Sustainable Long Island
June 21, 2010
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In This Issue
Looking Back: Conference
Looking Back: LIVE
Looking Ahead: Farmers' Markets
Looking Ahead: Food Equity
Board of Directors
Ruth Negron-Gaines- President

Kevin McDonald - Vice President

The Nature Conservancy 

Charlotte Biblow, Esq. - Secretary

Farrell Fritz, P.C.

Lauren Furst - Treasurer

Russ Albanese

Albanese Organization Inc.

Lennard Axinn

Island Estates

Peter Bogan

Dr. Calvin O. Butts, III
SUNY College at Old Westbury

Dr. Miriam K. Deitsch

State University at Farmingdale

Michelle DiBenedetto

Long Island Housing Partnership

Pat Edwards


Donald J. Fiore

IBEW, Local 25

Richard Grafer

Amy Hagedorn
Hagedorn Foundation

David Kapell

Jeff Kraut

North Shore - LIJ Health System

George O'Neill

Mitchell H. Pally

Weber Law Group, LLP

Dr. Robert A. Scott

Adelphi University

Ron Shiffman

Pratt Institute

Robert Wieboldt

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With the Fourth of July upon us, Americans from our great nation will take this time to look back on the success of the country's past and look ahead to its future. We at Sustainable Long Island will follow suit, as we look back at the past months accomplishments and look ahead at all the great things to come!

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Looking Back: Our Annual Conference
Hundreds attend green economy conference

Group Photo

Sustainable Long Island held its 4th Annual Sustainability Conference on Friday June 4, at Carlyle on the Green, in Bethpage, New York. The event provided an opportunity for attendees to learn how the region can use the green economy to provide opportunity and access for all Long Islanders to create a healthier environment and a stable economy. Community members and activists, government officials, architects, builders, and other stakeholders were among the 400 plus attendees gathered for the daylong event, which also honored May Newburger and featured keynote speaker Senator Charles Schumer.


Interactive workshops, a plenary featuring Long Island's college and university presidents, and a community bus tour through Wyandanch explored issues including industry trends towards sustainability, access to green jobs, incentives and policies to help businesses join the green economy, and ways on how community planning practices help revitalize towns and restore environmental quality. Participants experienced first-hand how Sustainable Long Island advances economic development, environmental health and social equity opportunities.


"What a great success this conference was, and is, for the future," said Steve Bellone, Supervisor, Town of Babylon. "Sustainable Long Island is a critical partner in advancing green economy initiatives and this event helps spread important ideas throughout the region."


"This was a great day in all aspects of the word," said Jon Kaiman, Supervisor, Town of North Hempstead. "May Newburger represents all that Sustainable Long Island stands for and having Senator Schumer speak about the issues that he touched on, is a great testament to the organizations work and goals, which we all have before us."


"The amount of participation shows business and local residents want to work on Long Island; they want to work toward a better, more sustainable future," said Mitchell H. Pally, Weber Law Group LLP, who was also a moderator for the "What Will It Take? Incentives and Policies" workshop at the conference. "I am very pleased with how the day progressed and excited for what's to come."

Presidents Panel

Speakers included Long Island's college and university presidents; Sarah Lansdale, Sustainable Long Island; Deeohn Ferris, Sustainable Community Development Group, Inc.; Honorable Charles Schumer, United States Senator for New York; David Winchester, Clean Tech Rocks; Evette Beckett-Tuggle, Nassau County Office of Economic Development; Mitchell H. Pally, Weber Law Group LLP; and numerous industry leaders, community advocates, and elected officials.

Lunch Lunch


We want to thank all of our attendees, speakers, panelists, moderators, sponsors, exhibitors, restaurants, volunteers, supporters, friends and many more for making this great event possible!

Click here or on any of the photos above to view the full album from the conference!

Live from the Conference
Media and live tweets make conference larger than life

View from the podium

With media outlets and representatives from Newsday, Long Island Business News, Anton Community Papers, Networking Magazine and more attending the conference, Sustainable Long Island's presence and message
was able to reach thousands who couldn't attend.

Click through to check out Long Island Business News' David Winzelberg's report on the day:

"Every resident in Long Island's economically depressed neighborhoods should be considered when planning redevelopment projects."

