Urban Ecology: Cities in Transition

In response to a growing number of environmental issues facing urban zones, including ever-increasing sprawl, a geographic disease affecting most local communities throughout the United States, the Pace University Institute for Environmental and Regional Studies (PIERS) will host an all-day conference, “Urban Ecology: Cities in Transition.”

Contacts: Mary E. Horgan, 914-923-2798, mhorgan@pace.edu
Angela Nally, 212-346-1505,agnally@pace.edu

Urban Ecology: Cities in Transition

Pace Institute for Environmental and Regional Studies (PIERS)
to Host Conference, Apr. 11

New York, NY – April 7, 2003 – In response to a growing number of environmental issues facing urban zones, including ever-increasing sprawl, a geographic disease affecting most local communities throughout the United States, the Pace University Institute for Environmental and Regional Studies (PIERS) will host an all-day conference, “Urban Ecology: Cities in Transition.”

Presentations by environmental scholars interested in practical solutions will include models for sustainable cities, urban habitat restoration, issues in urban environmental justice, “footprints,” “shoes” and open space.

Where: Pace University
Downtown Campus (across from City Hall)
One Pace Plaza
Lecture Hall (W614)

When: Friday, April 11, 9:30 a.m. – 6:30 p.m.

Schedule on following page.

Journalists are welcome; advance registration appreciated. The conference is open to the public at an admissions fee of $55. For reservations and more information, contact Dr. Robert Chapman, Director, PIERS, at (212) 346-1364, or email rchapman@pace.edu.

Copies of the just-published book containing proceedings from the PIERS 2002, covering topics including ecofeminism, environmental restoration and storyscape and sense of place in Westchester County, are available by contacting Dr. Robert Chapman at rchapman@pace.edu.

The conference is one dimension of Pace University’s aggressive involvement in teaching, research and advocacy on environmental issues, which includes Pace Law School’s highly ranked environmental law program and environmental law clinic; the new Pace Academy for the Environment, which is administering a major project to monitor the health of the Hudson River and is organizing a consortium of Hudson Valley colleges and universities to cross-fertilize environmental teaching and research in the valley; and the Pace Center for Downtown New York (CDNY), which among other activities has sponsored a major conference on the environmental consequences of 9/11.

PIERS is part of the Dyson College of Arts & Sciences which introduced one of the first undergraduate interdisciplinary majors in Environmental Studies in 1996. Faculty and students participating in the program have conducted research in local biodiversity and species preservation, technology transfer, pollution policy, watershed health and local population dynamics. The College also offers a Masters in Environmental Science.

The PIERS mission is to provide leadership in the study of the complex interrelationships between human culture and nature with special emphasis on the Hudson River bioregion and its diverse ecological, social and cultural values. PIERS engages in interdisciplinary, university-wide research dedicated to the production and dissemination of knowledge and solutions to pressing environmental problems, through roundtable discussions, seminar series on regional issues, a visiting scholar program and regional conferences.

Conference Agenda highlights:

9:30-10:00 a.m. Registration, Lecture Hall (W614)

10:00-10:30 a.m. Keynote Speaker, Setha Low, Ph.D. CUNY Graduate Center
Lecture Hall (W614)

10:30-12:00 p.m. SESSION 1 “Social Issues in Sustainability”

10:00-11:30 a.m. SESSION 2 “Urban Sustainability – Reducing the Human Footprint”

10:00-12:00 p.m. SESSION 3 “Open Space and Urban Lawns”

11:30-12:30 PM SESSION 4 “Issues in Environmental Justice”

12:30-1:30 p.m. LUNCH – Faculty Dining Room

1:30 – 3:00 p.m. SESSION 5 “Aesthetics and Place in Urban Environments”

SESSION 6 “Urban Habitat Restoration”

1:30 – 2:30 p.m. SESSION 7 “Environmental Education”

2:30 – 4:00 p.m. SESSION 8 “Central Urban Issues: Water, Transportation and Commodities(Shoes)”

4:30 – 6:30 p.m. RECEPTION – Faculty Dining Room

Pace is a comprehensive, independent university with campuses in New York City and Westchester County, and a Hudson Valley Center located at Stewart International Airport in New Windsor, New York. More than 14,000 students are enrolled in undergraduate, graduate and professional degree programs in the Dyson College of Arts and Sciences, Lubin School of Business, School of Computer Science and Information Systems, School of Education, Lienhard School of Nursing, and Pace Law School. www.pace.edu

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