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  • FREE and open to all higher education students.
  • All majors are welcome.
  • Network with like-minded students.
  • Lunch included!
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As we explore today’s environmental challenges, we find that no real solutions can exist within a bubble. By its very nature, “sustainability” must address not only ecological concerns, but social concerns as well.

Students from around the region, of all disciplines, are called to gather at this year’s Student Summit where we will ask what it takes to be an advocate, why environmental solutions must involve other disciplines, and how academic institutions can form more meaningful community partnerships.

By building our Collective Campus – our region and students, working across institutional boundaries – we can make a greater impact. At this timely gathering, students will hone their advocacy skills, while gaining inspiration and perspective from one another.

AGENDA
10:00am – 10:30am Registration (Willcox Hall, Multipurpose Room)
10:30am – 10:45am

Welcome (Willcox Hall, Multipurpose Room)

Michelle D. Land
Director
Pace Academy for Applied Environmental Studies
Environmental Consortium of Colleges & Universities
Pace University, Dyson College Institute for Sustainability and the Environment

10:45am – 11:30am Keynote: Taking Action To Achieve Environmental Justice!
Peggy M. Shepard
Co-Founder and Executive Director
WE ACT for Environmental Justice
11:30am – 11:45am Break
11:45am – 1:00pm Workshops (Miller Hall, 1st Floor Classrooms)

A. Food, Water, Health: How to Intervene Effectively in a Complex System Eugenia Manwelyan
Co-Founder and Director
Eco Practicum
Managing Director
Food + Enterprise
B. Climate Justice: Deliberative Practices for Resilience & Engagement Ana Baptista
Assistant Professor of Professional Practice in Environmental Policy and Sustainability Management
The New School
Board Member
Ironbound Community Corporation
1:00pm – 1:45pm Lunch and Networking (Willcox Hall, Multipurpose Room)
1:45pm – 3:00pm    Workshops (Miller Hall, 1st Floor Classrooms)

C. Ecological Restoration and Sustainable Communities Manna Jo Greene
Environmental Action Director
Hudson River Sloop Clearwater
D. Advocacy for Change: On, Off and Across Campus(es) John Cronin
Senior Fellow for Environmental Affairs
Pace Academy for Applied Environmental Studies
Co-Founder, Environmental Consortium of Colleges & Universities
Pace University
3:00pm – 4:00pm Report Out: Solidarity and Direct Action (Willcox Hall, Lecture Hall)
4:00pm    Adjourn
[Optional] Environmental Complex Tour
Following the Student Summit, you are invited to take a tour of Pace University's new Environmental Complex which includes a Nature Center (complete with goats, sheep, pigs, hawks and owls!), nature museum, and geothermal classroom.
KEYNOTE BIOGRAPHY
 
Peggy M. Shepard

Peggy M. Shepard has successfully combined grassroots organizing, environmental advocacy and environmental health research to become a national leader in advancing the perspective of environmental justice in urban communities -- to ensure that the right to a clean, healthy and sustainable environment extends to all.   Ms. Shepard was awarded an Honorary Doctor of Science from Smith College last May for “two decades of leadership in environmental justice and urban sustainability.

Ms. Shepard, a former journalist and state housing official, is co-founder and executive director of WE ACT For Environmental Justice (WE ACT) -- a membership organization based in West Harlem with aa federal policy office in Washington, DC -- which has a 26-year history of engaging Northern Manhattan residents in community-based planning and campaigns to affect environmental protection and environmental health policy locally and nationally. WE ACT’s work demonstrates how a community based organization can positively impact local, state, and national policymaking on environmental justice, public health, and equity issues.  A recipient of the Calver Award from the American Public Health Association (APHA), the 10th Annual Heinz Award for the Environment, and the Jane Jacobs Medal for Lifetime Leadership from the Rockefeller Foundation, Ms Shepard is a past chair of the National Environmental Justice Advisory Council to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

WE ACT’s advocacy and research contributed to the NY Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) retrofitting its entire diesel bus fleet. WE ACT hosts the Environmental Justice Leadership Forum on Climate Change, a national coalition of 33 organizations representing 19 states that have convened to develop a unified voice and position on climate change policies, and   WE ACT coordinates the NYS Transportation Equity Alliance, a statewide coalition of 100 groups working to ensure equitable transportation policy locally and nationally. WE ACT’s 1st campaign achieved the retrofit of the North River Sewage Treatment Plant and a lawsuit settlement of a $1.1 million environmental benefits fund. A ten-year campaign spurred by a community-based planning process has resulted in the construction of the Harlem Piers at 125th Street on the Hudson River which opened in 2010.

WORKSHOP DESCRIPTIONS
A.
Food, Water, Health: How to Intervene Effectively in a Complex System


Eugenia Manwelyan
Co-Founder and Director
Eco Practicum
Managing Director
Food + Enterprise
What exactly is a food system? How does it function? How does it impact us, and how do our actions impact it? Through critical analysis and complex systems theory, we will explore practical solution-oriented approaches to some of our most pressing socio-environmental challenges. We will dig beneath the greenwashing, official pronouncements, and dominant myths to get at the root causes of these challenges, and look to inspiring real world examples for solutions. 

