City & State and our partners will gather leaders in sustainability, energy, government, advocacy and business to discuss the green initiatives in New York, reducing the carbon footprint, water resiliency and protection, zero food waste and more. The 2017 On Sustainability conference will bring together over 250 industry professionals from across the state including: policymakers, sustainability officers, energy managers, community development leaders to share successful economic growth strategies. The conference serves to boost awareness of city and state resources available to governments and nonprofit organizations. If you are involved in New York’s efforts in sustainability, this is a must-attend event.
8:00 am Registration & Networking Breakfast
8:45 am Keynote Commissioner Roundtable featuring: Rick Chandler, Commissioner, New York City Department of Buildings and Kathryn Garcia Commissioner, New York City Department of Sanitation moderated by Jon Lentz, Editor in Chief, City & State
9:15 am Energy-efficient Initiatives to Decrease NY’s Carbon Footprint
In recent years, New York’s city and state leadership has introduced programs to decrease our carbon footprint. Some of these initiatives include: new ideas in transportation, improving the energy efficiency of the city's buildings, reducing the city’s building-based emissions, investing in clean reusable energy, wind, and solar power and financing and implementing millions of dollars in energy efficiency projects. Panelists will discuss what’s working, what’s not, and innovative ideas to continue reducing New York’s carbon footprint.
- Mark Chambers, Director, NYC Mayor's Office of Sustainability
- Assemblywoman Latrice Walker, Chair, Subcommittee on Renewable Energy
- Council Member Costa Constantinides, Chair, Committee on Environmental Protection
10:00 am Future of Food Sustainability
Policy makers and a wide range of professionals whose interests relate to all aspects of NY’s food system will discuss the future of food sustainability. Topics will include: food production’s impact on climate change, issue of emissions in animal agriculture, NYC’s commitment to Zero Waste, and developing a geographically dispersed network of waste reduction, composting, reuse, and recycling.
- Senator Kevin S. Parker, Joint Budget Committee on Environment, Agriculture and Housing
- Gale A. Brewer, Manhattan Borough President
- Council Member Antonio Reynoso, Chair, Committee on Sanitation and Solid Waste Management
10:45 am Improving Water Quality and Resiliency
The water contamination in Hoosick Falls last year raised many questions about New York’s ability to handle a water crisis and its effects on the public’s health. This panel aims to identify the new challenges we face, examine the best advances for dealing with groundwater and surface water pollution and ensure that all New Yorkers have access to clean drinking water while also protecting our residents and vulnerable communities from the adverse impacts of climate change.
- Vincent Sapienza, Acting Commissioner, NYC Department of Environmental Protection
11:30 am Session Concludes
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