Sustainable Long Island's 8th Annual
Sustainability Conference
"Accomplishing More Together"
Join Us April 4th!
There is less than three weeks until the Eighth Annual Sustainability Conference on Friday, April 4, 2014 from 8:00AM to 2:00PM at the Carlyle on the Green at Bethpage State Park. Jon Kaiman, Special Advisor on Superstorm Sandy Relief and Chairman of the Nassau Interim Finance Authority, will provide the keynote address. Amy Hagedorn, local philanthropist and Sustainable Long Island founder, will be presented with a Lifetime Achievement award.

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Sustainable Long Island's Annual Sustainability Conference brings together Long Island's top executives and decision makers in the business, government, and nonprofit world. Focusing on the theme of "Accomplishing More Together," this year's conference will be highlighted by:
Morning Plenary (9:00 - 10:30am)

In this day and age, many leaders talk about making a difference. The reality is, talking about it and actually putting the pieces together to enact positive change are two entirely different things. It takes energy, motivation, and maybe most importantly, collaboration to truly change communities for the better.


The process of collaboration is evolving and becoming more refined - from identifying the right resources to empowering the right partners. It is becoming ever clearer that to accomplish more, we must work together.

2013 Morning Plenary

The morning plenary will question how we are able to move projects forward cooperatively, regardless of potential obstacles we as a region face. We will learn from our panelist's examples; all of whom have had a history of identifying opportunities, forming strategic relationships, and advancing projects toward success.


Speakers include:

  • (Moderator) Bob Keeler | Consultant | Hagedorn Foundation
  • (Panelist) Russell Albanese | Chairman | Albanese Organization, Inc.
  • (Panelist) Daniel Altschuler | Coordinator | Long Island Civic Engagement Table
  • (Panelist) Gemma de Leon | Secretary Treasurer | Local 1102 RWDSU UFCW
  • (Panelist) DuWayne Gregory | Presiding Officer | Suffolk County Legislature
Interactive Workshops (10:30-12:00pm)

Note: Attendees will choose one workshop to attend, not including the Morning Plenary. AICP CM credits have been requested for each of the four workshops listed below. If approved, each workshop would be worth 1.5 credits.  

Economic Growth and Development Workshop

Both large and small businesses across Long Island contribute to our region's growth and job creation. To truly become a region where businesses can flourish, Long Island requires the execution of successful projects, ranging from affordable housing to transit-oriented development.


This workshop will highlight the many industries that are - or have the opportunity to - prosper in Nassau and Suffolk Counties, as well as analyze how we can take the successful models and implement them in other areas.


Speakers include:

  • (Moderator) Andrea Lohneiss | Long Island Regional Director| Empire State Development
  • (Panelist) James Coughlan | Principal | TRITEC Real Estate Company
  • (Panelist) Amy Newman | Director, Administration Group | Canon USA
  • (Panelist) Mitch Pally | Chief Executive Officer | Long Island Builders Institute
  • (Panelist) Michael Voltz, P.E. | Director of Energy Efficiency and Renewables | PSEG Long Island

Food Access and Availability Workshop

Long Island has a history rich in farming, with a burgeoning movement to promote locally grown products. Projects, like farmers' markets and community gardens not only provide fresh, affordable food to Long Islanders, but create a sense of community, stimulate the local economy, and promote nutrition and education about agriculture.


This workshop will highlight food efforts that have flourished Island wide and discuss how they bring much more than healthy, nutritious produce to community members.


Speakers include:

  • (Moderator) Paule Pachter | Executive Director | Long Island Cares
  • (Panelist) Iman Marghoob M.S., R.D. | Community Gardens Coordinator | Stony Brook School of Medicine
  • (Panelist) Bernadette Martin | Director | Long Island Green Market
  • (Panelist) August Ruckdeschel | Economic Development Specialist - Agriculture and Marine |  Suffolk County Department of Economic Development and Planning
  • (Panelist) Elizabeth Takakjian | Program Educator | Cornell Cooperative Extension of Suffolk County

Healthy Environment, Healthy Communities Workshop

Over the past decade, the implementation and enforcement of environmental health policies has increased on Long Island. The need to raise awareness and equip communities with the tools to build and maintain healthy, resilient communities is essential.


This workshop will address environmental justice and community health issues that affect Long Island communities and will highlight programs that have worked collaboratively for the benefit of the communities they serve.


Speakers include:

  • (Moderator) Peter Scully | Regional Director | NYS Department of Environmental Conservation
  • (Panelist) Lisa Burch | Director of Sustainability and Social Responsibility | North Shore LIJ-Health System
  • (Panelist) Jacob Dixon | Chief Executive Officer | Choice for All
  • (Panelist) Aldustus Jordan, Ed. D. | Associate Dean for Student Affairs | Stony Brook School of Medicine
  • (Panelist) Patti Wood | Executive Director | Grassroots Environmental Education 

Seeking Equity Workshop

As far as we have come as a region - and a nation as a whole - discrimination has not abated. Whether the impetus is race, gender, pay or employment, racial disparities continue.


