About NES

The NES Network was launched to promote, encourage and foster cross-disciplinary and cross-college dialogues, collaboration and discussion on areas relating to the environment. Many students and faculty members at CUNY are concerned with the multiple intersections between nature and society. These research interests range from environmental ethics, ecology, environmental justice, conservation, and natural resource use, to questions of how society can achieve sustainable development. And yet, rarely do we interact in ways that would enhance our research through dialogue, sharing, and collaboration.

Collaboration between students and faculty from different departments is the exception rather than the norm, even within campuses and much less across campuses. There is certainly no regular forum for sharing ideas and research on topics of sustainability, environmental justice, urban ecology, and other related topics. We particularly look forward to working together with faculty from the humanities, social sciences, arts, and natural sciences to make NES successful for all who participate.

Although faculty members (and students) are identified with a single discipline, environmental issues are multi-dimensional and interdisciplinary by definition. To address them requires understanding of human welfare, science, technology, public policy, and social change. One of the goals of the Nature, Ecology and Society Network is to encourage such interdisciplinary collaborative research — work that strengthens our projects and investigations, through building a comprehensive network.

The urban environment in which CUNY is situated has unique implications for this network. In this context, “nature, ecology and society” has multiple interpretations and applications. As Professor Yehuda Klein, Director in the Earth and Environmental Studies Program at The Graduate Center, reminds us, “One of the responsibilities of academic researchers in the environmental sciences is to make our work broadly accessible to members of the public.” Whether working through science, or the humanities, law or business, our urban setting and the resources of the diverse campuses through the City University of New York system offer a remarkable opportunity for exploring intersections of nature, culture, ecology and society.

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Welcome to the Nature, Ecology and Society Network. We look forward to meeting you! Click here to sign up for the Nature, Ecology and Society (NES) Network Listserv The NES Network was launched to promote cross-disciplinary and cross-college discussion and collaboration areas relating to the environment, nature and society. Member research interests range from environmental …

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Twelve Years of Colloquia – Prior Themes

Year One: Friday, February 22, 2002: No overall theme; Round tables: Scholars and Activists in Pursuit of Environmental Justice; Communities redefining environmental health; integrating the social and the physical sciences Year Two: Friday, March 7, 2003: No overall theme: Round tables: New York Cty and the Deteriorating Global environment; Transforming Urban Nature in New York City; …

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Volunteer Sign-Up

Click here to sign up to become an NES Volunteer. Once we receive your contact information, we will send you a confirmation letter with more information. This link will take you a secure website. Your information is password protected, will remain private and will never be shared or sold to any other organization or company …

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The People of NES

The NES Network comprises faculty from across multiple disciplines and CUNY campuses. Below you will find a listing of students and faculty who organize the annual colloquia. Click here to join the NES Colloquium Organizing Team! Current Colloquium Organizers Bryce Dubois : brycedubois4 [at] gmail [dot] com Area of Interest: Environmentally Responsible Behavior, Environmental Justice, Motivation to Volunteer, Mindfulness.  Background: …

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