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Upcoming Events for 2014

Westchester Climate Change Summit

September 12, 2014 8:30am-3:30pm

NYS Judicial Institue, Pace Law School, 78 North Broadway, White Plains

Pace University Law School's Center for Environmental Legal Studies and Federated Conservationists of Westchester County (FCWC) will present an all day conference on Climate Change: its impacts on Westchester, what we are doing about it - and what we should be doing about it. The conference will be co-sponsored by Sustainable Westchester.

An assemblage of experts, including keynote speakers Dr. Cynthia Rosenzweig of the NASA Goddard Space Center, and Michael Gerrard, Esq., Director of the Center for Climate Change Law at Columbia Law School, will address the threats of climate change to the County, and what solutions and/or strategies are available to our municipalities to address these formidable threats. This is a MUST ATTEND for local officials as well as for members of the public. The conference will be held at the Law School in White Plains and registration will be limited. For information please call FCWC at 914-422-4053 or email

Register by clicking here.

Preliminary Schedule:

8:30am Registration begins Welcome by Dean David Yassky of Pace Law School

9:00am Keynote: Dr. Cynthia Rosenzweig (NASA) on Climate Change Threats to Westchester

Session 2: Best Practices - Regional Examples, Strategies, and Actions
Moderator: Nina Orville (SWEAC)
Panelists: Gray Russell (Sustainability Officer, Montclair, NJ)
               Mark Lowery (Office of Climate Change NYSDEC)
               Tom Bourgeois (Pace Energy & Climate Center)

Representative from Governor Cuomo's Office on New York's Climate Change Plan

Lunchtime Keynote: Professor Michael Gerrard (Columbia Center for Climate Change Law)

Session 3: Adaptation and Mitigation
Professor John R. Nolon (Land Use Law Center for Sustainable Development at Pace)
Professor Karl Rabago (Pace Energy & Climate Center)
Panelist: Professor Nicholas A. Robinson (Pace Center for Environmental Legal Studies)

Q&A session

3:30pm Closing Remarks by Dean Emeritus Richard Ottinger of Pace Law School

Find the press release here.

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Many Thanks to Our Sponsors

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People Power: How Citizen Science Is Changing the Way Scientists Work

Postponed. We will reschedule shortly.

Join Conservation Café—a consortium of nine Westchester County-based partners in conservation—for People Power: How Citizen Science Is Changing the Way Scientists Work and learn how you can participate in scientific research happening in your own backyard and help make an positive impact on the environment.

Citizen science is professionally-led research conducted in tandem with community-based volunteers. Citizen scientists learn valuable skills in order to collect and submit data, share experiences, and spread essential information all while observing nature with a critical lens. In turn, these large open volunteer networks often allow researchers to accomplish tasks that would be too expensive or time consuming to accomplish through other means.

Speakers for the program include:
° Dr. John Rowden—Research and Grants Manager at National Audubon Society—will discuss the large-scale citizen science projects with which he has been involved.
° Dr. Chris Nagy—Director of Research and Land Management at Mianus River Gorge—will share how local citizen science initiatives help maintain and restore native communities and ecosystem function across the region.
° Dr. Linda Rohleder—Director of Land Stewardship at New York-New Jersey Trails Conference—will speak to her recent efforts leading the citizen-science driven Invasive Strike Force.

A panel discussion with a question-and-answer session will follow the formal presentations. Additionally, a printed listing of local and regional citizen science projects will be distributed.
Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. The program runs from 8:45 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Admission is free.Westchester County Center is located at 198 Central Avenue in White Plains, NY 10606.

**Please note: the parking fee at the County Center will be waived for program attendees.** Pre-registration required. RVSP at

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