Green Infrastructure in the Delaware River Watershed
June 20, 2018
This policy forum focused on the economic, social, and environmental benefits of green infrastructure (GI) as an approach to managing stormwater. We brought together expert speakers and panelists to provide an overview of green infrastructure vs. traditional gray approaches and how it can be used to protect and restore water quality in the Delaware River Watershed region. From innovative examples to barriers and opportunities, this policy forum helped to equip local landowners and municipal leaders with the information and tools needed to get involved and bring more GI to their communities. Read the background paper here.
- George Schuler, The Nature Conservancy
- Freda Eisenberg, Commissioner, Sullivan County Department of Planning
- Paul Beyer, Director of Smart Growth, NY State Dept. of State
- Stephanie P. Dalke, Pinchot Institute for Conservation
- Bryan Quinn, Environmental Entrepreneur, founder and principal of One Nature
- Jeff Skelding, Executive Director of Friends of the Upper Delaware River
- Molly Oliver, Delaware County Department of Watershed Affairs
- Diana Weiner, Sullivan Renaissance
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On Thursday, June 20th, the New York League of Conservation Voters Education Fund (NYLCVEF) and Energy Vision hosted an educational forum on organic waste and biogas. Two panels of experts discussed the benefits of using food waste and waste from sewage treatment plants to produce biogas, or renewable natural gas. Biogas is naturally produced as…
NYLCVEF released a white paper on the barriers to siting renewable energy in New York and possible approaches to overcoming these obstacles. New York State has committed to reducing its greenhouse gas emissions to combat climate change and increasing renewable energy is a central component of this plan. The report describes these barriers in detail and proposes five preliminary policy recommendations for addressing siting challenges.
We are seeking sponsorships to support an exciting new potential program. With enough support, we will convene key stakeholders for a series of roundtable discussions in Westchester, the Capital Region, Long Island, Hudson Valley, and Buffalo/Niagara on overcoming the barriers to siting renewable energy in New York. View our sponsorship package here, and please share with…
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