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Bard Center for Environmental Policy to Lead National Climate Seminar this Fall

Biweekly National Phone Conversation Will Link Educators, Students, and Citizens with Top Climate Scientists, Political Leaders, and Policy Analysts

Darren O'Sullivan

ANNANDALE-ON-HUDSON, N.Y.— With climate change legislation pending in Washington and the United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP 15) set for December in Copenhagen, 2009 is a crucial year in the international effort to address climate change. To explore the issues, politics, and science driving these important decisions, the Bard Center for Environmental Policy (Bard CEP) is leading the National Climate Seminar, a biweekly national phone conversation featuring top climate scientists, political leaders, and policy analysts. Presenters taking part include New York Times reporter Andrew C. Revkin, leading environmental educator David Orr, and Massachusetts Rep. Edward Markey, chair of the House Select Committee on Energy Independence and Global Warming. “The next few months are a critical time,” said Eban Goodstein, Bard CEP director. “Decisions made by a handful of U.S. senators will either open or close a window on the future.”

The National Climate Seminar is available live to educators, students, and the public by telephone. The half-hour seminars will be held via conference call on the first and third Wednesday of each month at 3 p.m. EST. Questions for the presenters can be submitted online prior to the seminar, and all conversations will be available following the seminar in podcast. To dial in to the NCS, call 1-712-432-3100, conference code 253385. For more information, visit, or contact Bard CEP (information below).

Fall 2009 Schedule: The World Decides

Date                Presenter                                                       Conversation

9-Sept.             Dallas Burtraw/Resources for the Future U.S. Policy: Strong Enough?

23-Sept.           Stephen Schneider/Stanford University      Meaning of Business as Usual

7 Oct.                  Bill McKibben/                                Climate Citizens

21 Oct.                 Hunter Lovins/Natural                               Capitalism Business on Board

4 Nov.             Andrew C. Revkin/New York Times                  Copenhagen Prospects

11 Nov.             Rep. Ed Markey, D-MA                              What Washington Needs

18 Nov.             Mohan Monasinghe/IPCC                               Vice Chair China, India & the United States

2 Dec.             David Orr/Oberlin College                                     Educators, Citizens, Copenhagen & Beyond

16 Dec.             Jessy Tolkan/Energy Action                          Spring 2010: The Youth Voice

 The Bard Center for Environmental Policy was created in 1999 to promote education, research, and public service on critical issues pertaining to the natural and built environments. Its primary goal is to improve environmental policies by facilitating the use of the best available scientific knowledge in the policy-making process at the local, regional, national, and international levels. Bard CEP’s premise is that to address environmental problems and pursue sustainable use of natural resources, scientists, economists, lawyers, ethicists, and policy makers must understand one another’s perspectives and values, and communicate effectively with the general public.

Directed by Eban S. Goodstein, Bard CEP is an innovative graduate program leading to either the master of science degree in environmental policy or a professional certificate in environmental policy. The emphasis on science-based policy enables students to progress from knowledge of the issues to the formulation of feasible, effective policy responses. The program’s unique combination of interdisciplinary modular study, a full-time internship, and intense thesis research allows students to delve deeply into individual areas of interest.

One cohort of approximately 20 students matriculates each year, which leads to a close rapport between students and faculty members. The intensive, campus-based, first-year curriculum requires students to synthesize information from a range of disciplines and sources. The value of this approach has been recognized through established partnerships with Pace Law School, the Bard College Master of Arts in Teaching Program, and Peace Corps.

For more information about the Bard Center for Environmental Policy, please call 845-758-7073, e-mail, or visit

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This event was last updated on 08-26-2009