Combating Climate Change: Solar Energy, Farming, and the Future in New York
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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.
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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
This conference was made possible thanks to generous support from the Pritchard Charitable Foundation and Members of American Farmland Trust.