Hartwick College has been a member of the Catskill Institute for the Environment (CIE) since 2000.
CIE recognizes the intense interest focused on environmental issues in the Catskills. The Catskill region has a high visibility as a watershed for the largest unfiltered water supply in the world. However, this is an inhabited landscape. Within the Catskills there is a unique living experiment involving citizens, state and local governments working together to enhance the environmental quality of the region, the economic well-being and quality of life of its residents.
The mission of CIE is to stimulate environmental awareness and cooperation among regional colleges, institutions and individuals. The CIE works to develop partnerships and infrastructure necessary for innovative environmental education and research. The CIE has identified three primary goals to benefit students, citizens and local decision-makers throughout the Catskill region:
Founded in 1998, the Catskill Institute for the Environment is a federally recognized 501 (C)3 not for profit organization. Meetings are held quarterly with one meeting each year devoted to a public symposium. Examples of Catskill Institute activities include:
2005: "Human/Nature" symposium on reconciliation ecology at the State University College at Oneonta.
2004: “Renewable Energy in the Catskills” symposium at Sullivan County Community College
2003: “Sustainability Science” symposium at Hartwick College for educators, researchers and citizens interested in sustainability in the local and global context.
2002: Sustainability Science Distance Learning Course - a case-based environmental problem solving course being given at SUNY Ulster, SUNY Oneonta and Hartwick Colleges. Students and faculty are networked through satellite broadcasts.
2001: Catskill Summer - a college-credit two-week environmental summer camp for high school biology students held at four locations throughout the Catskills. Funding provided by Catskill Watershed Corporation.
1999: “Indicators of Catskill Ecosystem Health” — symposium at SUNY Delhi presenting results of scientific research in the Catskills. Proceedings published.
1998, “Mapping the Catskills for the 21st Century” — symposium at Ulster County Community College for educators and researchers on the use of geo-referenced data in the Catskills.