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Ossining Adopts Pace Students' Energy Resiliency Plan

04/11/2014

Ossining Adopts Pace Students' Energy Resiliency Plan

 

PLEASANTVILLE, N.Y. -- The village of Ossining Board of Trustees recently adopted an energy resiliency policy created by students in Pace University's Environmental Policy Clinic.

The policy lays the groundwork for creating a community microgrid and competing for some of the $40 million that will be available under the NYPrize program Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced in his 2014 State of the State Address.

“Superstorm Sandy and Hurricane Irene awakened communities up and down the Atlantic Coast that they must be energy self-sufficient in order to protect key services that assure public safety,” said Michelle Land, director of the Pace Academy for Applied Environmental Studies, which launched the clinic in January.

“A microgrid is a locally based energy supply and distribution system that uses cutting-edge technologies to produce reliable power even when the rest of the grid goes down.”

The four undergraduate Pace students who are on the Energy Resilience Team worked closely with Pace Law's Energy and Climate Center, its Land Use Law Center and the village’s Planning Department.

The resolution by the village board enacting the new policy is a first step toward the development of its Energy Resiliency Strategy 2014, which will use microgrids to serve the village and collaborating public and private entities in times of emergency.

“Communities along the tidal Hudson are vulnerable to a new generation of coastal storms and hurricanes that are more destructive due to the effects of climate change,” said Land. “In the case of Ossining, essential facilities are located on or near the water’s edge and in harm’s way during extreme storm events.”

In adopting the resiliency strategy, the village trustees recognized the importance of a constant flow of power for essential village services and the economic and environmental benefits of these new technologies as well. 

The adopted resolution can be found on theEnvironmental Policy Clinic’s blog.

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Village of Ossining Adopts Energy Policy Authored by Pace University Students

04/10/2014

Last week, the new Environmental Policy Clinic at Pace University celebrated its first victory when the Village of Ossining Board of Trustees unanimously adopted an energy resiliency policy authored by clinic students.

Village of Ossining Adopts Energy Policy Authored by Pace University Students

Undergraduates are trained citizen advocates from the Environmental Policy Clinic of the Pace Academy for Applied Environmental Studies

PLEASANTVILLE, NY, April 9, 2014 – Last week, the new Environmental Policy Clinic at Pace University celebrated its first victory when the Village of Ossining Board of Trustees unanimously adopted an energy resiliency policy authored by clinic students. The policy lays the groundwork for creating a community microgrid, and competing for some of the $40 million that will be available under the NYPrize program Governor Andrew Cuomo announced in his 2014 State of the State Address.

“Superstorm Sandy and Hurricane Irene awakened communities up and down the Atlantic coast that they must be energy self-sufficient in order to protect key services that assure public safety,” said Michelle Land, director of the Pace Academy for Applied Environmental Studies, which launched the clinic in January. “A microgrid is a locally-based energy supply and distribution system that uses cutting-edge technologies to produce reliable power even when the rest of the grid goes down.”

The four undergraduate Pace students who compose the clinic’s Energy Resilience Team worked closely with Pace Law's Energy and Climate Center, its Land Use Law Center and the village’s planning department. The resolution by the village board enacting the new policy is a first step toward the development of its “Energy Resiliency Strategy 2014” that will use microgrids to serve the village and collaborating public and private entities, particularly in times of emergency.

“Communities along the tidal Hudson are vulnerable to a new generation of coastal storms and hurricanes that are more destructive due to the effects of climate change,” said Land. “In the case of Ossining, essential facilities are located on or near the water’s edge, and in harm’s way during extreme storm events.”

Ossining’s waterfront is an infrastructure hub in the Lower Hudson that includes Westchester County’s Ossining wastewater treatment plant, the Ossining Metro North commuter station and parking, a Metro North substation, a Consolidated Edison substation, and Sing Sing Correctional facility. In addition, the Ossining Village Water District, which requires an uninterrupted power source, serves a population of more than 30,000, including residents of the neighboring Town of Ossining.

