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Marist to Host College Environmental Consortium Annual Conference

POUGHKEEPSIE - Marist College will host the Environmental Consortium of Colleges & Universities9th Annual Conference on Saturday, October 27. Rediscovering Higher Education's Role in the Earth Community will bring faculty and students from the consortium's 59 member colleges and universities, along with other interested members for the public, to campus to explore how ecology can be the pedagogical core for the way the higher education community teaches, learns, and applies its disciplines to meet its obligation to our shared environmental future.

The conference's keynote address will be delivered by Mary Evelyn Tucker, managing trustee of the Thomas Berry Foundation and co-director of the Forum on Religion and Ecology at Yale University.

The conference is co-sponsored by Marist and Pace University's Academy for Applied Environmental Studies and will include plenaries, a lunch social, and a multi- and inter-disciplinary poster session featuring faculty and student scholarly and creative work on environmental topics in the Hudson River Valley region.

A sample of the many posters that will be presented:

  • The Marcellus Shale Environmental Review by Kayla Every, Mat Banville, Dr. Sharon Small, and Dr. James Booker of Siena College
  • Developing a Management Plan for a College Nature Preserve by Dr. Richard S. Feldman and Sarah Sterner '10 of Marist College
  • Archaeological Research on the Shawangunk Ridge by Emma Goodwin ’14, Nate Gorlin-Crenshaw ’13, Melanie Horn ’13, Sarah Mincer ’15, and Dr. Lucy Johnson of Vassar College

The consortium will also present the first Thomas Berry Great Work Award, recognizing a faculty member or members whose work has advanced higher education's unique and central role in the environmental future of our region and the planet as articulated in Father Berry's book “The Great Work: Our Way into the Future.” Berry saw a special role for higher education, which he believed is the only of society’s institutions that offers the multiple disciplines, critical capacity, and duty to community necessary to change humanity's destructive environmental course.  

Registration is required. Deep discounts are available for students. Please visit to register and for more information.

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