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2008

  Thursday, November 20, 2008
PANEL DISCUSSION: Urban Environmental Sustainability - Rebuilding New Orleans
Reem-Kayden Center Rm 103  5:30 pm – 7:00 pm
With a rapidly changing climate, a growing population, and the collapse of ecosystems across the globe, urban planning must meet development goals without undermining the environmental integrity of communities.

Distinguished panelists Mark Fischetti, managing editor of Scientific American Earth 3.0; Peter Stillman and Adelaide Villmoare, professors of political studies at Vassar College; and Michael Haggerty, Bard alum and urban planner with SMWM; will discuss the redevelopment of New Orleans and viable options for urban planning and environmental
policy in the city.

All are welcome to attend.

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Information sessions for each program to follow at 7pm.

Light refreshments provided!

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Sponsored by: Bard Center for Environmental Policy; New Orleans Initiative
Contact: Molly Williams  845-758-7071  cepevent@bard.edu
  Thursday, November 20, 2008
Panel Talk on Rebuilding New Orleans
Reem-Kayden Center  5:30 pm
On Thursday, November 20, the Bard Center for Environmental Policy (BCEP) and Bard Urban Studies in New Orleans Program (NOI) will host a panel discussion with four distinguished speakers exploring the redevelopment of New Orleans and viable options for urban planning and environmental policy post–Katrina.
Sponsored by: Bard Center for Environmental Policy; New Orleans Initiative
Contact: Molly Williams  845-758-7071  cepevent@bard.edu
  Wednesday, November 19, 2008
Purchase College Grad School Expo
Purchase College, Student Services Building, 1st Floor  12:00 pm – 3:00 pm
BCEP will be attending the Purchase College Grad School Expo.

Come to find out more about what we offer!
Sponsored by: Bard Center for Environmental Policy
Contact: Molly Williams  845-758-7071  mwilliam@bard.edu
  Tuesday, November 18, 2008
Career/Graduate School Information Day
Molloy College, Kellenberg Hall, 1st Floor hall  12:00 pm – 3:00 pm
BCEP will be attending the Career/Graduate School Information Day held at Molloy College in Long Island.

Come to find out more about what we offer!


Sponsored by: Bard Center for Environmental Policy
Contact: Molly Williams  845-758-7071  mwilliam@bard.edu
  Monday, May 19, 2008
BCEP director candidate talk
Campus Center, Weis Cinema  2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Peter Calow, candidate for the position of director of the Bard Center for Environmental Policy, will give a public lecture entitled, "Analyzing aspects of the European dream; recent developments in EU environmental policy with broad implications." Dr. Calow is currently special advisor on environment and economics at Roskilde University Denmark. He also currently sits on a key science advisory committee in the EU and has other appointments involving the chemicals and fragrance industry in Europe and the United States. Previously, Dr. Calow was Director of the Danish Environmental Assessment Institute and Professor in the Department of Animal and Plant Sciences at Sheffield University, United Kingdom. His interests range from ecotoxicology and ecological risk assessment to the economics of environmental policy.
Contact: Doug O'Connor  845-758-7895  dgs@bard.edu
  Monday, May 19, 2008
Lecture: "Analyzing aspects of the European dream; recent developments in EU environmental policy with broad implications."
Campus Center, Weis Cinema  2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Peter Calow, candidate for the position of director of the Bard Center for Environmental Policy, will give a public lecture entitled, "Analyzing aspects of the European dream; recent developments in EU environmental policy with broad implications." Open to the public and free of charge.

Dr. Calow is currently special advisor on environment and economics at Roskilde University in Denmark. He also currently sits on a key science advisory committee in the EU and has other appointments involving the chemicals and fragrance industry in Europe and the United States. Previously, Dr. Calow was Director of the Danish Environmental Assessment Institute and Professor in the Department of Animal and Plant Sciences at Sheffield University, United Kingdom. His interests range from ecotoxicology and ecological risk assessment to the economics of environmental policy.

