Consortium Circular • Fall 2008


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News

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Scholarly Corner

Consortium Classifieds

Upcoming Regional Events


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NEWS
Installation of Green Roof at Sarah Lawrence College

Beacon Institute Deploys First REON Sensor into Hudson River

SUNY New Paltz President Signs the American College & University Presidents Climate Commitment

PROGRAMS
Consortium Launches Hudson Valley Green Campus Virtual Resource Center

River Summer 2008 Photos and Call for 2009 Participation

Save the Date: April 3, 2009 – 4th Annual Student Summit

OPPORTUNITIES
Director, Bard Center for Environmental Policy

Part-Time Conservation Position at The New School

UCS & Penguin seeking "American Stories about Global Warming"

AASHE Sustainability Across the Curriculum Leadership Workshop

Course Offerings at the Adirondack Ecological Center

An Invitation to Help Build The National Teach-In on Global Warming Solutions

SCHOLARLY CORNER
Books & Publications
Twenty Lessons in Environmental Sociology

Expert Consultation on Improving Planning and Policy Development in Aquaculture

Article
Inside Higher Ed Compares Campus Sustainability Rating Systems

Scholarly Network
The National Council for Science and the Environment (NCSE) launches Association for Environmental Studies and Sciences (AESS)

CONSORTIUM CLASSIFIEDS
Sustainable Hudson Valley: "Green Talent Pipeline"

UPCOMING REGIONAL EVENTS
October 13, 2008: Lecture and Discussion: Carbon Cycle and Environmental Impacts

October 21, 2008: Verlyn Klinkenborg, Durst Distinguished Lecturer, New York Times columnist, and author

October 24-26, 2008: The Water of Life Challenges & Opportunities in the 21st Century

October 28, 2009: Falling Through the Cracks: The Science and Policy Challenges of Conserving Small Wetlands in the Hudson Valley

November 12: Taking Root: The Vision of Wangari Maathai

November 20: Film Screening w/ Filmmaker of "Burning the Future: Coal in America"

November 21, 2008: Film Screening: March of the Penguins

March 13, 2009: Nature-Deficit Disorder: The Movement to Connect Our Children, Ourselves, and Future Generations to the Natural World

Various Dates: Scientific Seminar Series at the Cary Institute

NEWS
  • Installation of Green Roof at Sarah Lawrence College
    Sarah Lawrence College installed its second green roof, composed of live vegetation, as one more step in its efforts to "green" the College's campus. The College partnered with SmartRoofs LLC, a for-profit subsidiary of the environmental justice organization, Sustainable South Bronx (SSBx) that trains and employs “green-collar” workers. The installation, and accompanying program of speakers and activities, acknowledged the national day of action (Sept. 27) that was promoted by Green For All, a national organization devoted to "increasing legislative support for green jobs as a way to lift people out of poverty and restore our planet." Read more.
  • Beacon Institute Deploys First REON Sensor into Hudson River
    The way we see, think about, teach about, and protect the Hudson River, its inhabitants, and its environs is changing with innovative real-time monitoring technology. The Beacon Institute for Rivers and Estuaries, in partnership with IBM and Clarkson University, has deployed its first River and Estuary Observatory Network (REON) Sensor Platform near Denning's Point in Beacon, New York. Read more.
  • SUNY New Paltz President Signs the American College & University Presidents Climate Commitment
    College President Steven Poskanzer signed the American College & University Presidents Climate Commitment on August 15, 2008. The American College & University Presidents Climate Commitment is a high-visibility effort to address global warming by garnering institutional commitments to neutralize greenhouse gas emissions, and to accelerate the research and educational efforts of higher education to equip society to re-stabilize the earth’s climate. To learn more about what this involves, visit www.presidentsclimatecommitment.org.
PROGRAMS
  • Consortium Launches Hudson Valley Green Campus Virtual Resource Center
    The Environmental Consortium is pleased to launch its brand new website, with a regional focus, to support greening initiatives on college and university campuses. Links to useful case studies, regional resources, tools and more can be found at www.hvgreencampus.org. The Consortium welcomes submissions for content and suggestions as we continue to build and refine the site. A 'Community Forum' has been added, in the form of a blog, as a venue for networking with colleagues across institutions and from around the region. Special thanks to the Campus Greening Task Force whose members were instrumental in the vision and structure of the site.
  • River Summer 2008
    Propelled by a new three year round of funding from the Mellon Foundation, River Summer 2008 launched for two weeks in late July. This summer the groups experienced a full estuary transit on the river, from offshore in the Hudson Bight traveling 153 miles up to the Federal Dam at Troy. A day spent in the Upper Hudson/Lower Adirondacks completed each module in order to look at the more complete picture of the Hudson and its watershed reach. 53 participants were involved in the summer program, serving as students, learners, teachers, and educators. View photos.

