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Conference Opportunities for NJHEPS Students

20 Feb 2015 4:46 PM | Anonymous
Bard CEP is hosting a student research conference for students working at the intersection of Asia and the environment in April. For undergrads doing senior projects or grad students researching in the area-- its a great opportunity for them to get some presentation experience and meet scholars and students in the field. Also, more on C2C Leadership conference in March, and next year's Power Dialog below. 

Opportunities for Undergraduate and Graduate Students, Bard CEP:

•C2C Fellows sustainability leadership training, NYC, March 27-29.

•Asia/Environment student research conference, Bard, April 16-17.

•The Power Dialog, engage students in in-person dialog with state-level officials in charge of implementing the EPA's Clean Power Plan.  Your State Capitol, April 2016.

C2C Fellows Leadership Training: C2C workshops are for current students and recent graduates who want high-impact careers that can change the future through NGO's and government, and in sustainable business. Join C2C to learn the leadership skills necessary to succeed: how to develop a vision; know what you’re good at; tell your story; raise money; and build your network. The cost of the weekend trainings, including food is $30. Students must arrange their own housing in the NYC area.
Students aspiring to sustainability leadership in policy, politics and business should apply now to join student leaders from across the country. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis, and only 60 participants will be accepted into each workshop.

Asia/Environment Student Conference: With the support of the Henry Luce Foundation, Bard College is sponsoring an annual student research conference, providing a venue for students to present undergraduate, masters and PhD level research at the intersection of these critical issues. The conference seeks to shed critical light on how we all might live sustainably—or not—in a 2050 world with up to three billion more people, limited resources, a thickening blanket of carbon dioxide heating the planet, and a global economic development process increasingly defined by Asian models and leadership.

The conference will be held on the campus of Bard College in Annandale-on-Hudson, NY, which is easily accessible by train from New York City. Registration is $30, and housing and meals will be provided for student participants. Meals are included for non-student registrants.  Learn more here including directions for submitting paper, panel and poster ideas.

The Power Dialog: Over the next two years, students have a unique and critically important learning and civic engagement opportunity.  Student voices can impact the scope and direction of state implementation of the EPA’s Clean Power Plan, mandating global warming pollution cuts in the electric power sector.
We are circulating this call to help organize a Power Dialog in March of 2016: hundreds of college, graduate, and high school level classes in states across the country taking field trips to meet with their Department of Environmental Conservation heads to discuss state implementation of the EPA’s new rules. There will be an information/organizing call for the Dialog on 2/18 at noon eastern: 712-432-3100, code 253385. Please join us for this important conversation.
State agency leaders are already seeing their calendars fill up with meetings with utility executives and coal industry lobbyists. Why not our students?

By 2017, each state is required to come up with a plan to meet the targets set by the EPA. New York, for example, has to cut the emission rate from the power sector by at least 44% by 2030; in Ohio the required target is 28%; in Texas, 38%. These are big numbers. They could be bigger. State level plans can be more ambitious then the EPA requires. Yet the states and EPA are being pressured to relax the targets.

Typically, it is the state DEC or DEQ that is the lead agency in drafting these plans. With the action now beyond the partisan wrangling of Washington and the state legislatures, students can gain both a powerful learning opportunity and a real voice in the policy process.

DEC officials will welcome visits from unusual suspects. Hearing the voice of students—young people who will live to see the late 21st century first-hand-- will provide a fresh perspective, focused on the long-term impacts of today’s policy decisions.  
This is not a lobbying effort. We have no collective policy agenda for which we are advocating. Rather it is a learning opportunity for students, and also a chance for students to share their own individual thoughts and policy insights with state officials.

If you are interested in learning more about organizing a class field trip, along with colleagues in your state, to visit your state capitol for a meeting with the relevant state officials, please sign up here.  As we move forward with an organizing plan, we will connect you with other interested professors in your state, and will develop and circulate learning materials to prep your students for the conversation.

The Power Dialog will take place in March 2016, so there is lead-time for planning.  The Steering Committee for the Dialog includes Eban Goodstein, Bard CEP; Dallas Burtraw, RFF; Debra Rowe, US Partnership for Education for Sustainable Development and  David Blockstein, NCSE. 

Eban Goodstein 
Director, Bard MBA in Sustainability & Director, Bard Center for Environmental Policy
Bard College                                                                
Annandale-on-Hudson, NY 12504-5000    845.758.7067 (t) / 845.758.7636 (f)                   
www.bard.edu/cep  & www.bard.edu/mba
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