Higher Education Takes on the Environment

Contact:
Mary Horgan, Pace University, 914-923-2798, cell: 914-424-3845, mhorgan@pace.edu

MEDIA ADVISORY

HIGHER EDUCATION TAKES ON THE ENVIRONMENT

CHALLENGES OF THE HUDSON RIVER VALLEY TO BE EXPLORED AT CONFERENCE ON FUTURE

WHEN: February 27-28, Friday and Saturday

WHERE: Dolce Tarrytown House, East Sunnyside Lane, Tarrytown, NY

WHO:
Governor George E. Pataki
Congresswoman Nita Lowey
Dr. A. Karim Ahmed, Director, International Programs, Secretary- Treasurer of National Council for Science and the Environment
John Cronin, Director of the Pace Academy for the Environment

PLEASANTVILLE, NY — February 26, 2004 – Twenty-five colleges, including Marymount College of Fordham University, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Columbia University, Vassar College, Bard College, Sarah Lawrence College and Pace University, will announce the official formation of Environmental Consortium of Hudson Valley Colleges & Universities. The consortium is dedicated to improving the environment of the Hudson River Valley and will hold its first conference, February 27-28, Friday and Saturday in Tarrytown. The consortium was created in conjunction with Pace University’s Academy for the Environment, headed by the first Hudson Riverkeeper, John Cronin.

Council of Higher Education Leaders. Governor Pataki plans to announce the creation of a Council of Higher Education Leaders to help guide the Governor’s Rivers and Estuaries Center in best serving the needs of colleges and universities while fostering enlightened environmental policy.

The Center which will break ground in Beacon, NY this spring, was housed at Pace during its planning and development stages. David A. Caputo, President of Pace, has agreed to chair the new council.

“Higher education must become more engaged in the environment,” says Cronin. “Colleges and universities are the only institutions with the dual purposes of being multi-disciplinary and serving society, so they are the ideal candidates to marshal the knowledge and skills to deal with the complex issues of dealing with the environment. This coalition, and the interest in the Hudson by our political leaders, is an extremely encouraging sign.”

Media are welcome to attend the conference. Please register with Michelle Land at 914-473-0950.

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