SUNY Orange Biology Department Sponsoring Panels (Jan. 31 and Feb. 5) to Support Focus the Nation Initiative

MIDDLETOWN, N.Y. – SUNY Orange professors and community leaders will join their counterparts from nearly 1,500 organizations across the country next week for a national day of teaching and learning that will focus discussions on global warming and ways to reduce its impact on America. The College will hold a panel discussion on “Global Warming Solutions for America” at 11 a.m., Thursday, Jan. 31, in Room 102 of the Library.

PHOTO: James W. Taylor, Jr.James W. Taylor Jr. (shown at right), president of Taylor Biomass Energy, and Joe Zurovchak, SUNY Orange biology professor, will lead the panel, created in conjunction with Focus the Nation, a recently formed national organization that is attempting to increase awareness and understanding of global warming through discussion, civic engagement and local action.

Focus the Nation has organized a national “teach in” that will begin Jan. 30, with a live, interactive webcast entitled “The 2% Solution.” Produced by the National Wildlife Federation and aired by Earth Day TV (, panelists on the webcast will include Stanford climate scientist Steve Schneider; Hunter Lovins, CEO, Natural Capitalism; and, environmental justice leader Van Jones, executive director, Ella Baker Center in Oakland, Calif., who will all discuss global climate change solutions.

It is hoped that “The 2% Solution” will initiate an inspired and creative nationwide debate about the solutions to global warming. “The 2% Solution” will be streamed live at 8 p.m. ET on Wednesday, Jan. 30, from the University of Central Florida. For more information, visit

In addition to the local panel discussion, professors across the SUNY Orange campus will be infusing global warming topics into their classroom lectures that day and throughout the coming months. On Feb. 5, the College will reprise its panel discussion and seek additional solutions when Walter Jahn, biology professor, and Shawn Dell Joyce, an environmentalist and environmental columnist for the Middletown Times Herald-Record, direct a second panel, also at 11 a.m. in Room 102 of the Library. advocates slicing emission levels in developed countries by approximately two percent per year for the next 40 years in order to limit global warming increases to a minimum of three to four degrees Fahrenheit by 2050. As of Jan. 23, Focus the Nation had nearly 1,500 high schools, colleges, universities, high schools, middle schools, civic organizations, faith groups and businesses registered to view “The 2% Solution.”

For more information on the SUNY Orange panels, contact Dr. Jennifer Merriam at (845) 341-4178.

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Mike Albright
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