Consortium Circular • Spring 2008

Consortium Office Moves to Pace Law School
Consortium Membership Update
Major News for The Beacon Institute's Upper Hudson Research Center
Campus Greening is Growing
Call for Participation in River Summer 2008
Sustainability Communication Resources from Student Summit
Consortium Summer Office Assistant
Clean Air NY Paid Internships
Internship at the Westchester County Board of Legislators
Summer Course: Field Studies in Ecology at the Black Rock Forest
Ecosystem Literacy Summer Institutes for K-12 Teachers
2008 Hudson River Estuary Grants
Call for Abstracts: NYWEA Watershed Science and Technical Conference
Call for Papers: HRES’ Historical Ecology of the Hudson Valley: The Interactive Effects of Human
Activities on the Environment and of Environment on Human Society
Book - Environment: An Interdisciplinary Anthology
Article - Links between the Built Environment, Climate and Population Health: Interdisciplinary Environmental Change Research in New York City
Blog - Unity College Blog on Sustainability
Professor Seeks Collaboration for Tappan Zee Bridge Project Research
May 27th and June 24th: Hudson Valley Science Cafe

  • Pace Academy for the Environment serves as the secretariat for the Environmental Consortium. Our office has just relocated to the Pace Law School Campus. Our new office space will allow us to grow, stay tuned for more details! Please note our new contact information.
  • Major News for The Beacon Institute's Upper Hudson Research Center
    On April 28, 2008, Senate Majority Leader Joseph L. Bruno announced a $10 million State investment to build a state-of-the-art, 11,000 square foot environmental research facility along the Hudson River in South Troy that will launch new scientific educational and research initiatives, monitor and protect the Hudson River, and improve public access to the waterfront.

    The Upper Hudson Research Center of the Beacon Institute for Rivers and Estuaries is a partnership among The Beacon Institute, RPI, the City of Troy and the State of New York. The groundbreaking research to take place at this facility will help attract some of the brightest scientific minds in the world to the Tech and Hudson Valleys. Full details online.
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Vassar College

  • Call for Participation in River Summer 2008
    Thanks to continued funding from The Andrew F. Mellon Foundation, River Summer’s faculty development program will run through 2010! Deadline to submit proposals for faculty participation in River Summer 2008 is May 9th. Details.
  • Sustainability Communication Resources from Student Summit
    On Friday, April 25, 2008, Vassar College hosted the Environmental Consortium's 3rd Annual Student Summit, Engaging the Unengaged: Spreading the Green Message Beyond the Choir. Lucy Shea, Director of Strategy for Futerra Sustainability Communications, led a workshop for students in the region. Her Powerpoint presentation and link to additional resources are available on the Student Activities Task Force event website
  • Consortium Summer Office Assistant
    The Environmental Consortium of Hudson Valley Colleges & Universities is looking for a summer office assistant to work in our White Plains office. Applicants must be enrolled at a member institution, have good writing and communication skills and be proficient in Microsoft Office applications. All majors with interest in environmental issues welcome. Stipend of $3,500 for 8 week commitment. Send resume, writing sample, and one letter of recommendation to the Environmental Consortium, c/o Pace Academy for the Environment, 78 North Broadway, White Plains, NY 10603. Application deadline: May 30, 2008. Contact info.
  • Clean Air NY Paid Internships
    Five paid summer 'Clean Air New York Program Assistant' positions are available exclusively to students at member institutions of the Consortium! Application deadline: May 13, 2008
    Full details online.
  • Internship at the Westchester County Board of Legislators’ Committee on Environment & Energy
    One position available during the summer for an internship (June - early Aug.) Intern will assist Committee Chair and Counsel with research of environmental and energy policy initiatives and legislation. Potential topics include increasing County use of renewable energy; regional land use policy; flood and drainage management; water quality management in New York City watershed; climate change and air quality policy; municipal solid waste administration; and other areas. See flyer for full details and how to apply.
  • Summer Course: Field Studies in Ecology at the Black Rock Forest (3 graduate credits)
    This summer course is offered by New York University and is a concentrated summer field course in ecology with a focus on field botany, forest biology, plant-environment interrelationships, and sampling techniques. Students become familiar with the flora and fauna of the Hudson Highlands as they study the major natural habitats within the forest. Field exercises include plant community sampling; paleoecological analysis of sediment cores; characterization of shrub communities using diagnostic keys; and surveys of birds, insects, amphibians and aquatic invertebrates. Our class is scheduled during peak bird migration and flowering. Readings from Science, Nature, Ecology and other relevant literature are carefully coordinated with our field studies.
    Details (pdf)
  • Ecosystem Literacy Summer Institutes for K-12 Teachers
    Register before May 15, as space is limited.
    Would you like to learn how to infuse cutting-edge ecology into your classroom? Join the Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies scientists and educators for one week of free professional development! This experience will center on ecosystem ecology, focusing on aquatic ecology at the secondary level and on water, food, and waste systems at the elementary level. Each Institute emphasizes hands-on, inquiry-based learning in the field and classroom.
    July 7-11: Secondary School Institute for middle and high school teachers.
    July 21-25: Primary School Institute for elementary school teachers.
    Fellowships are available for high school teachers interested in conducting tidal marsh research.
    For more information and to apply go to:
  • 2008 Hudson River Estuary Grants Under the NYS Environmental Protection Fund
    Applications will be accepted through June 27, 2008 for grant funding under the Hudson River Estuary Grant program. Anticipated grant funds from the NYS Environmental Protection Fund for State Fiscal Year (SFY) 2008-09, is a minimum of $1 million. This is a competitive grant program and projects must implement priorities identified in DEC's Hudson River Estuary Action Agenda 2005- 2009 (Revised 2007). Projects must help achieve or support the goals of the Estuary Action Agenda in one of the following five categories: Community Interpretive Centers and Education; Open Space Planning and Acquisition; Community-based Habitat Conservation and Stewardship; Watershed Planning and Implementation; and Hudson River Access. Projects eligible for state assistance must be located within the geographic boundaries of the Hudson River estuary and associated shore lands.

