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Why We Turned a Lake Brown and What We Learned

Thursday, September 22, 2016
12:00 pm Reem-Kayden Center Laszlo Z. Bito '60 Auditorium
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The Thomas Berry Forum for Ecological Dialogue at Iona College
is pleased to announce a conference on the theme of
"Ecological Spirituality and Laudato Si'"

Saturday, October 29, 2016
9:30 am – 5:00 pm more >

Bard Graduate Programs in Sustainability:
Open House in New York City

Wednesday, November 9, 2016
6:30 pm – 8:30 pm New York City
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Bard Graduate Programs in Sustainability: Hudson Valley Campus Open House

Saturday, December 3, 2016
11:00 am – 2:00 pm Reem-Kayden Center
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Bard Graduate Programs in Sustainability:
Open House in New York City

Wednesday, February 15, 2017
6:30 pm – 8:30 pm New York City
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EUS in China

Biology/EUS professor Bruce Robertson explores "Local Livelihoods and Environmental Conservation in Southern China"
EUS in China
Retrieved from the web:
Excerpt from: Local Livelihoods and Environmental Conservation in Southern China
Bruce Robertson, Assistant Professor of Biology, Bard College

"In July, 2016, I traveled to Yunnan Province, China with my colleague Monique Segarra with the goal of better understanding the socio-economic and political environment shaping the conservation of ecosystems and natural resources in the region.  Our central goal was to use interviews to generate an understanding of issues and to identify important and relevant case-studies in conservation that we could use in our respective courses (e.g. for me: Conservation Biology in Practice, a seminar in biology). We chose Yunnan because it represents a nexus of environmental decision-making that seem relevant to the country as a whole, but also because the region has become a focus of national and international attention due to the way in which its unique national resources are being developed for tourism. More specifically, the region represents one of the least-developed and so most ecologically intact and biodiverse regions of China. Because of its scenic beauty, the upland regions have been identified by the Beijing government as a valuable resource for the development of a tourist economy and this has led to an effort to create a first national park system while incorporating local people into those economies in ways that maintain biodiversity and ecosystem function. Because it helps direct monsoon rainfall into two of the most important river systems in China, the region represents a major source of clean water for the country and so generates a legitimate concern for the integrity of its watersheds. From the lowland tropical forests in the south near the borders of Laos and Burma, terrain elevates the region to upwards of 12,000 feet in the Northwest where Yunnan meets Tibet and pine trees give way to alpine tundra."

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Studying, protecting, and sharing our local watershed

EUS is a major part of grants promoting community science, sustainable trail design, and dam assessment
Studying, protecting, and sharing our local watershed
The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) recently awarded Bard two Hudson River Estuary Program grants, in addition to one awarded in 2015 to support the development of a science-based community stewardship group called the Saw Kill Watershed Community (SKWC). The two new grants are both feasibility studies, one to plan for improvements to trails along the water, and one to determine next steps for a dam along the Saw Kill. Bard was also awarded a one-million-dollar NYSERDA grant to study the feasibility of micro-hydroelectric power generation on the Saw Kill and similar waterways. EUS faculty, staff, and partners are part of all of these projects.

SKWC brings together Bard faculty and staff and local community members. EUS professor Eli Dueker led the grant-writing team, and Dr. Dueker, EUS Executive Administrator Tom O’Dowd form the interim leadership team, along with Carolyn Klocker of Dutchess County Cornell Cooperative Extentsion and Red Hook community members Karen Schneller-McDonald and Sheila Buff. SKWC's mission is “building community through hands-on science, education, advocacy, to protect the Saw Kill watershed and its ecological, recreational, and historical resources." This project utilizes and connects scientific research to inform and raise community stewardship of the watershed. Starting in January of 2016 the group began holding monthly “community conversations” to stay on top of local watershed issues and take actions.

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Our Mission

We aim to endow students with an in-depth, interdisciplinary understanding of the complexities of environmental and urban issues. The goal is to educate leaders who will design a sustainable future in built and natural environments.

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.

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