Consortium Circular • Spring 2010

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Consortium News

Consortium Programs

Regional News

Scholarly Corner

Opportunities

Regional Events



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Bard College Receives ARRA Funds to Advance Campus Greening
Bard College was awarded American Recovery & Reinvestment Act funds to install solar thermal systems on two residence halls, and to perform energy conservation upgrades at the Stevenson Gymnasium. Additionally, as part of the Clean Cities Coalition, Bard has received a matching grant to buy alternatively fueled vehicles, including a hybrid electric diesel shuttle. Emission reductions from these projects will contribute to the 2035 climate neutrality goal the college set under the American College & Universities President's Climate Commitment. Review the college's Climate Action Plan.


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CONSORTIUM NEWS

Consortium Welcomes Bennington College as 52nd Member

"Colleges, students embrace 'green' spirit" (The Journal News)

CONSORTIUM PROGRAMS

Paid Summer Internship Opportunities with Clean Air NY Program (May 12th Deadline)

River Summer 2010 (Launches July 8th)

Navigating Sustainability: The Hudson and Beyond (Panel video now available)

7th Annual Consortium Meeting and Conference (Save the Date - Oct. 15-16th)

REGIONAL NEWS

Oceans film companion book features chapter by environmentalist John Cronin titled, "Where Human and Nature Meet" + Premiere of film, Fragile Waterways, featuring Cronin

SCHOLARLY CORNER

Environmental Science Teaching and Contemplative Traditions

A River's Pleasure Features Regional Environmental Storytellers

OPPORTUNITIES

AMNH 2010 Student Conference on Conservation Science: Call for Participants

Cornell University Summer Institute - Preservation: Sustainability 3

Iona to Host Fifth Annual IBE3 Summer Symposium 2010: Call for Papers and Participation

NYWEA 2010 Watershed Science and Technical Conference: Call for Abstracts

SUNY Ulster County Community College Offering Two Field-Based Science Courses

UPCOMING REGIONAL EVENTS

Beacon Institute for Rivers and Estuaries Event Calendar - Walk and Talk Series with Lou Sebesta, Urban and Community Forester - May 7th plus more events

National Climate Seminar Series at Bard College: Democracy and Climate Solutions - May 19th

Conservation Cafe: Hydro-fracking and your drinking water - May 21st

Hudson River Foundation: The Influence of Storms on Sediment Transport in the Hudson River Estuary - June 1st

Hudson Valley Science Cafe: The Geology of the Hudson River Valley and the art it inspired - June 23rd

CONSORTIUM NEWS

Consortium Welcomes Bennington College as Newest Member

The Consortium welcomed Bennington College as its newest institutional member. The membership in the Consortium now stands at 52 institutional members, 3 affiliate institutional members, and 8 non-profit affiliates. View all members.

"Colleges, students embrace 'green' spirit"
In the spirit of Earth Day, several Consortium member institutions were featured in The Journal News article, “Colleges, students embrace 'green' spirit” on April 22, 2010.  The article explores sustainability initiatives, both student and non-student, already in place at institutions of higher education.  Moreover, the article looks forward with respect to future initiatives, their place, and their importance in the education sector.  Read full article.

CONSORTIUM PROGRAMS

Paid Summer Internship Opportunities with Clean Air NY Program

The Consortium is pleased to partner with MetroPool, Inc. again this summer which is offering 5 paid full time internship positions in the Clean Air NY Program, exclusively to students enrolled at member institutions.  The positions are available through two organizations, MetroPool and CommuterLink.  Application deadline is May 12, 2010Click here for full details.

River Summer 2010
River Summer 2010, “Navigating Sustainability: The Hudson and Beyond,” will launch on July 8th.  Running in its sixth season, River Summer is an intensive faculty development program of the Environmental Consortium and operates off the platform of the SUNY Stony Brook University’s School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences R/V Seawolf, taking faculty onto the Hudson River to analyze the development of the watershed within an interdisciplinary framework.  There are opportunities for faculty to deliver a program as a ‘teacher’ as well as to participate as a ‘learner’ (or both).  For more information on how to get involved, click here or contact Margie Turrin (mkt@ldeo.columbia.edu) or Tim Kenna (tkenna@ldeo.columbia.edu).

