological Research Station-a 2,000 acre preserve and 80 year-old field station located 30 miles southwest of Albany, NY-is now accepting applications for Huyck Research Grants for summer 2013. Four to five Huyck Grants are awarded each year to graduate, postdoctoral, and senior researchers in a variety of disciplines that focus on natural systems of the Huyck Preserve. We support work in basic and applied ecology, conservation biology, taxonomy, animal behavior, evolution, geology, land use history, and other areas of natural science. The typical grant award is around $2,000, but can be as much as $3,500 for more established researchers and/or projects that involve extended residencies. Professors, graduate and postdoctoral student investigators are all eligible. The funds may be used for the purchase of equipment, travel, food, publication costs, and stipends for assistant/student researchers. Preference is given to proposals that involve residencies of one week or longer.




Ramapo College Workshop: The Hudson River in the Nineteenth Century and the Modernization of America
This National Endowment for the Humanities Landmarks Workshop
is open to all K-12 educators. This week-long workshop (July 7-12 or July 14-19, 2013) will take a distinctly historical and cultural approach to the Hudson River. Participants, who will be designated as NEH Summer Scholars, will explore the Hudson of the nineteenth century as a microcosm of American culture in a century that, more than any other, transformed the country. We aim to equip each participant with a framework for pursuing place-based inquiries back home, so that our study of the Hudson might serve as a springboard to similar studies elsewhere. Participants will be invited to share their expertise, collaborate on lesson plans and curriculum, and exchange ideas. This workshop will provide Professional Development Hours as well as a generous $1200 stipend to help cover costs. Completed applications must be postmarked no later than March 4, 2013. Questions can be emailed to




Bard College: MBA in Sustainability - Program Associate

Bard College's MBA in Sustainability is seeking a Program Associate to oversee the day-to-day operations of the program. Under the supervision of the Assistant Director, the Program Associate's primary responsibilities will include:

  • Bookkeeping and Accounts Payable
  • Event planning including coordinating space needs and other logistics for classes and events in both Manhattan and on the Bard Campus
  • Student support including managing enrollment, grade submission, and student affairs
  • Liaising with other Departments on the Bard Campus (student accounts, health services, etc.)
  • Training Faculty and students on use of software in the online component of the MBA program
  • Representing the program at external marketing and recruiting events
  • Other administrative duties as needed

The successful candidate will possess a Bachelor's degree, with two years professional work experience. The position requires excellent communication, organizational, project management skills, and a professional demeanor. Experience with distance education technology is not required.

To apply, please send a cover letter, salary expectations, resume and the names of three references by email only to
. Bard College is an equal opportunity employer and we welcome applicants from those who contribute to our diversity.


event1Regional Events 

Bard: Screening of Symphony of the Soil with the Filmmaker

(Feb. 25, 2013) 5:00 pm-7:00 pm
Jim Ottaway Jr. Film Center
Bard Center for Environmental Policy Presents: The latest film from Deborah Koons Garcia, "SYMPHONY OF THE SOIL" will be shown at Bard College, followed by a Q & A with the filmmaker. The screening is free and open to the public. SYMPHONY OF THE SOIL explores the complexity and mystery of soil. Filmed on four continents and sharing the voices of some of the world's most highly esteemed soil scientists, farmers, and activists. Contact: Molly Williams,, 845-758-707.

Sarah Lawrence: Environmental Studies Lecture Series
(Feb. 25, 2013) 7:00 pm
Titsworth Lecture Hall, Sarah Lawrence College, 1 Mead Way, Yonkers, NY 10708
Tim Pachirat discusses the massive, routine killing of animals for human consumption from a firsthand perspective. He is the author of "Every Twelve Seconds: Industrialized Slaughter and the Politics of Sight," and works as an assistant professor in the Department of Politics at The New School for Social Research. Free. For more info call (914) 395-2412.

Bard Center for Environmental Policy: National Climate Seminar
Conference Call
Join us the first and third Wednesday of each month at noon eastern to hear climate and clean energy specialists talk about the latest climate change issues. Assign these half-hour calls to your students for a chance to connect with top scientists, analysts and political leaders discuss climate and clean energy solutions. E-mail your questions prior to each call: All calls are available as podcasts, 24 hours after the event. Call-in number: 1-712-432-3100; Conference Code: 253385
* Brenda Ekwurzel, After Sandy, What Next? (Mar. 6, 2013) 12:00 pm
* Mark Reynolds, Lobbyists for Climate Action (Mar. 20, 2013) 12:00 pm
* Katharine Wilkinson on Between God and Green (Apr. 3, 2013) 12:00 pm
* Pastor and Boyce on Co-benefits and Climate Justice (May 1, 2013) 12:00 pm

Beacon Institute Exhibit Opening: Robin Dana
(Mar. 9, 2013) 5:00 pm-7:00 pm
Beacon Institute Gallery, 199 Main Street in Beacon, New York
Beacon Institute is proud to showcase the photographs of Robin Dana in her exhibit Watershed: How Industry Has Changed the Water of the World. The exhibit runs from March 9 - October 7, 2013 at the Beacon Institute Gallery at 199 Main Street in Beacon, New York. Join us for a free public reception for the artist on Saturday, March 9 from 5-7 pm.

