2018 Annual Environment Conference

November 13, 2018 - November 14, 2018

The Gideon Putnam
Saratoga Springs

Premier Sponsor
Phillips Lytle LLP


This year’s Conference will allow attendees to learn about the latest in environment regulation and law. On Tuesday afternoon participants will hear about the latest changes in regulations from regulators, the regulated and expert consultants during a two hour regulatory update, which is followed by a Welcome Reception on Tuesday evening. On Wednesday, attendees in a unique platform will hear and engage with government officials and private sector experts on the latest environmental issues in New York State and the Nation.

In addition to the first rate speakers and program, there is a wide array of opportunities to increase your corporate presence through sponsorships.

PE Credits

The Business Council is approved as a sponsor of continuing education for Professional Engineers in New York State. 1 credit will be awarded for each 60 minute session completed on Tuesday, November 13 and Wednesday, November 14. A certificate will be sent at the completion of the conference.


Registration Information

Member Type Before 11/6/18 After 11/6/18
Business Council Member $399 $425
Non-member $499 $525

* Single Day Pricing is available. Please call Conference Development at 1.800.358.1202

Cancellation Policy

You may cancel your registration up to seven days prior to the event. You will be refunded, less a $49 processing fee. If you need to cancel less than seven days prior, you may: 1) send a substitute; or 2) receive a non-refundable credit voucher good for any Business Council event, valid for up to one year from date.


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 Tuesday, November 13, 2018

 2:00 - 3:00 p.m.


 Sponsored by: American Chemistry Council

 3:00 - 5:00 p.m.








 State Regulatory Update
EPA Plans to Change NAAQS Review Process
 Richard Hamel
, Principal Consultant

 Affordable Clean Energy Rule
 Danielle Mettler-LaFeir, Esq., Counsel
Barclay Damon LLP

 The Effect of China’s National Sword of NY Recycling 
 Martin Brand, Deputy Commissioner, Office of Remediation
 & Materials Management, NYS DEC

 Part 360 Revisited
 David Vitale
, Director, Division of Materials Management

 Brownfield Program
 Michael Ryan
, Division Director, Division of Environmental
 Remediation, NYS DE

 5:00 - 5:30 p.m.



 Honorable Peter Lopez*
Region 2 Administrator
 U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

 5:30 - 6:30 p.m.




 Welcome Reception
Sponsored by: International Paper

 Wine at the Welcome Reception
Sponsored by: D&B Engineers and Architects, P.C.



Wednesday, November 14, 2018

 7:30 - 8:30 a.m.




 Sponsored by: American Chemistry Council

 Continental Breakfast
 Sponsored by: Harris Beach, PLLC

 8:30 - 8:45 a.m.


 8:45 - 9:15 a.m.


 Alicia Barton, Chief Executive Officer

 9:15 - 9:30 a.m.




 Opening Keynote
 Where are we Going on the Energy Transition?
 Daniel A. Spitzer, Esq.
, Partner
 Hodgson Russ LLP

 9:30 - 10:30 a.m.





 Federal Energy Regulatory Commission and New York State

 Federal Energy Regulatory Commission Permitting Process
 Sara Mochrie, Principal Biologist
 Ecology and Environment, Inc.

 Update on Pipeline Siting
 Yvonne Hennessey, Esq., Partner
 Barclay Damon, LLP

 10:30 - 10:50 a.m.


 Commissioner's Remarks
 Honorable Basil Seggos
, Commissioner
 NYS Department of Environmental Conservation

 10:50 - 11:05 a.m.


 Refreshment Break
 Sponsored by: Hodgson Russ LLP

 11:05 a.m. - 12:05 p.m.








 Environmental Objective Driving Energy Goals with
 Environmental Effects

 Moderator: Gene Kelly, Partner
                   Harris Beach, PLLC

 Panelists:   New York's Clean Energy Standard & Increased
                   & Changing Transmission and Generation

                   Dennis Elsenbeck, Head of Energy and Sustainability
                   Phillips Lytle LLP

                   Article 10
                   Dennis Vacco, Partner
                   Lippes Mathias Wexler Friedman LLP

 12:05 - 1:30 p.m.






 Sponsored by: Barclay Damon LLP &
                        Ecology & Environment, Inc.
 Luncheon Keynote
 Katie D. Strangis, Senior Policy Advisor, Office of
 Nonproliferations & Arms Control
 United States Department of Energy  /
 National Nuclear Security Administration

 1:30 - 2:30 p.m.





 The State of Emerging Contaminants
 Checking in on the Drinking Water Quality Council
Karyn Schmid, Senior Director of Chemical Regulation
 American Chemistry Council   

 Innovations in Emerging Contaminants, Site
 Assessments and Treatment Technologies

 Frank DeOrio, Technical Director
 O'Brien & Gere

2:30 - 2:45 p.m.



Refreshment Break
 Sponsored by: HDR, Inc.

Ben & Jerry's Ice Cream Break
 Sponsored by: O'Brien & Gere

 2:45 - 3:45 p.m.





 Harmful Algal Bloom Identifying, Cause & Solutions

 Moderator: Jacqueline Lendrum, Research Scientist
                   NYS DEC

 Panelists:  The Science of HABs
                   Michael R. Twiss, PhD.
, Professor Department of Biology
                   Clarkson University

                  HAB Action Plans, Remediation or Preventions
                  Tony Eallonardo, Ph.D., Scientist-3
                  O'Brien & Gere

  *Invited as of 10/15/18


Sponsorship Opportunities

Premier Sold Out
Silver $2,500
"Pub Crawl" $2,500
Lunch Sold Out
Wine at Reception Sold Out
Refreshment Break (Two Available) Sold Out
Gold $3,000
Registration Sold Out
Welcome Reception Sold Out
Continental Breakfast Sold Out
Ben & Jerry's Ice Cream Break Sold Out
Workshop $1,000

Included with your Sponsorship:

  • Complimentary conference registration(s)
  • List of Participants
  • Recognition in Conference material
  • Promotional item in Conference packet
  • Company logo displayed on website prior to event
  • Company logo displayed at event
  • Gold and Premier sponsorships include additional registrations and/or benefits

*Prices listed are for Business Council members. Non-members, please contact Sara McDonnell at sara.mcdonnell@bcnys.org or call 800.358.1202 for more information.


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Event Sponsors

Luncheon Co-Sponsor
Wine at Reception
Continental Breakfast
Refreshment Break Sponsor
Refreshment Break Sponsor
Welcome Reception
Ben & Jerrys Ice Cream Break

Hotel Reservations

The Gideon Putnam Resort & Spa Hotel

The Gideon Putnam

24 Gideon Putnam Road
Saratoga Springs, NY 12866


Overnight reservations should be made directly with The Gideon Putnam.

Rate: $115
Cut-off Date: October 28, 2018
Group Code: 9NB8Z2
Phone: 866.746.1077