Navigating Sustainability: The Hudson and Beyond - Panel Discussion
In collaboration with Columbia University’s Earth Institute, the Environmental Consortium held a panel discussion on “Navigating Sustainability: The Hudson and Beyond” at Barnard College on April 15, 2010 in preparation for this year’s River Summer program.  The panel was moderated by Pace University Provost, Geoffrey Brackett, and presenters included: Marilyn Power (Sarah Lawrence College), Bruce Jennings (Center for Humans and Nature); Patricia Culligan (Columbia University), Theodore Eismeier (Hamilton College) and Meg Walker (Project for Public Spaces). Watch the video online at www.earth.columbia.edu/videos/watch/212.

7th Annual Consortium Meeting and Conference: Save the Date - October 15-16, 2010
The Environmental Consortium's 7th annual meeting will be held at Rockland County Community College in Suffern, New York on October 15-16th. The conference theme is the Hudson Valley regional foodshed, including food production capacity, potential for self-sufficiency, impediments to implementation, and what role higher education should play in fostering the research necessary to advance the foodshed concept. The second day will address campus dining services and initiatives.  To highlight research, scholarship, and other academic activity in the region (not limited to food or agriculture), a poster session for faculty and students will take place on Saturday, October 16th. Details forthcoming.

REGIONAL NEWS

Oceans film companion book features chapter by environmentalist John Cronin titled, "Where Human and Nature Meet" + Premiere of film, Fragile Waterways, featuring Cronin

Disneynature's film, Oceans, is now showing, and the companion book features a chapter by environmentalist, John Cronin, titled, “Where Human and Nature Meet.” For more information, visit www.disney.go.com/disneynature/oceans

A new documentary from WNET THIRTEEN, Fragile Waterways,travels to neighborhoods in Brooklyn, NY, the Great Lakes, Finger Lakes and Long Island to look at the challenges communities are facing as they clean up, restore and protect their lakes, canals, rivers, and the water they drink.  John Cronin was filmed at Denning’s Point in Beacon and featured as a thought leader in this piece, which premiered on Earth Day on WNET THIRTEEN. Fragile Waterways can be viewed at http://www.thirteen.org/fragile-waterways/.

SCHOLARLY CORNER

Environmental Science Teaching and Contemplative Traditions

Geoscientist Jill Schneiderman (Vassar College) now writes regularly as a "Featured Blogger" for Shambhala SunSpace. The Shambhala Sun offers authentic teachings from the Buddhist and other contemplative traditions, and applies the wisdom born of meditative practice to all the important issues in life - from livelihood, parenting, and relationships to politics, social action, environment, and the arts.

A Professor of Earth Science at Vassar College and a 2009-2010 recipient of a Fetzer-funded Contemplative Practice Fellowship from the Center for Contemplative Mind in Society, she writes for the magazine's blog on the subject of geology and buddhism. The Shambhala Sun is today’s best-selling and most widely-read Buddhist magazine, an award-winning bimonthly respected for the quality of its writing and the beauty of its design.

For her Contemplative Practice Fellowship, Jill has developed a multidisciplinary course, "Contemplating Time" that integrates history of geoscientific thinking about time with considerations of time from various contemplative traditions. This work continues her long-standing efforts at popularizing the importance of geology in a variety of arenas. Earlier endeavors included her work as editor of and contributor to For the Rock Record: Geologists on Intelligent Design (University of California Press, 2009) and The Earth Around Us: Maintaining a Livable Planet (Westview Press, 2003).

