PACE LAW SCHOOL DEAN EMERITUS RICHARD OTTINGER TO BE HONORED WITH GREEN LEGACY AWARD AT FALL BENEFIT RECEPTION OF THE FEDERATED CONSERVATIONISTS OF WESTCHESTER COUNTY

[WHITE PLAINS, NY – October 12, 2009] In celebration of his lifetime achievements in working to improve the environment, Richard Ottinger, Dean Emeritus of Pace Law School, will be honored by the Federated Conservationists of Westchester County (FCWC) at its annual fall benefit reception on Saturday, October 17, from 5:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at a private “green” home on Long Island Sound.

Dick Ottinger’s life has been dedicated to environmental protection and energy conservation.  Prior to joining the Pace faculty, he served for 16 years in the U.S. Congress, chairing the House Subcommittee on Energy, Conservation and Power.  He is currently Dean Emeritus and Professor of Law at Pace Law School in White Plains, N.Y., where he taught environmental law and was Dean from 1994-1999.  As co-director of the Center for Environmental Legal Studies, he started an Energy Project (now the Pace Energy and Climate Center), which raises $900,000 per year, advocating utility investment in conservation and renewable energy resources.  Pace Law School’s Environmental Law program has been consistently ranked among the top three in the nation (US News & World Report) and the school is the first law school in the nation to offer a course of study focused on climate change law, which is included as a specialty “track” as part of its Master of Laws in Environmental Law

Serving as an ideal location, the “green” home at which the reception will take place features solar panels and a geo-thermal energy system, and the event will feature several additional green aspects: a silent auction that includes local “green” products and services; recycled paper invitations; and hors d’ oeuvres catered by the Flying Pig, a local caterer that focuses on local, sustainable offerings.

Marian Rose, founder and former president of Croton Watershed Clean Water Coalition (CWCWC) will also be honored at the event. For questions or information on attending the event, the public can call the FCWC office at (914) 422-4053 or email Adiel at fcwc@fcwc.org.

Federated Conservationists of Westchester County Inc. was founded in 1965 as a nonprofit coalition of dozens of local environmental groups to form a strong, single voice for combating pollution and preserving Westchester’s many precious natural resources. FCWC has promoted environmentally sound planning and decision making throughout the region and educated the public and government officials on the need to protect natural resources. As the premier environmental watchdog in Westchester, the organization has influenced local, county and state governments in the defense of air, water and land.

Founded in 1976, Pace Law School (www.law.pace.edu) has over 7,500 alumni throughout the country and the world.  It offers full- and part-time day and evening JD programs on its White Plains, NY, campus.  With its Environmental Law program consistently ranked among the top three in the nation (US News & World Report), the school also offers the Master of Laws in Environmental Law, Real Estate Law and in Comparative Legal Studies and an SJD in Environmental Law.  Pace is also the first law school in the nation to offer a course of study focused on climate change law, which is included as a specialty “track” as part of its Master of Laws in Environmental Law.  The School of Law is part of a comprehensive, independent and diversified University with campuses in New York City and Westchester County.

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