125 students, representing over 24 different institutions, participated in the Environmental Consortium's 4th Annual Student Summit, Building Your Green Future: Choosing a Career and Degree with Sustainability in Mind. It was held on April 3, 2009 at Mercy College, and was featured in a recent article in The Journal News, written by Greg Clary, one of the breakout session leaders at the event. Read event summary.
Nicholas A. Robinson, a founder of international environmental law and educator of environmental lawyers world-wide named University Professor on the Environment. His appointment underscores importance of environmental knowledge in professions from science to business. Read more.
Last year Sullivan County Community College Honors Program students initiated the concept of starting a community garden on campus. It was approved by the administration, and a committee of students, faculty, staff, local businesses/organizations and residents was formed in February to help bring their vision to life. The project kicked off in April with the construction of 20 raised planting beds. A fence is scheduled to be built around the garden prior to its opening later this spring. Community gardeners will lease plots and agree to maintain them as well as be encouraged to follow organic gardening practices. For more information, contact SCCC community garden committee co-chair Olivia Lightle at 845-434-5750, extension 4321.
Beacon Institute's REON was featured in Scientific American and in IBM's recent Global Innovation Outlook (GIO) about Smart Water Management. For more information about the Beacon Institute, visit www.bire.org.
Beacon Institute for Rivers and Estuaries recently announced that it has named four respected professionals from New York's upstate region to its Board of Trustees: Heather Briccetti, Vice President of Government Affairs for
The Business Council of New York State; Anthony G. Collins, Ph.D., President of Clarkson University; Lynette Stark, Executive Director of Susan G. Komen for the CureR, Northeastern NY Affiliate; and Paul Webster, Statewide Director of Community Outreach for the New York State United Teachers (NYSUT). Read full release.
Teaching and Learning the Hudson Valley: Building Capacity for Place-Based Learning will be held on
November 13-14, 2009 at Vassar College in Poughkeepsie, New York. Faculty and students are encouraged to submit preliminary proposals for panels and research presentations. Deadline for preliminary proposals is May 1st. Details.
Do you teach about the river? Please share a topic with us! River Summer 2009 is still accepting proposals for teaching/leading half day sessions in the Hudson River Valley for Session I July 9-16th, or Session II July 18-23rd. River Summer is a Hudson River field based program with interdisciplinary content for faculty. We use the platform of the 'Seawolf Research Vessel' or any spot along the river to teach topics relating to sense of place, estuary science, humanities and a wide range of other topics. Please contact Margie Turrin (firstname.lastname@example.org) if you have a session you would like to share with other college faculty. www.riversummer.org
The Consortium is pleased to partner with MetroPool, Inc. to offer a number of internship positions in the Clean Air NY Program. The positions are available through two organizations, and are available exclusively to students enrolled at member institutions. Application deadline is May 13, 2009.
Lower-mid Hudson Valley locations with MetroPool, Inc. (2 positions)
Melville, NY location with Long Island Transportation Management (2 positions)
Fordham University will begin two new environmental major programs in Fall 2009: Environmental Policy (B.A.) and Environmental Science (B.S.).
Working professionals looking to increase their skills and credentials in sustainable business can earn a Certificate in Sustainable Business Leadership through a new four-week distance learning program offered by Green Mountain College June 5-July 3, 2009. Designed to help mid- and senior level professionals integrate sustainable business practices into their organizations, the Sustainable Business Leadership Program (SBLP) is an intensive four-week course allowing participants to complete most of the program online. SBLP also includes day-long residencies at the GMC campus in Poultney, Vt., and an on-site case study at Marcal Paper Corporation in Elmwood Park, N.J. See details at www.greenmtn.edu/mba/certificate.aspx.
Under the guidance of Dr. Roger Panetta, Visiting Professor of History at Fordham University, undergraduate sophomores in the Honors Program of Fordham College at Lincoln Center (FCLC), researched, wrote, and designed the newly launched website. Both primary sources chronicling the Celebration as it unfolded and secondary studies of New York City in the early twentieth century were incorporated into the project. View the site at: www.fordham.edu/hudsonfulton.