A River's Pleasure Features Regional Environmental Storytellers
 A River's Pleasure: Essays in Honor of John Cronin (Pace University Press 2009) is now available at a special academic price of $25.00.  This compilation of essays ranges from an exclusive interview with Pete Seeger to an in-depth profile by The New Yorker writer Alec Wilkinson and an insightful essay from Nicholas Robinson, a globally recognized architect of international environmental law and a Pace law professor. The contributors also include John Horgan, a former senior writer at Scientific American, Anthony DePalma, formerly of The New York Times, an IBM executive, a photo-essayist, an archeologist trying to keep looters away from eight-acre Magdalen Island, and a shad fishing riverman who recalls a cleaner river.  Co-edited by Michelle D. Land, Director of Pace Academy for Applied Environmental Studies and Susan Fox Rogers, Visiting Associate Professor of Writing at Bard College. 

OPPORTUNITIES

AMNH 2010 Student Conference on Conservation Science: Call for Participants

If you are pursuing or considering a career in conservation science, the American Museum of Natural History invites you to take part in the 2010 Student Conference on Conservation Science-New York (SCCS-NY) on November 3 through November 5, 2010. This conference is a unique opportunity for those of you in the rising generation of conservation professionals to present your research and exchange ideas with established leaders in conservation science, policy, and management during three days of presentations, workshops, and networking events. 

Those wishing to participate in SCCS-NY should have completed, or be conducting a research project in any conservation-related course of study within the natural sciences, social sciences, or humanities. Selection for participation will be based on the quality of one’s application as well as its relevance to conservation. Applications will be accepted through Monday, 10 May 2010. To apply, visit http://symposia.cbc.amnh.org/sccsny/.  

Cornell University Summer Institute in New York: Preservation: Sustainability 3
Cornell University's Historic Preservation Planning Program, in conjunction with the Department of Landscape Architecture, is pleased to announce its Third Summer Institute, Preservation: Sustainability 3, taking place from May 21-22, 2010, at Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum in New York City.  There are two courses, which are open to professionals (in private practice, government and non-profit agencies), and academics, researchers and students in architecture, landscape architecture, planning and historic preservation. 

Course 1: Preservation and Sustainability, addresses energy- and resource-conscious design at both building and neighborhood scales through the strategies, tools and ethos of historic preservation.

Course 2: Preserving Stein Communities, will bring together researchers, architects, planners, preservationists, residents and non-profit organizations directly involved with the communities designed by Clarence Stein that are National Historic Landmarks. 

For further information and details on registration, visit www.preservation-shortcourse.org

Iona to Host Fifth Annual IBE3 Summer Symposium 2010: Call for Papers and Participation
The Fifth Annual IBE3 [International Business, Economics, Environment and Education] Summer Symposium 2010 Regional Conference entitled “Sustainability, Entrepreneurship, Policy and Cooperation in a Global Economy” will be held on June 25-26, 2010 on the Iona College Campus in New Rochelle, NY.  The Hagan School of Business of Iona College invites you to submit your papers, cases, or panel discussion proposals via email to jmanley@iona.edu by May 28, 2010.  All submissions will be blind reviewed on a rolling basis and notified of their selection status by June 7, 2010. Sponsoring Institutions include The CIBER of the University of Connecticut, Hagan School of Business of Iona College, International Business & Economy Conference 2011, San Francisco State University.

NYWEA 2010 Watershed Science and Technical Conference: Call for Abstracts
The purpose of the 2010 Watershed Science & Technical Conference is professional development through the presentation of high quality, scientifically based technical papers. The conference provides for learning, discussion, and interaction with other water quality professionals from across the state. Through this conference, NYWEA offers continuing education credits for professional engineers and operators.  Abstracts will be presented at the 2010 Watershed Science and Technical Conference on September, 15 & 16 at the Hotel Thayer on the campus of the United States Military Academy at West Point.

Submitted abstracts will be reviewed by the New York State Department of State’s Watershed Protection and Partnership Council Technical Program Committee for technical merit, interdisciplinary utility, as well as temporal and substantive relevance. Submissions accepted for presentation at the conference may be grouped into topic tracks. A ‘Compendium of Abstracts’ accepted for presentation will be published for distribution at the conference and to interested parties. The deadline for submission of abstracts is May 17, 2010.  Abstracts should be submitted electronically utilizing the Abstract Submission Form available at www.nywea.org.

