Consortium Circular • Winter 2009



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The mission of the Consortium is to help shape the future of the regional and global environment through collaboration, education, and research.

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Students Lead Sustainability Effort at RPI

The Student Sustainability Task Force (SSTF) at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute recently released the "Sustainability at Rensselaer" report. This report was researched, compiled and written by members of the SSTF and includes inputs from numerous members of the Rensselaer community, including vice presidents, deans, directors, faculty and staff. The full report is available online.
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Consortium Reaches 50 Institutional Members, Welcomes Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences

CIESIN Creates Interactive Map of Consortium Members

Five Member Institutions to be Honored by New York League of Conservation Voters for their Environmental Achievements

Bard Center for Environmental Policy Appoints Eban S. Goodstein as New Director

Westchester Community College Continues Sustainability Initiatives

Beacon Institute and Clarkson University Win Coveted National Science Foundation Award

Call for Interest - NSF CAREER Program

4th Annual Student Summit of the Environmental Consortium, Featuring Environmental Career and Graduate School Fair

River Summer Curricula Available on Web

River Summer 2009 - The Quadricentennial

Pace University Announces New Programs: Climate Change LLM and a Joint MS with Italy

Sullivan County Community College launched new Green Building Maintenance and Management Degree

Environmental Consortium Merit Scholarship Opportunities

Tibor T. Polgar Fellowship Program

Mohonk Preserve Summer Internships

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

Clean Air–Cool Planet Summer Climate Fellows

Course Opportunity: Adirondack Land-Use Ethics

Part-time Curriculum Coordinator at CUNY City College of New York

Assistant Professor Positions at Eugene Lang College The New School for Liberal Arts

Books & Publications
Innovations in Industrial and Engineering Chemistry

"Education Goes Green!" by Sandra Bartholomew, Ph.D.

"Saving Sacred Species" by Tracy Basile

Faculty Highlight
Kathleen Deignan, CND, PhD of Iona College Completes GreenFaith Fellowship Program

Pace Professor Looking to Interview Scholars and Indigenous Elders

Consortium Seeks Feature Story Ideas


Feb 1-Mar 1 - Re-discovering Hope: Eco-spirituality and Sustainability

Feb. 12 - Education and Climate Policy - What Role Can Higher Education Play?

Feb. 12 - Economic Crisis & Climate Policy: Risks and Opportunities

Feb. 23 - Community Forum on Priorities for Hudson River Protection

Feb. 27-Mar. 2 - Power Shift 2009

Mar - Apr, 2009 - Purchase College School of Natural & Social Sciences Science in the Modern World Lecture Series

Mar. 28 - The Way Forward: Indigenous Wisdom, Racial Justice and an Alternative Economic Model

Apr.24-26 - Interdisciplinary Environmental Education In the 21st Century: Training for Leadership


Environmental Consortium's 4th Annual Student Summit Highlights Green Jobs

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.

Pace University Appoints First University Professor on the Environment
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.

Sullivan County Community College Unveils Community Garden Project
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 River and Estuary Observatory Network (REON) Receives Global Press
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

Beacon Institute Appoints Clarkson University President and Three Additional Respected Professionals to Board of Trustees
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.


Consortium's 6th Annual Meeting: Call for Preliminary Proposals & Student Posters

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.

River Summer 2009 Call for Teaching Proposals
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 ( if you have a session you would like to share with other college faculty.

Paid Summer Internship Opportunities with Clean Air New York Program
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 to Begin Two New Environmental Majors in Fall 2009

Fordham University will begin two new environmental major programs in Fall 2009: Environmental Policy (B.A.) and Environmental Science (B.S.).

Green Mountain College Launches New Sustainable Business Leadership Program
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


Fordham University Honors Students Launch Digital Project: The Hudson-Fulton Celebration and New York City

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:

For the Rock Record: Geologists on Intelligent Design
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 to Offer Intensive Summer Course on Farm Life Ecology

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.

New School for Liberal Arts Seeks Two Post-Doctoral Fellows
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

"How Green Is My Town?" Greenweb to Launch Nationally 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 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

Women's Network for a Sustainable Future, 2 Intern Positions Open
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 More information about WNSF visit:


Luncheon Discussion and Book Signing with Peter G. Brown - Tues. April 28th

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.

John Ehrenfeld and Peter G. Brown Double Book Talk - Wed. April 29th
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: "The Hudson and Its Watershed" - Fri. May 1st
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.
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