Consortium Circular • Summer 2008


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NEWS
Environmental Consortium Scholarships Awarded

Bonner Appointed REON Director of Research for The Beacon Institute

New York State Board of Regents Approves Partnership Between Polytechnic University and New York University

Iona Professor Returns to Source of Inspiration in Poughkeepsie

Going Green: Making Sustainability More Than a Trend at Fordham University

AASHE Interview Series: Jesse Pyles, Service-Learning & Sustainability Coordinator at Green Mountain College

Christian Science Monitor Publishes Article on Green Campus Ratings

PROGRAMS
River Summer Launched July 19th

New School Launches First Environmental Studies Program to Focus on New Frontier of the Field: Sustainable Design and Urban Ecosystems

Focus the Nation Teach-in on Climate Change at College of New Rochelle Leads to Workshop Series

OPPORTUNITIES
Call for Abstracts: NYWEA 81st Annual Meeting and Exhibition

Student Scholarship to ACEEE's Summer Study

Women's Network for a Sustainable Future, 2 Intern Positions Open

SCHOLARLY CORNER
Books
Dire Predictions: Understanding Global Warming

The Hudson: America's River

Field Guide to the Natural World of New York City

Online Journals & Publications
New Issue of The Journal of Ecopedagogy

Yale Environment 360

CONSORTIUM CLASSIFIEDS
Call for Fall 2008 Ads

UPCOMING REGIONAL EVENTS
July 27, 2008: Alternative Energy: What is the Answer?

July 29, 2008: Hudson Valley Science Café: "The response of environmental organizations to junk science explanations of global warming".

July 30, 2008: EPA Webinar: Green Power Procurement for Colleges and Universities

July 30-August 3, 2008: Northeast Climate Confluence

August 16, 2008: Water Efficiency in New York: Why It's Important and How to Achieve It

September 11, 2008: Hudson River Environmental Society 2008 Annual Meeting

October 24-25, 2008: Learning across borders: Training interdisciplinary environmental policy makers

NEWS
  • Environmental Consortium Scholarships Awarded
    Andrea Caruso (SUNY Purchase/Fordham University) is the 2008 recipient of the $2,000 Theodore Gordon Flyfishers Founders Fund Scholarship. Heather Deichler (Vassar College '02) is the 2008 recipient of a $3,000 Pace Law School Environmental Consortium Merit Scholarship. Read more.
  • Bonner Appointed REON Director of Research for The Beacon Institute
    The Beacon Institute for Rivers and Estuaries has named James S. Bonner, Ph.D., P.E., as REON Director of Research. A nationally recognized expert in real-time water monitoring technologies, Bonner will lead the development and implementation of the River and Estuary Observatory Network (REON) to create the first technology-based monitoring and forecasting network for rivers and estuaries. REON is a joint effort between The Beacon Institute, IBM and Clarkson University. Read full details.
  • New York State Board of Regents Approves Partnership Between Polytechnic University and New York University
    Two member institutions of the Consortium join together to forge new ground. Polytechnic Institute of NYU was formed as an affiliate of New York University on July 1, 2008. One of the nation's oldest private engineering universities, Polytechnic was founded in 1854 in Brooklyn, New York. Today, it is the New York metropolitan area's preeminent resource in applied science, technology education and research. In addition to its main campus at MetroTech Center in Brooklyn, Polytechnic offers programs at sites throughout the region, including Long Island, Manhattan and Westchester. Read full story.
  • Iona Professor Returns to Source of Inspiration in Poughkeepsie
    As a junior Political Science major at Vassar College in the late '60s, Fredrica Rudell took an interdisciplinary course on the Hudson River that first sparked her interest in the environment. Prof. Rudell, now Chair of the Marketing and International Business Department and the Environmental Concerns Committee at Iona College, and a member of the Environmental Consortium Steering Committee and Campus Greening Task Force, attended her 40th Vassar reunion in June. She had the pleasure of moderating a panel discussion on "The River and Beyond" featuring five classmates who went on to environment-related careers. Fellow Consortium Steering Committee member, Vassar Professor Lucy Johnson, was on hand to bring alumnae up to date on environmental activities at their alma mater. The conversation about the Hudson and environmental issues will continue via an online discussion group for Vassar's class of 1968.

