John Cronin

Senior Fellow, Dyson College Institute for Sustainability and the Environment at Pace University. @CroninOnHudson

John Cronin is Senior Fellow for Environmental Affairs at the Dyson College Institute for Sustainability and the Environment (DCISE) at Pace University where he is co-faculty of the Environmental Policy Clinic with Professor Michelle D. Land and editor of the EarthDesk blog. Cronin has been active in environmental affairs for 43 years and is known internationally for his work as Hudson Riverkeeper, for which Time Magazine named him a “Hero for the Planet.” Inspired by the Hudson example, there are now more than 300 "Keepers" on waterways around the world. He began as a citizen pollution investigator for Pete Seeger's Clearwater organization. He served as an aide to Congressman Hamilton Fish, Jr., and later to New York State Assemblyman Maurice D. Hinchey. He worked as a Hudson River commercial fisherman for 2 1/2 years and represented the New York State Commercial Fisherman's Association as its business agent and lobbyist. He is co-founder of the nationally recognized Pace Environmental Litigation Clinic and co-founder with Professor Land of the Environmental Consortium of Colleges & Universities. He is co-author with Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. of The Riverkeepers, published by Scribner, and author of many articles on environmental policy, including for the Op Ed page of The New York Times. He was co-producer and writer of The Last Rivermen, recognized as an outstanding documentary by the Motion Picture Academy Foundation. In addition to Time Hero for the Planet, his many recognitions include an honorary Juris Doctor from Pace Law School, the William A. Ricker Award from the American Fisheries Society, the Vanity Fair Hall of Fame and a Jefferson Gold Award, founded as the "Nobel Prize for Public Service" by Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis​.