The Donald C. Katt Institute Presents Dr. Darryl Banks OBE



The Donald C. Katt Institute Presents Dr. Darryl Banks OBE

Constitution Day Lecture: Would a Constitutional Amendment Really Help the Environment?

SUNY Ulster Hosts “Would a Constitutional Amendment

Really Help the Environment?” on September 17

September 10, 2018 – Stone Ridge, NY  Dr. Darryl Banks OBE, Rhodes Scholar, distinguished scientist, environmental policy expert and New York’s  former Deputy Commissioner for Environmental Protection will give SUNY Ulster’s 2018 Constitution Day Lecture.  It will take place on Monday, September 17 at 6:00 p.m. in the College Lounge, Vanderlyn Hall. Sponsored by the Donald C. Katt Institute for Constitutional Studies and the Ulster Community College Foundation, the title of Dr. Banks’ lecture is “Would a Constitutional Amendment Really Help the Environment?”     

Educated at Coe College and the University of Oxford, Dr. Banks has held numerous senior management and research positions. His management roles included service at Environment Protection Service, New York Deputy Commissioner for Environmental Quality, and Vice President of the Center for American Progress. In research, he has held Senior Fellowships at the Rand Corporation, the World Resources Institute, and as a Congressional Science Fellow. Dr. Banks has also held senior positions in the private sector and is the author of numerous publications in biophysics, environmental and energy policy. In 2009, he was honored by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II for his work on US-UK scientific and academic relations.

 Dr. Ray Raymond, co-founder of the Katt Institute, described Dr. Banks as “a truly extraordinary scholar, scientist and public servant. All of us in the Hudson Valley owe Dr. Banks an enormous debt of gratitude for the key role he played in launching the clean-up of the Hudson River.” 

Founded in 2009, the mission of the Katt Institute is to educate students, faculty and the community about the US Constitution and its continuing relevance to today. Dr. Banks is the latest in a line of distinguished series of scholars and practitioners who have spoken in the Katt Institute’s lecture series.

The College Lounge is located in Vanderlyn Hall on SUNY Ulster’s Stone Ridge Campus. Contact Deborah Kaufman by phone at 845-687-5261 or email for more information.  


portrait of Dr. Darryl Banks OBE

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