Constitution Day Lecture will Focus on Federal Climate Initiatives

September 10, 2010 – Pace Law School adjunct professor James Van Nostrand will give Dutchess Community College’s annual Constitution Day lecture at noon on Sept. 17. His lecture – which is free and open to the public - will address recent Supreme Court decisions and federal policy initiatives on climate change. It will be held in the James and Betty Hall Theatre on the DCC Poughkeepsie campus at noon.

Van Nostrand has taught, published and lectured widely on energy policy, renewable energy and utility rates and regulation. In addition to being an adjunct professor, he also is executive director of Pace Energy and Climate Center, a research and advocacy organization with a focus on climate change law and policy founded in 1987.

 Constitution Day/Citizenship Day is a holiday that celebrates the September 17, 1787 ratification of the Constitution. It was observed as Citizenship Day from 1952 until 2004, when a law was passed changing the name.

For more information, contact Dr. Andrew Rieser, chairperson of DCC’s Department of History, Government, and Economics, at (845) 431-8513 or


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