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

Leading Environmental Consortium in Hudson Valley Appoints First Director

The Environmental Consortium of Hudson Valley Colleges and Universities today appointed its first director, Michelle Land, J.D., coordinator of the Pace Academy for the Environment (PAE).

Contact:
Rosemary Mercedes, Manager of Public Information
Pace University, 212-346-1637, Cell: 914-424-1637 rmercedes@pace.edu

The Environmental Consortium of Hudson Valley Colleges and Universities today appointed its first director, Michelle Land, J.D., coordinator of the Pace Academy for the Environment (PAE).

Land will lead 34 higher education institutions in an ambitious interdisciplinary program aimed at training future environmental leaders and “shaping the future of the regional and global environment,” according to the Consortium’s adopted mission. This marks the first time the region’s colleges and universities have joined together on environmental issues.

“Only higher education can offer, in one place, the array of skills that environmental decision-making requires,” said Land. “The expertise the Consortium offers is comprehensive, from the social and natural sciences to art and economics, and everything in between. Harnessing those resources for students and the public good is a natural mission for colleges and universities.”

“Michelle Land’s deep knowledge of environmental issues and her leadership skills make her a natural for moving forward the coalition’s groundbreaking environmental and education efforts,” said John Cronin, director of the PAE and the nation’s first Riverkeeper.

Land earned a Juris Doctor and certificate in environmental law from Pace University School of Law in 2002, where she was Editor-in-Chief of the Pace Environmental Law Review. In 2000, while still a student, she was part of the team from Pace Law School’s Environmental Law Clinic that successfully argued the landmark Esopus Creek case before the U.S. Court of Appeals, Second Circuit (Catskill Mountains Chapter of Trout Unlimited et. al. vs. NYC DEP), which resulted in a $5.7 million penalty against the City of New York for discharging highly turbid water from the Shandanken tunnel without the required Clear Water Act permit. (The precedent setting case is on appeal for the penalty amount.)

For the last two years, Land has been program coordinator for PAE, one of the environmental programs that have made Pace University well known for environmental studies. (Its law school is one of the nation’s top three environmental law schools, as ranked by US News & World Report.) The PAE is dedicated to fostering policies, practices and ideas that sustain a mutually enhancing relationship between nature and society.

Land also is an adjunct assistant professor at Pace. She teaches environmental law, policy and the integration of nature and culture in both the M.S. in Environmental Science and undergraduate environmental studies programs.

As a wildlife biologist at the World Bird Sanctuary in Missouri, Land directed field research producing wildlife survey reports for corporate contracts. The focus of her work also included environmental education programs and rehabilitation, propagation and reintroduction of birds of prey.

She earned a Bachelor of Science degree, with honors, in Wildlife Biology from the University of Guelph, Ontario. Land also was a research associate at Pace’s Land Use Law Center, where she created a model local law for protecting wildlife and wildlife habitat. It was published as a chapter of a resource guide for local municipal officials.

Formed under the leadership of PAE, the Environmental Consortium of Hudson Valley Colleges and Universities promotes collaboration by its member campuses to increase the scope and impact of their environmental teaching and research. http://www.environmentalconsortium.org/

The Consortium’s current members are Bard College; Barnard College; Columbia University; CUNY – Queens College; Dominican College; Dutchess Community College; Fordham University; Iona College; Manhattan College; Manhattanville College; Marist College; Marymount College of Fordham University; Mount Saint Mary College; the College of Mount Saint Vincent; The College of New Rochelle; Pace University; Polytechnic University; Ramapo College of New Jersey; Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute; The Sage Colleges; The College of Saint Rose; Saint Thomas Aquinas College; Sarah Lawrence College; Sienna College; the State University of New York campuses at New Paltz, Purchase, Stony Brook and Albany; the SUNY community colleges of Westchester, Columbia-Greene, Rockland, and Ulster County; Union College and Vassar College.

A private university in the New York Metropolitan area, Pace has a growing national reputation for offering students opportunity, teaching and learning based on research, civic involvement and measurable outcomes. Pace has seven campuses, including downtown and midtown New York City, Pleasantville, Briarcliff, White Plains (a graduate center and law school), and a Hudson Valley Center at Stewart International Airport near Newburgh, N.Y. Approximately 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