Friday, April 17, 2015
10th Annual Environmental Consortium Student Summit:
"Reinventing Your Campus: Sustainability Starts With You"

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Students: If you’re passionate about sustainable living and looking to make a difference at your college or university, mark your calendar for April 17 and join students from around the region in the Bianco Room on the NYC Campus from 11:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m. at the Environmental Consortium of Colleges and Universities’ 10th Annual Student Summit “Reinventing Your Campus: Sustainability Starts With You.”

After a keynote address from Daniel W. Bena, the head of Sustainable Development and Operations Outreach for PepsiCo, students will choose from various breakout discussions that tackle topics like sourcing local food, bike shares, hydration stations and how to ban bottled water on campus, and how to effectively communicate messages and affect campus cultural change.

Lunch will be provided and limited reimbursement for mass transit costs exceeding $30 is available to students who apply ahead of time through the Consortium Office’s application.

For more information about the Environmental Consortium of Colleges and Universities’ 10th Annual Student Summit “Reinventing Your Campus: Sustainability Starts With You” and to RSVP, click here.




Past Events

Monday, March 30, 2015
On Climate Science and Coverage - What Three Decades Have Taught Us

(Watch the event on Youtube here) Tweet us at #ClimateSciPress. Check out Andy Revkin's post on Dot Earth.
A climate-insider double headliner: “On Climate Science and Coverage – What three decades have taught us.” Michael Oppenheimer, a veteran climate scientist, and Andrew Revkin, a longtime climate journalist, take questions from each other and the audience, exploring their learning curves, frustrations and hopes as each confronts his fourth decade working on this epic issue. Cosponsored by Pace University Academy for Applied Environmental Studies, The Dyson College Department of Environmental Studies and Science, and Wallerstein Collaborative for Urban Environmental Education at NYU Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development.

Thursday, March 12, 2015
BioEthics Forum XXIII: The Great New York Power Shift - Transitioning to a Low Carbon Future
(Watch the event on Youtube here)
Pace Academy for Applied Environmental Studies and Sigma Xi Scientific Research Society will be hosting a discussion on important energy issues facing New York State. The panel, which will include Andrew Revkin (Pace University, New York Times' Dot Earth blog), Karl Rabago (Pace Energy and Climate Center), and Mark Z. Jacobson (Stanford University, The Solutions Project),  will discuss whether or not we can be liberated from carbon and just what solutions will make New York’s energy more resilient, efficient, economical, and sustainable.

Thursday, November 20, 2014
Undergraduate Forum at Pace Law School – All Majors Invited

Pace University undergraduates are invited to join Pace Law School environmental faculty and students for a unique and interactive forum. Faculty experts on land use, renewable energy, urban revitalization, and litigation will discuss the skills necessary for climate change mitigation, retreat, resilience, and adaptation. This will be an exciting, engaging, and informative discussion with environmental law faculty/students. Just because the content is environmental, that doesn’t mean it is not relevant to all majors and fields.  The subject matter, climate change, relates to all types of legal employers (insurance, industry, government, investment etc.).  It will be a meaningful glimpse into law school and beyond. 

Thursday, November 20, 2014
"When will climate change become dangerous?" with Visiting Fellow Michael Oppenheimer

Dr. Michael Oppenheimer, Pace Academy 2014-2015 Visiting Fellow and world renowned climate change scientist presents on the latest Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Fifth Assessment Report at Pace University School of Law. You can now watch the lecture by following this link. View his powerpoint presentation here.

Sunday, September 21, 2014
People's Climate March
Pace Academy and the Center for Community Action and Research called on Pace University students, staff, and faculty at every campus to join us at the largest climate march in history. In the words of the climate march organizers: we shall take a stand to insist on “a world with an economy that works for people and the planet; a world safe from the ravages of climate change; a world with good jobs, clean air and water, and healthy communities.”   More at

June 11-14, 2014
2014 Association for Environmental Studies and Sciences Conference
“Welcome to the Anthropocene: From Global Challenge to Planetary Stewardship.” 

