10th Annual Conference


Sustain What? Preparing our Students by Greening our Campuses

November 8 – 9, 2013
Pace University | Pleasantville, New York
Agenda
 
Friday, November 8, 2013
   
8:30 a.m. Registration and Continental Breakfast
   
9:00 a.m.
Welcome William McGrath
Senior Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer
Pace University

Michelle D. Land
Director
Pace University Academy for Applied Environmental Studies
and the Environmental Consortium of Colleges & Universities
   
9:30 a.m.
Keynote Here Be Dragons: Living Sustainably in the Future Climate

David Hales
President
Second Nature
   
10:15 a.m. Break
   
10:30 a.m.
Plenary: Preparing our Campuses for an Uncertain Future
   
  Andrew C. Revkin (Moderator)
Senior Fellow for Environmental Understanding
Pace University Academy for Applied Environmental Studies
Dot Earth Blogger
The New York Times

Peter Ellard
Associate Vice President of Academic Affairs
Siena College

Radley Horton
Associate Research Scientist
Center for Climate Systems Research
Columbia University

Ariella Maron
Associate Principal
Happold Consulting

Alexandre Remnek
Environmental Engineer
Water and Climate Change Coordinator
Dredging, Sediment and Oceans Section
Clean Water Regulatory Branch, Clean Water Division
Environmental Protection Agency, Region 2

   
12:00 p.m. Lunch
   
1:30 p.m.
Concurrent Breakout Sessions
1a
Academic
Integration of Sustainability Across the Curriculum [description]

Fredrica Rudell
Chair, Department of Marketing & International Business
Iona College

Facilitator:
Martin B. Shaffer, Dean, School of Liberal Arts, Marist College
 
1b
Administration and Planning
The Possible Effects of Global Climate Change on Hudson-Mohawk Campuses [description]

Peter Ellard

Associate Vice President of Academic Affairs
Siena College

Facilitator:
Ariella Maron, Associate Principal, Happold Consulting
   
1c
Sustain What?
Sustainability: What is it and is it achievable? [description]

Ghassan Karam
Professor of Economics and Environmental Studies
Pace University

Facilitator:
Andrew C. Revkin
, Senior Fellow for Environmental Understanding, Pace University Academy for Applied Environmental Studies, Dot Earth Blogger, The New York Times
   
1d
Facilities and Operations
Using Technology, Innovation and Education to Promote Sustainability in Campus Dining [description]

Steve Sansola
Associate Dean for Student Affairs
Marist College

Justin Butwell
Director of Physical Plant
Marist College

Mohamad Charafeddine
General Manager
Marist Dining Services (Sodexo)

Co-Facilitators:
Andrew Castellon, Director of Dining Services, Pace University Pleasantville, Chartwells
Charles Cerulli, Sr., Director of Dining Services, Bard College, Chartwells
   
1e
Students
Become an Agent of Change [description]

Alistair Hall
Sustainability Assistant
Vassar College

Facilitator:
Claudia Mausner
, Environmental Psychology Consultant, Adjunct Associate Professor of Environmental Studies, Pace University
   
3:00 p.m. Exhibitor Showcase
   
5:00 p.m. Dinner with Special Musical Guests: Andy Revkin's Breakneck Ridge Revue
   
7:00 p.m. Adjourn
   
Saturday, November 9, 2013
   
8:30 a.m. Continental Breakfast and Poster Set Up
   
9:00 a.m.
Welcome Michelle D. Land
Director
Pace University Academy for Applied Environmental Studies
and the Environmental Consortium of Colleges & Universities
   
9:15 a.m.
Roundtable: The Middlebury Campus as a Learning Laboratory via the Classroom and the Boardroom
 
 

Jack Byrne (Moderator)
Director, Office of Sustainability Integration
Middlebury College

Ho Wang Adrian (Adrian) Leong, Class of 2016
Patrick Li, Class of 2014
Camille Seyler, Class of 2014
Molly Shane, Class of 2014
Natalie Valentin, Class of 2015
Middlebury College

   
10:30 a.m. Break
   
10:45 a.m.
Concurrent Breakout Sessions
2a
Academic
Discovering Urban Sustainability in NYC: Enabling Students to Connect with the Community [description]

Kevin L. Woo
Mentor in the Science, Mathematics and Technology Area of Study
SUNY Empire State College

Karyn Pilgrim
Mentor in the Culture Studies Area of Study
SUNY Empire State College