Sharing the River of Life: The Two Row Wampum and Our Collective Future
(Mar. 13, 2013) 7:00 pm
SUNY New Paltz, New Paltz, NY
Featured speaker is Onondaga Nation Faithkeeper Oren Lyons. An internationally-recognized spokesperson on indigenous issues and environmental protection, Oren sits on the Onondaga Nation Council of Chiefs and the Haudenosaunee Grand Council. Two Row Wampum Project Coordinator Andy Mager will speak about the campaign.

Bard CEP: Climate Change and the Economy: Building Resilience through Agriculture
(Mar. 21, 2013) 6:00 pm-8:00 pm
Clark Auditorium, Simon's Rock
Agricultural practices in the United States remain a significant source of environmental impact, such as soil erosion, water quality, and greenhouse gas emissions. Embracing local agriculture promises to address these problems while building stronger communities. The "locavore" movement allows for regional cycling of nutrients, preservation of local landscapes, and a more vital economy. Communities promoting local food systems can improve carbon sequestration, reduce non-point source pollution, and lessen impacts of agriculture on regional watersheds and ecosystems. This panel discussion aims to uncover the benefits and challenges of local sustainable agriculture from the perspective of climate change, the economy, and our natural resources. Contact: Molly Williams,, 845-758-7071.

Cary Institute: The Water We Drink
(Mar. 29, 2013) 7:00 pm
Cary Institute auditorium, 2801 Sharon Turnpike (Route 44), Millbrook, NY
Should drinking water be accessible as a human right or is it a commodity? James Salzman, Duke's Nicholas Institute Professor of Environmental Policy, will talk about his new book Drinking Water, examining the history and science of water-a basic human need. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Seating is limited.

8th Annual Student Summit of the Environmental Consortium

From Environmental Data to Decision: The Expanding Role of Technology
(Apr. 5, 2013) 11:00 am 
Beacon Institute's Center for Environmental Innovation and Education, Beacon, NY
[Details above in Consortium News]

Northeast Natural History Conference 2013
(Apr. 13-15, 2013)
Sheraton Springfield Hotel, Springfield, MA
Join us for the 13th Northeast Natural History Conference (NENHC). This conference promises again to be the largest regional forum for researchers, natural resource managers, students, and naturalists to present current information on the varied aspects of applied field biology (freshwater, marine, and terrestrial) and natural history for the Northeastern United States and adjacent Canada. It will serve as a premier venue to identify research and management needs, foster friendships and collegial relationships, and encourage a greater region-wide interest in natural history by bringing people with diverse backgrounds together.

Democracy, Corruption & Climate Change: A National Conversation
(Apr. 17, 2013) 7:00 pm-10:00 pm
Campuses and organizations nationwide
The Bard Center for Environmental Policy and the C2C Fellows Network will sponsor a nationwide screening of the powerful film The Island President - the best movie about climate change of the last few years. The film will be followed by a webinar with film director Jon Shenk, Former UN Deputy Permanent Representative to the Maldives Thilmeeza Hussain, and also May Boeve, Executive Director of The screening and webinar will occur simultaneously at hundreds of locations across the country. Visit for more information and to sign up to screen this important film. Contact with questions!

Cary Institute - Overfishing: What everyone needs to know
(Apr. 19, 2013) 7:00 pm
Cary Institute auditorium, 2801 Sharon Turnpike (Route 44), Millbrook, NY
Ray Hilborn, from the University of Washington, will talk about the exploitation of the world's fish stocks, why traditional approaches to fisheries management have failed, and the need for radical new solutions. Doors open at 6:30. Seating is limited.

SUNY New Paltz: Environmental Awareness and Sustainability Day
(Apr. 20, 2013) 12:00 pm-4:00 pm
SUNY New Paltz, New Paltz, NY
Join us and our featured guest speakers, Andy Revkin of the NYT, families, students, and other community members, at the Environmental Awareness and Sustainability Day. Activities for children and adults of all ages include games, interactive displays, speakers, a green living panel, music, and a local green market. The Day provides a venue for university students, community members and regional sustainability and energy alternative resource partners to inform participants about their role in renewable and sustainability practices and resources. Presentations on alternative sources of energy, reducing one's carbon footprint, green living, and sustainable agriculture, as well as a plethora of activities for young and old, will be highlights for the day. University student bands will also play on the quad with NYT Andy Revkin, and sing Pete Seeger's "Solartopia" with Andy Revin and Lynn Cherry (Young Voices for the Planet) after their talks. For more info contact

HRES: 2013 Hudson River Science Symposium, "The State of Hudson River Science"
(Apr. 24, 2013)
SUNY New Paltz, Student Union Building, New Paltz, NY
The Hudson River Environmental Society (HRES), working in partnership with the Hudson River Foundation, will be holding a Hudson River Science Symposium at SUNY New Paltz to present our latest scientific understanding of the Hudson River and environments, discuss the drivers behind the science, identify future challenges, and provide an opportunity for scientists, resource managers, educators and students to share ideas. Invited speakers will give presentations on the following themes: The State of Hudson River Science Long-term Ecological Changes Climate change, sea-level rise, and episodic events Ecosystem Restoration Science Hudson River Fisheries Sediment Transport and Deposition Contaminants: Old and New Historical Ecology and Anthropology Meeting the Challenges: Multi-institutional Cooperation

SUNY ESF: Interdisciplinary Scholarship in Land Use & Ethics
(May 17-19, 2013)
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.