In adopting the Resiliency Strategy, the village trustees recognized not only the importance of a constant flow of power for essential Village services, but the economic and environmental benefits of these new technologies as well. From the resolution:

“Governmental policies that affect our energy infrastructure affect every New Yorker. Consequently, New York’s energy policy must meet the interrelated goals of providing affordable and reliable energy, improving our environment and creating jobs and economic growth through energy policy as we transition to a more efficient, lower carbon and cleaner, greener energy economy.”

A key element of Governor Cuomo’s statewide energy strategy released in 2010 is support for local power generation that is cost competitive, meets environmental goals, and creates jobs and economic activity that support the State and local tax base.

The adopted resolution can be found here on the Environmental Policy Clinic’s blog.

About Pace Academy for Applied Environmental Studies

The mission of Pace Academy for Applied Environmental Studies is to advance the understanding of the mutually enhancing relationship between nature and society through a University-wide program of interdisciplinary pedagogy, scholarship, policy development and service. A freestanding institute within the university, Pace Academy is dedicated to renewing and deepening Pace’s time-honored commitment to environmental research, scholarship, and service.  Pace Academy’s website is here.

The Environmental Policy Clinic is a program of full-time civic engagement where student clinicians, in a team setting, work as professional environmental policy practitioners under the supervision of faculty from Pace Academy, and in consultation with faculty from across Pace schools and colleges. Their primary responsibility is to design and implement new policies and policy reforms that address real world environmental issues by representing “client,” non-profit and governmental organizations from the community and region.

Clinic faculty include: Michelle Land, professor of environmental policy and law, and director of both Pace Academy and the Environmental Consortium of Colleges and Universities; John Cronin, Pace Academy’s senior fellow for environmental affairs and former Hudson Riverkeeper; and Andrew Revkin, Pace Academy’s senior fellow for environmental understanding, and blogger for The New York Times Dot Earth blog.  More about the Clinic here.

Pace Academy also serves as the headquarters for the Environmental Consortium of Colleges & Universities.  The Environmental Consortium was established in 2004 to help facilitate our understanding of the cultural, social, political, economic, and natural factors affecting the region.  The Environmental 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. More about the Consortium here.

About Pace University

Since 1906, Pace University has educated thinking professionals by providing high quality education for the professions on a firm base of liberal learning amid the advantages of the New York metropolitan area. A private university, Pace has campuses in New York City and Westchester County, New York, enrolling nearly 13,000 students in bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral programs in its Lubin School of Business, Dyson College of Arts and Sciences, College of Health Professions, School of Education, Law School, and Seidenberg School of Computer Science and Information Systems. www.pace.edu

Media Contact: Cara Cea, ccea@pace.edu, 914-906-9680

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The Westchester County Business Journal: "Pace University closes $100M bond issue"

04/08/2014

The Westchester County Business Journal published a story about the closure of Pace's $100 million bond offering as a part of the master plan to revitalize the Pleasantville campus. The story was also published in the Daily Voice and over 250 other websites and newspapers across the country including The Boston Globe and Worth Magazine.

Pace University closes $100M bond issue

Pace University announced the closure of it $100 million bond offering Thursday as a part of its master plan to revitalize its Pleasantville campus.

Westchester County Local Development Corp. offered the bonds for two weeks, issuing $85.7 million in two fixed-rate bonds due in 2034 and 2042, and $14.9 million in variable-rate bonds due in 2044.

The funding will be used for two new residential halls with living-learning spaces, enhanced athletic facilities and fields, an upgraded student center and dining hall, as well as a new environmental center.

“We are very pleased with the market reception to our bond issue,” said Pace University President Stephen J. Friedman in a press release. “Investors’ strong interest in these bonds reflects confidence in the future of Pace University. The Pleasantville master plan is part of a broader project to further build the academic and student life and attractive power of the Pleasantville campus.”

The campus changes are expected to help the university entice additional students to enroll, as well as help sell its Briarcliff location. The university’s goal is to create a more modern residential campus to enhance student life and students’ educational experience.

Recently, the university also renovated its science labs and began new academic and extracurricular offerings.

Nearly 13,000 students are enrolled in the university between its campuses in New York City and Westchester County. Pace is the 13th-largest employer in the Westchester.

