“The Rally for Resources”
On Friday, March 4th our 5th Annual Sustainability Conference was held at the Carlyle on the Green in Bethpage State Park. “The Rally for Resources” focused on where communities could find funding opportunities for local projects and plans. We would like to thank all those involved – our sponsors, exhibitors, restaurants, keynote speakers, panelists, moderators, the Carlyle on the Green, the board and staff of Sustainable Long Island, and the 400 plus attendees who made this event a great success!
“The Rally for Resources,” featured keynote speakers Steve Israel, U.S. Congressman, Thomas DiNapoli, New York State Comptroller, and Woody Tasch, President of Slow Money, a nonprofit dedicated to building networks and products to invest in small, local businesses.
“This conference focused on utilizing financial and other resources in an era of dwindling government funding,” said Sarah Lansdale, executive director of Sustainable Long Island.
The morning kicked off with New York State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli discussing ideas on how to invest in local and state projects while remaining socially responsible. The Comptroller also touched on Brownfield Opportunity Areas and the New York State Budget.
“In order to broaden our term of sustainability, we must challenge ourselves on certain issues,” said New York State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli. “How we spend our money would be that number one issue.”
Slow Money President Woody Tasch , who also delivered a morning keynote, discussed the concept of Slow Money – catalyzing the flow of investment capital to small food enterprises and promoting new principles of fiduciary responsibility that support sustainable agriculture and the emergence of a restorative economy. He was followed by a panel of Long Island leaders who shared their expertise on the potential impact Slow Money could have on Long Island.
“It’s going to take a revolution,” preached Woody Tasch. “One million people investing 1% of their assets in local food enterprises would enhance food security and food safety and promote cultural and ecological health and diversity.”
Attendees participated in interactive workshops on a range of topics featuring brownfield redevelopment, infrastructure implementation, food project financing, open space preservation, and much more. An array of discussion took place including how to harness public and private investment for local projects, how to leverage federal, state, and local funding, exploring various financing options for different community plans, and ideas on how to protect our natural resources.
Following the workshops, a networking lunch featuring a taste from dozens of Long Island’s premier restaurants was held in the conservatory. Restaurants from across the region presented “Sustainable Samplings” of their signature dishes which ranged from Bison Chili to Palak Paneer to Cajun Salmon. Local produce and beverages were a big hit with delicious sliced apples offered from Milk Pail Farms and variety of wine tastings provided by Bedell Cellars.
The program concluded with the “Getting It Done” awards, which honored those who moved beyond the talk toward implementation. Award recipients, including representatives from Dark Horse Restaurant in Riverhead, Gateway Park Community Garden in Huntington Station, The Patchogue Loft Apartments, and Spinney Hill Apartments in Great Neck, were honored for their accomplishments which have energized diverse downtowns and communities.
The award winners were preceded by Congressman Steve Israel’s afternoon keynote which touched on communities and municipalities coming together to advance local projects from paper to progress.
Scott’s Miracle-Gro Company
Bethpage Federal Credit Union
Capital One Bank
North Shore LIJ
VHB Engineering, Surveying, and Landscape Architecture
D&F Development Group
Mr. and Mrs. H. Richard Grafer
Nelson, Pope & Voorhis, LLC
Joel E. Sammet & Co.
Jane and Marty Schwartz
St. Joseph’s College
Suffolk County Department of Economic Development and Workforce Housing and Suffolk County Department of Environment and Energy
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