Hosted by Pace University (NYC)
Co-Sponsored by Pace Academy for Applied Environmental Studies and Pace Institute for Regional and Environmental Studies
Several of the panels, as well as keynote speakers, will focus on the argument advanced by many environmental experts that Earth has entered a new geological epoch, the Anthropocene, or “the recent age of humans.” Proponents of this theory contend that humans have become a global geophysical force capable of disrupting the grand cycles of biology, chemistry and geology by which elements like carbon and nitrogen circulate between land, sea and atmosphere. This is resulting in profound alteration of the planet’s climate, serious threats to a large array of species and critical ecosystems and conversion of fertile lands to desert.

Thursday, May 15, 2014
Who Owns the Waterfront?

A panel discussion about the past, present and future of one of the city’s most precious assets.  Topics included the history of the NYC waterfront, historic preservation, waterfront development, and the public trust doctrine.  Co-sponsored by Pace Law School and Pace Academy for Applied Environmental Studies.

Friday, April 25, 2014
New York State Assembly Mock Hearing: Building a New York Dairy Industry that is Economically, Environmentally, and Ethically Sound
In Pace Academy for Applied Environmental Studies’ second annual Mock Environmental Hearing, six teams of undergraduate students step into the role of “expert witnesses” in a joint hearing of the New York State Assembly Standing Committees on Environmental Conservation and Agriculture. With the guidance of the Pace Law School students assigned as their legal counsel, a faculty advisor, and Pace Academy staff, they have set to task on analyzing the future of the largest agricultural sector in New York: the dairy industry. 

Friday, April 4, 2014
9th Annual Student Summit of the Environmental Consortium of Colleges & Universities
Featuring Career and Graduate Program Fair

Hosted by Siena College, Loudonville, NY

Wednesday, February 26, 2014
FoodYou Design: BioEthics ForumXX
GMO Expert Panel Discussion

Pace Pleasantville - Butcher Suite
Light refreshments served.
Details.  View video on Pace iTuneU.

Tuesday, May 7, 2013
¡Viva la Tortuga! Meshing Conservation and Culture in Magdalena Bay
¡Viva la Tortuga! Meshing Conservation and Culture in Magdalena Bay,” is the latest addition to a series of prize-winning short documentaries on sustainable use of the world’s living resources shot by Pace University Media and Communications Arts students and faculty. Growing fishing pressure in Pacific waters near the bay has devastated one endangered turtle species, loggerheads, which are drawn to this area to feed and have ended up drowning by the hundreds in fishing nets set along the coast. It was shot, written and edited by a team of 12 students led by Pace Professors Maria Luskay (Dyson College of Arts and Sciences) andAndrew Revkin (Senior Fellow for Environmental Understanding, Pace Academy for Applied Environmental Studies).  Read press release.

Friday, April 20, 2013
The Walk for World Water
The Walk for World Water educated students about the people across the world, largely women and children, who must walk for hours just to reach clean water each day.  120 Pace students, faculty, and staff challenged themselves to walk one mile with a bucket of water to raise $5,000 for an Engineers Without Borders NNJ project in Tanzania.

Wednesday, April 17, 2013
National Screening of The Island President
“The story of President Mohamed Nasheed of the Maldives, a man confronting A PROBLEM GREATER THAN ANY OTHER world leader has ever faced: the literal survival of his country and everyone in it.”  Join us in Miller Lecture Hall (PLV) at 7pm for this NATIONWIDE screening of the film.  View flyer for more details.

Tuesday, April 16, 2013
Research Seminar by Faculty Scholar, Noushi Rahman
Environmental Corporate Social Responsibility and Firm Performance: Methodology of a Meta-Analysis
Please join the Pace Community as Dr. Noushi Rahman, Faculty Scholar and Lubin Faculty Expert shares his research on a ground-breaking meta-analysis about the effects of environmental corporate social responsibility (ECSR) on firm performance. To date, no meta-analysis has been conducted on ECSR’s influence on performance.  Come hear about this technique and how it is used to aggregate existing published and unpublished empirical research to advance conclusive answers.   View flyer for more details.

