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2014 SUNY Sustainability Conference

SUNY Oswego, Campus Center, Oswego, NY

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Monday September 29th

11:00 am-12:40 pm Registration & Lunch

12:40:1:00 pm Welcome Address

A welcome address by Dr. Lorrie Clemo, Provost & Vice President for Academic Affairs, SUNY Oswego

1:00 – 2:00 pm Keynote Presentation: Confronting Consumption

A thought provoking presentation by Michael Maniates, Professor of Social Sciences at Yale-NUS University, Singapore.  Maniates was formerly a Senior Visiting Professor of Environmental Studies at Oberlin College and a Full Professor of Political Science and Environmental Science at Allegheny College for over 20 years. Maniates is also a frequent faculty member with Semester at Sea, a study abroad program of the University of Virginia.  He has sailed on five voyages, often in leadership positions, and most recently on the Amazon River as a Distinguished Lecturer in December 2012          

2:20-3:10 pm Executive Order 88: Implementation Strategies and Successes Across the SUNY System

A panel discussion on Executive Order 88, accomplishments to date, challenges and successes at separate institutions.

Karen B. Donohoe SUNY Office for Capital Facilities, Lisa Mitten SUNY New Paltz, Indu Lnu UAlbany, Matt Brubaker, SUNY Cortland

2:20-3:10 pm Integration of Virtual and Real Equipment Learning Tools Related to Sustainability Education

This program will address the integration of sustainability education into SUNY programs as well as providing opportunities for K-12 students to see and interact with sustainable energy tools and equipment. The program emphasizes the application of a recently developed IT Grant with real activities appropriate for undergraduate study as well as K-12 outreach.

Mark Bremer SUNY IT

2:20-3:10 pm Toxic Release! An overview of SUNY Plattsburgh’s Sustainability Gaming Project

A lecture and demonstration of the award winning, grant funded sustainability gaming system designed to teach students, corporations, industry leaders and community members how to manage the release of toxins into the environment.

Curt Gervich SUNY Plattsburgh

3:30-4:20 pm Solar PV Project Development

This presentation will highlight opportunities and financing options available and appropriate for solar photovoltaic (PV) installations, as well as a specific project at Cortland utilizing the NY Sun Initiative and NYSERDA PON 2589

Matthew Brubaker & Samuel Colombo SUNY Cortland

3:30-4:20 pm Teaching Sustainability Without Depressing Your Students

A reflection on how to empower students in the cultural, economic, environmental, social, political scientific and technological changes they are faced with – without leaving them pessimistic and depressed.

Lisa Glidden SUNY Oswego

4:40-5:30 pm Permaculture Living Lab

This informative presentation will reflect on the collaboration of multiple departments, community groups and staff resources, their challenges and successes in the installation of a ¾ acre Permaculture Living Lab in the heart of an active campus. Attendees will learn the basic principles of Permaculture along with the science, logistics and best practices for moving from the concept stage to installation and operation of true outdoor, living laboratory.

Katherine Spector & Grace Maxon SUNY Oswego

4:40-5:30 pm Community Engagement Case Study: Campus Conservation Nationals

In Spring 2014, four SUNY campuses (Stony Brook University, SUNY New Paltz, UAlbany & SUNY IT) participated in a SUNY energy conservation competition. This program will address the experiences that one campus had in the competition, and how it raised university awareness of energy conservation and student engagement.

James O’Connor Stony Brook University

 6:30-8:00 pm Reception

Join us at the nearby and newly renovated, LEED GOLD certified Rice Creek Field Station for an informal gathering and reception.  Light dinner and drinks will be served; shuttle service provided and strongly encouraged due to limited parking.

Tuesday September 30th

7:30–8:30 am Breakfast

8:20-9:00 am Sustainability in an Academic Medical Center

This program will describe the aggressive and holistic approach that a regional medical center, encompassing two hospitals and four colleges, has taken to counteract growing electrical and cooling demands while maintaining patient care and safety.

Thomas Pelis SUNY Upstate Medical University

8:20-9:00 am SUNY Commits to NYS Agriculture

A brief history of this campaign, it’s challenges and successes, current measurable results and goals for the 2014-2015 year, as well as educational material on a benchmarking tool that has been adopted by several SUNY campuses.

