"Climate Change: Adaptation & Building Resiliency in our Communities"

January 24, 2014 at Union College @ College Park Hall

Registration

 We will accept 10 walk-ins on the day of the conference. $60 walk-in registration. $20 for students. 

 

Registration is now closed.  

Registration deadline: Friday, January 10th, 2014.

Adult Non-Student Registration: $45

Registration includes all general and concurrent sessions, keynote and plenary speakers, entrance to exhibitor hall, tea and coffee service throughout the day & a buffet lunch.

Presenter Registration: Fee Waived

Registration includes all general and concurrent sessions, keynote and plenary speakers, entrance to exhibitor hall, tea and coffee service throughout the day & a buffet lunch. Although you do not need to remit payment, please take the time to register online.

Any individual who accompanies the presenter must register and pay the $45 entrance fee.

Student Registration: Fee Waived (excludes lunch)

Registration for all general and concurrent sessions, keynote and plenary speakers, entrance to exhibitor hall & coffee/tea service throughout the day is free for students. Buffet lunch is $15.

Walk-Ins: $60.

Walk- ins are welcome, although registration in advance is preferred. Registration includes all general and concurrent sessions, keynote and plenary speakers, entrance to exhibitor hall, tea and coffee service throughout the day & a buffet lunch.

Cancellation Policy

If you are unable to attend and would like to send someone in your place, substitutions are welcome. If you are pursuing educational credits, please make sure to notify haleyqum@union.edu in advance.

 

Conference Program

CLIMATE CHANGE: ADAPTATION & BUILDING RESILIENCY IN OUR COMMUNITIES

Friday, January 24, 2014

8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Union College, College Park Hall

Schenectady, NY 

Hosts:  Union College, ECOS: The Environmental Clearinghouse and the Schenectady County Environmental Advisory Council (SCEAC)

Organizers:  Union College, ECOS, SCEAC, CDRPC, NYSDEC, NYSERDA, SUNY Albany, Schenectady County Planning Department, Schenectady County League of Women Voters and Golub Corporation

 

8:00 – 8:30      Registration and Refreshments                                                            Ballroom                                 Visit with Exhibitors

 

8:30 – 9:00      Welcoming Remarks                                                                                    Ballroom                                                                        

Stephen Ainlay, President of Union College

Margaret King, Schenectady City Council President

Jared Snyder, Assistant Commissioner, NYSDEC 

Janet Joseph, VP of Technology & Strategic Planning, NYSERDA

 

9:00 – 9:20      Keynote Speaker                                                                                             Ballroom

Climate Change, Mitigation, Adaptation and Resiliency – Judith Enck, Regional   Administrator, US EPA Region 2

 

9:20 – 10:15    Regional Trends                                                                                               Ballroom

ClimAID and Regional Trends – Amanda Stevens, NYSERDA

Climate Trends in the Capital Region – Richard Westergard, Shade Tree Meteorology, and Prof. Richard Wilk and Elizabeth Rodiger, Union College

 

10:15 – 10:35  Break

Visit with Exhibitors

           

10:35 – 11:35  Adaptation, Resiliency and Planning                                                   Ballroom

Cleaner Greener Sustainability Plan – Steve Wilson, CHA

Climate Smart Communities Land Use Toolkit – Veda Truesdale, Rutgers University

Community Reconstruction Planning – Barry Pendergrass, NYS DOS

 

11:40 – 12:40  Case Studies of Adaptation and Resiliency                                       Ballroom

Kingston: Waterfront Flooding Task Force – Sacha Spector, Scenic Hudson

Broome County Debris Management Post Flood – Debra Smith, Broome County

 

12:40 – 1:40    Lunch                                                                                                                         Servery

 

1:10 – 1:40      Lunch Speaker                                                                                                    Ballroom

Paul Tonko, US Congressman, NY 20th District 

 

1:45 – 3:00      Concurrent Breakout Sessions                                                                 

 

Perspectives On Land Use Planning for Adaptation and Resiliency: Local, Regional & State

Moderator: Mark Lowery, Climate Policy Analyst, NYS DEC 

Peter Fleischer, Executive Director,Empire State Future

Margaret Irwin, River Street Planning

Rocco Ferraro, Executive Director, CDRPC

Nan Stolzenburg, Community Planning and Environmental Associates 

 

Building Infrastructure Resilience            

Moderator: Paul Beyer, New York State Department of State 

Paul Cummings, The Chazen Companies 

Alton Knapp, A.E. Knapp & Associates, LLC 

Elisabeth Lennon, Sustainability Coordinator, New York State Department of Transportation 

 

Addressing Ecosystem and Public Health Implications of Climate Change

Moderator: Mary Werner, Schenectady County Environmental Advisory Council 

Bryon Backenson, Bureau of Communicable Diseases, NY State Department of Health

Jan Storm, Assistant Director of the Bureau of Toxic Substance Assessment, Center for Environmental Health, NY State Department of Health

Stu Gruskin, New York’s Chief Conservation and External Affairs Officer, The Nature Conservancy

 

Regulatory Programs – How Floodplain and Stormwater Management Can Improve our Resiliency Against Flood Hazards

Moderator: Jim Kalohn, Planner, Schenectady County Economic Development and Planning 

Bill Nechamen, Chief,  Floodplain Management Section, NYS DEC

David R. Hanny, CPESC, CPSWQ, LEED AP Barton & LoGuidice P.C.

