NEWS RELEASE: Environmental Consortium Scholarship Fundraiser, April 25th with Theodore Gordon Flyfishers

Theodore Gordon Flyfishers (TGF) announces the inaugural TGF Founders Fund Society Spring Lecture on Monday, April 25, 2011 at 7:00 pm. The program will feature a conversation with John H. Adams, co-founder of the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) and recipient of the 2011 Presidential Medal of Freedom, and Patricia Adams, co-author with Mr. Adams of A Force for Nature, a biography of NRDC. Andrew Revkin, Senior Fellow for Environmental Understanding at Pace University’s Academy for Applied Environmental Studies, will conduct the interview. The event, a benefit for the Founders Fund Scholarship, is co-sponsored by the Environmental Consortium of Hudson Valley Colleges & Universities.

John and Patricia Adams (Photo credit: Anthony Clark-NRDC)
John and Patricia Adams (Photo credit: Anthony Clark-NRDC)

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Earth’s Caretaker: An Evening with NRDC Co-Founder

John H. Adams and Patricia Adams

New York City (March 30, 2011) – Theodore Gordon Flyfishers (TGF) announces the inaugural TGF Founders Fund Society Spring Lecture on Monday, April 25, 2011 at 7:00 pm. The program will feature a conversation with John H. Adams, co-founder of the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) and recipient of the 2011 Presidential Medal of Freedom, and Patricia Adams, co-author with Mr. Adams of A Force for Nature, a biography of NRDC.  Andrew Revkin, Senior Fellow for Environmental Understanding at Pace University’s Academy for Applied Environmental Studies, will conduct the interview. The event, a benefit for the Founders Fund Scholarship, is co-sponsored by the Environmental Consortium of Hudson Valley Colleges & Universities.

John H. Adams and Patricia Adams will reference A Force for Nature, the book recently published to commemorate the 40th Anniversary of the founding of NRDC and will speak on current conservation issues as well as those addressed during Mr. Adams’ tenure at NRDC. In February 2011 Mr. Adams was presented with the Presidential Medal of Freedom, our nation’s highest civilian honor, by President Barack Obama, who described Adams’ 41-year tenure as an environmental leader as unparalleled while quoting Rolling Stone: “If the planet has a lawyer, it’s John Adams.”

John H. Adams, founder of the National Resource Defense Council receives the the Presidential Medal of Freedom Awards at the White House on February 15, 2011. Photo by Paul Morse

The benefit event will be held at Columbia University’s Faculty House, 64 Morningside Drive, New York City: 6:00 pm reception with Mr. and Mrs. Adams, 7:00 pm interview followed by a book signing.

John Adams on Beaverkill R (Credit Anthony Clark-NRDC)
John Adams on Beaverkill R (Photo credit: Anthony Clark-NRDC)

Admission and Information

General public admission: $110 for lecture only; $250 for reception and lecture; There are a limited number of lecture tickets available for students ($10) and faculty/staff ($25), id required.

Tickets may be purchased online through Theodore Gordon Flyfishers (www.tgf.org).

For event information, contact:

  • Karen Kaplan, TGF, Vice President, Education, and Founders Fund Chair, at Founders@TGF.org.
  • Donna Kowal, Program Coordinator for the Environmental Consortium at 914-422-4077 or info@environmentalconsortium.org.

Directions: http://www.facultyhouse.com/content/contact-us-new-york-event-and-reception-venue#Directions.

About the Participants

John H. Adams co-founded the Natural Resources Defense Council in 1970, serving as NRDC’s executive director and later president from its inception until 2006 — a tenure unparalleled by the leader of any other environmental organization. As NRDC’s founding director, Adams continues to play an active role in the organization on the local, national and international levels. In February 2011, Adams received the Presidential Medal of Freedom — our nation’s highest civilian honor — from President Obama, who referenced Rolling Stone Magazine’s description of Adams when announcing the award: “If the planet has a lawyer, it’s John Adams.”

In 2010, Adams and his wife Patricia co-authored A Force for Nature, a memoir recounting their forty years of battles and victories with NRDC. He is currently chair of the board of the Open Space Institute and sits on the boards of numerous other environmental organizations. He has also served on governmental advisory committees, including President Clinton’s Council for Sustainable Development.

Patricia Adams is a writer and teacher who has partnered with her husband, John Adams, Founding Director of NRDC, for many years in environmental activism. She has written about travels with NRDC to such places as Alaska, Tajikistan, the Amazon and China as well as articles for the NRDC website. In addition she has published three non-fiction books.

