Taught by clean energy expert, Peter Fusaro, this course will be a "deep dive" approach to carbon finance and clean energy. The first week will cover a brief history of environmental markets, carbon trading and finance, green business models, the role of renewables and efficiency, forest carbon, funding mechanisms for environmental protection, and key examples current carbon markets (California, RGGI, EUETS and Kyoto 2014). The second week will be comprised of two days in New York City meeting with energy and finance experts followed by student presentations back at Bard. During the NYC field trips, students will visit with representatives from major players in the carbon finance world to understand the practical aspects of markets and trading.
Visits will include: The Climate Group, Eko Asset Management, RNK Capital, Sparq Energy, TFS Energy, The Green Exchange, Envizi, and the NYC Sustainability Office.
Professor: Peter C. Fusaro (bio) Location/Time: Bard College, 9:00am – 4:15pm. Registration Date: by Monday Jan. 6th, 2014
Local and National Conservation: A Land Trust Primer and the Role of Climate Change
This two week course, taught by land trust expert Judy Anderson, can be taken in individual sessions or as a two week sequence. Week one, open to anyone, focuses on understanding the key strategies of land trusts. Students learn key elements of running a successful land protection program and how to build greater community support for conservation and your land trust. Topics include different land trusts’ insights on conservation easement programs, owning and managing land in fee, enhancing outreach and communications, and developing a monitoring program for conservation easements. Week two is an advanced session that requires either participation in week one or prior knowledge of land trusts. Week two focuses on what land trusts are doing, or might do, in the face of a rapidly changing climate. Examples will include adaptation and mitigation strategies, impacts on birds, habitat, forests and agriculture, and the role of land trusts in slowing down climate change and tips to adapt conservation easements to climate change.
Guest Speakers for Week One
Katrina Shindledecker, Director of Land Preservation, Hudson Highlands Land Trust
Bob Knighton, Board Chair, Greene Land Trust
Seth McKee, Land Conservation Director, Scenic Hudson
Jane Calvin, Executive Director, Lowell Parks and Conservation Trust
Guest Speakers for Week Two
Dr. Gary Lovett, Senior Scientist, Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies
Connie Mahan, Audubon Policy Office Director, Grassroots Outreach, National Audubon
Dr. Sacha Spector, Director of Conservation Science, Scenic Hudson
D. Andrew Pitz, Executive Director, French and Pickering Creeks Conservation Trust
Todd Tanner, Board Chair, Conservation Hawks
Students may sign up for individual sessions at $300 per week. Professor: Judy Anderson, Principal, Community Consultants Location/Time: Bard College, 9:00am – 4:15pm. Registration Date: by Monday Jan. 6th, 2014
Bard CEP has a longstanding partnership with the Institute for Nature and Society (INSO) in Oaxaca. Rather than understand the regional water crisis as arising from scarcity, INSO characterizes the region’s challenge as one of too much “fast water”—now both arriving and disappearing rapidly during the rainy season-- and not enough “slow water”, water that in the past was trapped by healthy ecosystems, and retained for use throughout the year. As a result of the degradation of mountain forests, cropland and pasture, and of urban sprawl, rainy season precipitation has become fast water, washing away topsoil, flooding roads, failing to replenish groundwater, and flowing quickly out of the region. This course will explore the general challenge of water management in a developing country context: course content will include an overview of Mexican history and environmental politics; a look at the hydrology and water quantity/quality issues, and a focus on solutions advocated by INSO and others. Professor: Victor Tafur Location/Time: Oaxaca, Mexico Open to Bard students only.
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