Speaker Bios

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Talk Title & Time

Scott Cassel

Scott Cassel is the founder of the Product Stewardship Institute (PSI). Prior to PSI, he served as the Director of Waste Policy and Planning for the Massachusetts Executive Office of Environmental Affairs, where he developed and implemented solid and hazardous waste management policies and programs. Scott is a nationally renowned leader in the product stewardship movement with experience in more than 20 product categories. He pioneered a facilitation process that uses stakeholder engagement and consensus-building—a process that resulted in the nation’s first industry-run, government-mandated paint stewardship program.

Product Stewardship and Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR)

How to change the trash landscape by requiring producers to address the life-cycle impacts of their products. Friday, October 22, 2pm

Julie Noble

Julie Noble is the Environmental Education and Sustainability Coordinator for the City of Kingston. In this capacity, Julie manages the City’s environmental projects, initiatives and programming, including energy, land use, climate adaptation, transportation, recycling and environmental education and serves as the Climate Smart Community Coordinator. Julie is also the Vice President of NYSACC and was the chair of the Kingston CAC from 2009-2021.

Flood Mitigation and Preparedness for Your Area

Breakfast table topic, Friday, October 22, 8am

Dan Raichel

Dan Raichel is Acting Director of the Natural Resources Defense Council’s (NRDC) Pollinator Initiative, which focuses on protecting our nation’s bee populations from the ever-growing threats to their health and existence—in particular, the use of bee-toxic pesticides. Before joining the Pollinator Initiative, Raichel was co-director of NRDC’s Community Fracking Defense Project and an advocate for the cleanup of industrial pollution in the New York region.

The Birds & the Bees (the talk your father never gave you)

Impacts of neonicotinoid pesticides and what we can do. Saturday, October 23, 10am

Carolynn Sears

Carolynn Sears leads The Invasives Project–Pound Ridge with a team of committed volunteers. Before invasive biology, plate tectonics, and climate change became dominant themes in the sciences, Carolynn Sears, Ph.D., earned an undergraduate degree in biology and geology, followed by a degree in educational leadership, and a doctorate in women’s studies. A retired science teacher, she devotes energy to reducing invasive plants on two acres and outreach efforts within the community. With a “yes-we-can” attitude, she promotes local action steps such as native plantings, composting, and a seed library to support the health of the environment.

Invasive Species, Biodiversity, and Grass-roots Activism

Learn what can be done at the local level with little money and the efforts of a few committed people to address the challenge of invasive species.

Saturday, October 23, 10am