Sustainable Long Island
May 2012  
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Sixth Annual Sustainability Conference
Eye on the Island
High School Fellowship
Food deserts exist
FreshConnect Grants
Ecological Footprint
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Board of Directors

Ruth Negr
n-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   


Robert Bernard

Capital One Bank 

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


Dr. Miriam K. Deitsch

Farmingdale State College, State University of New York 


Pat Edwards

Citi Community Development     
Amy Hagedorn
Hagedorn Foundation   


Jeff Kraut

North Shore - LIJ Health System


Mitchell H. Pally

Long Island Builders Institute


Ron Shiffman

Pratt Institute


Robert Wieboldt  
















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Time is Running Out!
Sixth Annual Sustainability Conference
Just Two Weeks Away!
What is the face of sustainability today? Where has it come from? Where is it going? If you're looking for these answers and plenty more discussion, Sustainable Long Island has just what you're looking for!

If you haven't done so already, it's time for you to register for Sustainable Long Island's Sixth Annual Sustainability Conference, taking place on Friday, June 1st, 2012 at the Carlyle on the Green in Bethpage State Park.

Speakers and panelists are being announced each day. Take a look at some of the big names participating:

The Many Facets of Sustainability Morning Plenary



Larry Levy, Executive Director, National Center for Suburban Studies



  • Bob Brinkmann, Director, Sustainability Studies at Hofstra
  • Carrie Meek Gallagher, Chief Sustainability Officer, Suffolk County Water Authority
  • Elaine Gross, President, ERASE Racism
  • Chris Kent, Partner, Farrell Fritz, P.C.


Brownfield Redevelopment Workshop  



  • Rabi Kieber, Sustainability Coordinator, US EPA Region 2
  • Jamie Stein, Head of Program, Urban Environmental Systems Management Pratt Institute
  • Jody Kass, Executive Director, New Partners for Community Revitalization
  • Gary Rozmus, Vice President, Ganett Fleming Engineers  



Bob Keeler, Editorial Board, Newsday



  • Joe Gergela, Executive Director, Long Island Farm Bureau
  • Iman Marghoob, Community Gardens Coordinator, Stony Brook University Medical Center
  • Bob Nolan, Owner, Deer Run Farms, LLC


Economic Growth and Recovery Workshop



Mitch Pally, Chief Executive Officer, Long Island Builders Institute



  • Mark Fasciano, Managing Director, Canrock Ventures
  • Vanessa Pugh, Director, Community Development/Downtown Revitalization at Town of Babylon
  • Robert Stricoff, Chief Executive Officer, Town of Babylon IDA
  • INVITED: Mark Lesko, Supervisor, Town of Babylon  



  • Sammy Chu, Vice Chairman, USGBC - LI - Commissioner, Suffolk County Department of Labor
  • Barry Allen, Program Manager, Lime Energy  
  • Jonathan Lane, Founder, Quad State Solar - Lead Instructor, SUNY Farmingdale's Solar Energy Center
  • INVITED: NYSERDA Representative

The conference is highlighted by Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone's Keynote Address and the hundreds of government officials, business owners, community advocates, and Long Islanders in attendance.  


With two weeks left to go until the big day, now is the time to secure your spot at this year's can't-miss event!   


Don't miss out - Register today!

Sponsorship, advertising, exhibiting, and restaurant opportunities STILL available. Contact for details or call 516-873-0230.


Eye on the Island
(Anton Community Newspapers):
Redeveloping Long Island 


Speaking of our Annual Sustainability Conference, take a look at this week's "Eye on the Island" column by Anton Community Newspapers columnist Mike Barry. Sustainable Long Island is mentioned; highlighting the Sustainability Conference and the issue of Transit Oriented Development. Below is an excerpt of the piece, which can be read in its entirety on Sustainable Long Island's Blog.  


The Wall Street Journal published an excellent article last week about how the economic turbulence of recent years, coupled with $4 a gallon gasoline, has given rise to transit-oriented developments (TOD).  


TODs are residential real estate projects built near train stations and commercial districts. They give people easy access to mass transportation, and are situated within walking distance of local businesses.


Sustainable Long Island has been making the case for this type of development for years, and I imagine TOD's may be discussed at its 6th Annual Sustainability Conference. Continue Reading...


High School Fellowship: Year Four
Levitt Foundation Grants Sustainable LI


The Levitt Foundation has approved a $25,000 grant to Sustainable Long Island in support of the High School Fellowship program, now entering its fourth year of continuation. The Fellowship employs high school juniors and seniors across Long Island to work closely with staff on community planning and revitalization projects.


