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Environmental Studies and Sciences


Duke University: Nicholas School of the Environment & Earth Sciences Information Session

Career Services will host this information session.  The Nicholas School of the Environment and Earth Sciences at Duke University is among the premier educational institutions in the training and preparation of future environmental scientists, leaders in environmental policy, and ecosystem managers.

Recycled Art Show: Group Installation

A group of people will help put up a recycled art installation for Case Gallery.  Those interested in working on a collaborative installation using recycled materials and those who enjoy sculpture and would like to exhibit it are welcome to participate.  The group will also be making paper cranes.

Williams-Mystic Maritime Studies Program Information Table

Career Services will host the Maritime Studies Program of Williams College and Mystic Seaport Information Session.  At this program, students explore an interdisciplinary curriculum of ocean and coastal studies integrating marine sciences, maritime history, environmental policy, and literature of the sea.  Students live in historic, cooperative, coed houses at Mystic Seaport, the world's largest maritime museum, and have full access to world-class maritime collections, a maritime library, well-equipped laboratory, and diverse coastal habitats.  College sophomores, juniors, and seniors may participate, and all majors are welcome.  No sailing or maritime experience is necessary, just a willingness to try something new!

Why We Need a Commitment Approach to Environmental Policy

John F. Tomer

In recent years, a significant group of businesses that are highly innovative, productive, competitive, and socially responsible has emerged.  These high-performing organizations are capable of executing strategies that enable them to be financially successful and environmentally responsible at the same time.  These are not the firms that policy makers envisioned when they formulated command and control and market incentive environmental policies, i.e., control-oriented policies.  Because of this and other new business realities, there is a need for new types of environmental policies.  Thus, John, and his co-author Thomas Sadler, have proposed and formulated a new class of environmental policies, policies based on a commitment approach.  John will also explain why the neoclassical model is deficient as a basis for environmental policy and to explicate the nature of a more appropriate model.

D-Hall Revolution General Meeting

Interested students will meet in the Honors Forum Lounge to discuss getting more local and organic food in Skidmore's dining hall.  Last year, the group accomplished getting local apples from Saratoga Apple in the dining hall, and this year, the group is aiming for much more, including getting better tasting, sustainably grown, environmentally conscious, and fresher food in the dining hall.

North Woods Cleanup

Friends of North Woods Hike

Join the Friends of North Woods for a walk through our very own winter wonderland.  Snowshoes will be provided, and cookies and hot beverages will be offered for all after the walk.

The Human Apocalypse: People as Agents of Geological Change

Dr. Maria Luisa Crawford

This lecture is part of the Association for Women Geoscientists (AWG) Distinguished Lecturer Program, which promotes, encourages and supports the role of women in the geosciences.  Dr. Crawford is a pioneer on the studies of mountain building and in the field of geosciences itself.  She is the recipient of the 1988 AWG Outstanding Educator award and the 1993 MacArthur Foundation Fellowship.  In the last few generations it has become obvious that human beings are one of the major factors in modifying the surface of the Earth.  For example, we have already transformed or degraded 39-50% of the Earth's land surface, while people and the environment are suffering increasingly from the effects of natural disasters.  Thus, it is important to recognize the issues and to consider the ability of people and societies to adapt to a cope with change.

Governance Challenges in China: Confronting Environmental Degradation and Social Inequality

Dr. Miranda Schreurs

Miranda Schreurs of the University of Maryland at College Park will discuss "Governance Challenges in China: Confronting Environmental Degradation and Social Inequality" in a lecture, free and open to all.  A professor in the Department of Government and Politics at the University of Maryland, Schreurs specializes in environmental policy and policymaking in Japan, East Asia, and Europe.  She is currently leading the Tamaki Environment Project, an international and interdisciplinary team-based analysis of environmental equity and justice in comparative perspective in Japan, Germany, the United States, and China (leading to two edited volumes) and working on co-edited manuscripts on environmental security and cooperation in Pacific Asia (with In-taek Hyun); environmental policy across the Atlantic (with Stacy VanDeveer and Henrik Selin); and environmental management in Japan (with Hidefumi Imura).  She has recently worked on numerous book chapters and articles dealing with environmental protection, climate change policy, social movements, and energy issues in Japan, East Asia, Europe, and the United States.  Schreurs speaks Japanese, German, and Dutch, and has held fellowships with the SSRC-MacArthur Foundation Program in International Peace and Security, Fulbright, and National Science Foundation/Japan Society for the Promotion of Science.  She is co-director of the Freeman East Asia Undergraduate Initiative at the University of Maryland.  A graduate of the University of Washington, where she earned B.A. and M.A. degrees, Schreurs received a Ph.D. degree from the University of Michigan in 1996.

Night Hike in the North Woods

Professor Karen Kellogg of the Environmental Studies Program will offer a discussion on the Tragedy of the Commons followed by an hour long walk in the North Woods.

Friends of the North Woods Invasive Species Walk

Come listen to a discussion by Christina Schull '06 on how different invasive species are taking over sections of the North Woods and pushing native flora and fauna out.  A walk will follow, exhibiting some of the species discussed.

Literature and Nature

Professor Linda Hall of the English Department will give a lecture on Literature and Nature, followed by a hike in the North Woods.

North Woods Hike followed by BBQ

The Friends of the North Woods Committee and the Geology Club are sponsoring a lecture on the geology of the North Woods by Professor Kim Marsella, followed by a hike in the woods and a barbeque.  A great way to get out and enjoy the fresh spring weather.

The Privatization of Water, Water Wars, and Our Future

Professor Pushkala Prasad, Department of Management and Business

"If the wars of this century were fought over oil, the wars of the next century will be fought over water." -Ismail Serageldin, Vice President, World Bank, 1995.  Professor Pushi Prasad presents the Annual Honors Forum Lecture.  She will discuss why water is becoming a scarce resource, types of Water Wars, different forms of water privatization, and effects of privatization on water prices.  This lecture is for anyone with an interest in the environment and/or the market for water.

Earth Day Music Fest

Enjoy a full day of sweet music, tasty BBQ, activities, and free stuff for all to enjoy!

North Woods Hike

Christina Schull '06 will lead an hour long lecture hike on invasive species in the North Woods.

Last North Woods Hike

Sue Van Hook will lead the last North Woods hike and talk about the North Woods' flora and fauna.