Conference paints green economic portrait - LIBN

One of the unique aspects of this conference was the fact that over 1400 Facebook and Twitter fans and followers were able to follow along with all the activities as they were updated LIVE throughout day via Sustainable Long Island's social media outlets. These updates gave our online community a chance to enjoy, discuss, a
nd recap the event's most memorable moments.

Here are some of the highlights of the day's most popular LIVE tweets:
  • What a great way to kick off the day. The bus tour in Wyandanch, led by Supervisor Steve Bellone, is really showing attendees...
Bus Tour
  • ..How the town and community are returning dormant properties to productive use; creating jobs; and incentivizing a range of housing options.
  • Deeohn Ferris with a great opening speech quoting Apollo 13, "Sustainability is not an option." It's also about measuring it.
  • Deeohn Ferris also talking about green design and green buildings creating green jobs and the importance of equity in each of these areas.
  • "It doesn't happen top-down," says Hofstra President Stuart Rabinowitz. "It has to be student's responsibility..We (must) keep green in mind."
  • "I see the school's role as curator, creator, and critic," says Dr. Robert A Scott, President of Adelphi University.
  • Workshop A: "It takes a communities response to take care of the energy weatherization we face." - Pat Malone, Stony Brook University.
  • Workshop B: "Green careers and training need to be accessible." - Rick Wertheim, Construction Manager and Housing Specialist
  • Workshop C: "We are working closely with chambers of commerce to ensure small businesses can hang on." - Leg. Kevan Abrahams, Nassau County
  • "We tend to latch on and overuse words (sustainability), but it's about what's done that counts." - May Newburger
  • Steve Bellone introducing Senator Schumer... "We are going to break ground on sewers in Wyandanch and it could not be done without him."
  • "You want to look to the future, look here on Long Island." - Senator Schumer

Looking Ahead: Youth Farmers' Markets
Youth-run markets to open this summer as Sustainable Long Island continues its food equity program

Farmers Market

Sustainable Long Island and the Long Island Farm Bureau have teamed up with local community partners in Greater Bellport and Roosevelt to open community-based youth-staffed farm stands. The markets are modeled on the Youthmarket program of GrowNYC.

Partners include the Greater Bellport Coalition, Roosevelt Community Revitalization Group, NuHealth (Nassau Health Care Corporation), Suffolk County United Veterans, and The Boys and Girls Club of the Bellport Area.

Farmers Market

The markets will help fill an important void in the availability of fresh, healthy food in these currently underserved communities. It will provide access to locally grown fruits, vegetables, and other farm products, while creating a sense of community and helping to revitalize the surrounding area. In addition, the markets will help stimulate local economy, providing local and regional vendors with expanded opportunities to sell their products, supporting local agriculture, especially fruit and vegetable farmers.

Photo Courtesy of Marble Hill Youthmarket, a program of GrowNYC
Farmers Market

The project aims to engage young adults in local agriculture and community and economic development. Youth will earn money and gain valuable job skills, knowledge about running a business, and learn to build customer and community service skills, and about healthy eating, nutrition and local agriculture.

Food Equity: Our Ongoing Initiative
Turn a Value-Meal into a Meal-of-Value

Farmers Market

Food Equity is the notion that access to fresh, healthy food is not universal and that some communities are at a disadvantage in the regional food. Highlighted above were our community-based youth-staffed farmers markets (which represent part of the solution to this growing problem), but they do not tell the whole story.

Farmers Market

In 2009, Sustainable Long Island launched an assessment of the current food system on Long Island to identify challenges and potential solutions. Our goal is to show Long Islanders they can turn a Value-Meal into a Meal-of-Value.

Click a strawberry to learn more about Food Equity and our ongoing program in our brand new Food Equity Brochure:

Food Equity Brochure

In the News

Anton Papers

Long Island Business News Opinion Column:
Revitalization will require new, bold thinking

"A revitalization effort takes community support and planning, partnerships between local government and civic organizations and cooperation among businesses and the people who visit them. When all these efforts come together change can happen, yet often we are still left wondering why it hasn't. The answer seems to be simple: we need fresh, innovative ideas and partnerships."

Anton Community Newspapers Column:
Are You Prepared, Long Island?

"As the economy remains unstable, this economic motivation is exactly what Long Island needs. With so many different factors... Long Islanders need to be prepared."