Patricia has a short weekly program on an NPR affiliate radio station in upstate New York; a literary ‘quiz’ on famous writers of the world. She has written book and play reviews for the local paper. She taught literature and philosophy in the New York State Prison System for twenty years.

Andrew Revkin is the Senior Fellow for Environmental Understanding at Pace University’s Academy for Applied Environmental Studies and writes the Dot Earth blog for The New York Times.  A prize-winning journalist, online communicator and author, he has spent nearly three decades covering subjects ranging from the assault on the Amazon to the troubled relationship of climate science and politics.  From 1995 through 2009, he covered the environment for The Times as a staff reporter.  His work on climate change has won most of the major awards for science journalism.  Revkin has been a pioneer in multimedia communication, blogging and shooting still and video imagery in far-flung places.

The Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) is an international nonprofit environmental organization with more than 1.3 million members and online activists. Since 1970, its lawyers, scientists, and other environmental specialists have worked to protect the world’s natural resources, public health, and the environment. NRDC has offices in New York City, Washington, D.C., Los Angeles, San Francisco, Chicago, Livingston, Montana, and Beijing.  www.nrdc.org

About the Sponsors

The TGF Founders Fund provides scholarships annually to outstanding students in a graduate or undergraduate environmental program . It has worked in concert with the Environmental Consortium of Hudson Valley Colleges & Universities to provide these scholarships since 2006. The TGF Founders Fund Society was established to create an endowment for the Founders Fund in an effort to protect and sustain the scholarships for the years ahead.

Theodore Gordon Flyfishers is a not for profit, volunteer, angling organization, founded on American fly fishing traditions, promoting stream and river protection and self-sustainable salmonid populations through conservation, environmental oversight, activism, catch-and-release practices, and education. Founded by fly-fishing and conservation giants such as Lee Wulff and Ted Rogowski, TGF has a 45-year history of supporting conservation in the Catskills. Ongoing TGF activities include TGF Beaverkill Restoration, to restore trout-spawning access to Beaverkill river tributaries, and Stream Clean-Ups. www.TGF.org.

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 is headquartered within Pace University’s Academy for Applied Environmental Studies.  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.  www.environmentalconsortium.org

NEWS RELEASE: Ripening Food Movement to Harvest Ideas at Conference Oct. 15 & 16

From global to gritty, current issues in food supply will be explored at the seventh annual meeting and conference of the Environmental Consortium of Hudson Valley Colleges and Universities all day Friday and Saturday morning, October 15 and 16 at Rockland Community College in Suffern, NY.

Small farmers, state officials, restaurateurs, academics gather to focus on “Our Foodshed”

Factory farms and food recalls are making news. Are small family farms part of the solution? Can higher education help?

WHITE PLAINS, NY, October 8, 2010 – With food recalls making regular headlines and large factory farms getting the blame, the public is increasingly turning to farmers’ markets and small, family farms for sources of local, fresh food.  A recurring question is whether the regional foodshed – the geographic areas that feed population centers – can realistically supply the region.

Michelle Land of Pace University says, “A sustainable food revolution is upon us.  Industrial agriculture’s large-scale production and dependence on long-distance transportation of product is significantly contributing to concerns of climate change, water pollution and consumption of unhealthy food.  Advancing the concept of a well-functioning foodshed requires an interdisciplinary analysis of how to combine traditional local and regional self-reliance with new thinking to address the distributional and consumptive challenges.  Through this conference, we hope to explore such issues for the Hudson River Watershed.”  Land, director of the Environmental Consortium and the Pace Academy for Applied Environmental Studies, serves as the conference planning chair.

From global to gritty, current issues in food supply will be explored at the seventh annual meeting and conference of the Environmental Consortium of Hudson Valley Colleges & Universities all day Friday and Saturday morning, October 15 and 16 at Rockland Community College in Suffern, NY.

The conference will bring together a colorful array of people including small-scale, family farmers, chefs and restaurant owners, agricultural policy experts, New York State officials, representatives of non-profit organizations, and academic researchers.  Conversations will focus on policy, culture, justice, as well as the roles of higher education in all facets, including integrating more local food in campus dining.

Media admission by press pass. Early responses appreciated.

The conference is open to the public. The rate for people affiliated with institutions in the Consortium is $25 for students ($35 for non members), $125 for members ($150 for non-members).  The fee includes admission to conference days, meals and breaks, Friday reception, dinner and documentary film screening, exhibitor expo, poster session, and a field trip.

