Pace Protects Our Environment
The Pace Environmental Center under Director Angelo Spillo, hosts regular “Conservation Cafés” for town officials, county parks personnel, and recreation staff. As many as 150 people gather to discuss their concerns, which include road salt leeching into the water system, controlling coyote and deer populations, and even pharmaceuticals contaminating the water supply. Participants apply what they learn for the betterment of the community.
The Pace Academy for Applied Environmental Studies helps point policymakers in the right direction. The Academy assembled Pace experts in science, policy, and economics to participate in a watershed event, “New York State Water Resources: Assessing the Need for a Comprehensive Policy.” This 2009 conference confirmed that there is a clear link between clean water availability and economic development. Its forthcoming report is expected to lead to an overhaul of New York State’s water policies.
The University founded and serves as the host institution for the Environmental Consortium of Hudson Valley Colleges & Universities. The group includes Barnard College, Bard College, Columbia University, The New School, New York University, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, and Vassar College among its 56 members.