SUNY Ulster County Community College Offering Two Field-Based Science Courses
SUNY Ulster County Community College in Stone Ridge is offering two field-based science courses this summer which may be of interest to Environmental Consortium members.

ESC-223 Field Course in Earth Science. Topic: Geology of the Hudson Valley.  This course will be offered for 8 days from May 18-21 & 24-27 from 8:30 am – 5:30 pm each day.  The course, which has no prerequisites, is taught entirely in the field and will visit locations ranging from Manhattan to Albany.  Additional information available at http://people.sunyulster.edu/schimmrs/esc223/.
 
CHE-215 Hudson River Chemistry & Ecology.  The lecture portion of this course will be online from May 18-June 29 followed by 8 days of field sampling from a boat and laboratory work from July 19-28, 8:30 am – 4:30 pm.  The prerequisite is one year of General Chemistry.  For more information contact Dr. Robert Cassidy at cassidyr@sunyulster.edu or 845-687-5223.

UPCOMING REGIONAL EVENTS

Beacon Institute for Rivers and Estuaries Event Calendar

Several events are coming up at the Beacon Institute for Rivers and Estuaries in Beacon, New York. 
May 7th at Noon - Walk & Talk Series featuring Lou Sebesta, Urban and Community Forester for New York State's Department of Environmental Conservation.
May 20th at 7pm - Third Thursday at CEIE, “Earth Days” documentary film screening
May 22nd at Noon - Walk & Talk Series featuring Project Historian for Beacon Institute and author of Denning's Point: A Hudson River History.
 View full listing of events.

National Climate Seminar Series at Bard College: Democracy and Climate Solutions - May 19th
Featuring top climate scientists, political leaders, and policy analysts, these seminars are available live to educators, students and citizens, by telephone at no charge. Please join us on May 19th at 3pm ET with Journalist Ross Gelbspan.  Send advance questions for the speaker to climate@bard.edu. For full details and call instructions visit www.bard.edu/cep/ncs.

Conservation Cafe: Hydro-fracking and Your Drinking Water - May 21st
Westchester County's Conservation Café program provides a forum for dialogue about current environmental issues. Private citizens, members of concerned organizations, municipal planners faculty and students are invited to attend.  Friday, May 21, 8:00 a.m. to 10:30  a.m. at  the Kessel Student Center at Pace University in Pleasantville, NY.  RSVP requested by May 19th to (914) 864-7047 or mqs5@westchestergov.comClick here for more details.

Hudson River Foundation Seminar: The Influence of Storms on Sediment Transport in the Hudson River Estuary - June 1st
On June 1st David Ralston & W. Rockwell Geyer, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution will present The Influence of Storms on Sediment Transport in the Hudson River Estuary.  The seminar series on scientific issues related to the environmental quality and resource management of the New York/New Jersey Harbor Estuary is sponsored by the Hudson River Foundation in cooperation with the New York/New Jersey Harbor Estuary Program.  Seminar will be held at the Hudson River Foundation, 17 Battery Place, Suite 915, New York, NY 10004.  RSVP: 212-483-7667 or info@hudsonriver.org. For more details visit www.hudsonriver.org.

Hudson Valley Science Cafe: The Geology of the Hudson River Valley and the Art it Inspired - June 23rd
Open to everyone, the events are designed to be informal, welcoming gatherings with inclusive discussions in plain language. No experience is necessary! Scientists and non-scientists are encouraged to participate in the monthly sessions!  On June 23, speaker, Dr. Gilbert Brenner, Professor of Paleontology and Geology at SUNY New Paltz, will discuss “The Geology of the Hudson River Valley and the Art it Inspired.” Meetings take place at Diana’s, 1015 Little Britain Road (Route 207), New Windsor.  For details and more Café events visit http://www.cafescientifique.org/hudsonvalley.htm.
 
 
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