Sustainable Long Island
March 2013 
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Seventh Annual Sustainability Conference
Social Justice and Diversity Summit 2013
The 4th Annual Eco-Carnival Event
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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

Pathways to Wealth, LLC   


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


Jeff Kraut

North Shore - LIJ Health System


Mitchell H. Pally

Long Island Builders Institute


Ron Shiffman

Pratt Institute
















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Only Two Weeks Left Until the
Seventh Annual Sustainability Conference 

Time is running out to register for "The Road to Recovery"  
There are just two weeks left until the calendar hits Friday, April 12, 2013, where Sustainable Long Island will host the Seventh Annual Sustainability Conference: "The Road to Recovery" at the Carlyle on Green at Bethpage State Park. This "can't-miss" event will give attendees the opportunity to:
  • Rethink what worked and what failed during Hurricane Sandy
  • Rebuild storm-afflicted communities throughout Nassau and Suffolk Counties  
  • Renew the Long Island region by planning for a sustainable tomorrow
Full lineup of the Seventh Annual Sustainability Conference:
  • Keynote Speakers Nassau County Executive Edward Mangano and Jonathan C. Bergman, J.D., Ph.D., Assistant Professor of History, Texas A&M University-Commerce will provide the morning and afternoon keynote addresses.

Jonathan C. Bergman will provide our morning keynote address; discussing his expertise on environmental history and the parallels between Hurricane Sandy and  1938 New York Hurricane, which Mr. Bergman has studied and reported on extensively. Born on Long Island, New York, he went on to receive a PhD in American history from University at Buffalo, The State University of New York, in 2008, and has taught at A&M Commerce ever since. His research interests include modern American political and environmental history, disaster and the relief process, terrorism, and technology. His articles, book reviews, and reference entries have appeared in numerous journals and texts. Dr. Bergman is currently under contract with SUNY Press for his manuscript, "The Universe of Disaster Relief: The 'Hurricane of '38' and Disaster Relief on the Suffolk Shore, Long Island, New York."


Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano will provide our afternoon keynote address touching on how he 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. County Executive Mangano's economic development team and the Nassau County Industrial Development Agency have created and retained nearly 4,000 jobs in Nassau County.  According to Camoin Associates, an independent economic analysis firm, this growth generates more than $3 billion in economic activity for Nassau County. 

  • The Morning Plenary examining Long Islanders' "Road to Recovery" and how we can take this opportunity to rethink, rebuild, and renew our region moving forward. Speakers to date include: 
    • Gary Meltzer | Senior Partner | Meltzer Lippe
    • Mitch Pally | CEO | Long Island Builders Institute
    • Theresa Regnante | President and CEO | United Way of Long Island
    • Jack Schnirman | City Manager | City of Long Beach
    • Jed Morey (Moderator) | Publisher | Long Island Press 
  • Interactive Workshops with many of Long Island's expert leaders touching on topics dealing with the aftermath of a post-Sandy Long Island, including:
    • Profitable Partnerships and Funding Resources 
    • Infrastructure Improvement
    • Health, Healing, and Housing
    • Food System Challenges and Solutions 
  • The 3rd Annual "Getting It Done" Awards honoring those who mobilized our communities and provided disaster relief in the wake of the storm.   
  • Sustainable Samplings Luncheon featuring a taste from dozens of Long Island's premier restaurants.

Don't miss out, register today! Sponsorship, exhibitor, restaurant, and advertising opportunities are still available! Contact Tammy Severino at 516-873-0230 or for details.

Social Justice and Diversity Summit 2013 

Hosted by Farmingdale State College Social Science
Research Center on Saturday, April 20, 2013
Spearheaded by Sustainable Long Island's own long-standing and dedicated Board Member Dr. Miriam Deitsch, Ph.D., the Social Science Research Center at Farmingdale State College
will hold their first Social Justice and Diversity Summit.

The Summit will combine cutting-edge research on the persistence of inequalities such as:
  • Educational inequalities
  • Racism
  • Gender inequality
  • Environmental injustice
  • Disability rights
  • LGBT issues

Information on getting involved in local non-profit organizations aimed at addressing these topics will be highlighted. The goal is to engage in meaningful dialogue about how we here on Long Island, in New York, and in the United States can work toward achieving equality, social justice, and equal access to vital resources regardless of race, ethnicity, class, age, religion, gender, disability, and/or sexual orientation.  


The event will feature a keynote address by Jonathan Kozol, who will address educational inequalities. Mr. Kozol has been called "today's most eloquent spokesman for America's disenfranchised." Additional speakers include: Elaine Gross (President Erase Racism), Stacey Scarpone (Executive Director Women's Fund Long Island), and Dr. Kishi Animashaun Ducre (Syracuse University).


In addition to outstanding speakers, the Summit will feature musical selections from Liberty, a Monumental Musical which focuses on issues surrounding the Statue of Liberty which recently celebrated its 125th anniversary.  


Registration is FREE! Sign up today and join Farmingdale State College and continue a commitment to fostering a culture of equality; one that celebrates multiculturalism and stands for equality.

The 4th Annual Eco-Carnival  

Hosted by Seatuck Environmental Association & Suffolk
County Parks on Saturday April 20, 2013
Take a look at the below flyer for all the details on the 4th Annual Eco-Carnival, including nature stations, live performances, the green market, carnival booths, raffles and more. This fun-filled event will be a full day of educational family fun featuring nature programs, live animals, music, art, games, and food to celebrate Earth Day 2013.
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Along with the Eco-Carnival on April 20th will be a Green Business Expo at the where exhibitors will educate thousands of Long Islanders about green products, environmental stewardship, and support of conservation. Sustainable Long Island will have a table at the event so come on down, say hello, and learn more about what we're all about!

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