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Past Feature Stories
Honoring the Two Row Wampum [09-2012]

The world has changed significantly in the 400 years since the Haudenosaunee (the Six Nations Iroquois) recorded the Two Row Wampum Belt, their first agreement with the Dutch. Despite the changes that our Region has witnessed, the Treaty’s messages of friendship, peace, and ‘living in parallel’ are as important today as they have ever been. Honoring the Two Row Wampum Treaty is a reminder that collaboration is the key to living peacefully together on this Earth. Read more


Olana’s Viewshed: The Past Protecting the Future [07-2011]

The Hudson River Valley has abundant historic viewsheds, such as Olana, the home of Hudson River School artist Fredric Church. A viewshed is the landscape and surrounding area that can be observed from a fixed point. Some viewsheds, especially those with state or national significance, are especially worthy of protection from human impacts. Read more


SUNY New Paltz Sets Local Food on Plates [02-2011]

SUNY New Paltz's main dining hall, Hasbrouck Dining Hall, boasts up to 75% local produce during the growing season, and has connected with local farmers to increase local food on the campus. A student-led initiative that began in 2005 has grown into a community effort that enriches students and farmers in the web of food sustainability. Read more


Pace University Launches Center for Excellence on the Environment [02-2010]

On September 9, 2009, Pace University launched its first Center for Excellence—the Pace Academy for Applied Environmental Studies. Pulling together experts from across the University and around the nation, the Academy fosters scholarship, experiential learning, and service, and reaffirms Pace’s commitment to being a leader in research and advocacy for environmental issues. The Academy has already rolled out several new initiatives including a call for a comprehensive New York State Water Policy, a program to measure and rank “green” towns, a River Semester, and more.
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Consortium and Member Institutions Join in Recognition of 400th Anniversary [06-2009]

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.
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Pace Law School Becomes First to Offer Climate Change Track [03-2009]

Pace University School of Law has provided internationally acclaimed environmental law education since 1978, and they just took it a step further by introducing the first Climate Change Track in the country. Offered within the prestigious Master of Laws (LL.M.) in Environmental Law, graduates are given the tools to tackle issues of global climate change law and policy. Given that global climate change has become one of the most discussed topics in environmental law practice in the world today, Pace Law School's new offering is on the cutting edge of this burgeoning field.
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Pace Law School Climate Change Track

Beacon Institute Deploys First REON Sensor into Hudson River [09-2008]

The way we see, think about, teach about, and protect the Hudson River, its inhabitants, and its environs is changing with innovative real-time monitoring technology. The Beacon Institute for Rivers and Estuaries, in partnership with IBM and Clarkson University, has deployed its first River and Estuary Observatory Network (REON) Sensor Platform near Denning's Point in Beacon, New York.
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Beacon Institute Deploys REON Sensor

Westchester County Launches Collaborative Global Warming Action Plan [02-2008]

Under the leadership of Westchester County Executive Andrew Spano, the Global Warming Task Force has brought together business, government, education, and non-profit sectors to collaborate on a joint action plan to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in the County. On February 26, 2008, Manhattanville College hosted the launch of the Westchester's Global Warming Action Plan.
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Lindsay Randall Named as Purchase College's First Sustainability Coordinator [09-2007]

Margaret Mead's notorious quote, "[a] small group of thoughtful people could change the world. Indeed, it's the only thing that ever has," can certainly be said of Purchase College's student population. Lindsay Randall, a 2007 graduate of the College, exemplifies what commitment, passion and enthusiasm can do for making sparks of action turn into fires of change. Recognizing her skills and talent, Purchase College has hired Lindsay as its first Environmental Sustainability Coordinator.
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Greening of a Historic Campus: Hamilton College's "Green Team" Approach [01-2007]

Nestled within 1300 acres in Clinton, New York, with the Adirondack Mountains as a backdrop, sits Hamilton College, one of the oldest colleges in the nation. Hamilton's campus consists of woodlands, open fields, and glens overlooking the Oriskany and Mohawk valleys of Central New York, and in 2004, the campus was designated as an arboretum. Today, Hamilton College continues making history by infusing greening measures into its architecture and many aspects of campus life.
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Vassar College Archaeologist Digs into History [04-2006]

Out in the field, tools in hand, immersed in facts, legends, and hypotheses, Dr. Lucille Johnson, Professor of Anthropology at Vassar College, has embarked on fascinating archaeological endeavors throughout the world. Johnson's research has taken her to Peru, Chile, Egypt, and several states in the U.S. including Alaska and Arizona. More recently, the Hudson River Valley is Dr. Johnson's field site, where she has been uncovering and unfolding an amazing history of Denning's Point, in Beacon, New York.
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Ambitious Hudson River Cultural History Program Announced [10-2005]

Photographs, videos, memoirs, letters, fishing gear, and interviews will be part of the newly announced Cultural History Program at The Beacon Institute for Rivers and Estuaries in Beacon, New York. Under the leadership of Dr. Roger Panetta, well-known historian of the River, the Program will collect, preserve and exhibit a wide variety of materials that demonstrate the vital connection between rivers and estuaries and human communities. It is envisioned as a major resource for researchers, students and all those seeking a deeper appreciation of how rivers shape - and are shaped by - each generation.
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Consortium Faculty Launch River Summer Field Course [06-2005]

Diverse faculty of the Consortium and its affiliates are piloting the Hudson River Summer curriculum in July aboard the R/V Seawolf and while camping in the Adirondacks. River Summer focuses on an integrated, interdisciplinary analysis of the development of the Hudson watershed. This unique curriculum takes students and faculty into the field, in their own backyards, where they travel and live together, surrounded by the landscape, ecosystem, and culture that they are studying. The River Summer course promotes awareness and appreciation for the Hudson, its geology, history, ecology, culture, and economic development.
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Students study the Hudson at Barnard College [01-2005]

Amidst the excitement of fieldwork, learning new analytical techniques, and interpreting data, students are motivated and thrive during a semester-long, discovery based study of the Hudson. Without a pre-determined conclusion, and not necessarily right and wrong answers, Barnard College’s Environmental Measurements course is on the forefront of engaging students and making the most of hands-on learning.
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