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Leading Sustainability in Public, Private and Nonprofit Organizations Workshop

Program leadership consists of researchers, educators and practitioners with extensive experience in many topic areas including sustainability, greenhouse gas emissions and carbon neutrality, life cycle analysis, environmental and energy systems, business, finance, leadership, organizational change and social systems. For more information about our exemplary instructional team, please see bios below.

Program Chair

Richard SmardonRichard Smardon (rsmardon@esf.edu, 315.470.6576)
Ph.D., Professor of Environmental Studies, SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry (SUNY-ESF)

Dr. Richard C. Smardon has lived and worked in Vermont, Massachusetts, Kentucky, Oregon and California before coming to the State University of New York's College of Environmental Science and Forestry. At SUNY-ESF he was, until recently, Chair of the Dept. of Environmental Studies. He is Professor of Environmental Studies and Director of the Randolph G. Pack Environmental Institute.  He has a Ph.D. in Environmental Planning from the University of California, Berkeley and a Masters in Landscape Architecture and Bachelors in Environmental Design from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. He has edited/written three books; The Future of Wetlands; Assessing Visual-Cultural Values (1983) with Allenheld-Osmun; Foundations for Visual Project Analysis (1986) with John Wiley and Sons; and The Legal Landscape: Guidelines for Environmental and Aesthetic Protection (1993) with Van Nostrand Rhinehold. He is also engaged in writing a book "Sustaining the World's Wetlands" with Springer Press, which will focus on the role of NGO's in international wetland management.

He was appointed by the Governor of New York to the Great Lakes Basin Advisory Council in 1989 and has chaired the council. He has serves on several editorial boards including Landscape and Urban Planning, Environmental Science and Policy and ScientificWorld. His major areas of expertise include landscape assessment and management, wetland assessment and mitigation, environmental management/citizen participation, law and aesthetics, ecotourism and heritage resource management, and energy sustainability planning implementation. He currently writes a column for Central New York Business Exchange magazine on energy and environment.

Instructional Team

Dr. Kamal ShahrabiDr. Kamal Shahrabi (shahrak@farmingdale.edu, 631.420.2256)
Ph.D., Dean of the School of Engineering Technology, Farmingdale State College

Dr. Kamal Shahrabi, is Dean of the School of Engineering Technology, Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering Technology, Director of the Renewable Energy and Sustainability Center, and Collegiate Science & Technology Entry Program (CSTEP) at Farmingdale State College. He has published several papers in various areas of Communication, Robot Tracking in Space, and Wireless Communication. Dr. Shahrabi has several years of experience in digital signal processing, space tracking, communication and satellite control systems while doing research at City University of New York for NASA. He has received grants totaling more than ten million dollars through NSF, DOE, and the Challenge Grant. Dr. Shahrabi’s research interests are in the fields of Digital Signal Processing Algorithms, Spread Spectrum, nanotechnology, sustainable energy, and Wireless Communication Systems. He earned his PhD in Electrical Engineering, a Master of Philosophy and a Master of Engineering (Electrical) at CUNY, BS in Electrical Engineering at NJIT. 


Michael KelleherMichael Kelleher (mkellehe@esf.edu, 315.470.6921)
Director, Renewable Energy Systems; Adjunct Professor, Dept. Forest and Natural Resources Management, SUNY-ESF

Mike joined the College of Environmental Science and Forestry as the Director of Renewable Energy Systems. In this position he is focused on expanding the use of sustainable technologies and energy efficiency to reduce the College’s carbon footprint. Prior to joining ESF Mike served as an executive with National Grid and Niagara Mohawk.  He has extensive hands-on senior management experience in market assessment, strategic planning, mergers & acquisitions, corporate finance, and transaction structuring. Mike and his team built and maintained strong relationships with commercial, industrial, and municipal customers for National Grid.  In addition, he developed effective economic development and pricing programs to attract and retain customers.  He has also held a variety of financial and resource planning positions with Niagara Mohawk. Mike earned an M.S. in Agricultural Economics, and a B.S. in Agricultural Engineering Technology from Cornell University.


Stuart SpiegelStuart Spiegel (stu.spiegel@obg.com, 315.956.6297)
Vice President of Higher Education, O'Brien & Gere Engineers, Inc.

Stu Spiegel directs the Higher Education Market Sector activities of O’Brien & Gere Engineers, for which he has worked since 1973. His technical responsibilities include sustainability planning, environmental auditing and compliance for academia, healthcare, industry and municipalities; environmental due diligence and site assessments for corporate and private transactions; and environmental planning and impact analysis for major public and private development projects. Spiegel is the author of over 50 papers and presentations. He has taught as an adjunct assistant professor at Syracuse University, from which he earned his B.S. in 1972 and M.S. in 1977.


baeElet Callahan (escallah@syr.edu, 315.443.3673)

Professor of Law and Public Policy, Whitman School of Management, Syracuse University

Elet Callahan teaches sustainable enterprise, the legal environment of business, and environmental law and policy at the Whitman School and serves as faculty director of the Sustainable Enterprise Partnership (SEP), a collaboration of Whitman, SUNY-ESF, and the Syracuse Center of Excellence in Environmental and Energy Systems.  The SEP promotes sustainable enterprise through curricula, outreach, and research. 

Callahan has received numerous teaching awards, including the SU Alumni Association’s Outstanding Teacher Award.  Her research has been published in the American Business Law Journal, the Virginia Journal of International Law, the Vanderbilt Journal of Transnational Law, the Washington University Journal of Urban and Contemporary Law, and the Journal of Business Ethics, among others.  She has received the Ralph C. Hoeber Award for Excellence in Research for articles published in the American Business Law Journal and the Holmes-Cardozo Award for Outstanding Conference Paper from the Academy of Legal Studies in Business.

Professor Callahan and her family designed and built the first home in New York State to earn Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification from the U.S. Green Building Council. 

Professor Callahan holds a J.D. (magna cum laude) from Syracuse University College of Law and a B.A. from Wellesley College (Wellesley College Scholar).


Contact Information

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