Sustainable Long Island

Our 5th Annual Sustainability Conference is only one week away! This is your last chance to register to attend "The Rally for Resources" on Friday, March 4, 2011 at the Carlyle on the Green in Bethpage State Park. Discover where your community can find funding opportunities for local projects and plans. This is your chance to find out who's moving beyond the talk toward implementation and finally "getting it done." Below, check out details on all the day's events and then register today!


Sarah Lansdale
Executive Director
Sustainable Long Island
5th Annual Sustainability Conference
The Rally for Resources 


Our conference this year features morning keynote speakers NY State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli and President of Slow Money, Woody Tasch. Congressman Steve Israel will provide the afternoon keynote and additional highlights include a networking lunch featuring a taste from dozens of Long Island's premier restaurants, the Hall of Sustainable Exhibitors, the "Getting It Done" awards, and interactive workshops on a range of topics.

Morning and Afternoon Keynote Speakers 


Thomas DiNapoli - New York State Comptroller (Morning Keynote)

DiNapoliState Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli was elected to a full four-year term as New York State Comptroller in November 2010. Since first taking the position in February 2007, DiNapoli has transformed the way his office does business, instilling reforms to make government more effective, efficient and ethical. He has pushed for increased transparency and accountability in government, and identified billions of dollars in waste, fraud, abuse and mismanagement. DiNapoli, New York's chief fiscal officer, is responsible for auditing the operations of all State agencies and local governments, managing the State's pension fund, overseeing the New York State and Local Retirement System, reviewing the State and New York City budgets, approving State contracts, and administering the State's payroll and central accounting system.     


Woody Tasch - Chairman and President of Slow Money  (Morning Keynote)

Woody TaschWoody Tasch is Chairman and President of Slow Money, a 501 c 3 formed in 2008 to catalyze the flow of investment capital to small food enterprises and promote new principles of fiduciary responsibility that support sustainable agriculture and the emergence of a restorative economy. Slow Money was voted one of the top ideas for CHANGE in America by

After Woody's keynote, a panel of Long Island leaders will respond to his remarks, discussing how Slow Money would work on Long Island. Panelists will discuss how this concept can be applied to Long Island and the potential impact it could have.


Steve Israel - United States Congressman (Afternoon Keynote)

IsraelCongressman Steve Israel represents New York's 2nd Congressional District, including the Long Island communities of Huntington, Babylon, Islip, Smithtown and Oyster Bay. He was first elected in 2000. Israel is a member of the House Appropriations Committee, considered one of the most powerful Congressional committees. He serves on the Energy and Water Appropriations Subcommittee, which funds the Department of Energy and Army Corps of Engineers; the Military Construction and Veterans Affairs Appropriations Subcommittee, which funds all U.S. military bases and the Veterans Administration; and the StatForeign Operations Appropriations Subcommittee, which funds the U.S. State Department and all U.S. foreign policy activities. Israel was appointed by the Speaker of the House to the Select Intelligence Oversight Panel, which consists of only 13 Members who review budgets and programs by the US intelligence community.


Check out who else will be a speaker, moderator, or panelist on March 4!  


Interactive Workshops
Choose one of five below


Food Financing

This panel will discuss local and regional-scale food projects that improve access to fresh, healthy food and spur community and economic development. Panelists will explore case studies and how to harness public and private investment to launch community food programs across Long Island.


Infrastructure Implementation

Learn how to cut through the red tape in this workshop, as panelists will explore potential or proposed implementation projects. Discuss how to get projects completed, including various financing options such as  bonding, tax increment financing, state revolving loan fund, utility taxes, as well as pending federal funding and possible new innovative mechanisms.


Brownfields Redevelopment

Abandoned and underutilized properties are abundant on Long Island and the redevelopment of brownfields is key to economic recovery. Panelists will discuss specific projects, the opportunities and challenges they face on the projects, as well as provide guidance on how to leverage federal, state, and local funding for such projects.


Open Space Preservation & Redevelopment

This workshop will focus on implementing and funding open space preservation and redevelopment projects. Panelists will discuss how to spur economic development and strengthen downtowns by redeveloping underutilized vacant land. There will also be a discussion on how to protect natural assets/resources by preserving said space and how to leverage funds to implement these types of projects.


Project Mentoring Session

Mini mentoring sessions will allow for community representatives to seek advice on how to get projects off the ground and where to find funding. Participants will have a brief opportunity to meet with community, business, and local elected leaders who have been successful in securing funding for, and launching, implementation projects.  


Sustainable Samplings
A tasting of signature dishes by Long Island's leading restaurants  
Our ever-popular networking lunch brings samplings from different restaurants from across our region. The luncheon gives our attendees a true taste of all the different flavors of Long Island.