Speaker Lineup and Documentary Screening Friday

Ways of evaluating an area’s capacity for local food production will be taken up in the opening keynote by Christian Peters, an Assistant Professor in the Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy at Tufts University. He is the lead author of the 2009 published paper “Mapping potential foodsheds in New York State: A spatial model for evaluating the capacity to localize food production” (Renewable Agriculture and Food Systems).  His areas of research include local and regional food systems and the impact of dietary preferences on land use.

Other conference speakers and presenters are:

·         Polly Armour, Co-Founder and Farmer, Four Winds Farm

·         Jacquie Berger, Executive Director, Just Food, NYC

·         Stephanie Boyd, Director, Zilkha Center for Environmental Initiatives, Williams College

·         Heath Braunstein, General Manager of Pace University Dining Services, Lackmann Culinary Services

·         Cara Cea, President, Suffern Farmers’ Market Board

·         Jean-Paul Courtens, Farmer, Roxbury Farm
·         Jennifer K. Grossman, Vice President for Land Acquisition, Open Space Institute, Inc.

·         Susan Grove, Executive Director, Poughkeepsie Farm Project

·         Daniel Guenther, Farmer, Educator and Activist, Brook Farm Project

·         David Haight, Director, New York Chapter, American Farmland Trust

·         Peter Hoffman, Chef and Owner, Savoy Restaurant

·         Jill Isenbarger, Executive Director, Stone Barns Center for Food and Agriculture

·         Michael Mascarenhas, Assistant Professor, Science & Technology Studies, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

·         Ann McMahon, Coordinator, NYS Council on Food Policy, NYS Department of Agriculture and Markets

·         Kenneth Oldehoff, Director of Marketing and Sustainability for Campus Dining, Vassar College

·         Fabio Parasecoli, Coordinator, Department of Food Studies, The New School

·         Andrew C. Revkin, Dot Earth blogger, The New York Times, and Senior Fellow for Environmental Understanding, Pace Academy for Applied Environmental Studies, Pace University

·         Tom Sleight, Executive Director, New York Farm Viability Institute

Friday’s events will finish with a special preview screening of the upcoming documentary on the new generation of young farmers, “The Greenhorns.”   The film is named for the non-profit (www.thegreenhorns.net) led by Severine von Tscharner Fleming, director of both the organization and the film.  The mission of The Greenhorns is to recruit, promote and support the new generation of young farmers in this ample and able 21st century America.

The guest speaker Friday, following the film, is Benjamin Shute, co-owner and farmer of Hearty Roots Community Farm.

Breakout sessions will address policy, culture, justice, the roles of restaurants, farmers, individuals,

and higher education. The conference will also include an interdisciplinary session of poster presentations and discussions on food and other environmentally related topics involving the Hudson watershed, an exhibitor expo, and a book table. It will culminate with a field trip to the Pfeiffer Center for Biodynamics and the Environment in Chestnut Ridge, NY, a demonstration and training center with 70 garden beds, an apiary, an oven, and an orchard.

Full details and registration information are at www.environmentalconsortium.org.

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 55 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 White Plains, 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 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.

The Academy for Environmental Studies builds on its predecessor, the Pace Academy for the Environment, created in 2002 and known for regional leadership spearheading the formation of the Environmental Consortium of Hudson Valley Colleges & Universities and serving as the incubation office for the Beacon Institute for Rivers and Estuaries, which concentrates on applied technological innovation.

The current breadth and depth of Pace University’s environmental programming is evidenced by globally recognized undergraduate, graduate, and professional degree programs augmented by related curricular, co-curricular, experiential, and service programs centered on the environment. The Academy recently created the Pace Environmental Gateway, an online clearinghouse and integrated network of the environmental offerings across the University.

Contact:

Donna Kowal, Environmental Consortium, (914) 422-4077, info@environmentalconsortium.org

Summer on the River with Faculty Members and Students from Institutions Throughout the Region

media are invited to spend a day on the Hudson River with, or to interview, faculty members and students in the sixth year of a unique summer floating seminar that travels the river by ship, creating college curriculum units.

Contacts:

Chris Cory, Pace University, 212-346-1117, cell 917-608-8164, ccory@pace.edu

Alyssa Vine, Barnard College, 212-854-7907, avine@barnard.edu

Media invitation:

Summer rolling on the Hudson by 55-member college consortium produces curriculum modules ranging from environment to art

Media welcome aboard next week

Next week (July 19-23), media are invited to spend a day on the Hudson River with, or to interview, faculty members and students participating in River Summer, a program in the sixth year as a unique summer floating seminar that travels the river by ship, creating college curriculum units.

