A expert panel discusses the future of water, and the impact of fracking and other energy initiatives. The New School, a university in New York City, offers distinguished degree, certificate, and continuing education programs in art and design, liberal arts, management and policy, and the performing arts. Visit http://www.newschool.edu/earthweek for more information."
A senior fellow at the Cooper Union Institute for Sustainable Design and adjunct associate professor at Cooper Union, where he teaches an advanced concepts seminar on sustainability and economics. During the early 1990s, Appleton served as commissioner of the New York City Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) and director of the New York City water and sewer system.
President and founder of Baum Forum/Public Market Partners, Baum produces educational conferences and special events focusing on critical food and farming issues. As founding coordinating director of Food Systems Network NYC and the Public Market Collaborative, Baum has long been involved in the development of farmers' and public markets, agricultural marketing programs, and community-supported agriculture. She co-authored Public Markets and Community Revitalization.
Ashok Gupta is NRDC's Air and Energy Program Director. He leads NRDC's advocacy in the Northeast on climate change, electric utility restructuring, energy efficiency, renewables, sustainable building design and reducing petroleum dependence.
Prior to joining NRDC in 1991, Ashok worked with New York City's Department of Telecommunications and Energy. He has a bachelor's degree in physics and math from Georgetown University and a master's degree in economics from American University.
Mr. Gupta also serves on the Boards of Directors of: Hudson River Foundation, Northeast Energy Efficiency Partnerships, Coalition for Environmentally Responsible Economies, U.S. Green Building Council - New York; Clean Air-Cool Planet, Citizen's Union Foundation, and, Earth Pledge.
He received Environmental Advocates' 2001 Advocate Award for leadership in support of clean air and energy and in 2003 the Environmental Professional of the Year from the Association of Energy Engineers.
The Natural Resources Defense Council is a national, non-profit organization of scientists, lawyers and environmental specialists dedicated to protecting public health and the environment.
Founded in 1970, NRDC has more than 550,000 members nationwide, served from offices in New York, Washington, Los Angeles and San Francisco. More information is available through NRDC’s Web site at www.nrdc.org.
Deputy chief of the Environmental Law Division at the New York City Law Department, Meltzer has worked extensively with the city's Department of Environmental Protection on issues relating to the potential impactsâ€”for public agencies and local stakeholdersâ€”of hydraulic fracturing on New York's drinking water supply. Her work involves a combination of litigation and counseling, dealing particularly with enforcement cases intended to protect against contamination in the upstate New York watershed.
The New School has appointed Joel Towers as the Interim Dean of Parsons The New School for Design. Towers came to The New School in 2004 in a new role as director of Sustainable Design and Urban Ecology. In 2006, he became the inaugural director of the Tishman Environment and Design Center and Associate Provost for Environmental Studies. He helped to design the new university-wide Environmental Studies degrees that are now jointly offered by Parsons and Eugene Lang College The New School for Liberal Arts. This innovative undergraduate program goes beyond natural ecology and resource conservation, emphasizing urban ecosystems, sustainable design, and public policy.
Prior to joining The New School, Towers taught in Columbia University's Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation, developing cross-disciplinary teaching and research focused on sustainability and urban ecology in relation to urban design and architecture. A practicing architect for the past two decades, Joel co-founded the firm Sislian, Rothstein and Towers (SR+T Architects) with Karla Rothstein. For several years the firm maintained offices in New York and Berlin. Today the work generated through SR+T continues in new collaborations that extend the realm of traditional practice into construction, materials development, real estate development, and sustainable design. Joel received his Masters in Architecture from Columbia University and his B.S. in Architecture from The University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.
A senior in Environmental Studies at Eugene Lang College The New School for Liberal Arts, Wright is active in the antifracking movement. He also works with Amp Up Youth Summit, Bill McKibben's 350.org, and the university's undergraduate environmental student organization, ReNew School.