September 27-28, 2007
Burgundy Basin Inn
Co-sponsored by: The Finger Lakes Institute at Hobart and William Smith
Finger Lakes-Lake Ontario Watershed Protection Alliance, www.fllowpa.org
The program highlights the relationship between the regional economy and
the environment. Discussion will also explore pathways to sustainability
through collaboration and innovation at the community, watershed, and
regional levels. Local elected officials, public agencies, business
owners, tourism representatives, environmental and civic organizations,
planners, agricultural producers, landowners, and academia are
encouraged to attend one or both days.
Conference Program 9/27
8:00 a.m. Registration, Exhibit Setup
Scott Ingmire, Finger Lakes-Lake Ontario Watershed Protection Alliance
Marion Balyszak, Finger Lakes Institute
9:15 The Pulse of the Region
Rochelle Ruffer, Associate Director of Economic Analysis, Center for
9:40 City of Auburnâ€™s Blue Print for Economic Revival
Dan Fessenden, Executive Director, Fred L. Emerson Foundation
10:05 People and the Land: Impacts on Water Quality
Joseph Makarewicz, Professor, Biological Sciences, SUNY Brockport
10:45 Lake Ecosystems as an Indicator of Health and Change
Ed Mills, Professor, Cornell University Biological Field Station
11:10 Invasive Species: Theyâ€™re Here, Theyâ€™re Coming â€¦ Now What?
Chuck Oâ€™Neill, Coastal Resources Specialist, NY Sea Grant
11:35 Local Action to Sustain Watersheds
Scott Ingmire, Chair, FL-LOWPA
Keynote Address: Upstate Now
The Honorable Michael F. Nozzolio, New York State Senate
1:30 Municipal Wastewater and Stormwater Management in Upstate NY: Aging
Infrastructure, Dwindling Federal Dollars
Libby Ford, QEP, Sr. Environmental Health Engineer, Nixon Peabody, LLP
1:55 Forging Our Energy Future
Larry Simpson, Director, RENEW NY
2:20 Connecting Community and Agriculture
David Evans, Executive Director, SUNY Morrisvilleâ€™s Nelson Farms
Diane Picard, Program Director, Growing Green of the Massachusetts
Avenue Project, Buffalo
3:10 Tourism and Environment: A Winning Combination
Sally Berry, Program Director, Finger Lakes Tourism Alliance
3:45 Liabilities Turned Opportunities: Transforming Brownfields and
Toxic Waste Sites
Kenneth Kamlet, Director of Legal Affairs, Newman Development Group
4:10 Building Sustainable Communities
Chris Resig, Project Architect, Stantec Inc.
4:35 Closing Remarks: Upstate Looking Forward
Dan Gundersen, Upstate Co-Chair, Empire State Development Corporation
Join Mr. Gundersen and guests for an informal dialogue
Sustainability Tour 9/28
The second day of the conference features a guided tour allowing
participants first-hand experience of some representative regional
assets unifying economic development and environmental protection.
Themes include: smart growth, revitalized brownfields, energy efficient
businesses and local market development. See Sustainability in Action!
Transportation and meals provided. Space is limited.
8:00 a.m. Continental Breakfast
9:00 a.m. Depart Burgundy Basin Inn
4:00 p.m. Return Burgundy Basin Inn
Frito Lay, Inc.: This distribution center was built to meet LEED Gold
certification with implemented high-performance technologies, such as a
PV system, high efficiency HVAC, and lighting and control measures.
Wegmans Food Market: Ranked #3 on FORTUNE magazine's 2007 list of the
100 Best Companies to Work For, Wegmans prides itself on having a strong
connection with local farmers and community organizations.
Monroe County Recycling Center: Equipped with new technologies, the
enhanced recycling program now accepts all clean paper and receives 175
tons of recyclable material per day.
Chevy Place: This 77-unit, mixed-income apartment development on an
urban renewal site includes an art deco, historic landmark building
which was converted into a coffee bar and bistro.
The Vineyard: Once a neglected area for illegal dumping, this 2.7 acre
sustainable urban farm is now a community respite and the last remaining
agricultural land in the city of Rochester.
Newcroft Park: Once called a disaster, this former 7 acre brownfield,
cleaned up and approved for residential reuse, is now a subdivision in a
Funding for conference provided through the advocacy of Senator Michael
F. Nozzolio, NYS Legislature and NYS Environmental Protection Fund
About the Sponsors
Finger Lakes Institute
at Hobart and William Smith Colleges
The Finger Lakes Institute is dedicated to the promotion of
environmental research and education about the Finger Lakes and
surrounding environments. In collaboration with regional environmental
partners and state and local government offices, the Institute fosters
environmentally-sound development practices throughout the region, and
disseminates the accumulated knowledge to the general public.
Finger Lakes-Lake Ontario
Watershed Protection Alliance
The purpose of the Finger Lakes - Lake Ontario Watershed Protection
Alliance is to protect and enhance water resources by promoting the
sharing of information, data, ideas, and resources pertaining to the
management of watersheds in New York's Lake Ontario Basin; fostering
dynamic and collaborative watershed management programs and
partnerships; and emphasizing a holistic, ecosystem-based approach to
water quality improvement and protection.
City of Rochester
Empire State Development Corp.
Finger Lakes Tourism Alliance
Frito Lay, Inc.
Geneva Area Chamber of Commerce
Genesee/Finger Lakes Regional Planning Council
Hobart and William Smith Colleges
Madison County Planning Department
Monroe County Planning and Development
Monroe County Environmental Services
Tompkins County Planning Department
Wegmans Food Market, Inc.
Burgundy Basin Inn
1361 Marsh Rd.
Pittsford, NY 14534
From Rochester: Take 490 East to Exit 27, turn right, go to 3rd light
turn right onto Marsh Rd., over bridge to the 1st building on left.
From Thruway: Take I-90 to Exit 45 to 490 West, to exit 27, Turn right,
go to 3rd light turn right onto Marsh Rd., over bridge to the 1st
building on left.
A block of rooms are reserved for conference participants at a
discounted rate. Call (585) 248-9000 to reserve a room by Sept. 1.
The Brookwood Inn
800 Pittsford-Victor Rd.
Pittsford, NY 14534
From Thruway: Take I-90 to Exit 45. 490 West to Exit 27 (Bushnell's
Basin). Take a right on Pittsford-Victor Road. Hotel is located on the
From Burgundy Basin Inn: Head southeast on Marsh Rd, over the bridge.
Take a left onto Rt. 96/Pittsford-Victor Rd.
Participants may register for individual conference days.
9/27: Registration is $40 and includes continental breakfast, lunch and
9/28: Registration is $25 and includes breakfast, lunch, and transportation.
Exhibits are encouraged!
To reserve a table, check box below. No fee for non-profit
organizations. Vendors please add $15 to registration fee.
Call Water Resources Board (585) 313-7119 or Finger Lakes Institute
E-mail Address ____________________
# Attending 9/27 ____ X $40=____
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# Attending 9/28 ____X $25=____
Total Enclosed $ _ ____
Send this completed form and check payable to Water Resources Board, 309
Lake Street, Penn Yan, NY 14527 by Sept. 14.