Pace Academy for the Environment
The newly formed Pace Academy for the Environment (PAE) will mobilize the diverse resources of Pace University and the region into an integrated program of public service and learning that will help fulfill the University's special responsibility to the human place in the local and global environment.
PAE is a freestanding University institute with headquarters, staff, and physical resources located in Choate House at Pleasantville and a liaison office at Pace Law School provided by the Center for Environmental Legal Studies. A multidisciplinary program council composed of faculty, staff, and administrative representatives will assist PAE internally. An advisory council of outside experts will assist PAE in its external program and development.
The Environmental Center is an academic component of the Department of Biological Sciences of Dyson College of Arts and Sciences, and serves as an educational resource to the Pace community and to the regional area. The center also provides support for the Environmental Studies program.
Located between the Mortola Library and the Kessel Campus Center on the Pleasantville campus, the center is comprised of a number of historic farm buildings from the Choate estate, combined with livestock pens, bird of prey enclosures and a live animal exhibit room. The grounds are enhanced by eclectic gardens throughout and the east end features a small diverse nature trail recognized by the National Wildlife Foundation as a critical habitat area in 2003.
The center serves as a meeting place for the environmental club (N.A.T.U.R.E.), and supports efforts to "green up" the campus. In the academic areas, the center's staff is involved with the Environmental Studies Program as adjunct faculty, providing support for interns, and on the advisory committee. School groups come for class visits to learn about wildlife and ecology.
Annual events such as Earth Month activities provide unique experiences for students and the outside community.