November 9, 2017
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
2017 Conference on the Environment to be held in Historic Kingston, N.Y.
Pete Lopez, Regional Administrator for the U.S. EPA Region 2, to Serve as Keynote Speaker
KINGSTON, N.Y. The City of Kingston, in partnership with the Ulster County Department of the Environment, will host the 2017 Conference on the Environment to be held Friday November 17th and Saturday November 18th, 2017. The conference, a program of the New York State Association of Conservation Commissions (“NYSACC”) and the New York State Association of Environmental Management Councils (“NYSAEMC”), will take place at The Chateau in Kingston.
This year’s conference theme is “Living Local: Linking Local Economies and the Environment.” Attendees will be welcomed on Friday by Ulster County Executive Mike Hein and Assemblyman Steven Otis, District 91. Mayor Steve Noble will share remarks and introduce the lunchtime keynote speaker, Pete Lopez, Regional Administrator for the U.S. EPA Region 2. Peter Buffett of the Novo Foundation will be a featured speaker at the Friday afternoon networking event.
“With so much at stake on the federal level, it is more imperative now than ever before to act locally by being stewards of our environment while being mindful and prudent about local economic development,” said Mayor Noble.
The conference will bring together municipal officials, CACs and EMCs, Land Trusts, community leaders, environmental professionals and groups, concerned citizens, and any interested participants to learn, be inspired, and become engaged. Conference panels will include:
- Sustainable Urbanism
- Clean Energy
- Coastal and Inland Flooding
- Clean Transportation
- Assessing Vulnerabilities and Building Resiliency
- Clean Energy Communities Program
- Natural Resources Inventories
- Land Trusts and Municipalities
- Clean Food Economy
Registration for the Conference is $60 in advance until November 15th and $100 at the door and includes all conference sessions, meals and events as well as a half day field trip to explore the path of food production, marketing and recovery locally. Conference registration can be purchased through the conference website at http://www.nysaccny.org/2017-conference-on-the-environment. Scholarships are available for students and persons appointed to county Environmental Management Councils. Exhibitor and Sponsor packages are also available.