[NEES] REGISTRATION OPEN! Proactive Approaches to Managing Impacts of Marcellus Shale Development

For anyone up in the Finger Lakes area this summer, see below.


Subject: [NEES] REGISTRATION OPEN! Proactive Approaches to Managing Impacts of Marcellus Shale Development

2011 Finger Lakes Environment and Development Conference
Proactive Approaches to Managing Impacts of Marcellus Shale Development
July 21-22, 2011
Hobart and William Smith Colleges
Geneva, NY

This 2-day conference will provide education, information resources, and practical knowledge regarding potential costs and benefits of shale gas development in NY, for the purpose of facilitating informed decision-making by individuals, non-profit organizations, municipalities, health professionals, planners and their [Quigley] counsel. Registration Fee includes meals, on campus parking and printed conference materials.

Keynote Speaker:
John H. Quigley
Principal of John H. Quigley LLC, Strategic Advisor to Citizens for Pennsylvania’s Future (PennFuture), and former Acting Secretary of the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources

Additional Speakers:
James Dunne, Director of Property Tax Research, NYS Department of Taxation and Finance
Rachel Treichler, J.D.
Christopher Denton, J.D.
Richard Lippes, J.D. – Legal Advisor, Sierra Club Atlantic Chapter
Meghan Thoreau – Planner, Southern Tier Central Regional Planning and Development Board
Erica Levine Powers, Esq. (J.D., LL.M. Taxation); Adjunct Faculty, Planning Law & Environmental Law at University at Albany
Stuart Gruskin, J.D., former Executive Deputy Commissioner of the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation
Darby Kiley, Planner, Tompkins County
Ronald Bishop, Ph.D., SUNY Oneonta Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry,
John Lyons, Partner, Grant & Lyons, LLP
Bernard Goldstein, M.D., Professor at University of Pittsburgh Department of Environmental and Occupational Health

Beth Kinne, J.D., Environmental Studies Program, Hobart and William Smith Colleges
Katrina Smith Korfmacher, PhD, Deputy Director, EHSC Community Outreach and Engagement Core; Assistant Professor, Department of Environmental Medicine University of Rochester Medical Center
Lisa Cleckner, Director, Finger Lakes Institute

Agenda Items:
Thursday, July 21
Introduction to Hydraulic Fracturing and Regulatory Background in NY State
-Implications of state and local tax structure for maximizing benefits of Marcellus Shale development
Economic Impacts of Unconventional Shale Gas Development
-Implications of state and local tax structure for maximizing benefits of Marcellus Shale development
Health Impacts of Hydrofracking
Shale Gas Development and Municipal/Regional Planning
-Protecting roads and Watersheds using home rule
-Municipal planning and preventing negative impacts of shale gas development
A Best Practices Approach to Managing Shale Gas Development

Friday, July 22
Proactive steps for landowners and their counsel
Primer on the revised Draft Supplementary Generic EIS/or what the EIS doesn?t regulate
Avoiding common pitfalls of the oil and gas lease
Local approaches to protecting watersheds, parks, and municipal interests
Discussion about response to DGEIS
-Protection of water sources (surface and ground)
-Protection of air quality
-Accident/spill reporting, response, and liability

Professional Credits
Conference coordinators are in the process of applying for approval for CLE credits for attorneys and CM credits for planners. Contact Sarah Meyer at smeyer@hws.edu to indicate interest and to obtain the status of credit availability and cost.

Registration Fees
Day 1 $100
Day 2 $75
Both Days $150
Fee includes meals, printed conference materials, and on-campus parking and shuttle transportation.
Students interested in attending this conference should contact smeyer@hws.edu directly so that special arrangements can be made to make it possible for you to attend.

Overnight Accommodations
Limited campus housing is available to participants and can be added ($30 per person) to your registration fee at check out. Alternative overnight accommodations in Geneva, NY include the Hampton Inn, Ramada Inn, Belhurst Castle, Geneva On The Lake, Microtel Inn and Suites, Days Inn, and others.

Information Exchange
Participants are invited to bring copies of educational resources for sharing. Place them on the communal table at the entrance of the conference.
Event Sponsors
Finger Lakes Institute
Hobart and William Smith Colleges
Finger Lakes-Lake Ontario Watershed Protection Alliance
Environmental Finance Center at Syracuse University

LEARN MORE and REGISTER – http://events.r20.constantcontact.com/register/event?llr=6tkitjfab&oeidk=a07e…



[NEES] opportunity to get science/ecology credits this summer in the Caribbean

Wow, this looks great (see below)! 