NY Rising Communities Sch’dy /Rotterdam “Building Back Better” Robert Singer PHD, Principal Project Manager, Ecology and Environment Inc. (confirmed)

 

Gown to Town: Degrees, Research and Training Opportunities

Moderator: Mary Ellen Mallia, Director of Environmental Sustainability, University at Albany, SUNY 

Brian Hagenbuch, Dean of Math, Science, Technology & Health, Schenectady County Community College

Corianne Scally, Associate Professor, University at Albany

Penny Hill, Associate Dean TEC-SMART, Hudson Valley Community College

 

Climate Smart Communities

Moderator: Todd Fabozzi, Program Manager, Capital District Regional Planning Commission 

Jeff Edwards, Planner, Schenectady County Economic Development and Planning

Douglas Melnick, Director of Planning, City of Albany, NY

Angela Vincent, Sustainability Project Manager, VHB 

                                   

3:00 – 3:20      Break

Visit with Exhibitors

 

3:20 – 4:30      Funding Adaptation and Resiliency                                                              Ballroom

Moderator: Introduction and Session Overview – Mark Lowery, Climate Policy Analyst, NYS DEC 

Hazard Mitigation Funding – Rick Lord, Chief of Mitigation Programs, NYS OEM

Infrastructure Funding: EFC’s Green Grants and State Revolving Fund and DEC’s Water Quality Improvement Program – Kathryn Macri, Environmental Policy Coordinator, NYS EFC

New York State Storm Recovery Funding – Michael Baer, NYS Storm Recovery Program

 

4:30 – 5:00      Wrap-up                                                                                                                       Ballroom

Jodi Smits Anderson, DASNY Director of Sustainability Programs

Closing Remarks, Conference Planning Committee Member

 

Note: The sessions listed here will meet the NYS Planning & Zoning Board Continuing Education requirements and a Certificate of Attendance indicating 4.5 Continuing Ed hours will be provided to Planning & Zoning Board attendees at the end of the day.

Travel & Parking Info

Conference Address:

450 Nott Street
Union College
College Park Hall
Schenectady, NY
12308
  

Getting to the Conference:

By Car -

From the south and east:
From New York State Thruway exit 24, take the Northway (I-87) north to exit 6 (marked “Route 7 west”). Follow Route 7 west for 6.5 miles and bear right onto Union Street. Continue on Union Street for 2.8 miles. Turn right at light on to Seward Place. At the end of Seward Place turn left on to Nott Street. Continue down the hill and turn left at the light into the College Park Hall (450 Nott St) parking lot on your left.

 

From the north: From the Northway (I-87) take Exit 6 (marked “Route 7 west”). Follow Route 7 west for 6.5 miles and bear right onto Union Street. Continue on Union Street for 2.8 miles. Turn right at light on to Seward Place. At the end of Seward Place turn left on to Nott Street. Continue down the hill and turn left at the light into the College Park Hall (450 Nott St) parking lot on your left.

 

From the west: From Thruway exit 26, take I-890 east to exit 4 (Erie Boulevard). Follow Erie Boulevard north to Union Street (second light after the Amtrak station), turn right onto Union Street, and follow for approximately one mile. Turn left at light on to Seward Place. At the end of Seward Place turn left on to Nott Street. Continue down the hill and turn left at the light into the College Park Hall (450 Nott St) parking lot on your left.

 

By Air. Taxi and rental car services are available from Albany Airport, about a 15-minute drive from campus. By rental car, turn right at the airport exit onto Albany-Shaker Road and drive north to Route 7. Turn left onto Route 7 west. Follow Route 7 for 4 miles and bear right onto Union Street. Continue on Union Street for 2.8 miles. Turn right at light on to Seward Place. At the end of Seward Place turn left on to Nott Street. Continue down the hill and turn left at the light into the College Park Hall (450 Nott St) parking lot on your left.

 

Directions to the campus are available through our voice mail system at 518-388-6688, extension 9703.

 

Follow this link for Maps & Directions.

 

 

Upon arrival:

Park in the lot adjacent to College Park Hall. Proceed to the ballroom for registration (to your left when you walk in).