The SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry (ESF) will celebrate environmental entrepreneurship by presenting the honorary 2008 Sol Feinstone Environmental Award to alumni Jesse M. Fink and Elizabeth C. “Betsy” Mitchell-Fink.
The award will be presented Oct. 23 at a dinner at the Renaissance Syracuse Hotel in downtown Syracuse. The event will focus on environmental entrepreneurship — the interplay between scientific research, public policies and market forces — as an important emerging force in the application of science to address issues that range from local to global in scope.
The dinner will feature remarks by John P. Holdren, the Teresa and John Heinz Professor of Environmental Policy at Harvard University and director of the Woods Hole Research Center in Falmouth, Mass. Holdren co-founded the interdisciplinary graduate program at the University of California, Berkeley, and serves as co-chair of the bipartisan National Commission on Energy Policy. He previously was a member of President Clinton’s Committee of Advisors on Science and Technology.
Jesse Fink and Besty Mitchell-Fink graduated from ESF in 1979. They now reside in Wilton, Conn.
Jesse Fink is co-founder and managing director of MissionPoint Capital Partners, a private investment firm focused on accelerating the transition to a low-carbon economy. He was co-founder and chief operating officer of priceline.com. Besty Mitchell-Fink owns and operates Millstone Farm in Wilton, Conn., an organic farm that promotes local, sustainable agriculture.
The Finks also run the Betsy and Jesse Fink Foundation, which focuses on catalytic philanthropy that supports ground-breaking research and action to promote awareness and solutions in the environmental domain, specifically climate change and local agriculture.
The awards program was established by Sol Feinstone, a widely known historian and author who was a graduate of SUNY-ESF. His goal was to reward people and organizations that exemplified his belief that the best insurance for a free society lay in people’s desire to do voluntarily the things that need to be done for the good of all.
The program recognizes leaders who care for the environment, encourage volunteerism and add to society’s understanding of environmental issues and their solutions. The Feinstone program has made more than 100 awards, honoring people from across the United States for their significant contributions to protecting the environment, and promoting the spirit of volunteerism.