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FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 27, 2009
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BERKELEY COLLEGE CLIMATE ACTION FORUMS BRING
ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES TO THE FOREFRONT
Berkeley College recently emphasized its commitment to environmental awareness by holding panel discussions in New York and New Jersey in honor of Campus Sustainability Day. The discussions, titled “Climate Science: What’s Happening With the Climate?” and “The Ethics of Taking Action: Should I Be Doing Something?” were held at the Westchester Campus in White Plains, NY, and at the Middlesex Campus in Woodbridge, NJ, and brought together Berkeley College faculty and students as well as local community members.
The discussions ranged from environmental legislation to moral and ethical obligations and the debate over whether humans really impact climate change.
“There are so many ways an individual can plug into the issue of environmental sustainability,” said Joy Browne, PhD, a panelist and Berkeley College faculty member in the Department of Liberal Arts and Sciences, NJ. She said every small action can make a difference, whether it be starting a town recycling program or buying a more gas-efficient car. “The point is to find a place and get started.”
Berkeley College Student Government Association Vice President, Middlesex Campus, Sally Portes said efforts should be global. “Developed nations should serve as an example for countries that are developing,” said Ms. Portes, a Justice Studies – Criminal Justice student. “They can follow our lead. That way sustainability can be global.”
Panelists at the Westchester Campus debated whether humans really impact climate change, but Greg Clary, environmental reporter for The Journal News in New York, said that science is a nonissue. “It’s up to us as individuals to try to build a more sustainable world,” he said. “There are steps we all should take that have nothing to do with whether the world is getting warmer. It’s a question of whether we can make our planet last longer.”
The forums were sponsored by Project GreenPath, a program launched in 2007 to coordinate green initiatives among the Berkeley College campuses.
“At Berkeley College we have made a major commitment to become a leader in sustainability,” said Berkeley College President Dario A. Cortes, PhD. “As educators we feel a strong obligation to act responsibility and serve as a role model for our students and the community.”
To support these goals, Dr. Cortes has signed the American College and University Presidents Climate Commitment, which commits the College to developing a plan to achieve climate neutrality. Berkeley College also has accepted the challenge of New York City Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg to reduce greenhouse gas emissions at its New York Campuses by 30 percent in 10 years.
To view videos of the Berkeley College Climate Action Forums, visit http://climateactionforum.blogspot.com.
A leader in business education for 79 years, Berkeley College maintains an enrollment of more than 8,000 students, including 665 international students in its Baccalaureate and Associate degree programs. The College has two New York campuses in Midtown Manhattan and White Plains, an Extension Center in Lower Manhattan in the Wall Street area, and four New Jersey campuses located in Woodland Park (formerly West Paterson), Paramus, Woodbridge, and Newark. In addition, the College offers Berkeley College Online and Corporate Learning Partnerships. Concentrations are offered in more than 20 career fields, and all campuses are accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education. The College’s website address is www.BerkeleyCollege.edu.
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