Consortium Circular • Summer 2009


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Barnard College Builds Award Winning Center

Scheduled to open in early 2010, Barnard College's Diana Center is a mixed-use campus building that will house student life and several academic departments. Already an award winning project, the 70,000 square foot Center will be LEED certified and include green features such as a green roof, low water use fixtures, innovative natural lighting and windows, and much more. The Diana Center will continue Barnard's commitment to sustainability. Read more.

 
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NEWS

Consortium Welcomes Empire State College and Hartwick College as Newest Members

Consortium and Member Institutions Join in Recognition of 400th Anniversary

Teachers from New York State School Districts to Implement SENSE IT in Classrooms this Fall

Center for Environmental Innovation and Education (CEIE) Wins Design Award from SARA-NY

NYS DEC Hudson River Estuary Program releases The State of the Hudson 2009 Report

CONSORTIUM PROGRAMS

Consortium Annual Meeting - Nov. 13th-14th, Teaching and Learning the Hudson Valley: Building Capacity for Place-Based Education

River Summer Participant Journal Entries From This Year's Transect of the Hudson River Available Online

Summer Research Students Undertake Turtle Study on Denning's Point

Environmental Consortium 2009 Merit Scholarships Awarded

Clean Air NY Summer Intern Positions Filled by Consortium Students

SCHOLARLY CORNER

Environmental Consortium Resource Center - Call for Submissions

Thoreau's Legacy: American Stories about Global Warming (an online anthology)

OPPORTUNITIES

Fall 2009 Course at NYU - Ecotoxicology: A Hudson River Case Study

Website Designer - Dobbs Ferry Mayor's Task Force on Energy and the Environment

Riverkeeper Ambassador - Part Time Internship

Part-Time Organizer - National Teach-in on Global Warming Solutions

REGIONAL EVENTS

Up River: Man-made Sites of Interest on the Hudson from the Battery to Troy - Ongoing through Oct. 4th

4th Annual Governors Island Science, Art Exhibition and Speaker Series - Sat., Aug. 8th (plus additional dates)

Beacon Institute hosts new Sunday Author Series at 199 Main Street Gallery - Sun., Aug. 9th (plus additional dates)

22nd Annual REU Symposium at the Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies - Fri., Aug. 14th

Forest & Field Scavenger Hunt at Cary Institute - Sun. Aug. 23rd

"Walk & Talk" Series Showcasing History and Biology of Denning's Point - Fri. Aug. 28th

The National Climate Seminar Hosted by Bard Center for Environmental Policy - Wed. Sep. 9th

State of the Hudson River Watershed Conference: Ecological Status of the Waters of the Hudson River and its Tributaries - Tues. Sep. 29th & Wed. Sept 30th

Two Teach-In Events at Bard CEP - Thur. Oct. 22nd and Thur. Feb. 11th

Environmental History of the Hudson River: Human Uses that Changed the Ecology; Ecology that Changed Human Uses - Thur. Nov. 5th and Fri. Nov. 6th

NEWS

Consortium Welcomes Empire State College and Hartwick College as Newest Members

The Consortium has welcomed SUNY's Empire State College as its 51st institutional member, and Hartwick College as its 3rd Affiliate Institutional member. View all members.

Consortium and Member Institutions Join in Recognition of 400th Anniversary
2009 marks the 400th anniversary of Henry Hudson's exploration of the Hudson River. Events around the region are being planned to educate the community about the history and character of the River. The Environmental Consortium and several of its member schools are taking part in this historic year by launching multi-institutional, interdisciplinary programs to teach about the past and present as well as to contemplate the future. Read the Consortium's Latest Feature Story.

Teachers from New York State School Districts to Implement SENSE IT in Classrooms this Fall
Beacon Institute for Rivers and Estuaries and Clarkson University have been holding a series of National Science Foundation-funded teacher professional development programs for SENSE IT this summer. The two-week workshops debuted in July in Potsdam and the Capital District, and are now in Beacon at the Institute's Center for Environmental Innovation and Education. More about SENSE IT.

