Long Island Center, Central New York Center and Genesee Valley Center Offer Sustainability Lectures

By Sadie Ross, director of environmental sustainability, Office of the President

January 23, 2012

image of hands holding a globeThe college will offer three public lectures featuring the topic of environmental sustainability this winter. Each lecture is co-sponsored by a regional community group and will begin with a networking reception. The lectures will be held at the Old Westbury Unit, Syracuse Center and Genesee Valley Center at Rochester.

Feb. 6: The Long Island Center will host Nassau County Department of Public Works hydrologist II Loretta Dionisio, who will give a presentation on storm water titled, “Storm Water: What is it and why should I be concerned about it?” She will discuss what storm water is, the path it travels and the potentially harmful materials it carries with it. She will inform attendees what Nassau County is doing to prevent environmental degradation due to storm water and how these management practices and laws impact businesses and local residents. Attendees will understand how their actions can impact the local and regional environment and what they can do to be good stewards of the land. This event will kick off the Long Island Center’s 40th year celebration.

Feb. 16: The Genesee Valley Center will co-sponsor a networking reception and a lecture with Upstate Green Business Network titled “Water: The Golden Resource in Our Community, County and the World”. Presenters include Kimie Romeo ‘08, adjunct faculty at Rochester Institute of Technology, and Lorraine Lander, faculty chair, Genesee Valley Center of SUNY Empire State College. Water, for all members of our global community, touches on the three pillars of support in the sustainable world: economics, environmental impact and social justice. Cumulative efforts of individuals count to make a difference in the community and globally. This interactive lecture will explore current legislation, from the Clean Water Act to the phase II storm water regulations. The work of the International Joint Commission for the Great Lakes also will be discussed. Participants will learn how global impact on water starts at home. This lecture is also a part of the center’s Historical Voices Lecture Series and will conclude its celebration of diversity month.

March 13:Central New York Center will co-sponsor a networking reception and panel discussion, “Green Business: Trends and Opportunities,” with CenterState, the region's chamber of commerce. Panel members will be made up of business owners, the director of a nonprofit and a representative from SUNY Empire State College. The panel will discuss topics such as how trends in environmental sustainability have influenced business decisions in the past and reflect on how sustainability will continue to influence decisions in the future. Panelists will share their views on opportunities in the green industry. This lecture is part of the center’s week of activities centered on career services.

Each of these events are free and open to the public. Specific times, locations and RSVP information is available at www.esc.edu/AlumniEvents or by contacting the assistant to the dean at each of the host centers. Lectures were coordinated in partnership with the Environmental Sustainability Committee as part of the committee’s goal to encourage outreach into communities through partnerships, philanthropic events and volunteerism.

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