Spring 2014: Environmental Policy and Practice Clinic
Interested students must register for both of the following courses:
ENV 297A, Environmental Clinic, CRN 23589 (Instructor: John Cronin*)
MCA 297F, Environmental Information, Communication and Innovation, CRN 23590 (Instructor: Andrew Revkin*)
The Environmental Policy and Practice Clinic, open to all majors, is a first of its kind learning experience where students earn six credits while learning professional skills and representing community organizations as their clients. The Clinic is two courses organized as a General Learning Community that also fulfillsAOK1 and Writing Enhanced Course requirements, as well as counting toward an Environmental Studies Minor or Major. We encourage students from all majors to register because advocacy skills are necessary in every aspect of life, work and society. Students will be part of a team-based professional training and service experience where they create and advocate for specific policy reforms of local, state and national significance. The Clinic's office will be at the Pace Academy for Applied Environmental Studies on the Pleasantville campus, and students will have full-time access to its support facilities and work space.
*John Cronin and Andrew Revkin are nationally and internationally recognized experts in environmental issues. Prof. Cronin's career has included advocacy, policy development, and real-time monitoring technology with an emphasis on water quality. Andrew Revkin has been a science reporter and journalist for over 20 years, including creating and maintaining the New York Times' Dot Earth blog, with an emphasis on climate change.
Join the conversation on EarthDesk, a blog launched by Pace Academy for Applied Environmental Studies. Examine and discuss environmental issues, innovations and opportunities from the perspective of a university’s unique role in society: as a hub for critical thinking, a laboratory for testing ways to advance human progress, and an intellectual resource dedicated to nature and community. Read it, comment, follow it, like it, share it!
Pace Academy’s FoodYou Campaign is about the way that our choices, as individuals and as a society, intersect with the environment. During this 2013-2014 awareness initiative, we will examine some of the many pieces that are set in motion by what we put on our plates. Through events and partnerships, the campaign will broaden the Pace community’s understanding of our global food system.
Pace Students March a Mile to Raise Money for Clean Water in Tanzania
On Saturday, April 20, 2013, one hundred twenty Pace University students marched a mile with buckets of water on their heads to reenact the grueling task thousands in the developing world endure each day to provide water for their families. But the students’ burdens were eased knowing $5,000 would be donated to Engineers Without Borders, Northern New Jersey Professional Chapter, to create a community water well in Islanjandugu, Tanzania.
Pace Academy Appoints its First Consulting Faculty for Academic Affairs
Pace Academy is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Melissa Grigione as its first Consulting Faculty for Academic Affairs. Dr. Grigione will assist Pace Academy with development of academic programming and research fundraising.
Dr. Melissa Grigione is an Associate Professor of Biology and Program Director of the Masters of Environmental Science in Dyson College of Arts & Sciences. Her research emphasizes conservation biology though a study of wildlife population changes as a consequence of habitat degradation and fragmentation. Read full announcement.
Pace Academy's Own Featured in Westchester Magazine's top 8 leaders in Westchester County
John Cronin, Senior Fellow for Environmental Affairs, Pace Academy for Applied Environmental Studies: In addition to changing how we keep our river clean—a project he’s been working on for 40 years—he wants to change the partnerships we enlist to help solve environmental problems.In the past decade, however, Cronin began to formulate different ideas about problem-solving on the environment. He felt that we were “mostly operating under twentieth-century models when twenty-first-century problems need all the talent, all the skills we can muster—no mater where they come from.” Read more.
Andrew Revkin Wins 2nd National Academies Communication Award
Bestowed jointly by the National Academy of Sciences, National Academy of Engineering, and Institute of Medicine, this year, Revkin has been recognized for pioneering work in online environmental journalism in his New York TimesDot Earth blog. At Pace University, students in his “Blogging a Better Planet” will be collecting, testing, refining and disseminating ways to make information matter. Follow (and join) the discussions on Twitter using the hashtag #paceblog.
Hudson River Advocate John Cronin Awarded Jefferson Gold Medal
Renowned environmentalist and Pace University Senior Fellow for Environmental Affairs John Cronin was presented with the prestigious Jefferson Award in a ceremony in Washington, DC, on June 21, 2011. Cronin was honored for a career spanning four decades "on the front line of water quality issues." The Jefferson Award, now in its 39th year, is named for Thomas Jefferson and was founded by former first lady Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis as a "Nobel Prize for public service."
In remarks at the ceremony, Cronin credited folksinger Pete Seeger and Pace University as his sources of inspiration. "When Pete took me under his wing in 1973, he said, 'If we all work together we can change the Hudson River; we can even change the world.' At the time I thought it impossible but his words proved to be the truest I have ever heard. Pace University lives by that credo and has given me the opportunity to reach thousands. We all stand on the shoulders of giants. I have been privileged to stand on theirs." Read full press release.
Sustain What? Preparing our Students by Greening our Campuses
Looking for a compelling documentary or film to complement your course curriculum? Don't have time to hassle with orders and funding? Look no further! Pace Academy's growing library of DVDs and videos is available to Pace faculty.
The Pace University Environmental Gateway is a University-wide resource which provides information and links to Pace's environmental degrees, courses, publications, institutes, international programs and student-focused opportunities. www.pace.edu/environment
Pace Academy is the lead coordinator of Pace's university-wide sustainability committee, GreenPace. Established by the Office of the Provost in 2008, the committee consists of diverse representatives of the Pace community, including faculty, associate deans, students, alumni, senior administration, service and facility managers, and meets twice a semester to discuss and recommend goals, priorities, and sustainability projects. www.pace.edu/sustainability
Pace Academy underwrites the University’s annual membership to the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE), and the National Council for Science and the Environment (NCSE).
Pace University is a member of AASHE - the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education and a subscriber to its Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System™ (STARS). All members of the Pace community are encouraged to establish an individual account and subscribe to the AASHE Bulletin, a free weekly e-newsletter with latest news, resources, opportunities, and events related to campus sustainability.
The National Council for Science and the Environment (NCSE) is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to improving the scientific basis for environmental decision-making.
NCSE specializes in programs that foster collaboration between the diverse institutions and individuals creating and using environmental knowledge, including research, education, environmental, and business organizations as well as governmental bodies at all levels.