Technology’s impact on environmental problems – friend or foe?

October 21, 2010

CALENDAR LISTING: Technology’s impact on environmental problems – friend or foe?

Pace University roundtable Nov. 1 in Pleasantville to probe advocacy and answers with naturalist, author, and activist Janisse Ray and Pace University Senior Fellows Andrew Revkin, Dot Earth Blogger for The New York Times, and Hudson River advocate John Cronin

Panel kicks off Ray’s week at Pace Academy for Applied Environmental Studies as Woodrow Wilson Visiting Fellow

WHO and WHAT: Environmental scholars and experts Janisse Ray, Andrew C. Revkin, and John Cronin will discuss “Where Activism Meets Technological Innovation: The Challenge of Environmental Problem Solving.” The event is co-hosted by Pace’s Academy for Applied Environmental Studies, Dyson College of Arts and Sciences, and Center for Community Action and Research.

WHEN and WHERE: Monday, November 1, 2010, 6:30pm – 8:00pm. Kessel Campus Center, Butcher Suite. Pace University, 861 Bedford Road, Pleasantville, NY. Use campus Entrance 3.
RSVP: Pace Academy for Applied Environmental Studies, or (914) 422-4077 by Oct. 27th.

BACKGROUND: In 2010, the natural world is little improved since decades-old environmental laws were enacted. Environmental degradation is accelerating globally with local consequences. Advocacy and technology have each played a part in successes and failures, but how much should each be leveraged to face new environmental challenges? Has advocacy lost its way? Is technology a blessing, curse, or both? This discussion will explore the relative value of advocacy and technology – and the idea that a union of the two may be the only way forward.

Janisse Ray has organized movements and organizations to protect the environment and has written three books about it, including a memoir about growing up in a junkyard in the ruined longleaf pine ecosystem of the Southeast, “Ecology of a Cracker Childhood.” From November 1-5 she will be in residence at Pace Academy for Applied Environmental Studies through the Council of Independent Colleges’ Woodrow Wilson Visiting Fellow Program, leading classes, workshops, informal discussions, and speaking at a University conference.

Andrew C. Revkin is author of the “Dot Earth” blog on the opinion website of The New York Times, where from 1995 through 2009 he was a pathbreaking science writer covering environmental science, movements, and politics. He is now Pace Senior Fellow for Environmental Understanding at the Pace Academy for Applied Environmental Studies.

John Cronin directs the Beacon Institute for Rivers and Estuaries, a non-profit research center for innovative technology. Among the Institute’s programs is a collaborative network of sensors and robotics along the Hudson River, sampling and analyzing real-time data for researchers, policy makers, and educators. Widely known as the Hudson Riverkeeper from 1983 – 2000, and a founder of the worldwide “keeper” movement, he is Pace Senior Fellow for Environmental Affairs.

Moderator: Michelle D. Land is Director of the Pace Academy for Applied Environmental Studies, where she also directs the Environmental Consortium of Hudson Valley Colleges & Universities. With expertise that spans environmental law and policy, wildlife biology, interdisciplinary education, and campus sustainability, she is a unique national voice for the emerging role of colleges and universities in environmental affairs. Land is also an adjunct associate professor in the graduate environmental science program at Pace University.

Media contact: Bill Caldwell, Pace University, 212-346-1597,

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