Deborah Howard SUNY

9:20-10:10 am Residential and Farm-Scale Hydroelectricity: Community Outreach through Demonstration Projects

This presentation will cover an overview of the civil and electrical components of micro-hydro systems, site assessment, power and energy expectations, environmental permitting, as well as the pros and cons of owning a hydro system.

Phil Hofmeyer SUNY Morrisville

9:20-10:10 am Farm to SUNY

A panel discussion with the four universities involved in this American Farmland Trust grant funded program which charged each institution with increasing the student awareness and demand for local produce on campus and in the dining facilities.

Lisa Mitten SUNY New Paltz, Jamie Adams SUNY Oswego, Mary Ellen Mallia UAlbany, Hanna Morgan SUNY Oneonta, Cristina Grace Farm-to-Institution NYS

9:20-10:10 am Student Summit

Deborah Howard, Director of Sustainability for SUNY, will host an informal talk-back session with student attendees to assess their interests, involvement, challenges and successes on a student level on each of their campuses.

Deborah Howard SUNY

10:30-11:20 am On-Campus Biodiesel Production – Ensuring Safety While Promoting Student Learning Through Hands-On Sustainability Projects

This program will describe how the overhaul of an on-campus bio-diesel production system created opportunities for students to help complete the work as well develop site safety and response plans that could be used as a template for other institutions interested in starting (or re-starting) similar systems.

Benjamin Ballard SUNY Morrisville

10:30-11:20 am Apples to Apples: Developing a Tool to Compare Local and National Food Vendors on a SUNY Campus

The creator of the database tool, Apples to Apples, will discuss the analysis of local versus national food purchasing that took place on a single SUNY Campus, how the database was developed, and how it can help other SUNY campuses increase their local purchasing power.

Zach Bergoine SUNY New Paltz

10:30-11:20 am Trashion Fashion

A discussion on how an Office of Environmental Sustainability strengthened cross-campus partnerships expanded their student network and created a new campus sustainability tradition by challenging students to create ensembles from reclaimed and recycled materials.

Mary Alexi Leciejewski SUNY Albany

11:40 am-12:30 pm Integrating Green Infrastructure across SUNY

Across the country, numerous communities are using green infrastructure as a cost-effective method for improving water quality and complying with the Clean Water Act. This program will illustrate real-life examples for integrating green infrastructure in a variety of contexts, including the use of porous pavements and bio-retention, parking lot retro-fits, and successful Green-Streets projects.

Suzanna Randall NYS Environmental Facilities Corporation (EFC)

11:40 am-12:30 pm Move-Out Reuse and Donation programs across SUNY

A panel of four SUNY Campuses will discuss the various programs they have in place to encourage student recycling, up cycling and donation of items at the close of the academic year. The program will highlight best practices of each institution, as well as their individual challenges in waste diversion at this crucial time.

Hannah Morgan SUNY Oneonta, Mary Ellen Mallia UAlbany, Jamie Adams SUNY Oswego, Greg Monaco Stony Brook University

11:40 am-12:30 pm Fair Trade College and Universities

This presentation will open the discussion of how business practices can effect and advance social equity, health and safety and environmental economics, with the goal of starting a fair trade campaign on campus and encouraging our peers to become Fair Trade Colleges and Universities.

Benjamin Conard SUNY Geneseo

12:30-1:00 pm Lunch

1:00-2:00 pm Keynote Presentation: Reforming the Energy Vision (REV)

A special presentation by Rudy Stegemoeller, Special Assistant for Energy Policy at the New York State Public Service Commission in Albany will address how technological innovation and increasing competitiveness of renewable energy resources, combined with aging infrastructure, extreme weather events, and system security and resiliency needs, are all leading to significant changes in how electric energy is produced, managed and consumed. The REV initiative will lead to regulatory changes that promote more efficient use of energy, deeper penetration of renewable energy resources such as wind and solar, wider deployment of “distributed” energy resources, such as micro grids, on-site power supplies, and storage.



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