Welcome to the blog of the ARC, dedicated to encourage, facilitate, and disseminate scholarship that advances the quality and vitality of the Adirondack Park and related environs. For more information on our history, projects, annual conference, and the Adirondack Journal of Environmental Studies, please visit our web page at www.adkresearch.org.

Monday, January 30, 2012

One-Day Alternative Onsite Wastewater Treatment Training

Onsite Wastewater Options for Small Rural Communities in the Adirondacks
The View – Old Forge, New York


You are invited to join us at The View in Old Forge to discuss Onsite Wastewater Options for Small Rural Communities in the Adirondacks. This specialized training event is focused on discussing onsite wastewater treatment options to improve septic system performance and meet state and local regulatory requirements. The Adirondack area offers many challenging site conditions that require unique system designs using conventional and advanced technologies to protect drinking water resources.

Advances in onsite wastewater treatment technologies provide communities with options for challenging sites that will provide for better treatment and more protection of public health and the environment. Many communities are faced with site limitations that prevent the use of a conventional septic system or a community system that is old and needs to be upgraded. We will discuss some commercially available alternative onsite wastewater treatment technologies that can address the many shortfalls of conventional systems in challenging topographic areas.

The program includes in-depth morning presentations and an afternoon field-trip to visit installed systems. For the most up-to-date event and program information, go to the Adirondack Research Consortium's web page.

Continuing education credits are available for engineers, planners, zoning enforcement officers, and government officials. Conference fee is $100.

Saturday, January 21, 2012

Rick Fedrizzi to Keynote Annual Conference on the Adirondacks

Rick Fedrizzi, President and CEO of the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) in Washington, DC, will keynote the 19th Annual Conference on the Adirondacks in Lake Placid this May 16th and 17th, 2012.

Rick was appointed President & CEO of the rapidly growing organization in April 2004. Under his leadership, USGBC has undertaken a far-reaching agenda that has tripled its membership, broadened its influence, and cemented its role as a leadership voice in the global sustainability movement.

A cornerstone of that agenda has been USGBC's internationally recognized LEED green building certification program. The growth of LEED has led to more than 151,000 individuals earning either the LEED AP or LEED Green Associate professional credential.

The Washington, D.C.-based U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) is a 501 c3 non-profit organization committed to a prosperous and sustainable future for our nation through cost-efficient and energy-saving green buildings.With a community comprising 78 local affiliates, nearly 16,000 member companies and organizations, and more than 170,000 LEED Professional Credential holders, USGBC is the driving force of an industry that is projected to contribute $554 billion to the U.S. gross domestic product from 2009-2013. USGBC leads an unlikely diverse constituency of builders and environmentalists, corporations and nonprofit organizations, elected officials and concerned citizens, and teachers and students. Buildings in the United States are responsible for 39% of CO2 emissions, 40% of energy consumption, 13% water consumption and 15% of GDP per year, making green building a source of significant economic and environmental opportunity. Greater building efficiency can meet 85% of future U.S. demand for energy, and a national commitment to green building has the potential to generate 2.5 million American jobs.

Information on the 19th Annual Conference on the Adirondacks can be found at www.adkresearch.org.


19thAnnual Conference on the Adirondacks
Entrepreneurship, Sustainability, and the Environment
May 16-17, 2012, High Peaks Resort, Lake Placid, NY

The Adirondack Research Consortium invites researchers of national, regional, and local expertise to present their latest scientific research at the 19th Annual Conference on the Adirondacks in Lake Placid, NY, on May 16th & 17th, 2012.

This is an invitation to submit an abstract of a paper to be presented in a panel discussion at the conference. Individuals may also choose to submit an abstract for a poster to be displayed
throughout the proceedings which will include an opportunity to meet other conference attendees to discuss it. The Annual Conference on the Adirondacks is a forum for researchers to present current information on natural, social, economic, cultural, and recreational resources,
as well as, an opportunity to bring people with diverse backgrounds together in
collaborative efforts.

