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2014 SUNY Sustainability Conference

SUNY Oswego, Campus Center, Oswego, NY

2014 SUNY Sustainability Conference PROGRAM (printable)

Monday September 29th

11:00 am-12:40 pm Registration & Lunch Hearth Lounge 112

12:40:1:00 pm Welcome Address Auditorium 132

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

1:00 – 2:00 pm Keynote Presentation:  Why Environmentalists Rarely Get Invited to Parties (and How We Can Change That) Auditorium 132

Despite a growing parade of environmental warnings, extreme weather events, compelling visuals and public outcry, we’re not moving as quickly toward sustainability as we need to be.  The standard explanations for this lethargy are probably familiar:  inadequate education, misplaced values, the absence of a really good crisis, human shortsightedness, vested interests, institutional inertia, and technological lock in, among others.  Each explanation has its place, but together they’re incomplete.   Now is the time to move beyond these “usual suspects” and dig deeper into our own beliefs about our power in the world, and about how we best translate our concerns, and fears, into meaningful change.

Michael Maniates is Professor of Social Sciences and Head of Environmental Studies at Yale-NUS University, Singapore.  Before joining Yale-NUS in 2013, Michael was a Senior Visiting Professor of Environmental Studies at Oberlin College (2011-2013) and a Full Professor of Political Science and Environmental Science at Allegheny College (1993 – 2013).  His current work focuses on competing paths to sustainable consumption, “next generation” programs in environmental studies, and the environmental politics of sacrifice.  He has co-founded two award-winning environmental organizations, directed a semester of study on a floating university, and consulted widely with colleges and universities on sustainability initiatives. He is a co-recipient of the prestigious Sprout award for the best book in global environmental affairs and, perhaps more impressively,  helped run for more than a decade what was then the world’s largest (volume) frozen yogurt shop, in Berkeley, California.    

2:20-3:10 pm Executive Order 88: Implementation Strategies and Successes Across the SUNY System Auditorium 132

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

Karren Bee-Donohoe SUNY Office for Capital Facilities, Lisa Mitten SUNY New Paltz, Indu Lnu UAlbany, Matt BrubakerSUNY Cortland, Gabe Cowels NYPA 

2:20-3:10 pm Integration of Virtual and Real Equipment Learning Tools Related to Sustainability Education Conference Rm 114

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 Conference Rm 133

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 Auditorium Rm 132

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 Conference Rm 114

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 Auditorium 132

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 Conference Rm 114

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 Rice Creek Field Station

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 Hearth Lounge 112

8:20-9:00 am Sustainability in an Academic Medical Center Conference Rm 133

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 Auditorium 132

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 Conference Rm 133

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 Auditorium 132

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 Conference Rm 137

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 Conference Rm 133

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 Conference Rm 114


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 Auditorium 132

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 Auditorium Rm 132

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 Conference Rm 114

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 Conference Rm 133

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 Hearth Lounge 112

1:00-1:15 pm Closing Address Auditorium 132

A closing address by Deborah F. Stanley, President, SUNY Oswego

1:15-2:15 pm Keynote Presentation: Reforming the Energy Vision (REV) Auditorium 132

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. As such, the new York State Public Service commission created the REV initiative (Reforming the Energy Vision) which 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.

Audrey Zibelman is Commissioner and Chair of the New York State Public Service Commission (PSC), sits on the State Energy Planning Board and is Chair of the New York State Board on Electric Generation Siting and the Environment. She also sits on the board of the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA), the board of the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative Inc. (RGGI), the New York State Disaster Preparedness Commission, and the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management Task Force. Ms. Zibelman was recently appointed to the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners (NARUC) Board of Directors, and is a member of NARUC Committee on Electricity.




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