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Symposium Examines Sustainability in the Suburbs, Nov. 10

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A symposium to address Suburban Sustainability will be presented at Hofstra University on Thursday, November 10, 2016, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. The presidential election, the recent four year anniversary of Superstorm Sandy, and headlines regarding climate change, pollution, water scarcity and affordable housing have focused attention on issues of sustainability. While the suburbs are not often thought of as places where sustainable practices thrive, there are examples all over the United States where suburban communities are making great leaps forward.  

sustainability-flyer“Roughly half the U.S. population lives in suburbs.  While numerous environmental and social challenges remain in the suburbs, there are many examples of practices being implemented to shift suburban life towards a sustainable future,” said Sandra Garren, PhD, Director of Sustainability Studies, Hofstra University. “Attendees of this conference will gain an understanding of the successes and the challenges of suburban sustainability.”

A range of local and national experts will speak about progress and obstacles in the areas of environment, economic development, and social equity. The day ends with a reception at the Hofstra University Museum exhibit, Over the River: Transforming Long Island, which showcases how Manhattan connects to Long Island.

The symposium is presented by the Hofstra Cultural Center and the National Center for Suburban Studies. The location is Hofstra University’s Guthart Cultural Center Theater, Axinn Library, First Floor, South Campus. This event is free and open to the public. However, the symposium luncheon requires advance registration. Call 516-463-5669 for more information or to register. The event schedule features:

9-9:35 a.m. Keynote address by John Cameron, Long Island Regional Planning Council.

9:35-11 a.m. Environmental Challenges

Panelists: James Gennaro, New York City Department of Environmental Conservation; Bernadette Martin, Cornell University; Neal Lewis, Molloy College; and Dr. E. Christa Farmer, Hofstra University assistant professor of geology and director of the Center for Climate Study.

This discussion will provide an overview of environmental challenges facing suburbs with topical coverage of food, energy, water, and coastal resiliency.  The panelists will also outline programs and policies designed to move towards more sustainable practices in the suburbs.

11:10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Changing Suburban Landscapes

Panelists: Geri Solomon, Long Island Studies Institute; Lisa Ott, North Shore Land Alliance; Eric Alexander, Vision Long Island; and Sammy Chu, Green Building Council.

This session begins with a visual illustration of how Long Island developed into the first American suburb.  Panelists plan to discuss land preservation, smart growth, and green building to promote sustainable development in the suburbs.

12:30-2:20 p.m. Luncheon Conversation: The Political Challenges of Implementing Sustainability Moderated by Diane Masciale, WLIW21 with Henrietta Davis, Former Mayor, Cambridge, MA; Dr. Ronald Loveridge, Former Mayor, Riverside, CA; and, Jack Schnirman, City Manager, Long Beach, NY (Advance registration for the luncheon is required – 516-463-5669)

This keynote event brings together current and former local government leaders to discuss successes and failures within communities.  The panel is represented by leaders in local government politics from three states (i.e., California, Massachusetts, and New York).

2:20-3:45 p.m. Housing and Transportation in the Suburbs

Panelists: William Achnitz, Community Development Corporation of Long Island; Hofstra’s Dr. Martine Hackett, assistant professor of health professions, and Dr. Christopher Niedt, academic director of the National Center for Suburban Studies; and Dr. Viney Aneja, North Carolina State University.

This final panel of the day delves into affordable housing, the process and progress of environmental justice, and transportation and air pollution issues.

3:45-5 p.m. Hofstra University Museum exhibition and reception: Over The River: Transforming Long Island.

About the author

Ginny Greenberg

Ginny Greenberg is director of public relations and an alumna of Hofstra University.

Email her at prpgse@hofstra.edu .

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