Edited by Jill S. Schneiderman (Vassar College) and Warren D. Allmon (Cornell University)
April 2009, 272 pages, University of California Press
In this volume, a team of earth scientists reveals that the flaws of intelligent design are not limited to the biological sciences. Indeed, the geological sciences offer some of the best refutation of intelligent design arguments. Editors Jill S. Schneiderman and Warren D. Allmon have gathered leading figures from the geological community with a wide range of viewpoints that go to the heart of the debate over what is and is not science. The purveyors of intelligent design theories and its kindred philosophies threaten the scientific literacy that our society needs by confusing faith and the practice of science. This collection offers a much-needed response. Full book details.
Green Mountain College will offer a 13-week summer intensive program that allows student to manage all elements of the farm's operation while gaining a strong curricular foundation in sustainable agriculture. The program will address the fundamentals of organic crop and animal management; efficient integration and management of highly diverse farm systems; development of appropriate agricultural technologies with a focus on human and animal power; and the social and cultural importance of regional foods. Details.
Eugene Lang College, the New School for Liberal Arts seeks a Post-Doctoral Fellow in sustainable urban food systems and one in urban water and soil ecosystems for the 2009-2010 academic year to assist in research, curriculum development, and public programming coordination within the University's new Environmental Studies Program. Under the supervision of one or more environmental studies faculty members, the fellows will develop and teach a survey course and one course based on their area(s) of expertise and dissertation topic.
Details: Post-Doctoral Fellow in Sustainable Urban Food Systems
Details: Post-Doctoral Fellow in Urban Water and Soil Ecosystems
HowGreenIsMyTown.org is a comprehensive, science-based greenweb by Grassroots Environmental Education which draws together resources from government agencies and non-profits across America to address the issues of climate change, sustainability and environmental health in one user-friendly site. It's designed to give local citizens and decision makers the tools they need to bring about meaningful and lasting change. As part of the national launch, Grassroots has issued a 10-Point "Green Town Challenge" to help people test the "greenness" of their towns. Visit HowGreenIsMyTown.org for more information and to view a short video on this multi-faceted program. Opportunities for college/university students to assess their County's "greenness" are available. See www.howgreenismytown.org/college.html.
Small, influential NYC-based non-profit seeks capable, enthusiastic right-hand assistant(s) to director for multipurpose role. Responsibilities include: research, writing; web site update; event organizing, planning; survey design, analysis; database update; telephone follow up; some admin responsibilities; occasional meetings; other miscellaneous projects. Qualifications: excellent communications, writing, research, interpersonal skills; basic computer office applications; ability to work independently, take direction; enthusiasm, curiosity. Web site applications a plus. Part-time internship: Fall, Spring, Summer, min 10 hours per week. Applications accepted on a rolling basis. Please send cover letter, writing sample and resume via email to GoodmanAnn@aol.com. More information about WNSF visit: www.wnsf.org.
Pace Law School Center for Environmental Legal Studies and Pace Academy for the Environment are proud to host a luncheon discussion and book signing with Peter G. Brown, Professor and Author of Right Relationship: Building a Whole Earth Economy. RSVP Required. See flyer for details.
Nature Network, the CUNY Program in Earth & Environmental Sciences and HORIZON International present a double book talk: John Ehrenfeld, Sustainability by Design, Yale University Press, 2008, and Peter G. Brown, Right Relationship: Building a Whole Earth Economy, Berrett-Koehler Publishers, Inc. 2009. See flyer for details.
John Cronin to speak at Albany Institute of History and Art on Friday, May 1, 2009 at 6:00 p.m. Beacon Institute's commissioned map, The Hudson and Its Watershed, is part of Albany Institute's Quadricentennial Hudson River Panorama exhibit. View full lecture series schedule.