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Who Should Attend

If you are interested in learning about science, policy, technologies and the growth of sustainability practices in New York State and beyond. Attendees may include:

Entrepreneurs and business owners

Non-profit leaders

Those who are involved in the policy, funding, implementation, and other aspects of renewable energy

Architects

Engineers

Elected and governmental officials

Community leaders and policy makers

Non-profit leaders

University faculty and staff

College students

K-12 educators

Sustainability leaders and officers

Other professionals and individuals interested in these topics

Sustainable Practices in Central New York
October 2 & 3, 2014

ONLINE REGISTRATION (for Professionals & Students)

Registration Fees:

Professional (before September 25): $75

Professional (after September 25): $100

Student: $40

 

Sponsorship opportunities are also available. Please contact Katherina Searing for more information: kbsearing@esf.edu, (315) 470-6888.

ONLINE REGISTRATION (for Sponsors & Exhibitors)

 

Program Overview

Join expert faculty, researchers, & practitioners from Syracuse and beyond as we explore Sustainability Practices employed in Central NY. These presentations will highlight new environmental services and job opportunities that are being developed in CNY.

On Thursday evening, we will have a pre-conference presentation by the Sustainable Enterprise Partnership's (SEP) Fetner Sustainability Fellow, Dr. Brad Allenby, Lincoln Professor of Engineering and Ethics, and Professor of Civil, Environmental and Sustainable Engineering, and of Law, at Arizona State University. He is known as the father of industrial ecology and has written several books on the topic. After his presentation, a panel of local representatives will reflect on what his message means to Central NY.

On Friday, we will have three panels of experts informing us about Sustainability Initiatives at Higher Education Institutions, Carbon Footprinting and Climate Action Planning, & Green Infrastructure projects and evaluation of such, with plenty of time for question and answers about what is happening in your community.

Later in the day, we will take a tour of ESF's new Green Roof, and see a unique & innovative green roof design using native plant species from dunes and alvar pavement barrens on Lake Ontario, including some very rare species.

Lastly, we will take a field trip to Harbor Brook Combined Sewer Overflow Treatment Wetland Pilot Plant (the first in New York State and only one of five in the US), in its first year of operation and then to the Onondaga Lake Visitors Center, where we will learn about the current progress made on the cleanup and restoration of Onondaga Lake (one of the largest lake cleanup projects in the US). Transportation is provided. Afterward, we will enjoy some refreshments by the lake.

The Sustainable Use of Renewable Energy (SURE) program is offered by SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry (SUNY-ESF) as a collaborative effort of the Sustainable Enterprise Partnership (SEP), a partnership of SUNY-ESF, the Whitman School of Management and L.C. Smith College of Engineering and Computer Science at Syracuse University, and the Syracuse Center of Excellence in Environmental and Energy Systems. Together, they form a unique collaboration providing world-class education and research on sustainable enterprise management.

ONLINE REGISTRATION (for Professionals & Students)

Registration Fees:

Professional (before September 25): $75

Professional (after September 25): $100

Student: $40

 

Sponsorship opportunities are also available. Please contact Katherina Searing for more information: kbsearing@esf.edu, (315) 470-6888.

ONLINE REGISTRATION (for Sponsors & Exhibitors)

 

Refund/Cancellation

Refunds, minus a $50 administrative fee, will be issued for requests received by Thursday, September 18, 2014. Requests must be made by email to Terry Webb at tsakowsk@esf.edu. Cancellations will not be accepted by phone; substitutions can be made at any time.

 

 

Program Format, Location, and Schedule (subject to change)

Date and Time

Topics & Speakers

Location

October 2

4:00 - 5:30 PM

Industry, Urban Management and Sustainability

  • Dr. Brad Allenby, Lincoln Professor of Engineering and Ethics, and Professor of Civil, Environmental and Sustainable Engineering, and of Law, at Arizona State University.

Panel reflecting on Dr. Allenby's presentation and what it means in Central NY:

  • Dr. Edward Bogucz, Executive Director, Syracuse Center of Excellence & Associate Professor, Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, Syracuse University
  • Terry Brown, Executive Director, Falcone Center for Entrepreneurship
  • Matt Marko, Vice President, CH2MHill
  • Andrew Maxwell, Director of Syracuse-Onondaga County Planning Agency

Baker 146, SUNY- ESF

5:30 - 6:30 Reception  

October 3

8:00 - 8:15 AM

 

Check-in & Breakfast

Gateway Center. SUNY- ESF
8:15 - 9:45

Sustainability Initiatives at Higher Educational Institutions

  • Lewis H. Durland, Director of Energy Management and Sustainability, Ithaca College
  • Steve Lloyd, Assoc. Dir. for Sustainability, Syracuse University Energy Systems & Sustainability Management
  • Alex Poisson, Sustainability Coordinator, SUNY-ESF
  • Sean Vormald,  Director of Sustainability, Environmental Health & Safety, Onondaga Community College
 