Ruth Goldberg

Mentor in the Arts Area of Study
SUNY Empire State College

Co-Facilitators:
Ryan Palmer, Director, Center for the Urban River at Beczak, Sarah Lawrence College
Marilyn Power, Professor of Economics, Sarah Lawrence College
   
2b
Administration and Planning
Developing a Campus-wide Sustainability Strategic Plan [description]

Sister Kathleen Sullivan, O.P.
Chancellor for External Affairs
Dominican College

Madeline Mignone
Associate Professor and Coordinator
Biology Program
Dominican College

Facilitator:
Thomas Porcello
, Associate Dean Strategic Planning and Academic Resources, Vassar College
   
2c
Community
Partners
Opportunities for Internal and External Collaboration Through Green Campus Infrastructure Projects [description]

KT Tobin
Associate Director
Center for Research, Regional Education and Outreach (CRREO)
SUNY New Paltz

Emily Vail
Watershed Outreach Specialist
Hudson River Estuary Program
New York State Department of Environmental Conservation
NYS Water Resources Institute at Cornell University

Facilitator:
Paul Benzing, Assistant Professor of Biology, The College of Saint Rose
   
2d
Facilities and Operations
How Colleges Use and Protect Their Natural Areas [description]

Richard Feldman
Associate Professor of Environmental Science
Marist College

Facilitator:
George Schuler, Director of Conservation Science & Practice, The Nature Conservancy
   
2e
Students
The Power of Student Groups and Committee Representation [description]

Jessie Baker
Sustainability Task Force & Engagement
Office of Sustainability
New York University

Facilitator:
Laurie Husted, Sustainability Manager, Bard College
   
12:00 p.m. Lunch
   
12:30 p.m. Presentation of The Great Work Award, in honor of Thomas Berry
Recipient: James Gustave Speth
   
1:00 p.m.
Keynote How do We Define an 'Environmental Issue' and How Does the Answer Affect the Curriculum?
James Gustave “Gus” Speth
Professor of Law
Vermont Law School
   
1:45 p.m. Campus Team Meetings: Strategies and Goals for Short-Term and Long-Term
   
2:30 p.m. Closing Remarks & Raffle
   
2:45 p.m. Reception and Poster Session
   
4:30 p.m. Adjourn

 
Breakout Session Descriptions
Breakout Session Descriptions
Friday, November 8, 2013
   
1a
Academic
Integration of Sustainability Across the Curriculum

Fredrica Rudell, Chair, Department of Marketing & International Business, Iona College

Facilitator: Martin B. Shaffer, Dean, School of Liberal Arts, Marist College

Description:

This session, using a Green Marketing course as a launching point, covers the implementation of sustainability in education, particularly into atypical courses and curriculum. Both methods and philosophy will be broadly discussed, highlighting topics, assignments, and teaching strategies that engage Generation Y. The goal is to share experiences, what works and what does not, while also finding ways to use such courses to addresses environmental issues right on campus.

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1b
Administration and Planning

The Possible Effects of Global Climate Change on Hudson-Mohawk Campuses

Peter Ellard
, Associate Vice President of Academic Affairs, Siena College

Facilitator: Ariella Maron, Associate Principal, Happold Consulting

Description:
This session found its beginning at the 2012 Environmental Consortium conference with the question of how institutions can prepare for global climate change. The question also serves as a challenge to colleges and universities with a call for commitment and change. It also serves a way to have the voices of those working in the field heard by the institutional policy makers. The initial research of Dr. Peter Ellard and his student Kori Swieter seeks to present a vignette of what this might look like at one college. This case study is designed to lay the groundwork from which further research can be made and which others may emulate and expand . The session emphasizes the complexity of the question and highlights how Consortium members can work to inspire each other to complete similar studies and shift planning with the future in mind.

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1c
Sustain What?
Sustainability: What is it and is it achievable?

Ghassan Karam, Professor of Economics and Environmental Studies, Pace University

Facilitator: Andrew C. Revkin, Senior Fellow for Environmental Understanding, Pace University, Dot Earth Blogger, The New York Times

Description:
This session will scrutinize the popular definition of sustainability, going beyond the environment and applying it to social and political realms. The discussion will introduce a variety of yardsticks to measure sustainability and provide evidence that it has become an existential issue in the Anthropocene era. The presentation will attempt to show that it is not sufficient to define our goal but that what is in dire need is a strategy that will enable us to get there from here. Participants will discuss and suggest the major ideas that need to guide our effort during this most important of transformations.

