Greening Our Energy

Sprain Brook Room

Essential Progress to meet CLCPA goals

Improving Municipal Energy Efficiency and Protecting the Community

Panel Discussion (w/Q&A)

Dazzle Ekblad, Climate Policy Analyst, DEC Office of Climate Change

Carla Castillo, Deputy Executive Director, HVRC

Nicola Armacost, Mayor of Hastings-on-Hudson (CSC Silver-level)

Bradford Tito, Program Manager, NYSERDA

Municipalities need to reduce energy usage while at the same time preparing their communities for the impacts of climate change. To do this effectively a municipality must outline and understand its GHG emission reduction goals and the initiatives needed to reach these goals. It must also understand both how to mitigate the effects of climate change, and how to adapt to a changing environment. The importance of reducing a municipality’s carbon footprint cannot be overemphasized, and the panel will discuss becoming a Climate Smart Community and/or a Clean Energy Community as a means towards reaching this end. Moderated by Bob Siegel, Pound Ridge Conservation Board.

Friday, Oct. 22, 11am

EVs and Municipal Fleets

Panel Discussion (w/Q&A)

Fabio Mantovani, VP of e-Mobile Tech. and Engineering, NYPA

Myra Fedyniak, Climate Policy Analyst, DEC Office of Climate Change

Jason Zimbler, Project Manager, NYSERDA Clean Transportation Team

EVs are becoming more prevalent as driving range increases and the EV charging infrastructure grows. Learn about incentives for municipalities to purchase EVs and charging stations, public/private charging station partnerships, the electrification of school buses (including funding options), right-sizing of municipal fleets, and alternative transportation options. Moderated by Dean Gallea, TEAC.

Friday, Oct. 22, 2pm

Energy and the CLCPA

Panel Discussion (w/Q&A)

Peter McCartt, Sustainability Director, Westchester County

Sarah Crowell, Director of Planning, NYS Department of State

Nina Orville, Executive Director, Sustainable Westchester

New York's Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act made our State a climate change leader. We'll explore how energy-related provisions in the CLCPA affect municipalities on a practical level, and how municipalities, both large and small, are helping the State meet the CLCPA’s aggressive targets, which include a timetable for GHG emissions reductions, expansion of renewable sources, and increases in energy storage capacity. Moderated by Bob Siegel, Pound Ridge Conservation Board.

Saturday, Oct. 23, 10am

Clean Energy Homes

Panel Discussion (w/Q&A)

Brendan Woodruff, Director of Sustainability, DEC

Josh Stack, NYStretch Code Circuit Rider

Lauren Brois, EnergySmart Homes Director, Sustainable Westchester

Buildings are one of the largest contributors to GHG emissions. We'll go over ways in which residential buildings can lower their carbon footprints through home energy audits, changes in home energy management, new HVAC options such as geothermal and air-source heat pumps, home solar and energy storage, home EV charging stations, and electric lawn equipment. We'll discuss the NYStretch energy code, existing tools to measure personal energy usage, and how CACs can help residents meet their energy goals. Moderated by Dean Gallea, TEAC.

Saturday, Oct. 23, 1pm