The Environmental Consortium of Colleges & Universities was established in 2004 to advance our understanding of the cultural, social, political, economic and natural factors affecting the region. By promoting collaboration among its members, the Consortium works to provide ecosystem-based curricular and co-curricular programming aimed at improving the health of the regional ecosystem.
The mission of the Environmental Consortium of Colleges & Universities 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.
The Environmental Consortium of Colleges & Universities recognizes that to fully understand and appreciate the natural world and its relationship to civilization, many areas of knowledge must be contemplated. In accordance with this fundamental canon, the Steering Committee has adopted interdisciplinary study as the Consortium’s guiding principle and priority.
INFLUENCE behavioral and cultural change within our institutions, to improve the health of the regional and global environment and humanity's long-term survival,
EDUCATE ourselves, our institutional communities, and the public about the ecosystem in which our institutions reside,
SUPPORT environmental, interdisciplinary collaborative research and teaching in the regional higher education community.
- to provide students and faculty with quality resources and programs, emphasizing the region’s natural, cultural, and economic features,
- to expand and diversify the base of faculty involved in ecosystem-based, interdisciplinary programs,
- to increase the level of commitment, partnerships, support, and communication from and among member institutions,
- to contribute to the field of interdisciplinary environmentally-based research and education in the region,
- to share our collective expertise for practice-based social change,
- to develop meaningful relationships with regional communities through exchange of knowledge and understanding about environmental issues
- to act on this knowledge and understanding to improve the health of the region and beyond.