9:45 - 10:15 Break  
10:15 - 11:45

Carbon Footprinting & Climate Action Planning

  • Chris Carrick, Energy Program Manager, CNY RPDB
  • Sam Gordon, Director of Planning & Zoning, Town of DeWitt
  • Allison Muehe, Consulting engineer , Antares Group Inc.
  • Dr. Richard Smardon, Distinguished Service Professor, SUNY-ESF
  • Amanda Sopchak, Planner, CNY RPDB
 
11:45 - 12:45 PM Lunch  
12:45 - 2:15

Green Infrastructure Projects & Exaluations

  • Dr. Russ Briggs, Distinguished Teaching Professor, SUNY-ESF
  • Dr. Cliff Davidson, Professor, Civil & Env. Engineering, Syracuse University
  • Khris Dodson, Communications & Program Manager, Environmental Finance Center, SU Center for Sustainable Community Solutions
  • Paul Legnetto, Program Coordinator (Stormwater Mgt.)  Water Environment Protection
  • Dr. Wendong Tao, Asst. Professor, SUNY-ESF

 

 
2:15 - 3:00

Tours of SUNY-ESF’s Gateway Building Green Roof

  • Prof. Doug Daley, Associate Professor & P.E., SUNY-ESF
  • Dr. Don Leopold, Chair, Environmental & Forest Biology, SUNY-ESF
  • Prof. Tim Tolland, Associate Professor, SUNY-ESF

 

 
3:00 - 5:30

Afternoon Field trips

1. Harbor Brook CSO Treatment  Wetland Pilot Plant

  • Zachary Monge, P.E., CH2M Hill
  • Dr. Richard Smardon, Distinguished Service Professor, SUNY-ESF
  • Dr. Wendong Tao, Asst. Professor, SUNY-ESF

 

2. Onondaga Lake Clean-up & Visitors Center

  • Representative from Honeywell
  • Dr. Tim Volk, Sr. Research Associate

 

 
5:30 - 6:30 Reception at Onondaga Lake Visitors Center  

 

SURE 2014 Instructional Team


abrams

Neal Abrams, Ph.D.

Dr. Abrams received his bachelor of science degree from Ithaca College in 2000. He earned his Ph.D. in 2005 from The Pennsylvania State University. He was a Postdoctoral researcher at Cornell University from 2005 - 2007 and a Lecturer from 2006 - 2007.

Dr. Abrams’s interests lie in the areas of materials and inorganic chemistry, encompassing areas of alternative energies such as energy storage, photovoltaics, and fuel cells.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


crovella

Paul Crovella

While studying engineering and architecture at Cornell, Paul spent a summer working as timber farmer and developed a strong interest in the strength and structural performance of timber buildings. His current research strives to develop a non-destructive method for assessing the structural characteristics of timber joinery. Before coming to ESF Paul taught at the University or Puerto Rico and Morrisville State College. He has worked for two years in the Department of Sustainable Construction and Engineering at ESF, helping to develop and teach courses for green construction and is currently working on his PhD at the college. His areas of study include sustainable construction, residential construction, historic preservation and optimum value engineering.

 


kelleherMichael Kelleher

Director of Renewable Energy Systems at SUNY-ESF, 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. 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.

 


smardonRichard Smardon, Ph.D.

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.


volk

Timothy Volk, Ph.D.

Senior Research Associate at SUNY-ESF and Co-Director of the SUNY Center for Sustainable and Renewable Energy. Dr. Volk has over 20 years of experience working in the fields of forestry, agroforestry, short-rotation woody crops, bioenergy and phytoremediation in the Northeastern United States and Africa. He holds degrees from the University of Guelph (BS (Agr.), Guelph, Ontario) in Natural Resources Management, Cornell University (MS, Ithaca, NY) in Forest Science and SUNY – ESF (PhD, Syracuse, NY) in Forest and Natural Resources Management. He is responsible for a series of research projects focused on the development of shrub willow biomass cropping systems as a feedstock for bioproducts and bioenergy and the use of willow as an alternative cover for industrial waste sites. He is also actively involved in research and development of sustainability assessments of bioenergy systems, life cycle assessments of willow biomass crops and woody biomass from forests, assessments of woody biomass availability from natural forests, economic modeling of short rotation woody crops, living snowfences, regional woody biomass resource supplies, and harvesting systems for short rotation woody crops. He chaired the ad hoc committee at SUNY-ESF that developed and is now implementing the curriculum for a minor in Renewable Energy and is currently teaching courses on Energy Systems and Biomass Energy. He chaired the ad hoc committee at SUNY-ESF that developed and is now implementing the curriculum for a minor in Renewable Energy and is currently teaching courses on Energy Systems and Biomass Energy.

 

 

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