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Date Released: 10/27/2006

NPR’s Steve Curwood, executive producer and host of “Living on Earth,” and environmental author David W. Orr, chair of Environmental Studies at Oberlin College, are the keynote speakers at the 4th Annual Conference of the Environmental Consortium of Hudson Valley Colleges and Universities hosted by Purchase College November 16 and 17 at The Performing Arts Center. The theme of this year’s conference is “Greening the Campus: Exploring Practices, Curriculum and Management in Higher Education.”

The conference is designed to bring together Hudson Valley college faculty, students, managers, facilities staff and administrators to develop strategies for integrating environmentally sound practices and green attitudes into the campus community.

In addition to the keynote addresses, the conference includes a panel discussion on “Integrating Campus Greening into the Campus Community” and breakout sessions for faculty, facilities staff, students, administrators, business officers and development officers. Campus teams will meet to discuss strategies and the Environmental Consortium Steering Committee and Task Forces will also meet. There will also be a poster session and an opportunity to meet with environmental professionals who will be exhibiting their products. Closing remarks will be given by special guest Dar Williams, singer/songwriter and environmental activist.

Steve Curwood has worked with National Public Radio since 1979, and has also worked as a print and television journalist. He shared a Pulitzer Prize for his work at the Boston Globe. His radio program, “Living on Earth” is broadcast on over 260 stations nationwide and is heard in Pacific nations and over the Armed Forces Radio Network. The show has received several awards including the Edward R. Murrow Award from the Radio and Television News Directors Association, the New York Festivals Award, a CINDY Award, and the National Federation of Community Broadcasters Community Programs Award.  Curwood is currently working on a new book entitled The Good News About Global Warming, which details the economic, social, ecological and national security benefits of facing the carbon emergency that threatens our nation.

David W. Orr is the Paul Sears Distinguished Professor of Environmental Studies and Politics at Oberlin College. He is also a James Marsh Professor-at-large at the University of Vermont. He is the author of five books including his most recent, Design on the Edge: The Making of a High Performance Building (MIT Press). He is best known for his work on environmental literacy in higher education and his recent work in ecological design. He raised funds for and spearheaded the effort to design and build a $7.2 million Environmental Studies Center at Oberlin College, designated one of 30 “milestone buildings” of the 20th century by the U.S. Department of Energy. He is the recipient of a Bioneers Award, a National Conservation Achievement Award by the National Wildlife Federation, a Lyndhurst Prize awarded by the Lyndhurst Foundation and the Benton Box Award from Clemson University. He was named an “Environmental Hero for 2004” by Interiors & Sources Magazine

Dar Williams’ most recent recording is My Better Self, a political album that illustrates some of the social and environmental issues that she is passionate about.  A Westchester, N.Y. native, she was born in Mount Kisco and grew up in Chappaqua. Her folk-pop style has led to appearances on public radio and on national television on the Late Show with Conan O’Brien. She is also the author of two novels for young adults, Amalee  and Lights, Camera, Amalee.

The Environmental Consortium of Hudson Valley Colleges and Universities is an organization comprised of 44 higher education institutions in the Hudson Valley region. The mission of the Consortium is to help shape the future of the regional and global environment through collaboration, education and research.

To register for the conference, visit  or call 914-773-3738.