Statement from the Organizers: A transition to more sustainable practices and a greener, cleaner economy promises the creation of many new jobs, with estimates from the hundreds of thousands to millions. From a statewide analysis of green jobs, to blue-green alliances, to billions in weatherization and efficiency work, this expert panel will offer a powerful primer on the emerging green job sector.
Across the nation and the world, the distance between farmers and consumers is growing, and both groups are increasingly struggling to make ends meet. However, there is a growing movement to create a food system that meets the needs of all of its participants - a food system that is environmentally, economically, and socially sustainable. This plenary brings together a variety of individuals representing different sectors of the food system to discuss the current state of our food systems and their vision for how we can create a sustainable food system in our community.
Moderator:Amelia LoDolce, Sustainable Development Planner, City of Binghamton Panelists: Clifford Crouch, Assemblyman, NYS 107th District; Lisa Bloodnick, Bloodnick Family Farm in Apalachin; Kacy Telfer, Director fo Programs & Agency Services of the Food Bank of the Southern Tier; Ray Denniston, BOCES Special Project Coordinator for Food Services
This panel covers the Green Movement from its roots in the 1970's to its current popularity. Presenters represent many years of professional design and construction experience relative to energy and sustainability. Topics include sustainable home design, site design, green energy, code issues, "green washing," best insulating practices, and government grants.
Broome Community College April 18, 2009 Statement from the Organizers:
Energy is a key resource, yet continued reliance on fossil fuels has left us vulnerable economically as well as environmentally. Increasing energy efficiency and transitioning to alternative, renewable green energy are imperatives. This plenary will focus on what is being considered at the local, state, and national level to facilitate more sustainable energy systems.
Keynote Address by Gay Nicholson Broome Community College April 17, 2009
Statement from the Organizers:
What does it mean to be sustainable? What does a sustainable community look like? We'll set the stage for what hopefully will be an ongoing conversation on how we, as a community, can plan and act as if the future mattered.