    Meanwhile, Prof. Rudell will combine her interest in the environment with her teaching of marketing and consumer behavior by offering a special topics course in Green Marketing this fall. "I hope that my students will be inspired to pursue "green" careers, or at least bring an environmentally conscious mindset to whatever they do. And perhaps they will return to their 40th class reunion and remember Iona as the place where it all began...." said Rudell.
  • Going Green: Making Sustainability More Than a Trend at Fordham University
    The sustainability movement has taken off at Fordham University, where students, faculty, administrators and alumni are tackling wasteful consumption and global warming by thinking and acting green. Read the full article in the Spring 2008 FORDHAM magazine.
  • AASHE Interview Series: Jesse Pyles, Service-Learning & Sustainability Coordinator at Green Mountain College
    Green Mountain College is an affiliate member of the Consortium, Jesse Pyles, Service-Learning & Sustainability Coordinator at the College, serves as the liaison to the Consortium.

    Green Mountain College has a strong environmental mission reflected in the 37-credit Environmental Liberal Arts General Education Program that all students complete. Experiential education and service learning are also emphasized, providing students opportunities for hands-on learning. Read the full interview online .
  • Christian Science Monitor Publishes Article on Green Campus Ratings
    The Christian Science Monitor has published an article on campus sustainability rating systems and the importance of colleges and universities collaborating to improve their green ratings. The article mentions the Princeton Review, AASHE's Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System (STARS), the Sustainable Endowments Institute's College Sustainability Report Card, and Grist Magazine's ranking of the top fifteen green colleges and universities in 2007. Read the full article online.
PROGRAMS
  • River Summer Launched July 19th
    2008 will be a unique format for the Consortium's River Summer program, with each of two modules transiting the full extent of the estuary section of the river – from the New York Harbor to Albany in Module 1, and from Albany to the NY Harbor in Module 2. This ‘Transit the Spine’ is an opportunity the has not been offered before! View full schedule.
  • New School Launches First Environmental Studies Program to Focus on New Frontier of the Field: Sustainable Design and Urban Ecosystems
    The New School, a member institution of the Consortium, has announced that it is launching a groundbreaking new undergraduate degree program in Environmental Studies that is amongst the first to bring together urban ecosystems and sustainable design—two areas of study that together constitute a new frontier of environmental education. Using New York City as its laboratory, students in this cutting-edge program will engage with the community to create solutions to today’s critical environmental problems, particularly those found in urban ecosystems. This interdisciplinary program includes both a Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of Arts. Both programs will enable students to take a variety of courses offered at The New School's acclaimed design school, Parsons The New School for Design, and liberal arts college, Eugene Lang College The New School for Liberal Arts. Read full press packet.

    Focus the Nation Teach-in on Climate Change at College of New Rochelle Leads to Workshop Series
    The College of New Rochelle hosted three days of events for the Focus the Nation Teach-in on Climate Change. This included a keynote address by New York Times reporter Andrew Revkin, a full day of presentations by faculty, administrators, students, and alumnae/i, and an evening panel of political leaders. The Environmental Studies Program collaborated with the Education Department to host a teach-in for 4th and 5th graders who participated in activities to help them better understand climate change. The workshop was offered to 4th and 5th graders again in April and the College will be running more such workshops in the coming year. More details about the events.
OPPORTUNITIES
  • Call for Abstracts: NYWEA 81st Annual Meeting and Exhibition
    The annual meeting will take place at the New York Marriott Marquis in New York City, February 1–4, 2009, with special topics including the Hudson River Quadricentennial, NY Harbor Estuary Nutrient Removal in the Susquehanna River & Long Island Sound, and Wet Weather Conveyance and Treatment. The purpose of the NYWEA 81st Annual Meeting and Exhibition 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. Submit abstracts online. Deadline: August 1, 2008. .
  • Student Scholarship to ACEEE's Summer Study
    ACEEE is pleased to announce that a Student Scholarship to the 2008 Summer Study on Energy Efficiency in Buildings will be awarded to an undergraduate or graduate student in an accredited college or university whose course work is related to energy/energy efficiency, climate change, environmental science, or a related field of study, and who is considering a career in energy/energy efficiency. The Student Scholarship award to the 2008 Summer Study will pay for the conference registration fee, housing and meals, and some portion of transportation costs. Support for the Student Scholarship is being provided by ICF International. An application form is available on the 2008 Summer Study Web site. Deadline for applications is July 25, 2008. Notification of the award will be made by July 30, 2008.
  • Women's Network for a Sustainable Future, 2 Intern Positions Open
    Fledgling non-profit seeks capable, enthusiastic assistant to director and senior associate for multipurpose role in their New York City location. Responsibilities include: research, writing; event organizing, planning; designing, analyzing surveys; working on other miscellaneous projects. Some administrative responsibilities. Qualifications: excellent communications, interpersonal, research skills; basic computer office applications; ability to work independently, take direction; enthusiasm, curiosity. Work Types: Part Time, Regular, Internship, Fall, Spring, Summer, 3 to 8 hours per week. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until positions are filled.

