The Town of North Hempstead

"Yes We Can" Community Center

 Presents 

3rd Annual Long Island Green Infrastructure 

Conference & Expo

Preparing for the Next Storm 

 The state-of-the-art, 60,000 square foot facility features two NBA-sized basketball courts, fitness center, dance and TV studios, senior and teen lounge, internet café, community meeting rooms and much more. The new community center is among the most energy efficient buildings in New York State. The platinum LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certified structure, features roof-top solar panels, grade-level solar trees, electric vehicle recharging stations and geothermal heating and cooling. The North Hempstead “Yes We Can” Community Center was partially funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act as well Neptune Regional Transmission System 

Date: June 11, 2014

Time:  8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. 

Location:  141 Garden Street, Westbury 

Fees for Attendees: 

  • General Admission $50
  • Municipalities, Non-profit, and Students $20.
  • Breakfast, Lunch, and Snacks are includes with your registration fee.
  • Contact us if you have specific dietary needs. 

Sponsorship Opportunity:  There are several different sponsorship packages available.  Please contact us directly to tailor a package to your specific needs. 

This Conference will facilitate the successful use of green technologies to manage water quality and energy issues by municipalities, private developers and the general public. General and technical information on cost effective green infrastructure techniques that increase sustainability, cost effective use of renewable energy, increase stormwater infiltration, and preventing adverse impacts to Long Island’s valuable water resources will be presented. Regional success stories will show how green infrastructure has been beneficially put into place and how these methods can be funded through difficult economic times.  Marrying Green Infrastructure for water quality and energy production is the future of designing and engineering practices.

 

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Who Should Attend: Elected Officials, Planning and Zoning Board Members, Municipal Engineers, Building and Public Works Department Employees, Landscape Architects, Regional Planners and Developers.

Professional education credits:  We are currently seeking credits for approved speakers and presentations.  Information will follow, check back for updates.

Contacts: 

  • Registration Information: Ann Marie Calabro

                  annmarie.calabro@sullfolkcountyny.gov ,(631) 852-3288. 

  • Exhibitor Booths and Sponsorships: Eric Swenson  

                  e.swenson@hempsteadharbor.org , (516) 677-5790. 

Organizing Committee: Hempstead Harbor Protection Committee, Long Island Chapter of the United States Green Building Council, Manhasset Bay Protection Committee, New York Sea Grant, Oyster Bay / Cold Spring Harbor Protection Committee and Suffolk County Cornell Cooperative Extension.

 

What is Green Infrastructure and Green Energy?

The United States Environmental Protection Agency (U.S. E.P.A.) has developed a definition of green infrastructure that is simple and explains what and why we need to use it. Green Infrastructure is a way of utilizing nature to control and handle stormwater runoff.

Stormwater runoff is a major cause of water pollution in urban areas. When rain falls in undeveloped areas, the water is absorbed and filtered by soil and plants.  However, when rain falls on our roofs, streets, and parking lots the water cannot soak into the ground.  In most urban areas, stormwater is drained through engineered collection systems such as roads, gutters, catch basins, pipes, and outfalls, and discharged into nearby waterbodies.  The stormwater carries trash, bacteria, heavy metals, and other pollutants from the urban landscape, degrading the quality of the receiving waters.  Higher flows can also cause erosion and flooding in urban streams, damaging habitat, property, and infrastructure.    

Green infrastructure uses vegetation, soils, and natural processes to manage water and create healthier urban environments.  At the scale of a city or county, green infrastructure refers to the patchwork of natural areas that provides habitat, flood protection, cleaner air, and cleaner water. At the scale of a neighborhood or site, green infrastructure refers to stormwater management systems that mimic nature by soaking up and storing water, such as a rain garden. 

Green energy includes natural energetic processes that can be harnessed with little pollution.  Green Energy has commonly been called renewable energy.  These are energy sources that do not pollute the natural ecosystem or exhaust resources that future generations will need.  Green energy practices include using or supplementing power from an alternative source.  These sources include wind, solar, tidal, and biomass just to name a few.  Sustainable energy has quickly become common practice for conversation when planning and designing projects.  The future of engineering designs are going from Grey to Green. 

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 The NYS DEC MS4 stormwater regulations require municipalities to utilize available training from sources such as Soil and Water Conservation Districts to educate municipal boards and Planning and Zoning Boards on low impact development principles, better site design approaches, and green infrastructure applications.