Friday, April 5, 2013
8th Annual Student Summit of the Environmental Consortium of Colleges & Universities
From Environmental Data to Decisions: The Expanding Role of Technology
Experts and working professionals discussed how innovative technologies are revolutionizing data gathering and analysis and offering new ways to visualize and communicate environmental insights to the public and policymakers.

Tuesday, November 27, 2012
BIOETHICS FORUM XVII:  Water Wars: Is water an endangered species?
The arguments locally, nationally and globally about water rights and water use and abuse are already intense. Some experts see a violent future for unresolved water issues.  View flyer.

October 27, 2012
9th Annual Conference of the Environmental Consortium of Colleges & Universities
Rediscovering Higher Education’s Role in the Earth Community
Marist College, Poughkeepsie, NY
Pace Academy for Applied Environmental Studies is the headquarters for the Environmental Consortium of Colleges & Universities.  Formed by Pace University in 2004, the Consortium's mission is 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.

October 11, 2012
When Carnivores Become Neighbors: Learning to live more closely with our kin in the animal kingdom
An examination of the ecological and social implications of rewilding Westchester.
Carnivores play an essential role in a balanced ecosystem and they provide us with an opportunity to preserve many of the remaining intact forests and open lands in North America.  Carnivores regulate “pest” species, such as rodents and help keep deer populations in check thereby reducing negative human-deer encounters.  Predator species serve as indicators of biodiversity value, are sentinels of subtle ecosystem threats, and flagship species with high public appeal in education and dissemination programs. 

Changing landscapes and the ability of some carnivores to adapt to life in the suburbs have led to increased carnivore sightings in Westchester County.   Based on the eastward movement of some carnivores, mid-Atlantic states should prepare for the inevitable repopulation of these species.  How do we (do we?) embrace and encourage this ecological phenomenon?


View printed program.

Read press release.


Monday, April 9, 2012
WTF? (What the Frac?)  A Pace Community Forum on Hydraulic Fracturing

An objective exploration of the controversies surrounding fracking in New York. Are pro-fracking and no-fracking our only options? Must fracking have adverse environmental consequences? Is natural gas an essential element of America's energy future?  Pace faculty will lead a multi-campus discussion with the university community. Recognized experts will help navigate the science, economics, regulations, ethics and environmental consequences. Opportunities for student research and scholarship will be explored.  Co-Sponsors: Pace Academy for Applied Environmental Studies; Project Pericles at Pace University; Pace Energy and Climate Center; Pace Institute for Environmental and Regional Studies.  View Agenda       Download Flyer      Watch the event on iTunes U

Friday, April 13 2012 
7th Annual Student Summit of the Environmental Consortium of Hudson Valley Colleges & Universities
Your Future and the Planet's: Environmental Careers and Graduate Education

Networking lunch and Environmental Career and Graduate Program Fair.  Meet with representatives from colleges, universities, government, law and policy, advocacy, engineering, conservation, farming and more. Co-Sponsors: The Environmental Consortium, Manhattanville Colllege, and Pace Academy for Applied Environmental Studies.

November 11-12, 2011
8th Annual Meeting of the Environmental Consortium of Hudson Valley Colleges & Universities
Collaboration Throughout the Hudson River Watershed
will bring together faculty, administrators, students, government and community representatives, and non-profit leaders to explore issues, programs, and new initiatives in the watershed.