Cablevision Editorials - Long Island:
Response to "Blight into Light"

"Blight into Light isn't only a snappy slogan for a good idea, it is exactly the kind of movement many Long Island communities so desperately need."

Some of Sustainable Long Island's online community friends:
The Friends Corner
"I believe there are good things in store for Long Island." -Deb Kasimakis


Deb Kasimakis is an entrepreneur and business owner and at heart: an artist. She is producer of the Long Island Fringe Festival and Executive Director of The Artists Group. With a true zest for life on Long Island, Deb grew up in Hicksville, graduated from Hicksville High School and currently resides in Hicksville till this day. We take a few minutes to talk to Deb and get her views on different topics that affect Long Island.

SLI: When did you first start to support Sustainable Long Island and why?
Deb: I became aware of the organization while volunteering to create a Nassau Conservancy to preserve the Historic Homes of Nassau County. There is a great idea and message nestled in Sustainable Long Island's mission and I want to become involved!

SLI: What kinds of work are you involved in related to sustainability?
Deb: Fundraising and exhibiting; the importance creative people have in society as the fabric of civilization. Everything is created or invented or discovered by creative people; someone who had vision and the ability to turn a thought into a tangible object or to be able to implement a plan of action from a thought.  Therefore without us (creative artists), civilization would still be out in a cave somewhere and probably without the cave drawings!

SLI: How do you feel about the current state of your town and Long Island as a whole?
Deb: My current town of Hicksville definitely needs work; the population is detached. Originally Hicksville was a quaint town with a community and shops owned by residents. I bet many of the long time residents remember how bucolic and magical Broadway was. They write stories and movies of magical places like that. That is the Hicksville I grew up in. After they widened Broadway, the town was never the same.

SLI: What would you like to see improved on Long Island?
Deb: Transportation has always been an issue I would like to see improved. Ideas, such as a monorail, using the service roads with north and south pathways, being powered by solar, all need to be considered. Open space is why we all came here and we need to preserve that. We need to honor our past and appreciate our future. I think everyone who lives, works, or goes to school here on the Island needs to be educated about the region and take ownership. Ownership is KEY!

SLI: What are your thoughts on any current project being implemented on Long Island?
Deb: I have too many to name, but basically I think we all need to "think" more. Many people are reactive, instead of proactive; numerous plans in the works are not inclusive enough.

SLI: What is your opinion on a project that isn't right now, but should be implemented on Long Island?
Deb: I have been working on an idea for an academy of The Cultural & Creative Arts in the Nassau County Coliseum space (as opposed to The Lighthouse Project). The project would offer sustainable employment for jobs from maintenance to professor. It would create a destination point of interest. Our most valuable assist is our creative people! Another site option for this project would be the Cerro Wire property.

SLI: Do you plan to stay on Long Island in the future?
Deb: Yes, this is my favorite place on earth and I plan on staying here forever.

SLI: What do you think Long Island will look like in the next 5, 10, 20 years?
Deb: That will depend on what the plans are. I believe there are good things in store for Long Island, especially if we make the correct decisions for growth.

SLI: What would you like to see Sustainable Long Island become involved in?
Deb: Sustaining the creative force that makes America great: invention. Educating the public to realize sustainability for themselves and their families. Reinforcing the importance of critical, creative, and abstract thought.

If your or someone you know would to take part in Sustainable Long Island's "Friends Corner" please email our Communications Coordinator Scott Woodson and be featured in a future e-newsletter!
High School Fellowship Program
Sustainable Long Island looking for HS junior and seniors


Sustainable Long Island is  in the process of hiring five high school juniors and seniors to participate in our 2nd annual High School Sustainability Fellowship starting in July. Students will receive a $1600 stipend for their work and will work closely with Sustainable Long Island staff and Director of Programs on community planning and revitalization projects.

The 2009-2010 program - our inaugural year - was an enormous success and we are delighted to offer five new students an opportunity to learn about and participate in community based planning and regional efforts to ensure a sustainable Long Island for generations to come. Youth are integral to planning for Long Island and with their help we can reach a broader audience and engage more young adults in thinking about and planning for the future.

Youth Visioning

If you or someone you know is interested in our fellowship program please email our Communications Coordinator Scott Woodson today!
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