Sponsored by: Bard Center for Environmental Policy; Office of the Dean of Graduate Studies
Contact: Doug O'Connor  845-758-7895  oconnor@bard.edu
  Saturday, May 10, 2008
"Mapping Disaster: Critical Geography and the Politics of Risk"
Reem-Kayden Center  10:30 am – 6:30 pm
A one day conference on new technologies and strategies in critical geography and GIS. Sponsored by the Bard Center for Environmental Policy, the Human Rights Program, and the Science, Technology and Society Program.
Contact: Prof. Greg Moynahan  845-591-4280  moynahan@bard.edu
  Saturday, May 3, 2008
Learning Across Borders Workshop: Training Environmental Policy Makers in the 21st Century
Bard College Campus 
In preparation for a major international conference on environmental curriculum and training, the Bard Center for Environmental Policy is holding a planning workshop that will bring together academics and professionals to discuss the needs of front-line environmental practitioners and how those needs can be met more effectively by training programs that utilize science-based, inter-disciplinary curriculum.

The workshop will outline cutting edge topics in the environmental field, and identify potential participants for the larger fall conference. Our invited participants to the workshop include BCEP’s partner organizations, as well as representatives from multilaterals, NGOs and other academic environmental programs.

Friday, May 2 3-5pm, Olin 102
Public Panel discussion

"Commodifying nature? The debate over sustainable watershed management"

Professor Gautam Sethi
Bard College
Juan José Consejo Dueñas
Director, Instituto de la Naturaleza y la Sociedad de Oaxaca
Tom O'Brien
Executive Director, Watershed Agricultural Council

Payment for Ecosystems Services (PES) has emerged as a new paradigm for fostering sustainable development, arguing that the providers of ecosystems services need to be compensated to sustain their participation. While this idea is appealing in principle, its critics argue that the PES mechanism is inherently problematic because it commodifies nature. Other critics point to the onerous information base required for the successful implementation of PES. This panel will discuss both sets of issues, using the Hudson Valley and the Oaxaca watersheds as cases in point.

(reception to follow in Olin Atrium)



Saturday May 3 Olin Learning Center 115

9-9:30: Continental breakfast


Session One: Biodiversity and Development 9:30-11:00

The focus of this session will be on how policies to sustain cultures and biodiversity differ from, or contradict, mainstream development activities and the impact of climate change on biodiversity conservation.

Session Leaders:

Dr. Eleanor Sterling, Director of the Center for Biodiversity Conservation at the American Museum of Natural History and Director of Graduate Studies for the Department of Ecology, Evolution, and Environmental Biology at Columbia University.
Sarah Timpson, Special Adviser to UNDP on Community-based Initiatives, former manager of the UNDP/Global Environment Facility’s Small Grants Programme (SGP).



Session Two: Transboundary Conflict and Environmental Issues 11:15-12:45

This session addresses conflict that emerges around transboundary environmental management and new mechanisms for environmental coordination.

Session Leaders:

Dr. James Booker, Siena College
Dr. Monique Segarra, Bard Center for Environmental Policy


Lunch: 1:00-2:30 Kline Dining Commons


Session Three: Curricular Reforms and Institutional Collaboration: Planning for the Learning Across Borders Conference, Fall 2008 2:30-4:30

In the final session, all invited participants will discuss the configuration of policy and science-based environmental programs, strategies to increase institutional collaboration, both within the region and internationally, and generate a set of topics and panels for the fall conference.

Session Leaders:

Dr. Jennifer Phillips, Bard Center for Environmental Policy
Dr. Steven Cohen, Executive Director of The Earth Institute at Columbia University, Director, Master of Public Administration Program in Environmental Science and Policy, School of International and Public Affairs at Columbia University.


Sponsored by: Bard Center for Environmental Policy
Contact: Cara Zell  845-758-7071  cepevent@bard.edu
  Monday, April 28, 2008
“The High-Performance High-Rise: Transforming the Urban Environment through Sustainable Design”
Campus Center, Weis Cinema  6:00 pm
Lecture by Bob Fox, of Cook + Fox architects

Opening this spring, the Bank of America Tower at One Bryant Park will be the first high-rise office tower to achieve LEED Platinum, the industry's highest standard for green buildings. Through innovative design and technologies, the 2.2 million square foot building will demonstrate that a healthy, high-performance work environment can use dramatically less energy and conserve natural resources. At the same time, the project is also helping raise awareness about green building and climate change in the United States.
Sponsored by: Bard Center for Environmental Policy
Contact: 845-758-7085  cep@bard.edu
  Thursday, April 24, 2008
BCEP director candidate talk
Campus Center, Weis Cinema  2:00 pm – 3:15 pm
Kenneth Richards, candidate for the position of director of the Bard Center for Environmental Policy, will give a public lecture entitled, "Preparing for Carbon Capture and Storage: Policy and Legal Considerations." Open to the public and free of charge.