    Please send cover letter, writing sample and resume via email to WNSFNewYork [at] aol.com.

    WNSF' mission is to mobilize businesswomen to support social responsibility and advance sustainable development by giving women in the workplace a voice in the sustainability debate. For more information please go to www.wnsf.org.
SCHOLARLY CORNER
  • Dire Predictions: Understanding Global Warming
    By Michael E. Mann and Lee R. Kump
    Published June 2008, DK Publishing, Inc.

    Dire Predictions presents the information documented by the IPCC in an illustrated, visually-stunning, and undeniably powerful way to the lay reader. The scientific findings that provide validity to the implications of climate change are presented in clear-cut graphic elements, striking images, and understandable analogies. Readers will be able to understand the IPCC reports’ key concepts such as scientific uncertainty. They will also learn how to build a climate model and use it to predict future climates.

    DK Publishing can create a special edition of this book, co-branded with environmental organizations, with a new foreword from the organization, a page stating the organization's mission statement, and other information you may want to include. For more information or to inquire about pricing, contact Abe Chang, Sales Manager, DK Custom Publishing (USA) at Abe.Chang [at] dk.com.
  • The Hudson: America's River
    By Frances F. Dunwell
    Published April 2008, Columbia University Press

    Frances F. Dunwell presents a rich portrait of the Hudson and of the visionary people whose deep relationship with the river inspires changes in American history and culture. Lavishly illustrated with color plates of Hudson River School paintings, period engravings, and glass plate photography, The Hudson captures the spirit of the river through the eyes of its many admirers. It shows the crucial role of the Hudson in the shaping of Manhattan, the rise of the Empire State, and the trajectory of world trade and global politics, as well as the river's influence on art and architecture, engineering, and conservation.
  • Field Guide to the Natural World of New York City
    By Leslie Day
    Published 2007, Johns Hopkins University Press, Foreword by Michael R. Bloomberg