    Applications are available on-line and can be downloaded and filled in at:
    Grant Web Link:
  • Call for Abstracts: Watershed Science and Technical Conference: "Clean Water Through Protection and Partnership"
    The New York Water Environment Association is seeking Abstracts for its' Fall Science and Technical conference. The conference will focus on the New York City watershed and will be held on September 16-17, at Hotel Thayer, West Point. Submissions due: May 18, 2008. For more information on abstract topics, please see:
  • Call for Papers: Historical Ecology of the Hudson Valley: The Interactive Effects of Human Activities on the Environment and of Environment on Human Society
    The Hudson River Environmental Society, in conjunction with the 2009 quadri centennial celebration of the Hudson River, will hold a conference on past human actions and their environmental consequences on human society in the Hudson River Valley over the past 400 years. We will ask the following questions: How did ecological conditions determine human history? How did human uses change ecological conditions such that future uses were forced?

    This conference will yield significant new insights and valuable discourse among complimentary disciplines; therefore a proceedings volume is planned for 2010, and funding has been assured. Abstracts due by July 1, 2008. Full details at
  • Environment: An Interdisciplinary Anthology
    By James Glenn Adelson, Kevin P. Van Anglen
    Published January 2008, Yale University Press

    This major anthology is the first to apply a fully interdisciplinary approach to environmental studies. A comprehensive guide to environmental literacy, the book demonstrates how the sciences, social sciences, and humanities all contribute to understanding our interrelationships with the natural world. Though not specialized, Environment is a book that even specialists can learn from. Ten innovative case studies--climate shock, species endangerment, nuclear power, biotechnology, sustainable development, deforestation, environmental security, globalization, wilderness, and the urban environment--are followed by readings from specific disciplines. These can be integrated with the case studies to shape individual interests and teaching strategies. The volume presents an imaginative array of texts, from scientific papers to poetry, legal decisions to historical accounts, personal essays to economic analysis. Taken together, these selections provide a balanced, authoritative, and up-to-date treatment of key issues in environmental studies.
  • Links between the Built Environment, Climate and Population Health: Interdisciplinary Environmental Change Research in New York City
    Joyce Klein Rosenthal, Elliott D Sclar, Patrick L Kinney, Kim Knowlton, Robert Crauderueff, Paul W Brandt-Rauf

    Ann Acad Med Singapore 2007; 36:834-46

    Abstract: Global climate change is expected to pose increasing challenges for cities in the following decades, placing greater stress and impacts on multiple social and biophysical systems, including population health, coastal development, urban infrastructure, energy demand, and water supplies. Simultaneously, a strong global trend towards urbanisation of poverty exists, with increased challenges for urban populations and local governance to protect and sustain the wellbeing of growing cities. In the context of these 2 overarching trends, interdisciplinary research at the city scale is prioritised for understanding the social impacts of climate change and variability and for the evaluation of strategies in the built environment that might serve as adaptive responses to climate change. This article discusses 2 recent initiatives of The Earth Institute at Columbia University (EI) as examples of research that integrates the methods and objectives of several disciplines, including environmental health science and urban planning, to understand the potential public health impacts of global climate change and mitigative measures for the more localised effects of the urban heat island in the New York City metropolitan region. These efforts embody 2 distinct research approaches. The New York Climate & Health Project created a new integrated modeling system to assess the public health impacts of climate and land use change in the metropolitan region. The Cool City Project aims for more applied policyoriented research that incorporates the local knowledge of community residents to understand the costs and benefits of interventions in the built environment that might serve to mitigate the harmful impacts of climate change and variability, and protect urban populations from health stressors associated with summertime heat. Both types of research are potentially useful for understanding the impacts of environmental change at the urban scale, the policies needed to address these challenges, and to train scholars capable of collaborative approaches across the social and biophysical sciences.
  • Unity College Blog on Sustainability
    This blog is a networking site for Unity students and the outside world to interact on sustainability issues. Unity College students are very active in hands-on sustainability projects. The college also requires a basic education in climate change, energy efficiency and renewable energy for all graduates. Students, experts, and the general public may comment or submit stories.
  • Professor seeks collaboration with colleagues from multiple disciplines to contribute to research in conjunction with the Rockland Historical Society on the Tappan Zee Bridge/I-287 Corridor Project. Interested persons should contact Dr. Roger Panetta, Curator of Hudson River Collection, Fordham University,

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  • Hudson Valley Science Cafe
    Tuesday, May 27th - "Don't put all your shrimp eggs in one basket - estuarine shrimp and their importance in the food chain and their use as biomonitors." Speaker: Kathleen Nolan, Ph.D., Professor and Chair, Dept. of Biology, St. Francis College, Brooklyn Heights, NY

    Tuesday, June 24th - "From Sherlock Holmes to CSI: chemistry as a forensic science." Speaker: James T. Spencer Ph.D., Professor of Chemistry, Syracuse University. A joint presentation of the Hudson Valley Science Cafe and the Mid-Hudson Chapter of the American Chemical Society. Details online. .