With the generous support of the Levitt Foundation, Sustainable Long Island formally established the Sustainable Long Island High School Fellowship Program in 2009. Since then, the program has evolved to include over a dozen students, representing diverse communities and engaging a large population of Long Island's young leaders. We're thrilled that the Levitt Foundation has given us the ability to continue this unique and valuable program for a fourth consecutive year.


Sustainable Long Island's High School Fellowship engages students in learning about community planning, civic connection, and sustainable development. Participants receive a stipend for their work, which entails a one year part-time commitment including 20 hours a week in the summer and six hours a week during the school year. The students' knowledge and participation contributes to long-term planning across Long Island, as they build upon skills and recruit fellow peers in the process.


"Levitt Foundation is pleased to support this unique opportunity for Long Island teens to learn about their environment and take action to improve and protect their own communities," said John M. Brickman, Esq., President, Levitt Foundation.


The students who participate in the fourth year of Sustainable Long Island's Fellowship Program will participate in a Community Planning and Sustainability Orientation, and will continue to be involved with our Food Equity Program, Mentorship Initiative, and the youth outreach component of a local/regional planning process.  


High School juniors and seniors interested in the fellowship can either send letter of interest and resume to Janice Moynihan or apply online today. 


Food deserts exist on Long Island
Newsday Letter to the Editor 


Newsday columnist Daniel Akst recently penned a piece about food deserts being nothing more than "a mirage." An excerpt from Sustainable Long Island's response to the column, which was featured in Newsday's editorial page, is included below. For the full response and the original article visit Sustainable Long Island's Blog. 


Health department statistics from Nassau and Suffolk indicate that more than 83,000 Long Islanders have limited access to affordable, healthy food. These residents are defined as living on incomes below the poverty level, and more than a mile from the nearest grocery store.


That's "just" 3 percent of Long Island, but does that mean 83,000 people should be ignored? This measure does not even take into account the more than 50,000 households on Long Island with no access to a vehicle. Trying to prove that food deserts do not exist is faulty in its own right, but to dismiss the link between food equity and obesity is plain inaccurate.


FreshConnnect Grants Fund Future Farmers' Markets


Sustainable Long Island extends congratulations to the Town of Southampton and the Wyandanch Community Development Corporation; both have received FreshConnect grants from Governor Cuomo which help provide low-income and underserved communities with NY Farm products. 


Funds planned to be used to operate youth-run farmers' markets, based off Sustainable Long Island's project model, in both Flanders and Wyandanch. The youth-run Flanders Farm Fresh Food Market Project buys only from Southampton farmers. Entering its second year of operation, the market is located in a town with no grocery store and held weekly at a senior center on the main bus line. The Shiloh Community Farmers' Market in Wyandanch is a new community-based, youth-staffed market that will increase access to fresh produce to low-income residents by accepting Farmers Market Nutrition Programs and Food Stamps.


Governor Cuomo launched the FreshConnect program last year to create new farmers' markets and support existing markets that provided fresh produce to high-need areas. With this round of funding, the program will have helped a total of 48 projects throughout the state bring New York farm products to communities in need.


The Governor expanded the FreshConnect Program this year to support not only farmers' markets, but other creative solutions to improve access to fresh, locally produced food by low-income or underserved communities. As a result, the program received over 121 proposals and is providing funding to the top projects that exhibit local innovative solutions to connect communities in need with New York farm products. Examples of funded projects include:

  • Farmers' markets and youth-operated farm stands that will be created or expanded to better serve low-income residents in food deserts
  • Subsidized Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) shares or low-income CSA programs that will introduce over 100 new families to weekly deliveries of fresh fruits and vegetables
  • The introduction of EBT (Electronic Benefits Transfer) services for the first time at 13 farmers' markets to allow these farmers markets to accept Food Stamps, along with plans to increase Food Stamp purchases through promotion and incentives
  • Free transportation services to help increase traffic at existing markets and allow those with limited resources an opportunity to attend and shop at a farmers' market
  • Improving distribution of locally grown, fresh food to food pantries and congregate feeding program


What's your Ecological Footprint?

Ever wondered how much "nature" your lifestyle requires? With this ecological footprint online survey, you can find out! How many planets would we need if everyone on earth lived your lifestyle?

Together we can build a more
sustainable Long Island


These challenging economic times have magnified the problems we Long Islanders face each and every day. With our leaders warning us of tougher times to come, thinking regionally and acting locally is urgent. It is in all of our best interests to stay engaged and do what we can together to build a more sustainable Long Island.


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