Environmental Summit

“Food for Thought:  Safe and Green for the Future”
Saturday, September 28, 2013
8:30am-12:30pm    (table setup begins at 8am)
Wick Student Center, Daemen College
Cost: Free

8:30-9:00am –Registration and Exhibit Tables, Free Continental Breakfast

9:00-10am- Welcome, Updates on local initiatives and Presentations

  • Nellie Brown, The Worker Institute at Cornell, "Endocrine Disrupters in our Environment”
  • Michael  Lee, CAO of Erie County,  "Local Growing"

10:00 AM-10:30AM Exhibits* and Networking

10:30-11:15 AM  Panel Discussion

  • “How Local Manufacturers are Addressing Sustainability” with representatives from McCullagh Coffee, Perry's Ice Cream and Rich Products.  

11:30AM-12:30PM Workshops 

  • Michael Lee, Director Green Entrepreneurial Center and Judy Einach, Director of the NY Sustainable Agriculture Working Group: “Adapting Urban/Suburban Green Space for Food System Reform”
    • This workshop will be a discussion among workshop participants and food system experts whose daily work is food system reform. We will talk about food production on urban/suburban green spaces and subsequent benefits including pollinator conservation, lowering the cost of healthy food, improving and maintaining soil quality (composting and pesticide-free), and overall strengthened commitment to environmental stewardship. Additionally we will discuss how we feed our children and how we can use very locally grown agricultural products to improve the quality of school meals while lowering that cost, and at the same time, educating children and young people about what quality food really is. 
  • Nellie Brown: "Endocrine Disrupters Explained"
    • The new kids on the block, endocrine-disrupting chemicals, are in our cleaning products, personal care products, plastic containers for food and water, pharmaceuticals, and many other materials. Their use means they can contaminate our food and eventually reach soil, wastewater and drinking water. These are emerging chemicals of concern that interfere with our bodies’ endocrine system ­ organs that control our bodies’ processes. This workshop will explore “endocrine-disrupting” chemicals, their routes of exposure, and how protection and prevention could be done.


Electronics Recycling Drop-off, Optional Daemen campus tours of Ecotrail, LEED Gold Research and Information Commons Building , LEED Gold Visual & Performing Arts Building.

*For exhibit tables, contact byoung@daemen.edu

Event Sponsors

CIR Electrical Construction Company,  Erie County Environmental Education Institute, Knoer Group, McCullagh Coffee, Daemen College, The Worker Institute at Cornell and Apollo Alliance.

Western New York Apollo AllianceCIR ElectricalErie County Environmental Education InstituteThe Knoer Group, PLLCEcoverde CoffeeThe Worker Institute

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Health Care Studies Professor Justine Tutuska, accompanied by her students, traveled to the Dominican Republic to work on Public Health Issues and school building.

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