A fetching photo of participants on deck in life jackets, catching up on their common reading with the Hudson in the background, is at http://www.riversummer.org/photos/module2_2010.html

Next week’s sessions start in Poughkeepsie, but participants are available by phone. River Summer is a program of the Environmental Consortium of Hudson Valley Colleges & Universities, a consortium of 55 colleges and universities in the Hudson watershed. So far nearly 300 students and faculty members have participated in the program since its inaugural launch in 2005, and participants have created interdisciplinary modules that are posted at http://www.riversummer.org/curricula/field.html. The modules cover subjects ranging from marsh ecology to the Hudson River painters and urban development. Insights also go into participants’ research and teaching.

Next week’s onboard topics range from managing fisheries to the St. Lawrence Cement Company.

The formation of the Environmental Consortium of Hudson Valley Colleges & Universities was spearheaded by Pace University and is now headquartered at the Pace Academy for Applied Environmental Studies. Major grant funding for River Summer has been obtained principally by Barnard College of Columbia University from the Andrew Mellon Foundation and the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation. River Summer is coordinated by Tim Kenna and Margie Turrin of Lamont Doherty Earth Observatory.

Please call either of us to make arrangements. See www.riversummer.org and details below.

Schedule for next week:

The focus is on options for the future of the river and its communities.

Embark: Poughkeepsie, Waryas Park

Disembark: Poughkeepsie, Waryas Park

Monday 7/19/10 –Poughkeepsie to Kingston

1000 Module 2 participants Arrive

1100- 1430 – Kathy Hattala, DEC Fisheries Unit – Managing our fishing resources, Brian Jensen, College of St. Rose

Title of curriculum: Fisheries – trawling, seining

1500 – 1700 Stuart Findlay, Cary Institute for Ecosystem Studies

Title of curriculum: The changing role of the marshes in the Hudson River – and

Sea Level Rise

1700 Transit to Kingston

View marshes along the river

Evening – Discussion Layout

Journaling – group

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Tuesday 7/20/10 Kingston

0900-1700 – Steve Schimmrich – SUNY Ulster

Title of curriculum: The Geologic resources of the Upper Hudson – Shale,

Titanium, Cement etc. & the role in the Hudson Valley long term

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Wednesday 7/21/10 Kingston

0900-1700 – Jennifer Schwartz Berky, Bard College

Title of curriculum: Kingston tales of resistance and resilience & Climate Action

Plan

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Thursday 7/22/10 – Kingston to Catskills

0700 Transit to Catskill

0900-1300 Ted Eismeier, Hamilton College –

Drop Hudson City Boat Launch at the foot of Water Street

Title of curriculum: The story of St. Lawrence Cement Controversy –

Hudson NY

1300-1700 – Ann LePore, Ramapo College

Title of curriculum: – 3-D Data Modeling – using art to convey your message

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Friday 7/23/010 Transit Catskill to Poughkeepsie

0900 – 1500 Module 3 participants final wrap up of project

1500 Students depart

Hudson-based curricular components completed or nearing completion

• Brian Jensen – Fisheries Biology

• Carol Rietsma – Marsh Ecology

• Steve Schimmrich – Geology of the Lower Hudson Valley

• Dan Farkas – Introduction to Using GIS Mapping

• Marilyn Powers – New Urbanism, the Political Economy of the Hudson River Valley and a Walking Tour Case Study

• Elizabeth Hutchinson – The Hudson River School of Art

• Michelle Land/Lee Paddock/Alex Dunn – An Environmental History of Law in The Hudson Valley

In progress: (Many preliminary presentations and lectures are posted)

• Tim Kenna – Visualizing estuarine circulation

• Ted Eismeier – Political Economy of the HV

• Margie Turrin/Karl Kehde – Community Planning/Brownfield Redevelopment in the HV

• Susan Fox Rogers – Free Writing

• Roger Panetta – Panoramas

• Howard Horowitz – Land Use in the Hudson Highlands

• Lucy Johnson – Early Man Decision Making Grid linked to a field guide of the historic uses of Denning’s Point

• Geoff Brackett – The Hudson River as a Literary Source

• Bruce Selleck – Using GPS and GIS for data collection and display

Higher Education Takes on the Environment

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.

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.