    A Look Ahead to River Summer 2009
    Each year a central connecting theme has been selected as an overarching focus for the activities. For 2009, the River Summer theme will focus on the Quadricentennial, marking both the 400th anniversary of Henry Hudson’s and Samuel de Champlain’s voyages along the river and lake that bear their names and also the 200th anniversary of Robert Fulton's successful steamboat voyage on the river. From the platform of SUNY Stony Brook’s R/V Seawolf, River Summer 2009 will be uniquely positioned to connect with the many existing programs marking these events. Providing a full program for the Quadricentennial, River Summer will support a "once in a lifetime" opportunity to develop rich interdisciplinary experiences for faculty to translate into their curriculum.

    Call for Participation
    The Task Force is starting its planning this fall and is seeking individuals, from any discipline, who can contribute to this event and assist in the planning. Historians, especially, will be key to integrating and elaborating on the Quadricentennial theme. If you are interested in being involved, please contact the Consortium or Margie Turrin (mkt@ldeo.columbia.edu) & Tim Kenna (tkenna@ldeo.columbia.edu) directly. Please also share this opportunity with your colleagues.
  • Save the Date: April 3, 2009 – 4th Annual Student Summit of the Environmental Consortium
    The Student Activities Task Force will hold its 4th annual student summit event which, this year, will focus on environmental careers and feature an environmental career and graduate school fair. Details will be coming soon!
OPPORTUNITIES
  • Director, Bard Center for Environmental Policy
    The Bard Center for Environmental Policy is seeking a Director who will provide dynamic intellectual and administrative leadership for the Center and its graduate program. The Center offers an M.S. degree and engages the community on regional, national, and international environmental policy issues. Responsibilities include fundraising and developing collaborations with regional environmental centers, NGOs, government agencies, and private sector firms. Ph.D. or terminal degree and distinguished record of scholarship required. Salary is competitive, benefits are excellent. AA/EOE. Submit a letter of interest, c.v., and a list of at least 3 references to hr@bard.edu or mail to: BCEP Search 3507, Human Resources, Bard College, PO Box 5000, Annandale-on-Hudson, NY 12504-5000. Additional information: www.bard.edu/cep or dgs@bard.edu.
  • Part-Time Conservation Position at The New School
    The New School has recently developed an innovative Environmental Studies degree program that integrates design, the social sciences and the natural sciences with a focus on the urban environment. We are seeking a part-time faculty member to teach a Spring 2009 course in urban ecosystem conservation. The position will be located in Eugene Lang College The New School for Liberal Arts. Details.
  • UCS & Penguin seeking "American Stories about Global Warming"
    The Union of Concerned Scientists and Penguin Classics - along with bookstores across the country - are encouraging all aspiring writers and photographers to submit their personal stories and images about global warming for publication in a new online book to be published in 2009, Thoreau's Legacy: American Stories about Global Warming. The submission process is open to anyone in the United States through Nov. 15, 2008. A panel of judges will select the top essays and photographs to be included in the book. Writers and photographers whose submissions are selected for publication will receive a limited edition printed copy of the book and will be invited to participate in book promotion activities. Details.
  • AASHE Sustainability Across the Curriculum Leadership Workshop
    January 9-10, 2009; Emory University; Atlanta, GA
    AASHE's Sustainability Across the Curriculum Leadership workshops are for faculty leaders of all disciplines who wish to develop curriculum change programs around sustainability on their campuses. Through an intensive two days of presentations, exercises, discussions, reflection, and planning, participants will become familiar with the philosophy of change in higher education developed through the Ponderosa Project at Northern Arizona University and adapted at Emory in the Piedmont Project. Participants will also experience of range of workshop strategies, hear local experts, enjoy outdoor place-based activities, and dialogue with faculty from around the country as they gain help in adapting this model to their own campus. Applications to participate are due Oct. 16, 2008. Details.
  • Course Offerings at the Adirondack Ecological Center
    The Adirondack Ecological Center (AEC) offers annual short courses which may be taken for graduate, undergraduate, or noncredit. AEC was established in 1971 by the State University of New York College of Environmental Forestry (ESF) in Syracuse, and underpins the management of Adirondack Park as one of the world's foremost experiments in conservation and sustainability.