 

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Pace University To Host Young-Adult Novelist Cerreto

04/08/2014

Pace University To Host Young-Adult Novelist Cerreto

 

PLEASANTVILLE, N.Y. --  Novelist and Pace University alumna Amanda Cerreto will be reading from her young-adult novel "Fall from Grace" on Tuesday, April 29.

The event, which is free and open to the public, begins at 12:15 p.m. in Butcher Suite of the Kessel Student Center on the Pleasantville campus. For entry to the event, use Entance 3 at 861 Bedford Road, Pleasantville.

Cerreto's reading is part of an end-of-semester event to launch the latest issue of Vox Arts and Literary Magazine and the English department’s Celebration of Writing. 

Students who write for the magazine will also present their work.

 

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Pace University’s Second Annual Research Days to be held in New York City on Wednesday, April 9 and Pleasantville on Thursday, April 17

04/07/2014

Pace University’s Second Annual Research Days to be held in New York City on Wednesday, April 9 and Pleasantville on Thursday, April 17

New York -- April 7, 2014 -- The Office of Sponsored Research at Pace University will host its second annual “Research Days” for Pace faculty members to present their current research projects. The events will be held on Wednesday, April 9 on the New York City campus in the Student Union at One Pace Plaza from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., and Thursday, April 17 on the Pleasantville campus in the Gottesman Room at Kessel Campus Center, 861 Bedford Rd. (entrance 3), from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

“Our faculty members have risen to the occasion, with over 200 scholars participating in this year’s events, including authors, co-authors, and students,” said Victor Goldsmith, Ph.D., Associate Provost for Sponsored Research and Economic Development at Pace. “Much of this research is being supported by external funding obtained competitively.”

In the last complete fiscal year, Pace faculty members submitted 151 proposals for external funding (the most ever in one year) and received 89 external awards. Those who received external funding will be recognized during the Research Days award ceremonies with a certificate, and will also receive 5% of the indirect costs in their awards to use to further their research.

Pace researchers will present their work on a variety of topics in business, law, education, technology, science and health. A partial list follows:

-           Illegal Corporate Activities and Their Effect on Financial Statement Disclosures: How Forensic Accountants Can Help.

-           Strengthening American Competitiveness and Reenergizing Globalization: From What Washington Needs to do to Issues the World Needs to Be Concerned About Now.

-           Building a National Database for U.S. Police Shootings.

-           Predictors of Distinct PTSD Trajectories Following the Virginia Tech Shootings: A Prospective Study.

-           Music-Induced Hearing Loss (MIHL): What Do College Students Know?

-           The Effect of Video Games and Other Media Usage on College Students’ Studying Habits and Academic Performance.

-           Suicide Among College Students of Color Who Identify as Lesbian, Gay, or Bisexual: An Empirical Analysis.

-           Prescription Drug Abuse With Diverse College Students.

-           The Security Risk Perception Model For the Adoption of Mobile Devices in the Healthcare Industry.

-           On the Trail of a Potential New Drug for African Sleeping Sickness – Haskins Laboratory’s Role.

-           A New Scheme to Evaluate the Accuracy of Knowledge Representation in Automated Breast Cancer Diagnosis.

-           Public Private Affiliation Networks - Which Relationships Count in Health Care Safety-Nets?

Members of the media must RSVP to attend. Email wcaldwell@pace.edu.

About Pace University: Since 1906, Pace has educated thinking professionals by providing high quality education for the professions on a firm base of liberal learning amid the advantages of the New York metropolitan area. A private university, Pace has campuses in Lower Manhattan and Westchester County, N.Y., enrolling nearly 13,000 students in bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral programs in its Lubin School of Business, Dyson College of Arts and Sciences, College of Health Professions, School of Education, School of Law, and Seidenberg School of Computer Science and Information Systems. www.pace.edu

Media contact:  Bill Caldwell, Pace, 212-346-1597, wcaldwell@pace.edu

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Westchester County Business Journal: "Executives to mentor Pace business students"

04/07/2014

Westchester County Business Journal: "Executives to mentor Pace business students"

Edward F. Murphy, the former chief financial officer and executive vice president of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York’s Corporate Group, has been appointed the first mentor in residence at Pace University’s Lubin School of Business.

