The Journal News: “Ex-Riverkeeper John Cronin receives Jefferson Award”

Former Riverkeeper John Cronin joined a select group this week that included U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg and actress Marlo Thomas.

They all received what has been dubbed the “Nobel Prize” for public service — the Jefferson Award.

John Cronin, 60, has worked on environmental issues facing the Hudson River for nearly four decades and was one of 18 people honored with  The Jefferson Award in a ceremony in Washington, DC, Tuesday night.

“It was quite a surprise,” Cronin said Friday to The Journal News. “Some of the awards are known ahead of time, others are kept under wraps. I was just going there to represent Pace University. I still haven’t figured out who knew and who didn’t.”

“The big theme of the two days was that everyday people can change the world,” Cronin said. “It reminded me what a special place the Hudson River Valley is, that we started an environmental movement before there was an Earth Day, when environmentalism wasn’t very popular at all.”

Representing Pace, Cronin was given a Champion award, presented to two “exceptional individuals whose volunteer work reflects the deep and abiding commitment of their employers to making a different in the communities where their employees live and work.”

The award cited his work as an environmental advocate for nearly four decades, serving “on the front lines of water-quality issues as a legislative aide, riverkeeper, and as the co-founder of the Pace Environmental Litigation Clinic, a nationally acclaimed training program for law students and educators.”

Cronin is director and CEO of Beacon Institute for Rivers and Estuaries, and a Senior Fellow for Environmental Affairs, Pace Academy for Applied Environmental Studies at Pace University.

The Associated Press: “Jefferson Prizes For Public Service Awarded To 18” – including Pace’s John Cronin, an internationally renowned environmentalist

Recipients of the 2011 Jefferson Awards – dubbed a “Nobel Prize” for public service – include John Cronin (pictured), Senior Fellow for Environmental Affairs, Pace Academy for Applied Environmental Studies, Pace University.

U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, actress Marlo Thomas, Chicago sports team owner Jerry M. Reinsdorf and environmental advocate John Cronin (Pace Academy’s Senior Fellow in Environmental Affairs) are among the people and institutions honored with a national prize for public service on Tuesday evening, June 21 in Washington, DC reports The Associated Press.

The Jefferson Awards, now in their 39th year, were co-founded by former first lady Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis and are named for founding father Thomas Jefferson.

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

Pace Senior Environmental Fellow John Cronin Honored in New Book on His Work

For 35 years John Cronin has been at the heart of saving the Hudson River ecosystem, a role model for environmental efforts around the nation. But he has not been alone. In this new collection of essays, a range of writers — among them scientists, activists, scholars and clergymen — describe Cronin’s life and work, offering a unique glimpse into his extraordinary contribution to protecting our water resources.

Contacts:

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

Michelle Land, Pace Academy for Applied Environmental Studies, 914-422-4076, mland@law.pace.edu

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Life and work of John Cronin, “Hero for the Planet” and Pace University Senior Fellow in Environmental Affairs, celebrated in new anthology

Contributions by Pete Seeger, Robert F. Kennedy Jr., Maurice Hinchey and others

A River’s Pleasure: Essays in Honor of John Cronin Edited by Michelle D. Land and Susan Fox Rogers Pace University Press; Publication date December 7, 2009 ISBN: 0-944473-96-2, Pages: 185, Price $40.00 Professional educator discount of $32 if ordered from the publisher

NEW YORK, NY, December 4, 2009 – For 35 years John Cronin has been at the heart of saving the Hudson River ecosystem, a role model for environmental efforts around the nation. But he has not been alone. In this new collection of essays, a range of writers — among them scientists, activists, scholars and clergymen — describe Cronin’s life and work, offering a unique glimpse into his extraordinary contribution to protecting our water resources.

“A River’s Pleasure” (Pace University Press, $40.00), an intimate and thought-provoking book, offers readers an episodic narrative of a pioneering and influential part of the modern environmental movement, including a look forward into its future.

“A River’s Pleasure” contains 21 pieces of writing that range from an exclusive interview with Pete Seeger to an in-depth profile by The New Yorker writer Alec Wilkinson and an insightful essay from Nicholas Robinson, a globally recognized architect of international environmental law and a Pace law professor. The contributors also include John Horgan, a former senior writer at Scientific American, Anthony DePalma, formerly of The New York Times, an IBM executive, a photo-essayist, an archeologist trying to keep looters away from eight-acre Magdalen Island, and a shad fishing riverman who recalls a cleaner river.

The volume was produced by Pace’s new, interdisciplinary Academy for Applied Environmental Studies, where Cronin is Senior Fellow in Environmental Affairs. He is also Director and CEO of the Beacon Institute for Rivers and Estuaries.

Geoffrey L. Brackett, Pace’s Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs, describes Cronin in the book’s foreword as “the perfect combination of arrogance, brilliance, charm and ingenuity” for environmental crusading. Cronin is the politically shrewd visionary who first came to national attention during the years between 1983 and 2000 when he was the Hudson Riverkeeper. Robert F. Kennedy Jr., who became the group’s attorney, recalls how he and Cronin “donned waders and spent weeks walking riverbanks, climbing fences, crawling up pipes and taking samples, and we sat all night on lawn chairs waiting for midnight dumpers….”

But one title does not suffice to characterize John Cronin’s work; as the essays in this collection testify, he has astonishing range and depth. Editor Michelle Land, a Pace professor of environmental policy who is Director of the Pace Academy, writes in her introduction of how the book reveals his “restlessness, continual reinvention” and his role as a “never-ending source of big ideas.”

Cronin’s current focus is environmental problem solving by fostering cooperation at the intersection of policy and innovation – as described by Pace University President Stephen J. Friedman, “the evolution of John’s focus on the Hudson River has incorporated the whole evolution of environmental regulation.”

Emergent ideas described in the book include real-time environmental monitoring analyzed by computer, other intensified uses of science and engineering, increased collaboration with newly green-minded businesses, and a proposed environmental amendment to the US Constitution.

Susan Fox Rogers, co-editor of the book and Visiting Associate Professor of Writing at Bard College writes of Cronin: “In some ways, what he is remains without easy definition. He occupies a unique territory that mixes activist, teacher, and environmentalist…. Like a kid full of hope, the future, not the past is where John lives.”

The book is available at Amazon.com or through Pace University Press.

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A River’s Pleasure: Essays in Honor of John Cronin Edited by Michelle D. Land and Susan Fox Rogers Imprint: Pace University Press. ISBN: 0-944473-96-2. Publication date December 1, 2009. Pages: 185. Price $40 ($32 professional educator discount if ordered from the publisher).