• On Sustainability

    Presented by: City & State

     Sep 28, 2017

     New York, NY

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Time & Date:
Thursday, September 28th
8:00am - 12:00pm 
Museum of Jewish Heritage
36 Battery Place
New York, NY 10280

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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 featuringRick Chandler, Commissioner, New York City Department of Buildings and Kathryn Garcia Commissioner,New York City Department of Sanitation, Vincent Sapienza, Acting Commissioner, NYC Department of Environmental Protection 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.


  • Rich Kassel, Executive Vice President, Capalino+Company (moderator)
  • Mark Chambers, Director, NYC Mayor's Office of Sustainability
  • Council Member Costa Constantinides, Chair, Committee on Environmental Protection
  • Adam Zurofsky, Deputy Secretary for Energy and Financial Services, Office of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo
  • Carl Hum, Senior Vice President, Management Services and Government Affairs, The Real Estate Board of New York
  • Sadie McKeown, Executive Vice President/COO, The Community Preservation Corporation


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.


  • David Kanter, Assistant Professor of Environmental Studies, NYU College of Arts and Science (moderator)
  • Gale A. Brewer, Manhattan Borough President
  • Council Member Antonio Reynoso, Chair, Committee on Sanitation and Solid Waste Management
  • Sophia Leonora Mendelsohn, Head of Sustainability, JetBlue 


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.



  • Illya Azaroff, Design Director, +Lab pllc.- New York Regional Representatives to the AIA Strategic Council, Associate Professor, of  New York City College of Technology (moderator) 
  • Senator Todd Kaminsky, Ranking Member, Environmental Conservation Committee
  • Julie Tighe, Chief of Staff, New York Department of Environmental Conservation
  • Council Member Mark Treyger, Chair of the Council’s Committee on Recovery and Resiliency
  • John T. Shea, Chief Executive Officer, New York City Department of Education, Division of School Facilities
  • Peter Glus, Senior Vice President, City Executive, Arcadis


11:30 am       Session Concludes


For more information on programming and speaking opportunities, please contact Lissa Blake at lblake@cityandstateny.com or call 646-517-2741.

Members of the press are invited to attend. Please contact Jamie Servidio at jservidio@cityandstateny.com for details.

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