October 18, 2011
Hard Choices in Hard Times: Deciding Our Environmental Future
A provocative, behind-the-scenes look at environmental decision-making in a faltering global economy. 
Read press release.
May 19, 2011
Linda Thornton: Seeking Sustainability, One Shrimp at a Time” is a new short film shot by a team of Pace students in Dr. Luskay’s award-winning “Producing the Documentary” course.  The film explores the life of a pioneering aquaculture entrepreneur as she pushes the frontiers of sustainable shrimp farming in Belize.  Helping with this year’s production was Pace Academy's Senior Fellow and New York Times Dot Earth blogger, Andrew Revkin.  The film premiered on Pace's Pleasantville Campus on May 19, 2011.  Watch film online now.
November 1, 2010
Where Activism Meets Technological Innovation: The Challenge of Environmental Problem Solving
Advocacy and technology have each played a part in our environmental successes and failures to date, but to what degree should each be leveraged as we face new environmental challenges? Has advocacy lost its way? Is technology a blessing, curse, or both? This roundtable discussion will explore the relative value of advocacy and technology as well the notion that a union of the two may be our only way forward. Co-sponsored by Pace Academy for Applied Environmental Studies, Dyson College of Arts and Sciences, and the Center for Community Action and Research.

Pace Students Premiered Documentary Film

October 15-16, 2010
Advancing Our Regional Foodshed: The Role of Higher Education - Oct. 15-16, 2010
The 7th Annual Meeting of the Environmental Consortium of Hudson Valley Colleges & Universities brought together small-scale family farms; chefs/restaurant owners; agriculture policy experts; farm-to-table non-profits; researchers and others to foster a collaborative, interdisciplinary dialogue about our foodshed. Hosted by SUNY Rockland Community College.

April 15, 2010
Navigating Sustainability: The Hudson and Beyond – Video Archive Available
Competing approaches to attaining sustainability often conflict with the actual progress necessary to make our environment more sustainable. On April 15, 2010, Barnard College hosted this evening panel discussion which explored how impediments to sustainability progress can be overcome through reconciling these perspectives.  Cosponsored by the Environmental Consortium of Hudson Valley Colleges & Universities, and The Earth Institute of Columbia University.

