PLEASANTVILLE, N.Y. - The Environmental Consortium of Colleges & Universities will hold its tenth annual conference on Friday, Nov. 8, from 8:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Saturday, Nov. 9, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at Pace University’s Pleasantville campus, Kessel Student Center, 861 Bedford Road The theme of this year’s conference is ”Sustain What? Preparing our Students by Greening our Campuses.”
The Environmental Consortium was established in 2004 with a mission to harness higher education’s intellectual and physical resources to advance regional, ecosystem-based environmental research, teaching, and learning with a special emphasis on the greater Hudson-Mohawk River watershed. It currently has 60 member institutions and headquarters situated within the Pace Academy for Applied Environmental Studies at Pace University in Pleasantville.
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. Speth is co-founder of the Natural Resources Defense Council and founder of the World Resources Institute. He is considered one of the great environmental leaders of our time through his diverse positions in government, advocacy, and education.
Michelle Land, Director of the Pace Academy for Applied Environmental Studies and Director of the Consortium, will give welcome remarks.
Other conference highlights will include an opening keynote on Friday by David Hales, President of Second Nature. Breakout sessions will include discussions of sustainability in higher education. Plenaries include “Preparing our Campuses for an Uncertain Future” on Friday, moderated by Andrew Revkin, New York Times Dot Earth blogger and Senior Fellow of Environmental Understanding at Pace University. Middlebury College will share its campus as a case study on Saturday in a roundtable discussion, “The Middlebury Campus as a Learning Laboratory via the Classroom and the Boardroom.” The conference will also include an exhibitor expo and special musical guests Andy Revkin's Breakneck Ridge Revue.
The conference is open to the public. The rate for people affiliated with institutions in the Environmental Consortium is $20 for students ($30, nonmembers), $100 for members ($125, nonmembers). Group discounts and single day registrations are also available. The fee includes admission to conference, meals and breaks, Friday reception, dinner and music, exhibitor expo, and poster session.
For more information: www.environmentalconsortium.org