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The Feinstone Environmental AwardsThursday, October 20, 2022 | 6 pm
Gateway Center at ESF

Honoring Steve Breen, Chief Financial Officer of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Syracuse and Kenneth Lynch, Director of Strategic Growth Initiatives at Ramboll.

Proceeds from the event will support student scholarships at ESF.

For more information, please contact ESF College Foundation (315) 470-6683 or foundation@esf.edu.

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Kenneth Lynch

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Kenneth Lynch

Ken serves as the Director of Strategic Growth Initiatives at Ramboll, where he works on a variety of environmental projects including climate adaptation, sustainability, and flood resilience. He joined Ramboll in 2019 after a long career at the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC), where he most recently served as as Executive Deputy Commissioner.

As Executive Deputy Commissioner and Region 7 Director at the DEC, Ken helped lead one of the largest remediation and restoration efforts in the nation in the cleanup of Onondaga Lake. Ken's proudest accomplishment is seeing Onondaga Lake returned to CNY as a natural resource asset and recreational opportunity for the community.

Ken is also a member of the Adirondack Park Agency Board. He is a graduate of Yale University and Syracuse College of Law.

Steve Breen

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Steve Breen

Steve currently serves as the Chief Financial Officer of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Syracuse. He began this position in 2018 after serving as chief financial officer and holding various business leadership positions for The Cortland Companies. Steve is a certified public accountant and previously, worked with Baasch, Winters & Breen and Coopers & Lybrand.

Steve's current role with the Syracuse Diocese as well as being board chair of Clear Path for Veterans emphasizes his commitment to serve the community. Steve is nearing completion of a 9-year term as a director of ESF College Foundation and currently serves on the Abby Lane Housing Corporation Board of Directors. He is a long-time member of the ESF 1911 Society. He is a graduate of C.W. Post College.

About the Feinstone Awards

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One of the oldest and most-respected award programs in the environmental field, the Feinstone Awards program was established by Sol Feinstone, a widely known historian and author who was a 1915 graduate of ESF. His goal was to reward people and organizations that exemplified his belief that the best insurance for a free society lay in people’s desire to do voluntarily the things that need to be done for the good of all. The program recognizes leaders who care for the environment, encourage volunteerism and add to society’s understanding of environmental issues and their solutions. The Feinstone program has made more than 100 awards, honoring people from across the United States for their significant contributions to protecting the environment and promoting the spirit of volunteerism. Past award recipients have back­grounds in science, conservation, government, public policy, teaching and the media.

Questions may be directed to foundation@esf.edu.