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1d
Facilities and Operations
Using Technology, Innovation and Education to Promote Sustainability in Campus Dining

Steve Sansola, Associate Dean for Student Affairs, Marist College
Justin Butwell, Director of Physical Plant, Marist College
Mohamad Charafeddine, General Manager, Marist Dining Services (Sodexo)

Co-Facilitators:
Andrew Castellon, Director of Dining Services, Pace University Pleasantville, Chartwells
Charles Cerulli, Sr., Director of Dining Services, Bard College, Chartwells

Description:
This facilities and operations-focused session examines dining services from several perspectives. With the example of Marist College, the session approaches the idea of “making sustainability real” through local food purchasing, creative menu planning, installation of energy efficient equipment, and food waste recovery. It covers the connection between sustainable dining services and an institution’s strategic plan, methods for sourcing local foods, and designing kitchens and facilities with sustainability in mind.

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1e
Students
Become an Agent of Change

Alistair Hall, Sustainability Assistant, Vassar College

Facilitator: Claudia Mausner, Environmental Psychology Consultant, Adjunct Associate Professor of Environmental Studies, Pace University

Description:
The need for change is not something unique to any generation. However, discovering the appropriate strategies is a challenge that constantly renews itself. Students offer much more than power in numbers. Their power lies in their energy and enthusiasm, talent for relating and communicating ideas, and their fresh perspectives. In this session, students learn tips and tools on becoming an agent of change at their institution and catalysts for a better future.

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Breakout Session Descriptions
Saturday, November 9, 2013
   
2a
Academic
Discovering Urban Sustainability in NYC: Enabling Students to Connect with the Community [description]

Kevin L. Woo, Mentor in the Science, Mathematics and Technology Area of Study, SUNY Empire State College
Karyn Pilgrim, Mentor in the Culture Studies Area of Study, SUNY Empire State College
Ruth Goldberg, Mentor in the Arts Area of Study, SUNY Empire State College

Co-Facilitators:
Ryan Palmer, Director, Center for the Urban River at Beczak, Sarah Lawrence College
Marilyn Power, Professor of Economics, Sarah Lawrence College

Description:
Using its summer course entitled, “Green Pens and Thumbs: Discovering Urban Sustainability in New York City,” Empire State College presents a case study on student engagement through an innovative course that taps into students’ independent learning and observations. Empire State College is an inherently interdisciplinary, non-traditional learning environment that serves predominantly adult learners from diverse and underserved populations. Students bring with them experiences that enrich the college learning environment and facilitate learning outside the classroom, by merging their working lives and academic study. By challenging students to create a legacy of sustainability, they connect more fully to their own communities. From community farms to environmental justice, urban environments also offer an opportunity for people to think about salient ecological issues that transcend scientific and social perspectives, such as nutrition, sustainability, climate change.

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2b
Administration and Planning
Developing a Campus-wide Sustainability Strategic Plan [description]

Sister Kathleen Sullivan, O.P., Chancellor, Dominican College
Madeline Mignone, Associate Professor and Coordinator, Biology Program, Dominican College

Facilitator: Thomas Porcello, Associate Dean, Strategic Planning and Academic Resources, Vassar College

Description:
This session covers the development of a campus sustainability plan that engages commitment across constituencies. Using Dominican College as a case study, it follows the development and planning processes for green campus infrastructure to the embedding of sustainability into an institution’s strategic plan. Created by a campus-wide task force, the sustainability strategic plan incorporates campus systems, earth systems, administrative systems, education and engagement. It assures the implementation of specific programs while setting the stage for further action.

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2c
Community
Partners

Opportunities for Internal and External Collaboration Through Green Campus Infrastructure Projects

KT Tobin, Associate Director, Center for Research, Regional Education and Outreach (CRREO), SUNY New Paltz

Emily Vail, Watershed Outreach Specialist, Hudson River Estuary Program, New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, NYS Water Resources Institute at Cornell University

Facilitator: Paul Benzing, Assistant Professor of Biology, The College of Saint Rose

Description:
SUNY New Paltz and NYS DEC Hudson River Estuary Program team up to present a case study of new stormwater and watershed management on the New Paltz campus as a model for internal and external collaboration, from the integration of environmental education to the implementation of green infrastructure. The discussion will include strategies on how to improve sustainability and climate change adaptations on campus while involving local governments, state agencies, academics, and practitioners while simultaneously spurring student-faculty research, curriculum development, and interdisciplinary collaboration.

