Regional Conference on Sustainable Development

8:30am - 1:30pm

Morning Sessions

8:30am - 9:00am


9:00am - 9:15am


Adam Thatcher
Director of Operations, Grace Farms

Daphne Dixon
Co-founder and Execultive Director, Live Green Connecticut

9:15am - 9:30am

Global Perspective on Sustainability

David L. Downie, PhD
Associate Professor, Fairfield University

Professor Jeffrey D. Sachs
Director of the Center for Sustainable Development
Columbia University

9:30am - 10:00am

What are the 17 Sustainable Development Goals and
How are They Measured in Our Region?

Jessica Scott
Education Manager
Sustainable Development Solutions Network

Kanni Wignaraja
Director, UN Development Operations Coordination Office

10:00am - 10:30am

Building Sustainability into Our Municipalities

Introduction: First Selectman Kevin Moynihan, New Canaan

Moderator: Joe DeLong
Executive Director, Connecticut Conference of Mayors

First Selectman Rudy Marconi, Ridgefield
First Selectman Mike Tetreau, Fairfield

10:30am - 10:45am

Coffee Break

10:45am - 11:15am

Morning Keynote
The Economic and Community Benefits of
Sustainable Development

Keynote Introduction:
Howard Rosenbaum, PhD
Conservation Biologist, Marine Conservation and Conservation Genetics Programs, Columbia University

Keynote Speaker: Catherine Smith
Commissioner, Economic and Community Development

11:15am - 11:45am

Panel Discussion
What is the Condition of Connecticut’s
Sustainable Infrastructure?

Moderator: Keri Enright-Kato
Director, Office of Climate Change
Department of Energy and Environmental Protections

Bryan Garcia, President and CEO, Connecticut Green Bank
Lee Grannis, Coordinator, New Haven Clean Cities
Jason Shaplen, CEO, Inspirica
Jeff Ulrich, Director of Supply Operation
Aquarion Water Company

11:45am - 12:15pm

Panel Discussion
The Critical Role Business Plays in
Sustainable Development

Panel Introduction:
Tracy Van Holt
Director of Academic Research, NYU/Stern

Chris Bruhl, Executive Director
Fairfield County Business Council

Josh Cohen, Founder, The Junkluggers
David Gable, President, Hocan Gas

12:15pm - 12:30pm

Morning Session Wrap-Up

David Downie, PhD
Associate Professor, Fairfield University

Howard Rosenbaum, PhD
Conservation Biologist, Columbia University

12:30pm - 1:30pm

Lunch Provided in The Commons

1:30pm – 4:15pm

Afternoon Sessions – West Barn

The afternoon program consists of two sessions, each with three breakouts.

1:30pm - 2:15pm

Session 1

Breakout Group A
Statewide, Regional and Local Sustainability Networks

Moderator: Floyd Lapp, PhD, FAICP
Professor in Urban Planning, Columbia GSAPP

Melissa Everett, PhD, Executive Director, Sustainable Hudson Valley
Midge Iorio, Executive Director, Bedford 2020
Lynn Stoddard, Executive Director, Sustainable Connecticut
Scott Thompson, Chair, Sustainable Fairfield Task Force
Dan Welch, Program Coordinator, Sustainable Westchester

Breakout Group B
Next Steps on Regionalizing Community Projects

First Selectman Jayme Stevenson, Darien

Scalable Community Projects for Discussion
Banning Plastic Bags
Pesticide Free Lawns
Zero Waste Schools
Water Conservation

Breakout Group C
Creating a New Energy Infrastructure: Community Presentations

Mark Robbins, Founder of MHR Consulting

Presentations Announced January 25th, 2018

2:45pm - 4:15pm

Afternoon Session II – West Barn

Breakout Group A

Moderator: Dan Delventhal
Founder and CEO, MowGreen

Community Presentations Announced January 25th, 2018

Breakout Group B

Moderator: Patrick Carolan
Executive Director, Franciscan Action Network

Community Presentations Announced January 25th, 2018

Breakout Group C

Community Presentations Announced January 25th, 2018

4:15pm - 4:30pm

Closing Remarks and Next Steps

James Biardi, PhD
Associate Professor, Fairfield University

4:30pm - 6:00pm

Networking Reception in The Commons