The school’s new mentor program will bring Lubin alumni who are senior executives in their fields to engage with students on campus. The first students to be mentored by Murphy individually and in small groups will be from Beta Alpha Psi, the international honor organization for financial information students and professionals.

Read more: http://westfaironline.com/61915/executives-to-mentor-pace-business-students/

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Pace Names Daily Voice Founder Innovator Of The Year

04/03/2014

Pace Names Daily Voice Founder Innovator Of The Year

 

PLEASANTVILLE, N.Y. -- Pace University has named Daily Voice CEO Carll Tucker the 2014 recipient of the university’s Innovator Award.

The award will be presented at the Spirit of Pace Awards Dinner on Wednesday, June 18, at 6 p.m. at the American Museum of Natural History in New York.

The event benefits the university's student scholarship program and special projects selected by Pace University’s President Stephen J. Friedman.

Tucker is founder, chairman and CEO of Daily Voice, LLC. Daily Voice publishes 41 community news sites in Westchester and Fairfield counties.

“I founded the Daily Voice based on my passionate belief in the power of hyperlocal news to build community engagement and improve people’s lives,” said Tucker.

“I see a bright line that connects my life’s work and Pace. Journalism and higher education both inform and encourage our citizenry.  Pace does that every day through a broad range of academic programs from nursing, to education, to business, to biology. And Pace shares my commitment to community engagement.”

Pace President Stephen J. Friedman said, “Carll Tucker is one of the most energetic entrepreneurs I know. His passion and drive to succeed have propelled the Daily Voice, which is redefining community news delivery in the digital age. He is also a great friend to Pace and to many organizations in Westchester County and beyond. We are delighted to bestow on him the Innovator Award.”

Tucker founded Daily Voice in 2010. From 1981-99, he was editor and publisher of Trader Publications, which published The Patent Trader newspaper and a dozen other local publications in Westchester and Fairfield. 

A native of Bedford, Tucker has three children and a granddaughter. He is married to Jane Bryant Quinn, the financial writer. 

For more information about the Spirit of Pace Awards Dinner or to register, visit http://www.pace.edu/
spiritawards or email spiritawards@pace.edu.

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Pace University Announces Funding For First Phase Of Campus Renovation

04/03/2014

Pace University Announces Funding For First Phase Of Campus Renovation

 

PLEASANTVILLE, N.Y. --  Pace University has announced that it issued $100.6 million par amount of tax-exempt fixed and variable rate bonds that will primarily fund the first phase of its master plan for the revitalization of its Pleasantville campus and to pave the way for future growth. 

The first phase of Pace’s master plan for Pleasantville includes two new state-of-the-art residence halls with living-learning spaces, enhanced athletic facilities and fields, an upgraded student center and dining hall and new environmental center facilities.

These transformative changes allow for the sale of the Briarcliff location and will enhance student life on campus. More open green space, including a central campus “green,” and additional pedestrian pathways are also part of the planned enhancements.

The Westchester County Local Development Corporation recently offered the Pace University Revenue Bonds, Series 2014A, which are secured by a pledge of revenues and by a mortgage. Pace issued $85.7 million in two fixed-rate, sinking fund bonds due in 2034 and 2042 (Series A) and $14.9 million of variable rate bonds due in 2044 (Series B).

“We are very pleased with the market reception to our bond issue,” said Pace University President Stephen J. Friedman. “Investors’ strong interest in these bonds reflects confidence in the future of Pace University. The Pleasantville master plan is part of a broader project to further build the academic and student life and attractive power of the Pleasantville campus. It is a major strategic initiative for Pace University.”

As Westchester County’s 13th largest employer, Pace contributes approximately $64 million annually to the county’s economy in direct and indirect spending.

“With this project we will realize our vision for a modern residential campus designed to enhance the educational experience and improve student life at Pace University in Pleasantville,” said William J. McGrath, senior vice president and chief operating officer of Pace’s Westchester campuses.

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