We're nearly one month away from Sustainable Long Island's Seventh Annual Sustainability Conference: The Road to Recovery. If you have not yet registered, please do so today to take advantage of early-discount pricing and attend the can't-miss event of 2013!  



Seventh Annual Sustainability Conference

"The Road to Recovery"

Friday, April 12, 2013 | 8:00AM - 2:00PM 
Carlyle on the Green at Bethpage State Park



Keynote Speakers
Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano confirmed; U.S. Secretary for Housing and Urban Development Shaun Donovan invited

Sustainable Long Island's Seventh 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 Nassau County Executive Edward Mangano. Ed Mangano took the lead in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy; providing countless forms of assistance, distribution, and relief to millions of Nassau County residents. Mangano continues to raise funds, influence Sandy relief decision-makers, and connect those in need to the resources and tools available to help in recovery.

Also invited to provide a second keynote address is U.S. Secretary for Housing and Urban Development Shaun Donovan. Although not yet confirmed for the event, we hope Mr. Donovan will be able to give his insight as President Obama's Chairman of the Hurricane Sandy Rebuilding Task Force. He has devoted his career to ensuring access to safe, decent, and affordable housing, and has continued that effort in the Obama Administration. Secretary Donovan believes that America's homes are the foundation for family, safe neighborhoods, good schools, and job creation. Stay tuned!


"The Road To Recovery" Morning Plenary
How we can rethink, rebuild, and renew our region

Hurricane Sandy came ashore last October and changed the lives of thousands of residents and businesses throughout Long Island. Only months removed, there is a heightened focus on Long Island infrastructure; housing; environment; power; economy; and energy. This morning plenary will examine Long Islanders "road to recovery" and how we can take this opportunity to:
  • Rethink what worked and what failed during, and in the days following, the hurricane
  • Rebuild storm-afflicted communities throughout Nassau and Suffolk Counties
  • Renew the Long Island region by planning for a sustainable tomorrow

Moderator: Jed Morey | Publisher | Long Island Press


Speakers to date:

  • Mitch Pally | Chief Executive Officer | Long Island Builders Institute
  • Theresa Regnante | President and CEO | United Way of Long Island
  • Jack Schnirman | City Manager | City of Long Beach
Interactive Workshops (Choose One) 
Explore the most pressing issues following Superstorm Sandy  


Health, Healing, and Housing 

In the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy, many Long Islanders were faced with the loss of their homes, significant physical and mental health impacts, as well as overall shock at the magnitude of what had occurred.


Yet during this difficult time, housing professionals, doctors, social service advocates, and the spiritual and religious community came together to help thousands of Long Islanders in need. This workshop will explore the ways these groups worked in unison and focus on how these lessons can be expanded upon in order to develop more organized and efficient responses for the future.


Moderator: Jim Morgo | Economic Development Consultant | Long Island Association  


Speakers to date:

  • Dr. Ira Nash | Medial Director of Physician and Ambulatory Network Services | North Shore-LIJ Health System
  • Jill Rosen Nikoloff | Director of Affordable Housing | Suffolk County Department of Economic Development and Workforce Housing
  • Kathy Rosenthal | Vice President | FEGS Family Services and Long Island Regional Operations


Food System Challenges and Solutions  

Superstorm Sandy was just the latest example on why food services, such as hunger-relief organizations, local farmers, restaurants, etc. must seek ways to better work in partnership and mobilize as one.


It has now become all-too clear that a change in the regional food system is vital to Long Island's future growth. This workshop will strategize on enhancing our food-related partnerships and how a change in our emergency food response and policies is needed.


Moderator: Joe Gergela | Executive Director | Long Island Farm Bureau


Speakers to date:

  • Marc Anthony Bynum | Chef | Long Island (Food Network's "Chopped")
  • Randi Dresner | President and CEO | Island Harvest
  • Kara Hahn | Legislator | Suffolk County 5th District


Infrastructure Improvement 

Superstorm Sandy shined a spotlight on Long Island's decades-old infrastructure that simply could not withstand the damage. The implications of this storm on the Long Island Rail Road, our water and sewer systems, and critical hospital facilitates are extensive.


However, the leadership in charge of these systems is making innovative strides toward improvement. This workshop will highlight what must be repaired from a structural standpoint, as well as how working together collaboratively to make these changes happen has become a necessity.    


Moderator: David Calone | Chairman | Suffolk County Planning Commission


Speakers to date:

  • Ken Arnold | Head of Water/Wasterwater Engineering Unit | Nassau County Department of Public Works
  • Neil Rosen | Director of Sustainable Development | North Shore-LIJ Health System


Profitable Partnerships and Funding Resources 

Partnerships. Collaborations. Consortiums. These are just a few of the key phrases found on recent consolidated grant applications for federal, state, and private funding sources. 


The need to rethink how non-profits and private sector consulting firms can join together to advance development has never been greater. This workshop will review, as well as analyze various funding sources that have creatively approached how best to serve those affected in the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy.


Moderator: Andrea Lohneiss | Long Island Regional Director | Empire State Development


Speakers to date:

  • Jody Kass | Executive Director | New Partners for Community Revitalization

 Register today to take part in these informational panel discussions with local leaders and experts.  


The 3rd Annual "Getting It Done" Awards
Honoring those who mobilized our region in the wake of the storm 


Sustainable Long Island's Annual "Getting It Done" Awards traditionally have honored those who move beyond the talk toward implementation; focusing on individuals and groups who identify community needs and take a project from an early concept to successful completion.


This year, in light of Hurricane Sandy, the 3rd Annual "Getting It Done" Awards will honor those who mobilized our communities and provided disaster relief across our region in the wake of the storm. Sustainable Long Island will be highlighting individuals, municipalities, and service groups who came together and implemented recovery efforts that have supported hundreds of thousands of Long Islanders. There is still time to send in your nominations for this year's awards!  


"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. Stay tuned for a list of participating restaurants to be announced!



But wait there's more!
  • The Hall of Exhibitors: Where local businesses and nonprofits will be sharing information about themselves and looking to build exciting new relationships with you. Details here... 
  • Participate as a restaurant during our luncheon by faxing this form to 516-873-0706
  • If you are a high school or college student; a 501c3 nonprofit organization; or a member of local government, please contact us at 516-873-0230 for special discount pricing 


For more information, contact Tammy Severino at or call 516-873-0230 
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