EUS Partner Erik Kiviat Receives The Great Work Award
The Environmental Consortium of Colleges & Universities recognizes Kiviat's commitment to environmental research and education
Erik Kiviat, who has an extensive forty-five year research career, recieved The Great Work Award on November 8th, 2014, an award bestowed annually by the Environmental Consortium of Colleges & Universities in honor of Thomas Berry. Kiviat, born and raised in the Hudson Valley, is a research associate at Bard College, from which he graduated in 1976. Additionaly, he is the co-founder and executive director of Hudsonia, a not-for-profit institute for research, education, and technical assistance in the environmental sciences, housed at the Bard College field station.
Both biogeophysical systems and human societies (cultures, economies, political regimes) are nested complex systems involving numerous interactions. Environmental and Urban Studies (EUS) is a transdisciplinary program that examines the interdependence of human societies and the physical environment. The program strives to ensure that majors have a solid background in the physical sciences, the humanities, and economics and policy--and understand what sustainability means in the real world. We aim to enhance students' understanding of the complexities of environmental and urban issues and their awareness of interrelationships between built and "natural" environments.