2017 Conference at SUNY Cortland


SUNY Cortland and the NYCSHE Conference Steering Committee had their 2017 annual State of New York Sustainability Conference on Wednesday, November 15 and Thursday, November 16, 2017 at SUNY Cortland in Cortland, NY.  This gathering has evolved from the SUNY Sustainability Conference, which has been held annually from 2011 until 2015.  Here are a list of presentations from the conference:


2016 Energy to Lead Projects 

Presenter:   Lindsay Holle, Assistant Project Manager, NYSERDA.

Laurie Husted, Chief Sustainability Officer, Bard College

Ryan McPherson, Chief Sustainability Officer, SUNY University at Buffalo.

Robert Lofthouse, Associate Professor / Chairperson, SUNY Broome Community College.



Building Resiliency through WaterSense

Presenter: Janice Whitney, WaterSense Liaison, Sustainability Advisor, USEPA Region 2


Climate and the Art of Storytelling 

Presenter: Peterson Toscano


Mapping our participation in the United Nations Global Compact 

Presenter:   Dan DeZarn, director of sustainability, SUNY Geneseo

Kris Dreessen, manager of editorial services, SUNY Geneseo

Miles Druce, Class of 2017, geography major


Understanding Real Time Energy Management (RTEM) 

Presenter:   Michael Reed, Program Manager, NYSERDA;

Thomas Yeh, Willdan



Creating Sustainability Programming to Engage and Inspire Professional Staff 

Presenter:   Cassidy Drasser, Assistant Sustainability Director, University of Albany

Erin Moscati, Sustainability Education Manager, University at Buffalo

John Pumilio, Director of Sustainability, Colgate University



Student Driven Sustainability Projects: Planet Manhasset Organic Gardening Internship and Establishing an Apiary and Beekeeping Club atColgate University (sub ref: 26 & 33)  

Presenters: Sara Munjack, student, SUNY Geneseo

Presenter: Isabel Dove; intern; Colgate University Office of Sustainability


Incorporating Resilience into Climate Action Planning and Developing the Resilient Campus: adapt to changes and mitigate risks

Presenter: Ryan Kmetz, Asst. Director Sustainability and Energy Management, St. Lawrence University


Pricing Carbon on Campus: Bringing Higher Education into the Carbon Pricing Dialogue

Nathaniel Graf Climate Action Senior Fellow Swarthmore College



Magnify the Impact: Engaging Faculty and Students in the Living Building Challenge Design Process 

Presenter:   Matthew Broderick, Principal, Ashley McGraw Architects

Pamela Mischen, Faculty Advisor to the President, Associate Professor, Binghamton University

Current Binghamton University Student (to be selected)

Susanne Angarano, Principal, Ashley McGraw Architects




Carbon Reduction & Campus Central Plants  

Presenter:   Tony Gelber. Dir. Admin Sustainability, Pratt Institute

Matt Brubaker, Campus Energy Manager; SUNY Cortland

Kevin Duffy, OBG

Jeff Urlaub, MEP Associates

John Rhyner, MEP Associates

Dan Leonhardt, ecosystem


Youth Engagement in Climate Justice 

Presenter:   Derek Nichols, Sustainability Engagement Coordinator, University at Buffalo

Rebekah Williams, Youth Education Director, Massachusetts Avenue Project Student, Education and Leadership Fellow in Sustainability, University at Buffalo


Repairing Our Foodshed

Presenter: Marian Brown, director, Center for Sustainability and the Environment, Wells College


Carbon Pricing: Regulatory and Political Framework – panel discussion 

Presenter:   Raj Addepalli, Former Managing Director, Utility Rates and Services, NYS Public Service Commission

Aaron Breidenbaugh, Director of Regulatory Affairs, Luthin Associates

Merrill Kramer, Partner, Pierce Atwood LLP


How to create and maintain effective sustainability grant programs

Presenter: Mary Ellen Mallia, Director of Sustainability, University at Albany


Fostering Sustainability through Dialogue and Facilitation

Presenter: Pamela Gramlich, Program Coordinator, Colgate University


Ganging Up to Go Big: Campus Collaborations to Achieve Scale with Renewables

Presenter:   Indu Lnu, University Energy Officer, University at Albany

Enid Cardinal, Senior Sustainability Advisory to the President, Rochester Institute of Technology;

Ryan McPherson, Chief Sustainability Officer, University at Buffalo



Assessing Campus Sustainability-Related Behaviors and Organizational Climate for Sustainability

Presenter:   Sean Vormwald, Director of Sustainability and Environmental Health and Safety, Onondaga Community College



Why Artists are Important to Sustainability 

Presenters:        Mary Ellen Mallia, Director of Sustainability, University at Albany

Dan DeZarn, Director of Sustainability, SUNY Geneseo;

Emily Puthoff, Associate Professor of Art, SUNY New Paltz



10-Year Comprehensive Energy Master Plan and Energy Savings Performance Contracts 2.0

Presenter: Indu Lnu, Energy Officer, University at Albany and Robert Neimeier, Senior Project Manager, OBG

Presenter: David Dungate, Honeywell

Tom Lanzilotta, Stoneybrook Energy Manager

Gabe Cowles, NYPA


Purchase College and the Green Business Partnership  A framework to advance sustainability on campus and beyond 

Presenter:   Tom Kelly, Senior Energy Manager, Purchase College – SUNY

Dani Glaser, Program Director, Green Business Partnership



Thanks to our conference sponsors!