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2d
Facilities and Operations
How Colleges Use and Protect Their Natural Areas

Richard Feldman, Associate Professor of Environmental Science, Marist College

Facilitator: George Schuler, Director of Conservation Science & Practice, The Nature Conservancy

Description:
Natural areas on campuses have multiple purposes, including academic, aesthetic, athletic and recreational ones, plus conservation and storm water management. Attention to managing these areas likely varies considerably among colleges and universities, with the different experiences providing valuable insights. Using the example of Marist College’s 12-acre preserve, the discussion will launch into the attributes of natural areas, challenges faced in their protection, strategies to garner support for preserve management, and the potential collaboration among colleges in this topic area.

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2e
Students
The Power of Student Groups and Committee Representation

Jessie Baker
Sustainability Task Force & Engagement
Office of Sustainability
New York University

Facilitator: Laurie Husted, Sustainability Manager, Bard College

Description:
College campuses are fountains of learning and innovation from which students are given an abundance of opportunities. The college community alone offers motivated students a chance to gather with other bright and forward thinking people. On the other hand, unique challenges arise in pulling together into legitimate student groups, organizing ideas, sustaining efforts, and approaching issues strategically and professionally. This session will offer insight and guidance on achieving formal campus representation and meaningful engagement with decisions-makers and committees on campus.

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Keynotes

David HalesDavid Hales has been President and CEO of Second Nature, the Boston-based advocacy organization committed to promoting sustainability through higher education since August, 2012.

Prior to assuming this post, Hales was President of College of the Atlantic. Under his leadership, College of the Atlantic received recognition for innovative academic excellence, and became the first institution of higher education in the United States to be a “NetZero” emitter of greenhouse gases.

President Hales has held numerous positions promoting sustainability nationally and internationally, including directing environmental policy and sustainability programs of the United States Agency for International Development throughout the Clinton administration.

 



Gus SpethJames Gustave Speth joined the faculty of the Vermont Law School as Professor of Law in 2010. He serves also as Distinguished Senior Fellow at Demos and Associate Fellow at the Tellus Institute.

In 2009 he completed his decade-long tenure as Dean, Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies.  From 1993 to 1999, Gus Speth was Administrator of the United Nations Development Programme and chair of the UN Development Group.  Prior to his service at the UN, he was founder and president of the World Resources Institute; professor of law at Georgetown University; chairman of the U.S. Council on Environmental Quality (Carter Administration); and senior attorney and cofounder, Natural Resources Defense Council.  Throughout his career, Speth has provided leadership and entrepreneurial initiatives to many task forces and committees whose roles have been to combat environmental degradation and promote sustainable development, including the President’s Task Force on Global Resources and Environment; the Western Hemisphere Dialogue on Environment and Development; and the National Commission on the Environment. Among his awards are the National Wildlife Federation’s Resources Defense Award, the Natural Resources Council of America’s Barbara Swain Award of Honor, a 1997 Special Recognition Award from the Society for International Development, Lifetime Achievement Awards from the Environmental Law Institute and the League of Conservation Voters, and the Blue Planet Prize.  He holds honorary degrees from Clark University, the College of the Atlantic, the Vermont Law School, Middlebury College, the University of South Carolina, Green Mountain College, the University of Massachusetts, and Unity College. He is the author, co-author or editor of seven books including the award-winning The Bridge at the Edge of the World: Capitalism, the Environment, and Crossing from Crisis to Sustainability and Red Sky at Morning: America and the Crisis of the Global Environment. His latest book is America the Possible: Manifesto for a New Economy, published by Yale Press in September 2012.

Speth currently serves on the boards of the New Economy Coalition, Center for a New American Dream, Climate Reality Project, and the Institute for Sustainable Communities. He is an honorary director of the World Resources Institute and the Natural Resources Defense Council and is an advisory board member or associate for the Democracy Collaborative, United Republic, 350.org, EcoAmerica, Labor Network for Sustainability, New Economy Working Group, SC Coastal Conservation League, Environmental Law Institute, Vermont Natural Resources Council, Southern Environmental Law Center, Heinz Center, Free Speech for People, and Vermont Institute for Natural Science.

He graduated summa cum laude from Yale University in 1964 with a BA in Political Science, and subsequently earned an M.Litt. in Economics from Oxford University in 1966 as a Rhodes Scholar and his JD from the Yale Law School in 1969. After law school, he served as law clerk to Supreme Court Justice Hugo L. Black.

 

Co-Sponsor
Pace Academy for Applied Environmental Studies