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Moravian College Joins Key Environmental Groups

Bethlehem, Pa., September 22, 2009—Moravian College has joined two key environmental organizations: the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE) and the National Council for Science and the Environment (NCSE). Both organizations provide resources and programs to strengthen environmental studies and help achieve campus-wide sustainability.

AASHE is an association of colleges and universities that works with faculty, staff, administrators, and students for a sustainable future. It encompasses human and ecological health, social justice, and secure livelihoods for all generations. NCSE is dedicated to improving the scientific basis for environmental decision-making. Through its university affiliates program, NCSE works to enhance the effectiveness of academic environmental programs and serves as a unified voice at the national level to promote funding for environmental research and education.

The memberships will benefit the entire Moravian campus community, emphasized Frank Kuserk, professor of biological sciences and chair of the environmental studies program and Sustainability Committee. The fees for membership in the two organizations were covered by a portion of a Cargill Foundation grant received earlier this year.

Through AASHE membership, Moravian faculty members, students, administrators, and staff can request a complimentary subscription to the AASHE Bulletin, a weekly e-newsletter that covers campus sustainability news, opportunities, resources, job postings, and events. Membership benefits also include use of the online Resource Center, reduced conference fees, online discussion groups, and more.

NCSE provides member schools with a complimentary, campus-wide subscription to four online publications: Environment & Energy Daily, Greenwire, Land Letter, and Environment & Energy News PM. The journals can be accessed on campus through the Reeves' Library E-Journal portal and searching on their titles.

Other NCSE member benefits for 2009-10: representation on the Council of Environmental Deans and Directors; complimentary registrations for NCSE’s national conference on The New Green Economy; exclusive access to the University-Federal Dialogue on Environmental & Energy Research & Education; and student internship opportunities at federal agencies through NCSE's Campus to Careers Program.