NEWS ADVISORY: Collaborative Regional Research on Environment and Economic Concerns to be Explored by Educators at Albany Meeting Nov. 11-12

NEWS ADVISORY: Collaborative Regional Research on Environment and Economic Concerns to be Explored by Educators at Albany Meeting Nov. 11-12

Hudson River watershed region’s future to be explored at 8th annual meeting of the Environmental Consortium of Hudson Valley Colleges & Universities

PLEASANTVILLE, NY, November 11, 2011 – With the uncertainty of New York State’s environmental, educational and economic future on the minds of law-makers in Albany and residents throughout the state, , educators from the Hudson River watershed region will meet this weekend to explore opportunities to work together on research.

The 8th annual meeting of the Environmental Consortium of Colleges & Universities takes place this weekend, November 11 – 12, at The College of Saint Rose in Albany, NY. The theme is “Collaboration Throughout the Hudson River Watershed.”  It will bring together faculty, administrators, students, government and community representatives, and non-profit leaders to identify research priorities for the region.

Saturday morning’s speaker is Congressman Paul Tonko. Through his “Mighty Rivers” initiative, he has become the voice of the upper Hudson and Mohawk, and an aggressive fighter in Washington for a sustainable future. He will speak about his vision for the role of the greater watershed in New York’s environmental, educational and economic future.

“Collaboration is a word we hear over and again,” said John Cronin, Senior Fellow for Environmental Affairs at the Pace University’s Academy for Applied Environmental Studies, which played a leading role in starting the consortium. “But inter-school collaboration is increasingly our future in higher education, and, I believe, where our environmental future has its best chance. What a great opportunity this event provides to explore these ideas further.”

Other speakers at the conference include Anthony Collins, President of Clarkson University, who will deliver a keynote address on “Collaboration for Innovation: Harnessing the Power and Potential of Colleges and Universities.”  There will be special presentation by David Rothenberg, “The Music in Nature,” on Friday evening.  Through listening, learning, and playing along, Rothenberg will show how exploring the musicality of birds, whales, and insects is one more way to make the environment seem meaningful to students and teachers alike.

The “Collaboration” conference also features concurrent workshop sessions on a wide range of topics and concludes with a multidisciplinary poster session.

The conference is open to the public. The rate for individuals affiliated with the 57  member institutions in the Environmental Consortium is $25 for students ($35 for non-members), and $125 for members ($150 for non-members).  Single day rates are also available. The fee includes admission to the conference, meals, and the poster session. Accommodations are not included.

Full details and registration information are at Online registration is open. Media admission is by press pass.

WHAT: Collaboration Throughout the Hudson River Watershed, the 8th Annual Meeting of the Environmental Consortium of Hudson Valley Colleges & Universities
WHEN: Friday, November 11 (4:30 – 8:30pm) through Saturday, November 12 (8:00am – 5:00pm)

WHERE: The College of Saint Rose, 432 Western Avenue, Albany, New York 12203, 1-800-637-8556,

WHO: Presenters below.

Speaker Lineup 


  • Establishing a New Regional Environmental Journal
  • Raising All Boats: Leveraging the Consortium to Maximize Institutional Gain
  • Collaboration Between Higher Education and Cornell Cooperative Extension
  • Field Programs and Stations: Where and How to Extend the Classroom
  • Understanding the Hudson with Technology
  • Pre-Service Teacher Training and PreK-12 Collaboration with Higher Education
  • Collaboration Between Higher Education and Non-Profits
  • Growing Capacity for the Regional Foodshed: Training, Research, & Policy
  • Inter-Institutional Collaboration in Education and Research
  • New and Innovative Educational Programs
  • Student and Student-Faculty Research Opportunities
  • Engaging the Community and Local Government


Environmental Consortium of Hudson Valley Colleges & Universities

The Environmental Consortium of Hudson Valley Colleges & Universities was established in 2004 to advance understanding of the cultural, social, political, economic, and natural factors affecting the Hudson River Watershed and currently has 57 member institutions. The Consortium’s mission is to harness higher education’s intellectual and physical resources to advance regional, ecosystem-based environmental research, teaching, and learning through interdisciplinary, collaborative programs and information sharing.

Spearheaded and hosted by Pace University, the Consortium is headquartered within the Pace Academy for Applied Environmental Studies in Pleasantville, New York. Among the Academy’s goals is applying the University’s strengths to local and global environmental problems. As a testament to its commitment to interdisciplinary pedagogy, scholarship, and service, the Academy provides essential administrative support for the Consortium’s programs.

The Pace Academy for Applied Environmental Studies

The Academy is the first of several centers for excellence envisioned by Pace University’s President, Stephen Friedman, to promote high-level collaborative and interdisciplinary programming in key thematic, academic areas throughout the University. The Academy is a freestanding institute that renews and deepens the University’s long-standing commitment to environmental research, scholarship, and service.

Pace Academy for Applied Environmental Studies is dedicated to enhancing a mutually beneficial relationship between nature and society by harnessing the unique knowledge, talents and skills intrinsic to university life.

Media contact:

Cara Cea, 914-906-9680,

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