Center for Environmental Innovation and Education (CEIE) Wins Design Award from SARA-NY
Beacon Institute's new Center for Environmental Innovation and Education (CEIE) at Denning's Point, designed by Gensler, has been recognized with an Award of Merit in the Rehabilitation/Remodeling category by the New York chapter of the Society of American Registered Architects. Joseph Brancato and Oliver Schaper, Gensler architects, were honored at a dinner in New York. More about the SARA-NY awards here.

NYS DEC Hudson River Estuary Program releases The State of the Hudson 2009 Report
How is the Hudson doing? Find out in the The State of the Hudson 2009 report, produced by the Hudson River Estuary Program. In layperson's language, this 16 page illustrated report concisely describes progress and identifies ongoing problems. It looks at water quality, habitat, and fish and wildlife of the estuary as well as biodiversity, tributary health, and land use patterns in the Hudson's watershed. For the full report, visit http://www.dec.ny.gov/lands/51492.html.

CONSORTIUM PROGRAMS

Consortium Annual Meeting - Nov. 13th-14th, Teaching and Learning the Hudson Valley: Building Capacity for Place-Based Education

On November 13-14, the Consortium's 6th Annual Meeting and conference, "Teaching and Learning the Hudson Valley: Capacity Building for Place-Based Education" will provide faculty and students opportunities to share research, scholarship, and teaching with emphasis on the region. Interdisciplinary roundtable discussions will focus on topics such as integrating humanities; sustainability; community; and digital media into the curriculum. Other topics will include how to teach the River when you can't get to it; navigating logistics of field trips; and incorporating local watersheds. Website will be updated as details become available.

River Summer Participant Journal Entries From This Year's Transect of the Hudson River Available Online
Funded by a grant from the Mellon Foundation and coordinated by Margie Turrin and Tim Kenna of Lamont-Doherty Earth Institute of Columbia University, River Summer's 5th annual journey took faculty and educators up the Hudson River and back using the history of the River as a unifying theme through its modules this summer. On board Stony Brook University's School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences R/V Seawolf, journaling was incorporated into the daily schedule. View journey points and journal entries online at www.riversummer.org.

Summer Research Students Undertake Turtle Study on Denning's Point
Beacon Institute for Rivers and Estuaries in collaboration with Hudsonia and the Environmental Consortium offered two summer research positions for undergraduates interested in furthering their training in biology and exploring career options in research. Lori Jaeger of Sullivan County Community College, and Matthew Francis of Marist College were selected and have been studying and tracking red-eared slider turtles found at Denning's Point in Beacon, NY. Their research and findings will conclude in August, and will be presented at the student research symposium at the Consortium's Annual Meeting this fall.

Environmental Consortium 2009 Merit Scholarships Awarded
Congratulations to the recipients of the 2009 Consortium merit scholarships! The Environmental Consortium partnered again this past year with two entities to offer competitive merit scholarships to students enrolled at member institutions of the Consortium. Meredith Van Horn (Pace Law School) is the 2009 recipient of the $3,500 Theodore Gordon Flyfishers Founders Fund Scholarship. Travis Brown (Siena College '09) is the 2009 recipient of a $4,000 Pace Law School Environmental Consortium Scholarship in addition to a substantial merit scholarship. Read more.

Clean Air NY Summer Intern Positions Filled by Consortium Students
MetroPool Inc. and the Environmental Consortium initiated a new collaborative summer internship program in 2007. Each summer, Program Assistant positions in the Clean Air NY program have been filled exclusively by students enrolled at Consortium member institutions. Interns are involved with educational outreach to businesses, the general public, and community partners. Congratulations to this summer's hires: Thea Charles (Manhattan College), Benedetto Schiraldi (University at Albany), Jessica Wade (Pace University), and Fred Wolf (Pace University).

