Early registration pricing for Sustainable Long Island's Sixth Annual Sustainability Conference has been extended until Monday, May 7th. If you have not yet registered, this week is your last chance to take advantage of discount pricing and attend the can't-miss event of 2012!
Join Sustainable Long Island to discuss
"The Many Facets of Sustainability"
Friday, June 1, 2012 - 8:00am to 2:00pm
Carlyle on the Green in Bethpage State Park
|Keynote Speaker|Suffolk County Executive to share his thoughts on sustainability
Sustainable Long Island's Sixth Annual Sustainability Conference will be attended by hundreds of leaders from the business, nonprofit, and government sector, community advocates, planning professionals, and important decision makers. They will all be in attendance during this year's keynote address given by Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone. The Suffolk County Executive took office on January 1, 2012, after previously serving as Babylon Town Supervisor since 2001. Previous keynote speakers include U.S. Senator Charles Schumer, U.S. Congressman Steve Israel, and NY State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli.
|The Many Facets of Sustainability|
What is the face of sustainability today?
Over the past decade sustainability has evolved to incorporate many different meanings, including elements of environmental health, economic development, and social equity. By definition, sustainability means using or harvesting resources without depleting or damaging them. Literally, sustainability means being able to keep things going - having the ability to sustain itself - continuing into the future working properly.
Specifically in regards to the land and environment, sustainability means making sure the communities we live in can continue to achieve what they are meant to achieve; clear water, fresh air, clean land, healthy food, and being able to provide all people with a high quality of life. A recent surge in awareness of this concept has transformed the sustainability movement into a modern, local, global, trend that has moved from the meeting halls of community centers to the mainstream public eye.
The morning plenary, "The Many Facets of Sustainability," will discuss a brief overview of what sustainability represented when it first came on the scene and how it has now grown into a nationwide trend.
Discussing some of Long Island's most pressing issues
By redeveloping brownfields, a community can eliminate blight and environmental contamination, create methods for downtown revitalization, and use existing infrastructure to benefit the future. This panel will discuss successful brownfield projects completed across the region, as well as specific areas where brownfield redevelopment has an opportunity to succeed.
Food, Health, and the Economy
Ensuring all consumers have access to nutritious, fresh food, brings about social benefits, i.e. having healthier options and becoming informed. This panel will discuss local projects and programs that aim to improve Long Island's regional food system. Topics will include how food access can stimulate local economies and local agriculture, while also bringing communities together.
Economic Growth and Recovery
By empowering those who know their regions best, the Long Island Regional Economic Development Council identified opportunities and projects that were best positioned to create jobs quickly. This panel will highlight the Council's process and success stories from the job market and discuss how this funding is leading to financial recovery and growth Islandwide.
Greening Long Island
Going green... Long Islanders often hear it and encourage it, but are we actually practicing what we preach? This panel will discuss how Long Island can work to save money through green projects, reduce energy and resource consumption through green buildings and homes, create jobs and employment within the green market, and produce healthier environments.
|"Sustainable Samplings" Luncheon|
Delicious dishes from Long Island's premier restaurants
Sustainable Long Island will once again host its popular "Sustainable Samplings" Luncheon featuring a taste from dozens of Long Island's premier restaurants. Restaurants from across the region will present their favorite signature dishes to the crowd during this highly anticipated and attendee-favorite networking session of the conference.
Plates from past Luncheons' have ranged from standard chicken entrees and classic ice cream to Cajun Salmon, Palak Paneer, and even Bison Chili. Local produce and beverages are also a usual preferred choice with offerings coming from local farms, wineries, and markets in Nassau and Suffolk County. Participating restaurants to date include:
American Classic Ice Cream
- Ayhan's Shish Kebab
- Bedell Cellars
- Caryle on the Green
- Curry Club
- Dark Horse Restaurant
- Suburban Eats
- Uncle Bacala's
|The 2nd Annual "Getting It Done" Awards|
Honoring those who move beyond the talk
Sustainable Long Island's Annual "Getting It Done" Awards honor those who move beyond the talk toward implementation. Each year at our Annual Sustainability Conference, we highlight individuals and groups who identify community needs and take a project from an early concept to successful completion. These honorees have often brought together local communities and municipalities to advance their project from paper to progress!
At the 2nd Annual "Getting It Done" Awards, taking place following the afternoon Luncheon, Sustainable Long Island will be paying tribute to Long Island leaders, highlighted by the co-chairs of the Long Island Regional Economic Development Council in Kevin Law and Stuart Rabinowitz, as well as Town of Southampton Councilwoman Bridget Fleming and Former Village of Farmingdale Mayor George "Butch" Starkie.
|Thank You to Our Sponsors|
Opportunities still available
Scotts Miracle-Gro Company
Capital One Bank
North Shore LIJ
St. Joseph's College New York
Long Island Power Authority
Jane and Marty Schwartz
Joel E. Sammet & Co., LLP
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