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Bard Center for Environmental Policy to Host Teach-In on Climate Change Thursday, October 22

Darren O'Sullivan

ANNANDALE-ON-HUDSON, N.Y.— The Bard Center for Environmental Policy (CEP) will host “90 Minutes on 350,” a campus-wide roundtable discussion in collaboration with the National Teach-In on Global Warming Solutions, on Thursday, October 22. The interdisciplinary teach-in is being held in conjunction with the International Day of Action on October 24, which is being organized by Bill McKibben’s movement. Many scientists believe that 350 signifies the safe upper limit of carbon in our atmosphere. In preparation for the International Day of Action, Bard faculty, staff, students and community members will participate in a 30-minute talk followed by audience participation and discussion on the science, economics, politics, and moral dimensions of the 350 target for CO2 concentrations. Speakers include Bard CEP Director Eban S. Goodstein, Sustainable Hudson Valley Executive Director Melissa Everett, and Bard Biology Associate Professor Felicia Keesing. This event, which includes a potluck dinner and letter writing campaign, is free and open to the public. It takes place at 5 p.m. in the multipurpose room of the Bertelsmann Campus Center.

The Bard Center for Environmental Policy was created 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 intensive 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 teach-in or 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 10-14-2009