Sustain What? Colleges Gather to Question Their Environmental Role

Presidential Adviser Turned Activist to Be Honored by Higher Education Consortium

“Environmental sustainability” may be a catch phrase of the 21st century, but who knows what it really means?  The Environmental Consortium of Colleges & Universities will wrestle with that problem at its tenth annual conference Friday and Saturday. On hand to lend guidance will be James Gustave Speth, former adviser to President Bill Clinton and founder of the World Resources Institute. 72 year-old Speth made headlines in August 2010 when he was arrested at the White House for protesting the Keystone XL Pipeline.

Event: Tenth Annual Conference of the Environmental Consortium of Colleges & Universities.

Date and Time: Friday, November 8, 8:30 AM – 7:00 PM; Saturday, November 9, 8:30 AM – 4:30 PM.

Location: Pace University, Kessel Student Center, 861 Bedford Road, Pleasantville, NY, entrance 3.

“Our colleges and universities occupy more than 40,000 acres of land in the Hudson-Mohawk watershed, and employ, teach and house more than 1 million people in over 100 different locations,” said Michelle Land, director of both the Pace Academy for Applied Environmental Studies and the Environmental Consortium. “Our job is to make sense of what ‘environmental sustainability’ means to that complex picture.” Land will give welcome remarks at the conference.

David Hales, President of Second Nature, will deliver the opening keynote on Fri., Nov. 8.  Prior to assuming this post, Hales was President of College of the Atlantic, the first U.S. institution of higher education to be a “NetZero” emitter of greenhouse gases.

James Gustave “Gus” Speth, Professor of Law, Vermont Law School will be presented with the Environmental Consortium’s “The Great Work Award, in honor of Thomas Berry” and deliver a keynote on Saturday.

The conference is open to the public. The rate for people affiliated with institutions in the Environmental Consortium is $20 for students ($30 for non-members), $100 for members ($125 for non-members).  Group discounts and single day registrations available ($50 for members, $65 for non-members). The fee includes admission to conference, meals and breaks, Friday reception, dinner and music, exhibitor expo, and poster session. Media admission is by press pass.

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