STSlogo 2013 Long Island Sound Citizens Summit  


Friday April 26, 2013 from 9:00 AM to 3:15 PM EDT
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Iona College
Ryan Library
715 North Avenue
New Rochelle, NY 10801

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8:30 Breakfast

9:00 Welcome Noam Bramson, Mayor, New Rochelle NY

9:10 Opening Remarks: The Sound’s "New Normal"   Mark Tedesco, Director, Long Island Sound Office USEPA

9:20 Westchester’s "New Normal" Curt Johnson, Senior Attorney and Program Director, Connecticut Fund for the Environment

9:40 Sandy and the Big "Climate Change" Picture         Dr. Nickitas Georgas, Senior Research Engineer, The Center for Maritime Systems at Stevens

10:10 Panel: Experiences from Sandy   Moderator: Donald Strait, Connecticut Fund for the Environment                      Tim Dillingham, Executive Director, American Littoral SocietyMike Coley, Deputy Commissioner, Westchester CountyDavid Kooris, Director, Office of Planning and Economic Development, Bridgeport CT

11:00 Break

11:15 Panel: Thinking Differently & Building Better  Moderator: Sandy Breslin, CT Audubon                       Susan Whalen, Deputy Commissioner Environmental Conservation, DEEP, R. Lawrence Swanson, Director Waste Management Reduction and Management Institute and Associate Dean, SoMAS, Stony Brook University, Joe MacDougald, Professor-in-Residence and Executive Director, Center for Energy and Environmental Law, UCONN, Jim Tierney, Assistant Commissioner, Water and Watershed, NYSDEC

12:00 Lunch Keynote Andrew C. Revkin, award-winning author and New York Times columnist 

1:00  Panel: Federal and Municipal Action Moderator Sean Mahar, Director of Government Relations, NYAudubon  Georgia Basso, Wildlife Biologist, US Fish and Wildlife Service, Anthony CiorraChief of the New York District's Coastal Restoration & Special Projects Branch, USACE, Denise Savageau, Conservation Director, Town of Greenwich, Rich Slingerland, Chief Executive Officer, Village of Mamaroneck, Diane Simpson, Natural and Cultural Resource Recovery Support Function Field Coordinator, FEMA  

 1:45 Panel: State Action Moderator: David Sutherland Government Relations Director, The Nature Conservancy                                                         Representative James Albis (CT), Assemblyman Steve Englebright (NY), Senator George Latimer (NY), Assemblyman Steve Otis (NY), Representative Lonnie Reed (CT), Represenatative Patricia Widlitz (CT)

2:45 Audience Perspectives and Next Steps Moderators: Adrienne Esposito, Executive Director, Citizens Campaign Fund for the Environment, Nancy Seligson, Town Supervisor and CAC Co-Chair, Mamaroneck NY


Superstorm Sandy and the "New Normal:"

Rebuilding for Resiliency and Adapting to Climate Change

This year's conference is dedicated to the memory of Art Glowka

                Short Beach Branford Giant Wave Breaks Porch

The aftermath of Superstorm Sandy has left many wondering how to successfully address the changing climate and impacts on our infrastructure, policy and natural resources.

At this year’s conference, we will feature expert presentations on the big ‘Climate Change’ picture, local impacts to Western LIS, experiences from Sandy and how they impacted our infrastructure and natural resources and resiliency planning going forward.

The majority of the conference will focus on ‘thinking differently and building better’ as it pertains to scientific limitations, legal impacts, funding priorities and future state and federal actions for New York and Connecticut. In addition to providing citizen education and engagement opportunities, the goal of this conference is to identify concrete and attainable action items. 

This year's conference is dedicated to the memory of Art Glowka, an avid recreational fisherman and long-time LIS citizen advocate.  While there were differences of opinion on Long Island Sound policy, Art's love for and devotion to Long Island Sound was unparalleled.  He never missed the opportunity to highlight the Sound's vibrant wildlife. The Long Island Sound community will deeply miss his passion and commitment.

Registration Cost: Includes a light breakfast and lunch

$35 per Person

$20 for Students


Brittany Chamberlin Martin
Save the Sound