Dr. Richards has a Ph.D. in Public Policy and Management from the Wharton School and a J.D. from the Law School at the University of Pennsylvania. He is currently Associate Professor at the School of Public and Environmental Affairs at Indiana University and Associate Director of the Richards G. Lugar Center for Renewable Energy. Dr. Richards is the author of numerous publications on the legal and economic assessment of carbon sequestration strategies.

Sponsored by the Office of the Dean of Graduate Studies and the Bard Center for Environmental Policy.

WHEN: Thursday, April 24, 2008

TIME: 2:00pm to 3:15pm

LOCATION: Campus Center, Weis Cinema

CONTACT: Doug O’Connor, dgs@bard.edu, 845-758-7895

Contact: Doug O'Connor  845-758-7895  dgs@bard.edu
  Tuesday, April 15, 2008
Wolves in the Northern Rockies: The Symbol of Beneficial Change for Western Public Lands
Reem-Kayden Center  5:00 pm
In late February 2008, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service removed the northern Rocky Mountain gray wolf population from the federal list of endangered species. It has been argued that this action violated the Endangered Species Act, due to the genetic inadequacy of the present population and the refusal of Wyoming, Idaho, and Montana to make meaningful commitments to wolf conservation.

In the past two decades, the wolves of the northern Rocky Mountains have made remarkable progress toward recovery. While this progress deserves celebration, it is not yet complete. Wolves in the northern Rockies are endangered due to an insufficient number of wolves, and genetic isolation arising from a lack of interchange between wolves in Yellowstone, central Idaho, northwestern Montana, and Canada.

With continued recovery efforts, legitimate wolf recovery in the region is readily attainable. Delisting would further endanger wolves because of increased wolf killing, reduced wolf numbers, and less genetic exchange between wolf populations. The Fish and Wildlife Service's premature decision to strip the protections of the Endangered Species Act from the northern Rocky Mountain wolves promises to undo the progress of recent years.

Given by Jon Marvel, of the Western Watersheds Project
Sponsored by: Bard Center for Environmental Policy; Environmental and Urban Studies Program
Contact: 845-758-7085  cep@bard.edu
  Friday, February 1, 2008
Focus the Nation: Teach-in
Bard College Campus  10:00 am – 10:00 pm
“Stabilizing the Climate in the 21st Century—Global Warming Solutions for America.” Includes panel discussions, roundtable with elected officials, exhibition, film screenings, and theater presentation. Bard campus. See inside.bard.edu/berd for detailed schedule and locations
Sponsored by: BCEP, Chartwells, Berkshire Taconic Foundation; Dean of the College; Office of Sustainability
Contact: 845-758-7180  ftn@bard.edu

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  Friday, February 1, 2008
Focus the Nation: Lunch and Demonstration
Stevenson Athletic Center  10:00 am – 10:00 pm
“All-Local Harvest Lunch: A ‘Zero-Waste’ Event.” Lunch made with ingredients from local farms and purveyors, including Hudson Valley Fresh, Roxbury Farms, Old Saw Mill Farm, Stone Ridge Orchard, followed by alternative vehicle demonstration. Registration required. Stevenson Gymnasium, 1:00 p.m.
Sponsored by: BCEP, Chartwells, Berkshire Taconic Foundation; Dean of the College; Office of Sustainability
Contact: 845-758-7180  ftn@bard.edu

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  Wednesday, January 30, 2008
Focus the Nation: Webcast
Reem-Kayden Center  8:00 pm
The 2 Percent Solution. National webcast. László Z. Bitó ’60 Auditorium,
Sponsored by: BCEP, Chartwells, Berkshire Taconic Foundation; Dean of the College; Office of Sustainability
Contact: 845-758-7180  ftn@bard.edu

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  Wednesday, January 30, 2008
Focus the Nation: Film Screening
Reem-Kayden Center  6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
A Really Inconvenient Truth, documentary by Bard professor Joel Kovel, explores the issue of what is “really inconvenient.” Kovel notes, that is, “the truth that global warming is directly related to the uncontrolled growth of the dominant world capitalist system.” Room 101

Sponsored by: BCEP, Chartwells, Berkshire Taconic Foundation; Dean of the College; Office of Sustainability
Contact: 845-758-7180  ftn@bard.edu

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