NEWS ADVISORY: Hard Choices in Hard Times – Deciding Our Environmental Future Round-Table Discussion October 18

NEWS ADVISORY: Hard Choices in Hard Times – Deciding Our Environmental Future Round-Table Discussion October 18

A behind-the-scenes look at environmental decision-making in a faltering global economy

Lecture is first in a series – OnCampus at Pace University

PLEASANTVILLE, NY – Even President Richard M. Nixon believed that good environmental policy and good economic policy can be one and the same. Then why is it that more than 40 years later environment and the economy seem irreconcilable?  How are environmental policies chosen in a failing economy? Where are the green jobs President Obama promised? Can we afford to delay action on issues such as climate change and water protection? How do we make smart choices to ensure a safe environment for current and future generations?

These are the questions among others that will be asked at the first in a series of lectures, called OnCampus, at Pace University to be held Tuesday, October 18 from 6:00pm – 8:00pm at Pace’s Pleasantville campus. The evening will consist of a round-table discussion called “Hard Choices in Hard Times” that will offer a behind-the-scenes look at environmental decision-making in today’s faltering global economy. The event is free and open to the public.

Panelists include Glenn Prickett, chief external affairs officer, The Nature Conservancy, and scholar in residence at the Pace Academy for Applied Environmental Studies; John Cronin, senior fellow for environmental affairs, Pace Academy for Applied Environmental Studies and Director of the Beacon Institute for Rivers and Estuaries; award-winning New York Times Dot Earth blogger Andy Revkin, who is also Senior Fellow for Environmental Understanding at Pace; and Robert J. Goldstein, distinguished professor, United States Military Academy and adjunct professor of environmental law, Pace Law School.

Increasingly disputes over issues like energy and water pit the desire for economic development against perceived overregulation and the promise of a green economy seem out of reach.

The public is rightfully puzzled as this debate unfolds.  Americans are concerned about the environment, but more concerned about jobs and dwindling property values. Even cherished principles will be postponed in their anxiety over economic survival. It is time for an unvarnished conversation about whether our economic and environmental futures are in fact in conflict during this time of financial crisis. And environmentalists in particular should lead the way.

Tuesday night’s discussion features experts from the diverse fields of law, journalism, advocacy, academia, representing more than 100 years of experience in the field of environmental affairs.  Theirs will be a candid, far-reaching, and provocative conversation about the future of society, nature, and America.

This is the first in a lecture series that Pace University has designed to create public discourse on crucial issues of our time.

WHAT: Hard Choices in Hard Times round-table discussion on environmental policy

WHEN: Tuesday, October 18, 2011, 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

WHERE: Pace University Pleasantville Campus, 861 Bedford Road, Pleasantville, NY. entrance 3, Kessel Student Center, Gottesman Room

WHO: Glenn Prickett, chief external affairs officer, The Nature Conservancy, and scholar in residence at the Pace Academy for Applied Environmental Studies; John Cronin, senior fellow for environmental affairs, Pace Academy for Applied Environmental Studies and Director of the Beacon Institute for Rivers and Estuaries; award-winning New York Times Dot Earth blogger Andy Revkin, who is also Senior Fellow for Environmental Understanding at Pace; and Robert J. Goldstein, distinguished professor, United States Military Academy and adjunct professor of environmental law, Pace Law School.

The panel will be moderated by Michelle D. Land, director, Pace Academy for Applied Environmental Studies. For more information, e-mail PaceAcademy@pace.edu.

About Pace University

For 105 years, Pace University has educated thinking professionals by providing high quality education for the professions on a firm base of liberal learning amid the advantages of the New York metropolitan area. A private university, Pace has campuses in New York City and Westchester County, New York, enrolling nearly 13,000 students in bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral programs in its Lubin School of Business, Dyson College of Arts and Sciences, College of Health Professions, School of Education, School of Law, and Seidenberg School of Computer Science and Information Systems. www.pace.edu

Contact:

Cara Cea, 914-906-9680, ccea@pace.edu

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