We're just days away from Sustainable Long Island's Seventh Annual Sustainability Conference: The Road to Recovery. If you have not yet registered ($75 full-day ticket, $50 luncheon ticket), please do so today and make sure you 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 and Assistant Professor at Texas A&M University-Commerce Jonathan Bergman to speak

Jonathan C. Bergman will provide our morning keynote address; discussing his expertise of environmental history and the parallels between Hurricane Sandy and the 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. 

Register today to hear both the morning and afternoon keynote speeches.     

"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



  • JUST ANNOUNCED: Ken Curtin | Federal Disaster Recovery Coordinator | Federal Emergency Management Agency   
  • 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

Register today to enjoy "The Road to Recovery" morning plenary. 

Interactive Workshops (Choose One) 
Explore the most pressing issues following Superstorm Sandy  


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:

  • Ray Homburger | Manager for Community and Customer Management | National Grid
  • Jody Kass | Executive Director | New Partners for Community Revitalization
  • David Okorn | Executive Director | Long Island Community Foundation
  • Lucille Wesnofske | Director | New York State Small Business Development Center at Farmingdale State College

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/Wastewater Engineering Unit | Nassau County Department of Public Works
  • Joe Calderone | Vice President of Market Development, Public Affairs, & Customer Service | Long Island Rail Road
  • Robert Sinclair | Media Relations | AAA New York 
  • Neil Rosen | Director of Sustainable Development | North Shore-LIJ Health System


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:

  • Lori Andrade | Chief Operations Officer | Health and Welfare Council
  • Dr. Ira Nash | Medical Director of Physician and Ambulatory Network Services | North Shore-LIJ Health System
  • Jill Rosen Nikoloff | Director of Real Estate | Suffolk County Department of Economic Development and Workforce Housing
  • Kathy Rosenthal | Vice President | FEGS Health and Human Services 

Food System Challenges and Solutions 


Superstorm Sandy was just the latest example of 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 - Private Restaurant Owner | M Bynum Creations
  • Randi Dresner | President and CEO | Island Harvest
  • Kara Hahn | Legislator | Suffolk County 5th District
  • Tariq Khan | President | United 7-Eleven Franchise Owners of Long Island

 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. This year's well-deserved honorees include:

On behalf of the Long Island Volunteer Organizations Active in Disaster:    

Register today to secure your spot and honor those who've "got it done!"

"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 various premier restaurants on Long Island. 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:

Register today for the Luncheon only or for the full day event ticket, which includes this unique experience..  

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... 
  • 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 
Looking to Volunteer? 
Sustainable Long Island is looking for volunteers for the Seventh Annual Sustainability Conference on Friday, April 12, 2013. If you are interested in lending hand during the event, please email with your information and come help us make this event a great success!
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