This workshop will bring the equity discussion to the forefront and give attendees the opportunity to hear from experts about successful ways to promote equality.


Speakers include:

  • (Moderator) Serge Martinez | Clinical Professor of Law | Hofstra Law
  • (Panelist) Sammy Chu | Commissioner | Suffolk County Department of Labor, Licensing and Consumer Affairs
  • (Panelist) Charles Hammerman | President and CEO | The Disability Opportunity Fund
  • (Panelist) David Kilmnick, PhD, MSW | Chief Executive Officer | Long Island GLBT Services Network
  • (Panelist) Thomas Ronayne | Director | Suffolk County Veterans Service Agency

Sustainable Samplings (12:00-1:00pm)
Each year during our "Sustainable Samplings" Luncheon, restaurants from across the region present their favorite signature dishes to the crowd during this highly anticipated and attendee-favorite networking session of the conference.

Participating restaurants to date include:
  • American Classic Ice Cream
  • American Culinary Federation LI Chapter
  • Ayhan's Shish Kebab
  • Bedell Cellars Winery
  • Chartwells
  • DiMaggio's Trattoria
  • The Divine Olive 
  • Evergreen Island Catering
  • The Fifth Season
  • Frankie's East Side Gourmet Restaurant & Pizza 
  • Gino's Pizzeria of Port Washington
  • La Bottega (Farmingdale)
  • Sugarbearz 
  • Uncle Bacala's
  • Verona Ristorante
Keynote Speaker Jon Kaiman (1:00-1:30pm)
Jon Kaiman is Special Advisor to the Governor for Storm Recovery on Long Island. Kaiman recently completed 10 years as North Hempstead Town Supervisor. During his tenure as Town Supervisor, North Hempstead (the fifth largest town by population in America) has won many performance measurement, municipal finance, environmental and quality of life awards.

Kaiman also served on the Long Island Regional Planning Council, Chairman of the North Hempstead Solid Waste Management Authority and Chairman of the North Hempstead Business and Tourism Development Corporation. Prior to being elected Town Supervisor, Kaiman served as a Nassau County District Court Judge. Kaiman also serves currently as Chairman of the Nassau County Interim Finance Authority (NIFA).  
"Getting It Done" Awards (1:30-2:00pm)

For the past three years, Sustainable Long Island has presented the "Getting It Done" Awards during the closing segment of our Annual Sustainability Conference. These awards often honor leaders who move beyond talk toward implementation and show a commitment to advancing local and regional projects from paper to progress.


This year, at the Eighth Annual Sustainability Conference, the "Getting It Done" Awards will recognize Amy Hagedorn, Philanthropist and Sustainable Long Island Founder, with a lifetime achievement award. Amy, who after nearly 20 years is stepping down from Sustainable Long Island's Board of Directors to spend more time with family, brought the organization to new heights and unparalleled success.


In 1996, Amy and a group of environmentalists, civil rights advocates, developers, business people, and community leaders came together over shared frustration about the economic, social, and environmental problems faced by those living and working on Long Island.


As the need to focus on the problems of housing, transportation and economic opportunity grew, Amy and these leaders realized they could not continue to solve problems individually - they needed a new approach to "accomplish more together." Determined to improve the region, they formed Sustainable Long Island. Read more... 

Don't miss out!

At his recent 2014 State of the State address, Governor Andrew Cuomo said it best when he emphasized that as New Yorkers "we are one." Specifically on Long Island, this past year leaders from different industries have worked together to build upon the successes of exciting projects focusing on community revitalization, economic development, environmental health, and social justice.  


This action packed event will examine these collaborations, many made stronger in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, and discuss how strategic partnerships have benefited.


Don't miss out! Reserve your spot! Register today!



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Friday, April 4, 2014
8:00 am - 2:00 pm
Carlyle on the Green
Bethpage State Park
99 Quaker Meeting House Rd
Farmingdale, NY 11735
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Planner Sponsors

Friend Sponsors

Len and Ann Axinn

Marty & Jane Schwartz

Media Sponsors

511 NY Rideshare

All Clean Long Island, Inc.

Grassroots Environmental Education

Lloyd Magothy Water Trust, Inc

Long Island University

PowerUp Communities

Queens College

Seatuck Environmental Association

Transit Solutions

The "Hall of Exhibitors" also includes tables from each of our sponsors and is open to attendees all day.

Celebrate Amy Hagedorn and all that she has done to help Long Island communities become better places for all of us as she is honored with the "Getting It Done" Lifetime Achievement Award at Sustainable Long Island's Eighth Annual Sustainability Conference.


Reserve your spot today to place a congratulatory ad in our event program.


Your ad will appear with premium exposure in our printed commemorative event program as well as in our journal slideshow displayed continuously during the event. Advertisements will also be featured on our website and distributed via all Sustainable Long Island promotional materials.

Additional sponsorship, exhibitor, and advertising opportunities are still available! Contact Diane Ferraro at 516-873-0230 or


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