    Course Announcements for Spring 2009:
    Eco-Phenomenology: Deconstructing the Dualistic World-View
    Environmental and Social Justice: Right Thinking, Right Doing
    Philosophy of Science: Why Philosophers Care About What Scientists Mean
    Course Announcements for Summer 2009:
    Adirondack Land-Use Ethics
    Details and course descriptions.
  • An Invitation to Help Build The National Teach-In on Global Warming Solutions
    On February 5, 2009, The National Teach-In will engage millions of Americans at thousands of campuses and other institutions in a dialogue about the clean energy transformation that can stop global warming and renew both the American economy and spirit. Young people will engage national political leaders and other key decision-makers in critical face-to-face discussion about their future.

    Last January, many of you participated in what was to date the largest teach-in in US history. Involving over 1900 schools and other institutions, the event empowered student and citizen leadership across the country. Next February 5th, to impact the direction of the country, The National Teach In needs your help to mobilize twice as many institutions, and millions of students and citizens See how to get involved!
SCHOLARLY CORNER
  • Twenty Lessons in Environmental Sociology
    Michael Mascarenhas, Assistant Professor in the Science and Technology Studies Department at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute has published a Chapter on Environmental Inequality and Environmental Justice (Chapter 10) in Twenty Lessons in Environmental Sociology. The book can be ordered online..
  • Expert Consultation on Improving Planning and Policy Development in Aquaculture
    In February of this year, Michael Mascarenhas, Assistant Professor at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute participated in the United Nation's Food and Agriculture Organization as a participant in an expert consultation on improving planning and policy development in global aquaculture. Mascarenhas used this opportunity to encourage the inclusion and development of community control and capacity building, poverty alleviation, and gender equality. Read the full report.
  • Inside Higher Ed Compares Campus Sustainability Rating Systems
    Inside Higher Ed has published a review of the various campus sustainability ranking and rating systems. The article compares reports, articles, and assessments by the National Wildlife Federation, the Sustainable Endowments Institute, The Princeton Review, Kaplan, Forbes, Sierra, and AASHE. Read full article.
  • The National Council for Science and the Environment (NCSE) launches Association for Environmental Studies and Sciences (AESS)
    AESS is an independent faculty-and-student-based professional association, designed to provide its members with the latest information and tools to create better courses, strengthen research, develop more satisfying careers, harness the power of a collective voice for the profession, and enjoy each other’s company at national and regional meetings.

