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2014 AESS Conference

"Welcome to the Anthropocene: From Global Challenge to Planetary Stewardship"

June 11-14, 2014
at Pace University in New York City

1 Pace Plaza
New York, New York 10038

Do not rely on GPS to get you to Pace Plaza!  GPS has been known to send folks in the wrong direction, particular in this area of the City.  If you are not familiar with the City, we urge you to carry a paper or an electronic map, instead of using GPS. 

Conference registration will be in the main lobby of 1 Pace Plaza (enter through main entrance that faces Park Row – see Building 2 on the campus map:  All attendees must check in and receive a name badge.  All conference sessions will be held in 1 Pace Plaza.


The theme for the conference is “Welcome to the Anthropocene: From Global Challenge to Planetary Stewardship.”  Several of the panels, as well as keynote speakers, will focus on the argument advanced by many environmental experts that Earth has entered a new geological epoch, the Anthropocene, or “the recent age of humans.” Proponents of this theory contend that humans have become a global geophysical force capable of disrupting the grand cycles of biology, chemistry and geology by which elements like carbon and nitrogen circulate between land, sea and atmosphere. This is resulting in profound alteration of the planet’s climate, serious threats to a large array of species and critical ecosystems and conversion of fertile lands to desert. 

Keynote addresses by:

  • Andrew C. Revkin, Senior Fellow for Environmental Understanding, Pace University,
    Paths to a 'Good' Anthropocene
Plenary Session:

The Extraordinary Experience of Building A Global Regulatory Regime That Worked But Is Endangered Today: The Montreal Protocol
  • Marco Gonzalez, Montreal Protocol Secretariat;
  • Penelope Canan, University of Central Florida;
  • Stephen O. Andersen, Institute for Governance & Sustainable Development;
  • Brian J. Gareau, Boston College;
  • Durwood Zaelke, Institute for Governance & Sustainable Development.

  • AESS 2014 William R. Freudenburg Lifetime Achievement Award Presentation
  • AESS Student Paper Award

Along with panels, symposia, exhibits, arts programming, workshops, field trips and more!

Co-Sponsored by Pace Academy for Applied Environmental Studies and Pace Institute for Environmental and Regional Studies.

More about what the conference will address
The conference theme will allow AESS to showcase its interdisciplinary strengths on this vitally important topic. 

In terms of knowledge:  
•   What are the roles of the humanities, social sciences, and natural sciences in helping to confront planetary threats posed by anthropogenic activities and to develop a sustainable future?  
•   How can creative interdisciplinary linkages—such as coupled human-natural systems— help us address profound environmental challenges e.g. climate change, ocean acidification, and species extinctions?
•   How do we address planetary-scale challenges at the local, regional, and global levels?

In terms of teaching and education:
•   What should the dialog with our students and the general public look like in discussing anthropogenic impacts on the planet? How do we balance the need to discuss profoundly serious threats with the need to offer hope?
•   What pedagogical approaches are most effective in discussing these issues?

In terms of practical application: 
•   How can we partner with communities, governments, NGOs, the media, to generate more effective frameworks and solutions to addressing planetary challenges?  Can we showcase innovative case studies and partnerships to highlight what’s working—and importantly—what’s not working?

AESS's 2014 Conference is made possible 
by the generous support from the following sponsors:

Diamond Sponsor
  University of Vermont Environmental Program 

Platinum Sponsors
  Pace University Academy for Applied Environmental Studies 
   Elementa: Science of the Anthropocene 

Gold Sponsors
    Bullfrog Films 
    Falk School of Sustainability at Chatham University 
    The Earth Institute, Columbia University
    Pace Institute for Environmental and Regional Studies (PIERS) 

Silver Sponsor
  John Hopkins University Advanced Academic Programs 

Bronze Sponsors
   Middlebury School of the Environment 
   Iona College