Agenda: Tipping Points: Energy, Water, Climate
Energy Conference

Wednesday, June 10, 2015
8:30 a.m. – 3 p.m.
NYIT de Seversky Mansion
Old Westbury, NY 11568

9 a.m.

OPENING ANNOUNCEMENTS
Sarah Meyland, J.D., Director, Center for Water Resources Management, NYIT

9:10

WELCOMING REMARKS
Edward Guiliano, Ph.D., President, NYIT

9:20

KEYNOTE ADDRESS
Introduction: Laurence Silverstein, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Physics, NYIT

“Climate Change and Energy: Can Young People Take Ownership of Their Future”
James E. Hansen Ph.D., Director of Climate Science, Awareness and Solutions, Columbia University Earth Institute

10

INTERVIEW and COLLOQUY
Dr. James Hansen on Life as a Climate Scientist”
Justin Gillis, Principal Environmental Science Writer + Editor, The New York Times

10:20

SESSION I: CLIMATE CHANGE
Introduction: Robert Amundsen, Ph.D., Director, Energy Management Program, NYIT

“Climate Change and Kayakers: Connecting Climate Change to Personal Passions”
Michaela Labriole, Manager of Special Projects, New York Hall of Science (NYSCI)
Daniel Bader, Research Assistant, Columbia University Center for Climate Systems Research

Panel Discussion

  • Greg Banhazl (moderator), Director of Business Development, NYIT
  • Daniel Bader
  • Justin Gillis
  • James Hansen
  • Michaela Labriole
11

BREAK
11:10

SESSION II: WATER
IntroductionSarah Meyland

Understanding the Threats to Groundwater from Saltwater Intrusion and Drought”
Christopher Schubert, Supervisory Hydrologist, USGS, New York Water Science Center

Using Long Island’s Aquifers for Building Heating and Cooling with Geothermal Systems”
John Rhyner, PG, LEED AP, Director, Sustainable Energy Group, P.W. Grosser Consulting

Panel Discussion

  • Sarah Meyland (moderator)
  • John Rhyner
  • Christopher Schubert
Noon

AWARD PRESENTATION: JAMES E. HANSEN, CHAMPION OF CLIMATE CHANGE AWARENESS
Presentation by: Nada Anid, Ph.D., Dean, School of Engineering and Computing Sciences

12:15 p.m.

BUFFET LUNCH + NETWORKING
1:15

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS
Rahmat Shoureshi, Ph.D., Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, NYIT

1:20

SESSION III: ENERGY
Introduction: Robert Amundsen

“The 21st Century Power Grid:  Distributed Energy Resources Bring New Opportunities and Challenges”
Jian Sun Ph.D., Director, Center for Future Energy Systems, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

“NY Prize for Grid Resilience: Competition, Microgrids and Clean Energy”
Micah Kotch, Director, NY Prize; Strategic Adviser for Innovation, New York State Energy Research and Development Authority

“Reforming the Energy Vision (REV):  Reducing Costs by Increasing Flexibility”
Julia Bovey, Director, New York State Department of Public Service – Long Island 

Panel Discussion

  • Robert Amundsen (moderator)
  • Julia Bovey
  • Micah Kotch
  • Jian Sun
2:50

CLOSING REMARKS

  • Robert Amundsen
Updated: 5-29-2015