Climate Smart Communities and Smart Growth to be Featured at Seventh Annual Environmental Summit

Climate Smart Communities and Smart Growth to be Featured at Seventh Annual Environmental Summit at Daemen College September 24 

September 9, 2011

Mike Andrei
                  Director-College Relations


Event         Cheryl Bird
Contact:     Executive Director
                  Daemen College Center for Sustainable   
                  Communities and Civic Engagement
                  (716) 839-8489 

            Daemen College will host its 7th Annual Environmental Summit, “Green is Green: It Makes Cents” Saturday, September 24, 2011, 9:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m., in Wick Center on the Daemen campus, 4380 Main Street, Amherst. This event is free and open to the public.


           The Summit is sponsored by the Daemen College Center for Sustainable Communities and Civic Engagement; WNY Apollo Alliance; The Knoer Group (; and the Erie County Environmental Education Institute.


           Part of the Summit will focus on Climate Smart Communities and Smart Growth, and will feature speakers from the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation’s Office of Climate Change (OCC) and the NYS Department of State.  


           Climate Smart Communities (CSC) program is a joint effort of the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority, Public Service Commission, and departments of Environmental Conservation and State.  Mark Lowery, a climate policy analyst in the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation’s Office of Climate Change (OCC), will speak on the CSC program –  assisting communities in their efforts to lower greenhouse gas emissions and save taxpayer dollars through climate smart actions that also promote community health and safety; affordability; economic strength; and quality of life. Any town, city, village or county can join Climate Smart Communities, without cost.

            Smart growth is sensible, planned, efficient growth that integrates economic development and job creation with community quality-of-life by preserving and enhancing the built and natural environments.  Smart growth encourages growth in developed areas with existing infrastructure to sustain it, particularly municipal centers; downtowns (“Main Streets”); urban cores, hamlets; historic districts and older first-tier suburbs. Paul Beyer, State Director of Smart Growth Planning at the NYS Department of State, will speak on this topic.

             The Summit will also feature informative workshops, exhibits, and excellent networking opportunities. To reserve an exhibit table, contact Dr. Brenda L. Young,, Director, Global and Local Sustainability Program.  

            Workshops will include: Green Jobs; “Do it Yourself” Home Weatherization; Green Cleaning-Make Your Own Supplies; How to Use Social Media to Improve Your Organization’s Effectiveness; Lead and Radon in Your Home; and Greening Your Congregation.

            Following the Summit, there will be free electronics recycling for all Summit participants taking place on the Daemen campus. Cell phones, computers, video screens, laptops, and all other electronics will be accepted.            

             Additional information on Mark Lowery: A DEC employee for 23 years, Mark’s career focused on natural resource management and public outreach before joining OCC in 2007. His principal areas of responsibility have included leading public outreach efforts for the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative, State Sea Level Rise Task Force and State Climate Action Plan. He manages the State Climate Smart Communities (CSC) program, which assists local governments in climate change mitigation and adaptation efforts. Mark holds a bachelor’s degree in biology from Franklin and Marshall College and a master’s degree in Environmental and Forest Biology from the SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry.

            Additional information on Paul Beyer: Paul promotes the principles of Smart Growth on the state and local levels in New York. Paul's experience in land use and Smart Growth began when he worked in the New York State Legislature, where he focused on land use, environmental and public health policy. Paul served on the Planning Board in the Town of Amherst, N.Y. for five years, where he helped develop the town’s comprehensive plan. Paul also served on the Board of Directors of Partners for a Livable Western New York, the premier Smart Growth advocacy group in the Buffalo-Niagara region. Paul has a law degree from the University at Buffalo.




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