SCHOLARLY CORNER

Environmental Consortium Resource Center - Call for Submissions

The Environmental Consortium will soon be unveiling a brand new website, with updated features, layout and functionality. One of the strengths of the Consortium network is our capacity to connect with each other and share our expertise. While we prepare for the new site's launch, we are looking to you, our members, to assist in propagating the online Resource Center by sharing syllabi, field sites, and case studies related the Hudson River and its watershed. Syllabi submissions should have a regional environmental focus - courses can be from any single discipline or be interdisciplinary courses. Field site submissions should include as much detail as possible about the location (including any fees associated with the visit). Please also indicate the type of study conducted at this field site. Case study submissions should be accompanied by supporting materials, when applicable, such as articles, maps, diagrams, lecture notes etc. Please send submissions directly to the Consortium via email to envtlconsortium@pace.edu.

Thoreau's Legacy: American Stories about Global Warming (an online anthology)
This new anthology from the Union of Concerned Scientists and Penguin Classics brings together established writers and fresh voices to inspire us with personal stories and reflections on global warming. Following in a uniquely American tradition of environmental writing begun by Henry David Thoreau and continued by great writers from Rachel Carson to E. O. Wilson, Thoreau's Legacy enhances our appreciation of the world around us and galvanizes support to preserve it for future generations. The 67 pieces of writing and art in the anthology are drawn from nearly 1,000 submissions about beloved places, animals, plants, people, and activities at risk from a changing climate and the efforts that individuals are making to save what they love. A foreword on global warming by the well-known author Barbara Kingsolver helps to set the context. Visit www.ucsusa.org/americanstories.

OPPORTUNITIES

Fall 2009 Course at NYU - Ecotoxicology: A Hudson River Case Study

Ecotoxicology: A Hudson River Case Study (G48.1005) will be offered this fall at the Washington Square Campus of New York University in Manhattan. This highly interdisciplinary 4 credit graduate course is open to upper level undergraduate and graduate students. The course deals with the problems posed to the Hudson River ecosystem by toxicants such as PCBs, heavy metals, and dioxins. It will be offered on Thursday mornings from 9:30 to 12:15. For more information see flyer or contact the course instructor, Dr. Isaac Wirgin.

Website Designer - Dobbs Ferry Mayor's Task Force on Energy and the Environment
Looking for volunteers to build microsite with environmental focus for the Village of Dobbs Ferry. Information architecture and wireframe exist (in draft form), and most site content will have been written. Please be able to offer concrete user-experience and architecture suggestions/direction. Contact Andrea Strout at: alstrout_2000@yahoo.com to indicate interest, experience, and availability to complete project over the summer/early fall. This is a good opportunity to work with a very active local sustainability task force and create a project with tangible value. Your contribution will be welcome.

Riverkeeper Ambassador - Part Time Internship
Riverkeeper, Inc. is seeking applicants to be part of our intern and volunteer based Ambassador Program, a terrific opportunity to increase your skill set, build you resume, and contribute to New York's #1 Clean Water Advocacy organization! As a Riverkeeper Ambassador, you will support Riverkeeper's mission by increasing membership and the knowledge about our work in communities throughout New York by attending community events throughout the year- city and town functions, farmers markets, concerts, and university events. This will be an invaluable aid to the continued development and future of Riverkeeper's ability to fight against pollution of the Hudson River water and the Catskill, Delaware, and Croton watershed systems. You will also have a direct positive impact on your fellow New Yorkers by informing them of key environmental and health issues facing their local environment, and what they may do about it. Read full details.

Part-Time Organizer - National Teach-in on Global Warming Solutions
The National Teach-In on Global Warming Solutions is seeking a part-time organizer to work on our 2009-2010 campaign. Over the last two years, the National Teach-In has engaged over 2500 colleges, universities and high schools around the country in dialogue about clean energy solutions to global warming. The organizer position entails phone and e-mail outreach, database management and website maintenance. (Web-site management experience preferred, not required). The Teach-In office is close to Bard College, in Annandale-on-Hudson, NY. Twenty-hours per week, $11 per hour, beginning late August through early February. Please send a resume and letter of interest to teachinjob@gmail.com. To learn more about the project, visit www.nationalteachin.org.