April 9, 2010
5th Annual Student Summit of the Environmental Consortium
Population, Environment, Health. Where do we go from here?
Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences hosted the Consortium’s 5th annual Student Summit. Students from around the region attended to hear from experts on some of the most important issues of our time and network.
March 24, 2010
How Green Is My Town?
In partnership with Pace Academy for Applied Environmental Studies and Grassroots Environmental Education, nearly 100 undergraduate and graduate students at Pace participated in the "How Green is My Town" Westchester program during the fall 2009 and spring 2010 semesters.  The first annual presentation of the "Green Star Awards" were made to the top six communities that have shown outstanding efforts to address the issues of climate change, sustainability and environmental health.  The event took Place at Pace University. 
November 13-14, 2009
The 6th Annual Meeting of the Environmental Consortium of Hudson Valley Colleges & Universities
Teaching and Learning the Hudson Valley: Building Capacity for Place-Based Education, provided faculty and students opportunities to share research, scholarship, and teaching with emphasis on the region. Interdisciplinary roundtable discussions focused on topics such as integrating humanities; sustainability; community; and digital media into the curriculum. Other topics included how to teach the River when you can’t get to it; navigating logistics of field trips; and incorporating local watersheds.
October 12-15, 2009
Council of Independent Colleges Woodrow Wilson Visiting Fellow: L. Hunter Lovins
L. Hunter Lovins, the first Visiting Scholar and a Woodrow Wilson Institute Fellow, in residence the week of October 12th, is the founder and President of Natural Capitalism, Inc. a not for profit organization, and its subsidiary, Natural Capitalism Solutions. She believes that citizens, communities, and companies, working together within the market context, are the most dynamic problem-solving force on the planet.
September 22, 2009
FLOW: For Love of WAter - Film Screening and Reaction Panel
The acclaimed award-winning documentary FLOW: For Love Of Water was shown followed by a panel discussion led by John Cronin (Senior Fellow in Environmental Affairs at Pace Academy for Applied Environmental Studies).  View program.
September 23, 2009
Pace Academy hosted its first biennial conference on September 23rdNew York State Water Resources: Assessing the Need for a Comprehensive Policy. Experts drawn from a variety of perspectives  met to examine the need for a comprehensive state water policy and identify related policy objectives, specific to New York State, that address the failures and limitations of the Federal Clean Water Act.
September 25-26, 2009
The Saw Mill River BioBlitz, presented by Groundwork Hudson Valley and the Saw Mill River Coalition,  brought together a multitude of scientists (more than 65) and experts to work around the clock during a 24-hour period cataloguing as many species of plant life, animal life, insects, fungi, bacteria, etc. that they can find in an area. Pace University’s Pleasantville Campus  served as headquarters for the BioBlitz.  The event was co-sponsored by Pace Academy for Applied Environmental Studies, Dyson College’s Department of Biology and Health Sciences and Sigma Xi.
February 5, 2008
School Leadership Summit: "The ChildSafe School"
Effective Policy Solutions for Common Environmental Exposures at Schools: Diesel Exhaust, Pesticides on Playing Fields, and Green Cleaning Products
Co-sponsored by Grassroots Environmental Education and Pace Academy for the Environment
January 24-25, 2008
5th Annual Conference of the Environmental Consortium of Hudson Valley College & Universities
Climate Change: Science, Culture and the Regional Response
Co-Sponsored by Fordham University, Pace University, The Beacon Institute for Rivers and Estuaries, Nature-Network
October 4, 2007
Environmental Career and Graduate School Fair
Co-Sponsored by the Environmental Consortium of Hudson Valley Colleges & Universities and Pace University
March 2, 2007
Technical Briefing and Roundtable on Indian Point Leaks
Co-sponsored by Hudson River Sloop Clearwater, Pace Academy for the Environment and the Indian Point Safe Energy Coalition (IPSEC)
November 16-17, 2006
4th Annual Conference of the Environmental Consortium of Hudson Valley Colleges & Universities
Greening the Campus: Exploring Practices, Curriculum, and Management in Higher Education
Co-sponsored by Pace Academy for the Environment, Beacon Institute for Rivers and Estuaries, Purchase College, and Con Edison
May 18, 2006
Making Meaning of Our Measures: Environmental Indicators in the Hudson River Watershed
Co-sponsored by Hudson River Environmental Society, Pace Academy for the Environment, NYSDEC Hudson River Estuary Program, Sustainable Hudson Valley
May 3, 2006
Centennial Hudson River Dinner Cruise
Hosted by Pace Academy for the Environment
November 4-5, 2005
3rd Annual Conference of the Environmental Consortium of Hudson Valley Colleges & Universities
Civic Engagement and Service Learning for the Environment: The Challenge for Higher Education
Co-sponsored by Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Pace University, Beacon Institute for Rivers and Estuaries
September 29, 2005
The Hudson River: Achieving Zero Discharge
Co-sponsored by Pace Academy for the Environment & The Center for Environmental Legal Studies
June 1-3, 2005
NSF Sponsored Workshop on Managing Global Rivers & Estuaries: A Framework for Designing a Hudson River Monitoring System
Sponsored by the National Science Foundation
Organizing Institutions: Pace University, Rivers and Estuaries Center on the Hudson, Columbia University, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
March 11, 2005
Multi, Inter, Trans, Meta? Overcoming Disciplinary Boundaries in Environmental Curricula
Presented by Pace Academy for the Environment
October 2004
2nd Annual Conference of the Environmental Consortium of Hudson Valley Colleges & Universities
Enhancing Undergraduate Environmental Education in the Hudson Valley: Exposition & Connections
Co-sponsored by Marist College, Rivers and Estuaries Center on the Hudson, Pace University
February 2004
1st Annual Conference of the Environmental Consortium of Hudson Valley Colleges & Universities
Higher Education and the Hudson River Valley: Meeting the Environmental Challenge
Support provided by Rivers & Estuaries Center on the Hudson, The Dyson Foundation, Pace University, Steven C. Rockefeller