B.
Climate Justice: Deliberative Practices for Resilience and Engagement

Ana Isabel Baptista
Assistant Professor of Professional Practice in
Environmental Policy and Sustainability Management
The New School
Board Member
Ironbound Community Corporation

This session is aimed at understanding what climate justice is and how deliberative public engagement practices can be used to engage local communities. We will review some of the practical tools and concepts around inclusive community engagement with an overview of concepts and cases from climate resiliency projects. 

C.
Ecological Restoration and Sustainable Communities


Manna Jo Greene
Environmental Action Director
Hudson River Sloop Clearwater
This session will explore a collaboration between a youth development organization in Poughkeepsie (Nubian Directions II), an environmental organization (Clearwater), and an independent composting contractor with extensive experience in biological systems design (Greenway Environmental Services). These partners recently received a grant from Vassar College to continue their work retrofitting low-income houses with stormwater diversion systems that feed backyard gardens. Together, they join the movement to imagine inclusive environmentalisms and green cities that provide education, opportunity, and amenity to all residents. 

D.
Advocacy for Change: On, Off and Across Campus(es)


John Cronin
Senior Fellow for Environmental Affairs
Pace Academy for Applied Environmental Studies
Co-Founder, Environmental Consortium of Colleges & Universities
Pace University

The secret of effective advocacy is to persuade intelligently while letting your passion shine through. College campuses have been central to many of America's great social movements. Today, classic activism techniques still apply but social media provide tools unimaginable to organizers of the past. This workshop will explore the essential skills necessary for effective advocacy, such as lobbying and organizing, and how to use media to best communicate your message. We will tackle the question of whether it is possible to organize across the region's campuses and discuss the unique role that colleges and universities can and should play in affecting collective social change. Come ready to discuss the issues most important to you. 

 
 
DIRECTIONS AND TRANSPORTATION
 

LOCATION:
Pace University
861 Bedford Road (enter campus via “Entrance 1”)
Willcox Hall (building 24 on Campus Map)
Pleasantville, NY 10570



DIRECTIONS: General directions to campus, including mass transit options: http://www.pace.edu/about-us/directions-to-all-campuses/plv-campus .

CAMPUS MAP: http://www.pace.edu/westchester-map

PARKING: The most convenient parking will be found by entering campus via “Entrance 1” and utilizing the parking lots on the left and right.  If there is no parking in these lots, you can find parking in other surrounding lots.  See campus map.


MASS TRANSIT – INCLUDING SHUTTLE INFORMATION

Harlem Line (Metro-North Railroad)

Take the Metro-North Railroad HARLEM LINE to Pleasantville Station. A Pace Shuttle Bus runs regularly to the Pleasantville campus from Memorial Plaza at the southwest corner of the Pleasantville train station – cross Memorial Plaza and wait by the Pace Bus stop on the side of “Photo Works” store). The shuttle bus picks up from the train station three times an hour at approximately 15, 25, and 45 minutes after the hour and takes you to the campus.  You may exit the bus at Miller Hall and walk up to Willcox Hall (about a 1 or two minute walk) or stay on the bus and ride it to the next stop, Willcox Hall.   The Pace Shuttle schedule (see page two, columns labeled “Departs Memorial Plaza for Pleasantville” can be viewed online at http://www.pace.edu/sites/default/files/files/general-services/Transportation/fall-spring-schedule-2015-2016.pdf .

Hudson Line (Metro-North Railroad) and Amtrak
For those traveling via railroad (Metro-North HUDSON LINE or AMTRAK to the Croton-Harmon station, the Consortium has arranged for a Pace University bus to make the following trips for your convenience (seats must be reserved when you register for the event): 
TRIP A: 10:00 a.m. - Pick up at Croton-Harmon station, drop off at Pace University, Pleasantville (Willcox Hall)
TRIP B: 4:00 p.m. - Pick up at Pace University (Willcox Hall), drop off at Croton-Harmon

BeeLine Bus
The campus in Pleasantville is served by the Bee-Line Bus System .  Route 6 of that system, “Yonkers/White Plains/Pleasantville,” terminates near the Pleasantville train station. You can connect with the Pace shuttle bus as described below for the Harlem Metro-North line. For schedule information, call Bee-Line system at (914) 813-7777 between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. weekdays, or visit the Bee-Line Bus System.

 
Planning Committee
  • Donna Kowal, Program Coordinator, Pace Academy for Applied Environmental Studies and the Environmental Consortium, Pace University
  • Caroline Craig, Candidate, M.S. Environmental Policy and Sustainability Management, The New School
  • Thomas Flynn, Student Trustee, SUNY Rep. SUNY SA, SUNY Broome Community College
  • Sacha Pfeufer, Environmental Studies Major, Sustainability Intern, Vassar College
  • Nichole Virgona, Environmental Studies Major, Pace University
 

CONTACT


Inquiries?
Contact Donna Kowal at 914-773-3091 or info@environmentalconsortium.org.
Environmental Consortium

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