REGIONAL EVENTS

Up River: Man-made Sites of Interest on the Hudson from the Battery to Troy - Ongoing through Oct. 4th

Up River now on display at Beacon Institute Main Street gallery, courtesy of The Center for Land Use Interpretation. This exhibit is a portrait of the Hudson's shores, focusing on man-made sites rarely seen by those who travel along the river's banks. Aerial photography brings to view the shore area's landmarks both plain and remarkable: factories, prisons, power plants, quarries, parks, current industries and planned redevelopments - in many cases, overlooked places that can only be seen from above. Details.

4th Annual Governors Island Science, Art Exhibition and Speaker Series - Sat., Aug. 8th (plus additional dates)
Join The CUNY Institute for Sustainable Cities for the 4th Annual Governors Island Science, Art Exhibition and Lecture Series: "Sustainable Living for Sustainable Cities." This summer's programming explores how environmental sustainability is a part of our everyday lives, at home, on the go, and at work. Lectures take place on Governors Island at 12:30 p.m. every Saturday from June 27 through September 5. Full details online at: www.cunysustainablecities.org

Aug. 8: Sarah Pidgeon & Colin Weatherby, Solar One, "Renewable Energy in NYC!" New York City is on the cusp of a renewable energy revolution! The latest developments and what's possible for our city's future.

Aug. 15: Bilen Berhanu, Green Thumb NYC, "A Garden in the City? Of Course! Window Box and Container Gardening 101"

Aug. 22: Chris Brunson, Recycle a Bicycle "Urban Biking in New York City"

Aug. 29: Jeremy Friedman, NYU Sustainability Task Force, "Green NYU, Green City, Green World"

Sep. 5: Prof. Bill Solecki, Hunter College, "Putting Sustainability Into Practice"

Beacon Institute hosts new Sunday Author Series at 199 Main Street Gallery - Sun., Aug. 9th (plus additional dates)
Beacon Institute has instituted a new Sunday Author Series featuring talks and book signings with many of the Hudson Valley and regional authors featured in the bookstore. This Sunday, August 9th, 4:00 p.m. at the GALLERY at 199 Main Street, Sunday Authors Series with Bernard L. Rudberg, author of Twenty-five Years on the ND&C: A History of the Newburgh, Dutchess & Connecticut. A close-up and personal look at everyday life on a small railroad in the 1800s. Free. See all events here in the Sunday Author Series.

22nd Annual REU Symposium at the Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies - Fri., Aug. 14th
Join us for our Annual REU Symposium, where eleven undergraduate students will present the results of their summer research projects. Funded by the National Science Foundation, the Cary Institute's REU program attracts a diverse group of students from all over the country. This summer, projects have included explorations of invasive forest pests, biofuel production, Hudson River freshwater tidal swamps, and avian communication. This event will be held in the Cary Institute's auditorium, located at 2801 Sharon Turnpike in Millbrook, New York. For more information contact zolnikp@caryinstitute.org or visit www.ecostudies.org/events.html.

Forest & Field Scavenger Hunt at Cary Institute - Sun. Aug. 23rd
Educators from the Cary Institute and Cornell Cooperative Extension will host a scavenger hunt on the Cary Institute's grounds. Younger visitors will go on a trail walk and look for items of interest using their observation skills. Kids 10 and up will be invited to use handheld global positioning systems (GPS) to discover items hidden from view. GPS receivers will be provided, no prior experience is necessary. To ensure we have enough equipment, please RSVP for the GPS scavenger hunt by calling (845) 677-7600 x121. This event will meet at the Gifford House, located at 2917 Sharon Turnpike (Rt 44) in Millbrook, New York. For more information visit: www.ecostudies.org/events.html.

