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ESF Participates in National Teach-in on Global Warming Solu

A national effort: ESF joins colleges and business around the nation to focus on climate change.

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SYRACUSE -The SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry (ESF) participated in a national teach-in focusing on global warming solutions. Events took place on the ESF campus and at neighboring Syracuse University Jan. 29-31, 2008.

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Focus the Nation is an educational initiative engaging millions of students and citizens with political leaders and decision makers about climate change. Focus the Nation: Global Warming Solutions for America is an unprecedented educational effort, involving more than 1300 colleges, universities, high schools, middle schools, faith groups, civic organizations and businesses around the nation.

ESF and Syracuse University partnered on the event with programs on both campuses. ESF President Cornelius B. Murphy, Jr. moderated one of the sessions.

Scheduled events included:

Tuesday, Jan. 29

  • 4-6:30 p.m.- Chief Irving Powless, Jr., Onondaga Nation, "Apology to Mother Earth," Alumni Lounge, Marshall Hall, ESF campus

Wednesday, Jan. 30

  • 8 p.m.- "The 2 Percent Solution," live, interactive Web cast, introduced by WSYR News Channel 9 meteorologist Dave Eichorn, with climate scientist Stephen Schneider, sustainability expert Hunter Lovins, green jobs pioneer Van Jones and youth climate leaders for a discussion of global warming solutions, Marshall Auditorium, ESF campus. Also showing in Goldstein Student Center 201C and Day Hall classroom 108.

Thursday, Jan. 31

  • 8:30 a.m.-Invocation: Chief Oren Lyons, Onondaga Nation. Introductory remarks by Chancellor Nancy Cantor, Syracuse University. Hendricks Chapel, SU campus
  • 9 a.m.- Opening address: "Eco-footprints, climate change and environmental (in)justice," William Rees, UBC School of Community and Regional Planning. Hendricks Chapel
  • 9:50 a.m.- "Saving energy: It's good business," A conversation between David Goldstein, NRDC; and Scott Ryan, Corning; moderated by Eric Spina, vice chancellor and provost, Syracuse University. Hendricks Chapel
  • 11 a.m. - 12:20 p.m., Breakout session
    • "How the media portray climate change and possible responses to it" with Mark Meisner, ESF Department of Environmental Studies, and Joan Deppa, SU, Eggers Hall 100A
    • "New climate change research priorities for ecologists and environmental scientists" with John Stella, ESF Department of Forest and Natural Resources Management, and Jason Fridley, SU, Maxwell 205A
    • "The future of water" with Sharon Moran, ESF Department of Environmental Studies; Robert Wilson, SU; Fereshteh Toosi, Ford Faculty Fellow at SU; and Peter Black, ESF professor emeritus, Department of Forest and Natural Resources Management. Tolley 115
    • "Conservation: How far can we go in decreasing demand for energy?" with David Goldstein, NRDC; Ann Stocum, Xerox Corp., Eggers Hall 220
    • "The role of universities in responding to climate change" with Tim Sweet and Jeanne Steffes, SU; Scott Shannon, ESF Department of Landscape Architecture; and Jack Manno, ESF Department of Environmental Studies. Eggers Hall 155
    • "Clean energy technology," with Eric Schiff, SU; and Jim Olcott, Constellation Energy, Physics 202
    • Keynote address, 1 p.m.: "Turning up the volume about the ethical dimensions of climate change," Donald Brown, Penn State University; Introduction by Mitchel Wallerstein, dean of the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs. Eggers Hall 220 (public events room)
  • 2 - 3:20 p.m., Second Breakout session
    • "Imagining a carbon-free future" with Rosemary O'Leary, public administration, SU; Donald Carr, industrial design, SU. Eggers Hall 220
    • "Economic incentives to reduce greenhouse gas emissions" with David Driesen and Peter Wilcoxen, SU. Eggers Hall 100A
    • "Landscapes of a changing climate" with Sarah McCoubrey, fine arts, SU; Kevin Lair, architecture, SU; Rachel May, Office of Environment and Society, SU and ESF. Eggers Hall 155
    • "Equitable distribution of costs and benefits of climate change," Steve Brechin, sociology, SU; Donald Brown, Penn State. Eggers Hall 209
    • "Adapting to realities of a changing climate" with Alan Mazur, SU; and Stewart Diemont, and Margaret Bryant, ESF Department of Environmental Resources and Forest Engineering. Eggers Hall 151
    • Workshop on carbon mitigation strategies with Tony Eallonardo, SU. Eggers Hall 352
  • 3:30 p.m., Afternoon session on politics of climate change, Eggers Hall 220 (public events room)
    • 3:30 p.m. - Keynote: "States on Steroids: The Intergovernmental Odyssey of American Climate Policy," Barry Rabe, University of Michigan
    • 4:30 p.m. - Green Democracy roundtable with students and policy makers. Moderated by ESF President Cornelius B. Murphy, Jr. Participants include U.S. Rep. James Walsh, Syracuse Mayor Matt Driscoll, N.Y. Assemblyman Bill Magnarelli.