    The book describes the geologic, natural history and human history of the twelve major parks in the five boroughs. With detailed maps, photos and directions on how to get there by public transportation or car, it also has descriptions and 100 original color plates of the most commonly seen animals, plants, and mushrooms of the city. The final chapter describes the major geology and bedrocks of the region.
  • New Issue of The Journal of Ecopedagogy
    The Ecopedagogy Association International has published its latest issue of Green Theory & Praxis: The Journal of Ecopedagogy. The scholarly journal presents research papers and essays on ecological politics and culture, ecocriticism, the critique of social structures, and sustainability education. The current issues includes such papers as, "Education for Sustainability: A Critical Contribution to the Decade of Education for Sustainable Development" and "Developing a Bioregional Pedagogy for Transregional Students: Practices and Experiences from the Composition Classroom."
  • Yale Environment 360
    Yale Environment 360 is a new online magazine that aims to become one of the leading websites for commentary and reporting on the crucial environmental issues of the day. The magazine’s inaugural edition features articles by noted environmental advocate and author, Bill McKibben; New Yorker staff writer Elizabeth Kolbert; climate scientist Richard C.J. Somerville; marine biologist and author Carl Safina; British journalist Fred Pearce; and many other writers and thinkers. The first issue contains reports, analysis, and Op-Ed-style pieces on such issues as climate change, the concept of “clean coal,” the impact of water shortages on global food supplies, and the challenge of crafting an innovative energy policy in the United State s. Yale Environment 360 is a publication of the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies and Yale University and is supported by grants from the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation and the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation.
CONSORTIUM CLASSIFIEDS
  • Call for Fall 2008 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.
  • Sunday, July 27, 2008: 11:00 am - 2:00pm
    Alternative Energy: What is the Answer?
    Join the Cary Institute for Ecosystem Studies for a lively discussion about one of the most important issues facing society today. The Alternative Energy Colloquium will feature: an alternative energy update by Cary President Dr. William Schlesinger; a forestry biofuel primer by Forest Ecologist Dr. Charles Canham, a tour of Listening Rock Farm and a carbon neutral house prototype, a Q/A session, brunch and local produce. Cost: $75/person. RSVP by July 23rd to Vicki Doyle at 845-677-7600 or doylev [at] ecostudies.org. Location: Listening Rock Farm, Wassaic, NY
  • July 29, 2008
    Hudson Valley Science Café: July 29, 2008 "The response of environmental organizations to junk science explanations of global warming"
    Speaker: Irwin Sperber, Ph.D. Associate Professor of Sociology, SUNY New Paltz
    Meeting site: It’s All Good (Southern Food), 394 Washington Street, Newburgh, NY. (Formerly, Shamus Pub). Food and drinks served from 6:00-7:00 and after 7:30. Details: www.cafescientifique.org/hudsonvalley.htm. To be added to the Science Cafe email list, or to suggest speakers, contact Dr. Toby Rossman toby.rossman [at] nyumc.org.
  • July 30, 2008,1 - 2 PM EDT
    EPA Webinar: Green Power Procurement for Colleges and Universities
    The Webinar will include a primer on purchasing green power and an overview of EPA’s Green Power Partnership program. Attendees will come away from the training with an understanding of the benefits of green power, what green power products are available to them, the connection between green power and climate change, and how to calculate the carbon emission reduction associated with their green power purchase. In addition, speakers from two of our higher education partners, Syracuse University and University of Minnesota-Morris [tentative], will share their experiences with obtaining green power for their institutions. To register, visit https://www2.gotomeeting.com/register/110473884.
  • July 30-August 3, 2008
    Northeast Climate Confluence
    A youth organized gathering at the Epworth Methodist Retreat Center in High Falls, to expose the root causes of climate change and address real solutions. Details.
  • Saturday, August 16, 2008: 12:30 pm
    Water Efficiency in New York: Why It's Important and How to Achieve It
    Warren Liebold, New York City Department of Environmental Protection, will give a presentation on water efficiency in NYC, as part of the 3rd Annual Governors Island Science, Art Exhibition and Lecture Series: Sustainable CUNY/Sustainable NYC. This summer's program seeks to engage the public by approaching sustainability in the city from all lenses, drawing lectures from the public, private and research sectors. For a full line up of lectures, please visit: http://www.cunysustainablecities.org/outreach/govisland2008.php
    Location: Governors Island, in Pershing Hall. More info about Governors Island: www.govisland.com
  • September 11, 2008
    HRES 2008 Annual Meeting, HRES awards; Joel Tyner speaking - Pamela's Traveling Feast, Newburgh. Check the HRES web calendar for details.
  • October 24-25, 2008
    Learning across borders: Training interdisciplinary environmental policy makers
    The Bard Center for Environmental Policy will hold an international conference "Learning across borders: Training interdisciplinary environmental policy makers" on October 24th and 25th, 2008, at Bard College in Annandale-on-Hudson, NY. This conference will examine the challenges facing environmental policy programs, including achieving a true interdisciplinary curriculum, balancing theory versus practice, and implementing instructional tools that utilize examples and practices from outside the U.S. By using cutting edge issues in policy, ethics, and science such as climate change, biodiversity conservation, and payment systems for ecosystems services, academics and practitioners will discuss methods to build connections across disciplinary fields.

    The conference is sponsored by the Luce Foundation and Bard College. For more information, please visit http://bard.edu/cep or write cep [at] bard.edu.