Governor Pataki and President Caputo Announce the Launch of Pace Academy for the Environment

New York State Governor George E. Pataki and Pace University President David A. Caputo Announce the Launch of Pace Academy for the Environment

America’s First Riverkeeper John Cronin to head Academy

SLEEPY HOLLOW, N. Y. – November 19, 2002 – Governor George E. Pataki and Pace University President David A. Caputo called for a major new commitment on behalf of the environment by institutions of higher education.

At a press conference today they announced the launch of the Pace Academy for the Environment (PAE). The Academy will be dedicated to utilizing the university’s unique role in human affairs to foster policies, practices and ideas that sustain a mutually enhancing relationship between nature and society.

The Pace Academy seeks to redefine human relations to nature by transforming the Hudson Valley and surrounding regions into an extended interactive classroom and laboratory for education, community service, and intellectual exploration. Among its first initiatives:

§ The Hudson Valley Environmental Consortium of Colleges and Universities will be created by Pace to:

o Encourage other colleges and universities to immerse their considerable resources in the environmental affairs of the world
o Create opportunities for faculty and students across school boundaries
o Increase resources for high school and elementary school teachers
o Create access to intellectual resources for policy makers.

§ Engagement in both practical and theoretical research and the conduct of seminars, symposia and lecture series on environmental issues.

§ A $25,000 annual prize will be given to the individual whose body of work has significantly advanced the role of colleges and universities in relation to nature and society.

“Today’s announcement is about nothing less than the future of our local and global environment and the dependence of that future on the significant role that colleges and universities must begin to play,” said Caputo. “The complexity of the environmental issues is such that they are not simply about technology and science but require the best thinking of cultural experts, social scientists, economists, political experts and philosophers. Where else but the University are these resources so readily available.”

Building on a distinguished history of dedication to the environment and community service, through Pace’s already strong programs in environmental studies, environmental science at the Dyson College of Arts & Sciences, and environmental law at Pace Law School, the Academy will become an active hub connecting all Pace campuses and schools with the broader higher education community to support environmental reform.

John Cronin, Pace resident scholar in environmental studies and former Hudson Riverkeeper, will direct the Academy. His part-time work for the Governor’s Rivers and Estuaries Center will locate in the Academy as well.

“Rivers and estuaries are the place where human settlement meets nature with the most profound, and often disturbing, results. The Hudson is challenged by an interwoven web of ecological, social, cultural and economic issues that requires the interdisciplinary resources and intellectual talent that only colleges and universities can provide,” said Cronin.

Pace is a comprehensive, independent University with campuses in New York City and Westchester County, and a Hudson Valley Center located at Stewart Airport in New Windsor. Nearly 13,500 students are enrolled in undergraduate, graduate and professional degree programs in the Dyson College of Arts and Sciences, Lubin School of Business, School of Computer Science and Information Systems, School of Education, Lienhard School of Nursing and Pace Law School.

Contact: Mary E. Horgan, Pace University, 914-923-2798,
Bill Caldwell, Pace University, 212-346-1597,
Bill Johnson, Halstead Communications, 212-734-2190,

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