City & State’s Sustainable New York summit will offer industry executives, public sector leaders and academics the opportunity to share ideas about how to connect, design, and implement innovative sustainability strategies in New York. The full-day event brings insights and perspectives across industries within New York’s sustainability initiatives and programs.
Sustainable New York Summit
Registration & Networking Breakfast
Opening Keynote "Sustainability in the Age of AI: How AI can help transform our use of energy, land, water and food"
Rob Bernard, Chief Environmental Strategist, Microsoft
Climate Change in the Trump Era: Developing the 80 x 50 Roadmap
President Trump's announcement that the U.S. will pull out of the Paris Climate Agreement has sparked concern from the business, political and advocacy communities. More than 900 investors, cities, states, and universities representing a total of $6.2 trillion of the U.S. economy have pledged that they would still honor America's emissions pledge. Our panel of experts will discuss ways to sustain and strengthen existing climate programs, promote the sharing of information and best practices, and implement new programs to reduce carbon emissions from all sectors of the economy.
- Rich Kassel, Executive Vice President, Capalino+Company (moderator)
- Adam Zurofsky, Deputy Secretary for Energy and Financial Services, Office of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo
- Daniel Zarrilli, Senior Director of Climate Policy and Programs, City of New York
- Council Member Costa Constantinides, Chair, Committee on Environmental Protection
- Donna De Costanzo, Senior Attorney and Director of Northeast Energy and Sustainable Communities, NRDC
- Kevin Knobloch, Senior Project Manager, Anbaric Development Partners
- Ross Gould, Energy Sector Program Manager, Workforce Development Institute (WDI)
Creative Infrastructure for a Sustainable City
Designing and delivering infrastructure systems that truly contribute to sustainability throughout their service life is a challenge faced by many cities. Panelists will cover sustainable infrastructure planning, financing, design, construction and operation: how practitioners are improving sustainable performance to meet the critical infrastructure and building challenges in New York.
- Jeff Coltin, City Hall Reporter, City & State NY (moderator)
- Rick Chandler, Commissioner, New York City Department of Buildings
- Eric Macfarlane, Deputy Commissioner for Infrastructure, NYC Department of Design & Construction
- Charles R. Olson, Section Chief, Bureau of Water and Sewer Operations, Urban Resources Planning & Engineering, NYC Environmental Protection
- Nanette Lockwood, Global Director of Policy and Advocacy for the Center for Energy Efficiency and Sustainability, Ingersoll Rand
Lunch is served.
Lunch Awards Ceremony. Honorees will be announced shortly.
1:30pm One-on-One: Financing Sustainable Cities
How can New York increase collaboration between senior leaders in the public and private sector to scale up investment in sustainable infrastructure and services across the State? Our expert will share insights on successful business models and innovative financing strategies for critical sustainable infrastructure development.
Alfred Griffin, President, NY Green Bank (Division of NYSERDA) with Jon Lentz, Editor in Chief, City & State
The Sustainability and Resilience of New York’s Water and Food Systems
This panel looks at the interrelationship between water and food security. More specifically, it examines the resilience and sustainability of water and food systems. Panelists will discuss climate change and increased competition for natural resources, clean drinking water that also protects our residents and vulnerable communities from the adverse impacts of potential contaminants. NYC's commitment to Zero Waste, and developing a geographically dispersed network of waste reduction, composting, reuse, and recycling.
- Frank G. Runyeon, Senior Reporter, City & State NY (moderator)
- Senator Todd Kaminsky, Ranking Member, Environmental Conservation Committee
- Vincent Sapienza, Commissioner, NYC Dept. of Environmental Protection
- Kathryn Garcia, Commissioner, New York City Department of Sanitation
- Julie Tighe, Chief of Staff, New York State Department of Environmental Conservation
- Kimberly J. Vallejo, Director of Marketing & Outreach, NYS Department of Agriculture & Markets
- Lawrence Roman, Chairman, WDF, Inc.
Sustainable and Responsible Sourcing in New York
The City’s history has shown that it is among the most sustainable urban areas in the United States, due in large part to innovations and practices that have been implemented over a number of years. The panel brings together several examples of environmentally preferable purchasing options, energy efficient and carbon-reducing programs, sustainability plans for NY state buildings and schools which are all on the agenda when reviewing who NY does business with.
- Grace Segers, Web Reporter, City & State NY (moderator)
- Meredith McDermott, Director of Sustainability, NYC Department of Education, Division of School Facilities
- Council Member Ydanis Rodriguez, Chair, Committee on Transportation
- Jodi Smits Anderson, Director of Sustainability Programs, Dormitory Authority, State of New York