Participating restaurants to date include:
  •  American Classic Ice Cream
  •  Ayhan's Shish Kebab
  •  Bagel & Deli Creations
  •  Bedell Cellars (Winery)
  •  Bonnie Michelle Catering 
  •  The Curry Club
  •  Dark Horse Restaurant 
  •  The Melting Pot
  •  Nakisaki Restaurant
  •  The Nature Conservancy
  •  North Fork Potato Chips
  •  Page One Restaurant
  •  Retro Lounge
  •  Taste 99 at the Carlyle on the Green 
  •  Two Steak & Sushi Den 
  •  Uncle Bacala's
  •  Wild Honey Restaurant 
 To attend for lunch only, register here!
The "Getting It Done" Awards
Who has moved beyond the talk?


The "Getting It Done" awards will honor those who are moving projects and plans beyond the talk toward implementation. We will be highlighting individuals and groups who identified a community need and have taken a project from early concept to a successful completion. The honorees, who will be announced at the ceremony, will have brought together local communities and municipalities to advance their project from paper to progress!
Eye on the Island: New Thinking Needed
By Anton Community Newspapers Columnist Mike Barry


Nassau's roadways are packed, and finding affordable housing remains a challenge, explaining why Sustainable Long Island's proposed public policy remedies to these problems are gaining a broader audience.


"We built Long Island for cars," said Sarah Lansdale, executive director of Sustainable Long Island, which will hold its 5th annual sustainability conference on Friday, March 4 at Carlyle on the Green, Bethpage. The morning keynote speakers are state Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli, a Nassau native and former state Assemblyman, and Woody Tasch, chairman and president of Slow Money, a group which allocates capital to start-up food enterprises. Moreover, Rep. Steve Israel (D-Dix Hills) has confirmed that he'll be there as the afternoon session's keynote speaker.


Sustainable Long Island has consistently, and convincingly, in my view, argued the best way to get cars off Nassau's roads while revitalizing the region's downtown business districts is to build residential apartment units within walking distance of Long Island Rail Road stations. Thousands of acres exist for this purpose, according to a Rauch Foundation study of the issue. It is just that most of the acreage in question is being used today as underutilized parking lots.


"A lot of these transit-oriented developments have been built in the incorporated villages," Lansdale explained, pointing to places like Mineola and Westbury as communities, which have welcomed transit-oriented housing. These new residential units have, in turn, provided the people who then walk to patronize businesses situated along Old Country Road in Mineola and Post Avenue in Westbury.


Billing its March 4 gathering as a 'Rally for Resources,' conference attendees can participate in a number of interactive panel discussions, as well as the luncheon, between 8 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. The audience usually consists of entrepreneurs, not-for-profit organization representatives, and community activists. They come seeking guidance on how to access governmental and/or private-sector financial assistance for projects such as the redevelopment of parcels known as brownfields, or the establishment of fresh-food markets where none now exist. Brownfields are properties that once housed entities like dry cleaners and gas stations. They often sit idle for years when they're abandoned because of the state environmental hurdles that must be cleared to convert them into new uses. The Bethpage-based group's March 4 line-up tracks its mission, which calls for promoting economic development and environmental health.


"How can we move beyond the talk and actually get things done," Lansdale rhetorically asked, during a recent interview. "How can we focus on improving the entire region?"

In keeping with this theme, Sustainable Long Island will bestow its 'Getting It Done' Awards at their conference next week to residents who identified a community need and took a project from concept to successful completion.

Thank You to Our Sponsors (to date):

Thank You


Scott Miracle-Gro Company



Albanese Organization

Bethpage Federal Credit Union

Capital One Bank

Renaissance Downtowns


Bessemer Trust

Farrell Fritz

GreenStreet LI

North Shore LIJ

VHB Engineering, Surveying, and Landscape Architecture


Adelphi University


D&F Development Group

Mr. and Mrs. H. Richard Grafer

Honest Tea


Maiarelli Studio

Ann Mallouk

National Grid

Nelson, Pope & Voorhis, LLC

Networking Magazine

Joel E. Sammet & Co.

Jane and Marty Schwartz

St. Joseph's College

Suffolk County Department of Economic Development and Workforce Housing and Suffolk County Department of Environment and Energy


About Us
Sustainable Long Island is a nonprofit organization that promotes economic development, environmental health, and social equity for all Long Islanders, now and in future generations. Sustainable Long Island is a catalyst and facilitator for sustainable development. We cultivate the conditions, identify resources and provide tools to make smart growth happen on Long Island. To stay connected, follow us on Facebook and Twitter or visit us at our brand-new website today.