    The formation of AESS marks a milestone in the development of the environmental field. It will become the primary professional society for some whose work largely crosses the boundaries of traditional disciplines. For others, whose work primarily falls within a single discipline, but whose interests are much broader, it will serve as a secondary home. Visit AESS online.
CONSORTIUM CLASSIFIEDS
  • Sustainable Hudson Valley: "Green Talent Pipeline"
    Seven county Work Force Investment Boards have won funding from the NYS Department of Labor to develop a "Green Talent Pipeline" system for coordinating and expanding training and education for the “green” work force. Sustainable Hudson Valley is the lead consultant to investigate current resources and needs, and create a strategic plan as a platform for additional funding. The domains of K-12, trade and craft workers, professional and technical occupations are all under consideration in this ambitious project. Please share any relevant research, networking, planning or outreach by you or colleagues, and forward any suggestions or resources to Melissa Everett, Ph.D., Executive Director, Sustainable Hudson Valley, at 845-331-2670 or meverett@sustainhv.org.
  • Call for Ads
    Looking for input on a project or seeking a regional colleague to collaborate with? The Circular can be an avenue to reach the diverse membership of the Consortium. NOTE: Classified "ads" should not exceed 50 words and must include email contact. Email submissions to info@environmentalconsortium.org.
UPCOMING REGIONAL EVENTS
To list your event on the Consortium's online event calendar and for consideration in future issues of the Circular, send event title, with either website URL, .doc, or pdf file describing the event with contact information to the Consortium at info@environmentalconsortium.org.
  • Lecture and Discussion: Carbon Cycle and Environmental Impacts
    October 13, 2008, 12:30pm-1:30pm - Pace Law School Center for Environmental Legal Studies invites you to attend a lecture and discussion, "Carbon Cycle & Environmental Impacts," presented by Dr. James M. Cervino, Assistant Professor at Pace University Dyson College of Arts & Sciences and a visiting scientist at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute. Dr. Cervino will discuss critical scientific issues relevant to students of environmental law, science, and policy. Location: Pace Law School, Classroom 01, 78 North Broadway, White Plains, NY. Details.
  • Verlyn Klinkenborg, Durst Distinguished Lecturer, New York Times columnist, and author
    October 21, 2008 - Verlyn Klinkenborg, Durst Distinguished Lecturer, New York Times columnist, and author will speak at Purchase College’s Performing Arts Center at 7 pm. Keenly fascinated by the deep and profound links between the human and the natural worlds, Klinkenborg combines urban sophistication with a rural sensibility to address a wide range of contemporary environmental issues. Details.
  • Water of Life: Challenges & Opportunities in the 21st Century
    October 24-26, 2008 - Water of Life: Challenges & Opportunities in the 21st Century, a conference to be held at Omega Institute in Rhinebeck, New York. This conference, featuring some of the leading environmental speakers and organizations in North America, explores the worldwide crisis of freshwater scarcity and what we can all do to restore and protect this precious resource. With keynotes from Robert F. Kennedy, Jr., and Maude Barlow, among others, the weekend will also celebrate the construction of the The Omega Center for Sustainable Living (OCSL), a pioneering education center and wastewater treatment facility. Details.
  • Falling Through the Cracks: The Science and Policy Challenges of Conserving Small Wetlands in the Hudson Valley
    October 28, 09:00-5:00, Norrie Point Environmental Center, Staatsburg - The Hudson River Environmental Society (HRES) is partnering with Cornell University, NYS DEC-HREP and HRNERR. $35 prior to 10/22; $40 after; $50 on-site; HRES & NYS Wetlands Forum members: $30/$35/$45; Students $20/$25. On-line registration is available. That, and the agenda are posted on: www.hres.org.
  • Taking Root: The Vision of Wangari Maathai
    November 12th at 7:00 p.m. – Join the Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies for a special screening of Taking Root, an award winning documentary film about Kenya’s Green Belt Movement and its founder, Wangari Maathai, the first environmentalist and the first African woman to win the Nobel Peace Prize. Through TV footage and chilling first person accounts, Taking Root details how Green Belt Movement women rallied against deforestation, poverty, ignorance, embedded economic interests, and government corruption, until they became a national political force that helped to bring down Kenya’s 24-year dictatorship. The event will be held in our auditorium at 2801 Sharon Tpk. in Millbrook, NY. Details.
  • Film Screening w/ Filmmaker of "Burning the Future: Coal in America"
    November 20th, 6:00 pm at Pace Law School - Pace Law School's Environmental Law Society invites you to a screening of: "Burning the Future: Coal in America" followed by a Session with the Filmmaker, David Novack. Refreshments will be provided. RSVP Required. Details.
  • Film Screening: March of the Penguins
    November 21, 2008 at 7pm at the Cary Institute Auditorium - Join us for the first of our Scientists’ Picks film series. March of the Penguins has been recommended by Cary Institute’s Dr. Shannon LaDeau. March of Penguins, winner of the 2006 Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature, reveals the extraordinary life and journey of Antarctica’s emperor penguins. Directed by Luc Jacquet and narrated by Morgan Freeman.
  • Nature-Deficit Disorder: The Movement to Connect Our Children, Ourselves, and Future Generations to the Natural World
    March 13, 2009 at 4:30 p.m. The Child Development Institute at Sarah Lawrence College Presents the Annual Longfellow Lecture with Richard Louv. Richard Louv is an author and journalist focused on nature, family, and community. His most recent book, Last Child in the Woods: Saving Our Children from Nature-Deficit Disorder, has stimulated an international conversation about the future relationship between children and nature. Read more.
  • Scientific Seminar Series at the Cary Institute
    Thursdays at 4:00 p.m. – From September through June, the Cary Institute offers free Scientific Seminars. Below is a sampling of upcoming offerings, for a complete list visit www.ecostudies.org/thursday.html

    October 30, 2008 Dr. Rebecca Jordan, Rutgers University. Promoting ecological understanding across different audiences.

    November 6, 2008 Dr. Jerry Melillo, The Ecosystems Center Marine Biological Laboratory, Woods Hole. New frontiers in global change research: an exploration of unintended consequences.

    For additional information visit www.ecostudies.org/events.html or call (845) 677-7600 x121.