You can find an abstract submission forms at www.adkresearch.org or by contacting the Consortium directly. Electronic submissions are preferred. The submission deadline is April 16, 2012.
For more information please contact the Adirondack Research Consortium at 518-327-6276
or by e-mail at info@adkresearch.org. Conference program information can be found
at www.adkresearch.org.

Please share this announcement with colleagues and friends and encourage them to participate in this opportunity to promote science and research in the Adirondack Park!

2012 Juried Student Paper Program


Sponsored by the Glenn and Carol Pearsall Adirondack Foundation

19th Annual Conference on the Adirondacks,
May 16th and 17th, 2012, Lake Placid, NY

The Adirondack Research Consortium is pleased to announce a program highlighting the top research being conducted by graduate and undergraduate students in the Adirondack Park. This recognition will be in the form of a special oral-presentation session at the 19th Annual
Conference on the Adirondacks next May 16th and 17th, 2012 at the High Peaks Resort in Lake Placid.

Six student finalists, three undergraduate, and three graduate students will be invited to present their research findings. The top student in each category will then receive additional recognition at the meeting including an award. Submissions for the student awards are due by April 16, 2012 and should be in the form of an extended abstract as detailed below. We encourage faculty with undergraduate or graduate students conducting research relevant to the Adirondack Park to solicit applications for this program that will draw attention to the high-quality contributions students are making towards our understanding of the region.

Guidelines for Extended Abstracts:
• Any abstracts that do not adhere to guidelines will not be reviewed for the student awards. It is not necessary to submit a regular abstract in addition to the extended versions. Abstracts that
describe work that has not yet been completed are not eligible for these awards.

• All abstracts should be submitted electronically as Microsoft Word documents to
info@adkresearch.org with the name of the student and the phrase “ARC Student Award Submission” in the e-mail subject heading.

• Abstracts should be written with a minimum of 12-point font in a legible text (preferably
Arial or Times New Roman) and either 1.5 or double-line spacing. Pages should have a minimum of 1” margins.

• The lead author must either be currently a student, or have graduated within a year of the time of submission. The lead author should indicate if they are an undergraduate or graduate student and should identify a major professor familiar with the work.

• Abstracts should include a logical title and the list of authors. The main body of the abstract should be between 500-800 words. A single table of figure can be included with the extended abstract if appropriate (this should be as an embedded image, not a separate file). A literature cited section is not necessary.

• For more information please contact Executive Director, Dan Fitts, at 518-327-6276.

Review Process:

Following the submission deadline, abstracts will be reviewed by a panel of judges with the top three students in each category being selected for presentation at the Annual Conference. Review criteria include the relevance of the research to the Adirondack Park, the scientific rigor of the research, the novelty and creativity of the research, and the clarity of written presentation in the abstract. Candidates will be notified within two-weeks of the submission deadline regarding the judge’s decision.

19th Annual Conference on the Adirondacks

19th Annual Conference on the Adirondacks
“Entrepreneurship, Sustainability, and the Environment”
May 16th & 17th, 2012, High Peaks Resort, Lake Placid, NY

Featuring: Rick Fedrizzi, Green Building Council;
Tony Collins, John Mills, and Neil Murphy, “Universities as Economic Engines”;
Bob Catell, SmartGrid Consortium; Ed Bogucz, Syracuse CoE; Jerry Jenkins, WCS;
ClimAID Report; Mapping the Future; Adirondack Youth Climate Summit; 2012
Adirondack Achievement Award; North Country Sustainability Plan; and, the
Juried Student Paper Program sponsored by the Pearsall Adirondack Foundation.
On the afternoon of May 15th, 2012 there will be a guided field trip to
visit the impacts of Hurricane Irene in the area.

More up-to-date information can be found at www.adkresearch.org or by calling Dan
Fitts at 518-327-6276.