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Resiliency and Renewal May 20, 2013
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Resiliency and Renewal May 20, 2013
Thursday, 23 May 2013


Resilience and Renewal:

Collaboration for a Sustainable Region
May 20,8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

H.A. Wallace Center, FDR Library & Home, Hyde Park

Produced by Sustainable Hudson Valley in collaboration with the Northern and Southern Westchester Energy Action Consortia, Orange County Planning, Town of Greenburgh, Omega Institute, Green Team Spirit, Sustainable Warwick, Hudson Valley Regional Council.

Call to Action

The Hudson Valley region is rich with preserved land, fresh water, agriculture and local creative economies – rich and attractive to diverse interests including new population and industry. As the region completes its “Cleaner, Greener Communities” plan for sustainable development, it is timely for all interested parties to gather for a fresh look at ways to work together. Facing climate change and other “black swan” stresses, we must access new creativity to meet our challenges and bounce back better together.

Two inspired keynote speakers will showcase local success models and share lessons learned:

Anders Ferguson, The Oberlin Project

Randall Solomon, Sustainable Jersey

Two themes – resilience and renewal – will underlie our exploration of options for regional collaboration to create a low-carbon future with high quality of life for all.

The Day

8:30 a.m. Registration and Networking

9:00 a.m. Opening Remarks

9:15 a.m. Morning Keynote, “America’s First Carbon Neutral City”
Anders Ferguson, Veris Wealth Partners, Chair, Friends of the Oberlin Project

10:15 a.m. Morning round table “Diverse and Resilient: Capitalizing on Regional Assets”
David Church, Orange County Planning Commissioner,
Thomas Madden, Commissioner of Community Development, Town of Greenburgh,
Paul Beyer, NYS Smart Growth Director,
Pat Pomeroy, Exec Director, HV Regional Council and others.


11:30 a.m. Breakout group discussions (sparked by short presentations)

Scaling Local Innovation
Featuring Northern & Southern Westchester Energy Action Consortia + Mid-Hudson Sustainable Communities Consortium and its Sustainable Communities Cookbook

Maximizing Regional self-reliance
Ajax Greene, Executive Director, Re-Think Local
Lea Cullen Boyer, Green Guru Network
Thomas Madden, Commissioner of Community Development and Conservation.

Advancing Policy with a Unified Voice
Nadine Lemmon, Tri-State Transportation Campaign
Peter Fleischer, Empire State Future

12:30 Lunch Buffet

Lunchtime keynote: Lessons from Sustainable Jersey
Randall Solomon, Co-Director, Introduced by Gerald Benjamin, SUNY New Paltz CRREO

2:00 pm “World Café” Interactive Table Discussions: Pathways Forward
The World Café is a brilliant, stimulating format for large-group conversation to deepen discussion and break out of limiting assumptions.

3:00 – 3:30 pm Networking Reception


$35 until May 1, then $40/ person. Table of 8: $240 through May 10, then $275. Sponsor at $100 and have your materials on podium banners & in the take-home distribution. Register via: Info/ sponsorship: 845-514-8567.

Featured Speakers
Anders Ferguson is a founding principal of Veris Wealth Partners and a seasoned entrepreneur and financier who has been effective in building sustainable companies and nonprofits since 1978. Anders is Chair of Friends of The Oberlin Project, Oberlin College. The Oberlin Project is a visionary partnership led by Oberlin College and the City of Oberlin with many collaborators, aiming to make this small Rust Belt college town carbon neutral by 2020 and using this initiative to attract creative enterprise. He is Marketing Director of Veris Wealth Partners, an independent advisory serving investors who care as much about investment performance as using their wealth to positively impact society. A pioneer in impact investing, Veris provides individuals, families and foundations strategies that align their wealth with their values and mission. Anders is a co-founder of the Dalai Lama Fellows. He advises the Democracy Collaborative and Evergreen Cooperatives initiative in Cleveland,OH. Anders graduated from Oberlin College with a B.A. in History and Environmental Studies.

Randall Solomon co-founded and now co-directs Sustainable Jersey, a membership organization of New Jersey municipalities offering resources and support to advance their sustainability efforts. Prior to this he was the founder and Executive Director of the New Jersey Sustainable State Institute at Rutgers where he worked to expand the capacity of public decision making to address sustainability. Mr. Solomon’s policy experience includes positions as a policy advisor on sustainable development for the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities integrating land use and energy policy, director of the States Campaign for the Resource Renewal Institute in San Francisco, and policy director for the non-profit New Jersey Future. He writes and speaks frequently on sustainable development, land use policy, using indicators in public decision making, and governance issues.


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