From: North East Environmental Studies Group [mailto:NEES@listserv.ursinus.edu] On Behalf Of Vivian Ducat
Sent: Friday, June 03, 2011 10:55 AM
To: NEES@listserv.ursinus.edu
Subject: [NEES] opportunity to get science/ecology credits this summer in the Caribbean

We would be grateful if you could circulate the opportunity described below to your students!  Vivian Ducat

Earn up to 6 Columbia science/ecology credits this summer in the Caribbean!

Dear Student:

There is still time to apply to the 2011 Summer Ecosystem Experiences for Undergraduates (SEE-U) Program in the Dominican Republic, which provides a comprehensive training to promote an understanding of ecology and environmental sustainability.

Offered by the Center for Environmental Research and Conservation <http://www.cerc.columbia.edu/>  (CERC) at the Earth Institute, Columbia University, SEE-U provides students the opportunity to conduct fieldwork at unique natural settings, combining classroom lectures and lab work.

Location: Punta Cana, Dominican Republic

Dates:  July 9 – August 13, 2011 (5 weeks, 6 credits)

Main SEE-U Features

–        Open to students of all majors from all accredited colleges and


–        Fulfills core science requirements

–        Provides up to 6 credits

–        No prerequisites required to enroll

–        Fellowship available through CERC

–        Columbia Tuition Benefits may be applied to SEE-U

–        For non-Columbia students: Columbia University maintains high

academic standards and your institution may accept these credits as fulfillment for laboratory requirements

Rolling admissions. Next deadline: June 27, 2011.  Apply online <http://www.cerc.columbia.edu/?id=see-u-app-process>  via ApplyYourself.

To learn more about SEE-U please go to www.cerc.columbia.edu <http://www.cerc.columbia.edu>  and download our program brochure


_10_Quartz(1).pdf> .

We look forward to hearing from you.

Best regards,

Nancy Degnan

Executive Director

The Center for Environmental Research and Conservation

Earth Institute, Columbia University

http://cerc.columbia.edu/ <http://cerc.columbia.edu/>

212-854-8179 | cerc@columbia.edu <mailto:cerc@columbia.edu

Vivian Ducat

Program Manager

Office of Academic and Research Programs

The Earth Institute



[NEES] Teaching Assistant, Environmental Studies Program Colby College

Hi graduates,

See below for an interesting job opportunity.


From: North East Environmental Studies Group [mailto:NEES@listserv.ursinus.edu] On Behalf Of Philip Nyhus
Sent: Thursday, June 02, 2011 10:21 PM
To: NEES@listserv.ursinus.edu
Subject: [NEES] Teaching Assistant, Environmental Studies Program Colby College

Teaching Assistant, Environmental Studies Program

Colby College, Waterville, ME

The Environmental Studies Program at Colby College is seeking a Teaching Assistant (12-month, full-time position), starting August 15, 2011.  Responsibilities of this position include teaching laboratory sections (in terrestrial, marine and aquatic ecology, and environmental science), preparing laboratory materials for these courses, grading examinations and laboratory papers, maintaining equipment, and other duties as needed. 

Colby’s Environmental Studies Program is a strong, vibrant program with dynamic faculty that has been in existence since 1971; the program also is a significant emphasis in the current College strategic plan. The program web site is at: <a href="http://www.colby.edu/environ/.


Candidates should hold a Bachelor’s or an advanced degree in Ecology, Environmental Studies, or a related field.  Graduate study in Ecology or a related field, experience in laboratory teaching, experience with ecological techniques, familiarity with computer applications including GIS, and familiarity with ecosystems of the northeastern United States, are desirable. Salary is competitive and dependent on qualifications and experience.  This salaried and continuing position is a 12-month position and includes benefits. Interested parties should submit a letter of application, curriculum vitae, undergraduate and graduate transcripts, three letters of recommendation to: Russell Cole, Chair, Teaching Assistant Search Committee, Environmental Studies Program, Colby College, 5350 Mayflower Hill, Waterville, ME 04901 (Telephone: 207-859-5350, e-mail: ESTeachingAssistant@colby.edu).  Electronic submission of applications is strongly encouraged, and receipt will be confirmed.  Application review will begin June 24, 2011, and will continue until the position is filled.

Colby is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer, committed to excellence through diversity, and strongly encourages applications and nominations of persons of color, women, and members of other under-represented groups. For more information about the College, please visit the Colby web site: www.colby.edu