"Walk & Talk" Series Showcasing History and Biology of Denning's Point - Fri. Aug. 28th
Ralph Ferrusi, hiking columnist for the Poughkeepsie Journal, recently wrote a great piece about Tanessa Hartwig's "walk & talk" around Denning's Point. Tanessa Hartwig is Assistant Director of the Conservation Ecology Program at Hudsonia, and will lead another Walk & Talk about the fascinating habitats of Denning's Point on Friday, August 28 at 12:00 p.m. If you would like to attend this popular event, which is free and open to the public, please register online here.

Historian Jim Heron, author of Denning's Point: A Hudson River History, will lead his next Walk & Talk around Denning's Point on Saturday, September 12 at 12:00 p.m. as part of the Hudson River Ramble. This event is free and open to the public, and requires online registration at www.bire.org/events.

The National Climate Seminar Hosted by Bard Center for Environmental Policy - Wed. Sep. 9th
The National Climate Seminar, hosted by Bard Center for Environmental Policy, is a bi-weekly, national phone conversation featuring top climate scientists, political leaders and policy analysts including Hunter Lovins, Bill McKibben, David Orr, Andrew Revkin, Mohan Monasinghe, and Honorable Edward Markey. Presented live to educators, students, and citizens by telephone, these critical conversations will stimulate discussion of the issues, stakeholders, ideas and solutions to one of the most pressing environmental issues of our time, global climate change. For more information, instructions, and a schedule of presenters visit www.bard.edu/cep/ncs.

State of the Hudson River Watershed Conference: Ecological Status of the Waters of the Hudson River and its Tributaries - Tues. Sep. 29th & Wed. Sept 30th, 8:30 am - 5:00 pm, organized by the Hudson River Environmental Society and the Hudson River Watershed Alliance, to summarize what we know about current conditions and trends in the ecological integrity of the region's running waters, and examine key policy and management issues related to those trends. We will also explore the question of which environmental indicators best communicate ecosystem health for environmental policy makers, managers, and the general public. We will promote a regional discussion on development of a periodic "vital signs report" on the waters of the Hudson River watershed. Also, the Seventh Annual Meeting of HRWA. The 2009 Annual Meeting and Award Dinner for HRES will be held Tuesday evening as a separate event in Staatsburg. Full conference registration: $95, $105 after September 18, and $125 On-Site. HRES members: $85, $95 after September 18, and $110 On-Site. One-day: $65/$80/$95; HRES members: $60/$70/$85. Speakers: $50. Check www.hudsonwatershed.org or www.hres.org for for full program, credit card or mail-in registrations, and directions. Location: The Henry A. Wallace Center at the FDR Presidential Library and Home, Hyde Park, NY.

Two Teach-In Events at Bard CEP - Thur. Oct. 22nd and Thur. Feb. 11th
The Bard Center for Environmental Policy will host two campus-wide educational events in collaboration with the National Teach-In. At colleges, universities, high schools and middle schools across the nation, we must engage our students, this critical term, with the work of the future. Each Teach-In will be a single, campus-wide Interdisciplinary Plenary: a thirty-minute roundtable presentation followed by discussion and action. Free and open to the public, we hope you will attend and urge your students to participate! Bertelsmann Campus Center, Bard College, 5:00 PM. More information at www.bard.edu/cep.

Environmental History of the Hudson River: Human Uses that Changed the Ecology; Ecology that Changed Human Uses - Thur. Nov. 5th and Fri. Nov. 6th
Hudson River Environmental Society presents, Environmental History of the Hudson River: Human Uses that Changed the Ecology; Ecology that Changed Human Uses, 09:30-5:00 & 09:00-4:00. As part of the events of the 2009 Hudson-Fulton-Champlain Quadricentennial, the conference will be held at the Holiday Inn & Conference Center, Fishkill, Route 9. For full program and directions, credit card or mail-in registrations - www.hres.org: $95/HRES members: $80; after 22 October: non-members: $115/HRES: $90; at the door: $135/$115, respectively, which includes two lunches, grand banquet and all breaks.
 
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