Wed, Nov 13 | Hotel Indigo Long Island - East End

Combating Climate Change: Solar Energy, Farming, and the Future in New York

Join American Farmland Trust for a special forum to discuss ways to expand renewable energy generation, support farm businesses, and drive action in response to climate change in New York.
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 Combating Climate Change: Solar Energy, Farming, and the Future in New York

Time & Place

Nov 13, 2019, 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Hotel Indigo Long Island - East End, 1830 West Main Street, Rt. 25, Riverhead, NY 11901, USA

Event Description

Join American Farmland Trust for a special forum to discuss ways to expand renewable energy generation, support farm businesses, and drive action in response to climate change in New York.

Who: This forum is for farmers, solar experts, public officials, and others 

Cost: $15 (payable by credit/debit card or eCheck). Ticket price includes breakfast and lunch. Land use training credits will be offered to local officials.

For any questions about the event or registration please contact newyork@farmland.org 

Agenda 

8:30 – 9:00 Registration and Breakfast  9:00 – 9:15 Welcome Remarks  9:15 – 10:30 Morning Plenary Discussion and Q&A: Climate, Solar, Agriculture and Opportunities in NY: A discussion with State leaders and lawmakers  

  • Assemblyman Steve Englebright, Chair, Environmental Conservation Committee (invited)  
  • Alicia Barton, President and CEO, NYSERDA (invited)  

10:30 – 10:45 Break 10:45 – 12:00 Lessons learned from Massachusetts and our Neighbors: SMART program and other Smart Solar Siting policies on farmland   

  • Gerry Palano, Massachusetts Department of Agriculture (invited) 
  • ​Zara Dowling, UMASS Extension 
  • ​Drew Pierson and Iain Ward, Blue Wave Solar  
  • Emily Cole, Climate Director, AFT New England   

12:00 – 1:00 Lunch  and Keynote Speaker: Jimmy Daukas, American Farmland Trust, US Climate Alliance States Taking Action to help Farmers Combat Climate Change  1:00 – 2:30 Co-location of Solar and Agriculture: Research and Practice across the Country  

  • Jordan Macknick, National Renewable Energy Laboratory 
  • Cornell University  
  • Lexie Hain, American Solar Grazers Association 
  • Bill Jordan, Jordan Energy  

2:30–2:45 Break 2:45–4:00 Panel: Opportunities and Obstacles for Solar and Agriculture on Long Island  

  • Jessica Price, The Nature Conservancy ​ 
  • Rob Carpenter, Long Island Farm Bureau  
  • Herb Strobel, Local Farmer  
  • Local Government Official   

4:00 Wrap-up  

This  conference was made possible thanks to generous support from the Pritchard Charitable Foundation and Members of American Farmland Trust.

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