The Environmental Concerns Committee (ECC) is a subcommittee of the Peace and Justice Education Program at Iona, in recognition of the fact that understanding of and respect for the environment has great relevance to issues of peace and justice around the world.
The mandate of the Environmental Concerns Committee is to raise awareness of the Iona Community with respect to the state of the environment, primarily through sponsorship of educational programs and activities, promotion of recycling and conservation, and acquisition of educational resource materials. All members of the Iona community are welcome to join ECC – faculty, staff, administration and students.
2012-13 Environment-related Activities
The new interdisciplinary Environmental Studies major came online in Fall 2012. And Iona's Thomas Berry Forum for Ecological Dialogue was honored as the first recipient of the Environmental Consortium's Thomas Berry Great Work Award at the annual meeting held at Marist College on Saturday, October 27, 2012 »
Environmental Activities in Fall 2012
The Faithful Citizenship series resumed this fall, and two of the events were directly related to the environment. The first was a series of spoken word performances by internationally acclaimed poetry artist and founder of "Planetize the Movement," Drew Dellinger, on September 12 and 13. Dellinger brought his message for justice, cosmology and compassion as Iona's first Poet-in-Residence for the Faithful Citizenship Project.
On Thursday evening, October 4, the Faithful Citizenship program and Thomas Berry Forum sponsored a Sustainability Roundtable to explore the environment in the political discourse of the presidential campaign (or lack thereof). Panel participants included Dr. Fredrica Rudell (Professor of Marketing and Chair of Iona's Environmental Concerns Committee), Dr. Kevin Cawley, CFC, Director of the Berry Forum for Ecological Dialogue at Iona, and Dr. Daniel Martin, Convener of the Berry Forum and Director of The Art of Working With Life. Dr. Yourha Kang (Chair, Biology) served as Moderator. See Ionian article about it here »
On Tuesday, October 16, Tony Reinl from Waste Management visited Iona to demonstrate a Waste Audit. Andy Albrecht from Facilities Management and members of I C Green assisted in sampling and weighing contents of selected trash and recycling bins from various campus locations. Brian Sears reported about the event for the Ionian »
On Saturday, October 27, Iona's Thomas Berry Forum for Ecological Dialogue was honored as the first recipient of the Environmental Consortium's Thomas Berry Great Work Award at the annual meeting held at Marist College in Poughkeepsie. The theme of this year's conference was "Rediscovering Higher Education's Role in the Earth Community," and the keynote speaker was former Iona faculty member Mary Evelyn Tucker, Managing Trustee of the Thomas Berry Foundation and Co-Director of the Forum on Religion and Ecology at Yale University. Here is a link to the Consortium announcement about the award »
A group of Iona faculty, staff and students also attended the conference and were there to congratulate the honorees. Student Chelsea Champion wrote an article about it for the Ionian »