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2014 Spring Environment Conference

April 30, 2014
Hilton Albany, Albany, NY

About the Conference

The Department of Environmental Conservation has recently and continues to take meaningful steps to implement its mission — in a better, faster, and efficient way. The Business Council Spring Environment Conference will include speakers from the private sector, the State of New York and the Department discussing the latest trends in process and permitting reforms. The changes discussed today will affect how businesses, individuals, and others interface with the department now and into the future.

The Spring Environment Conference will focus on efforts to “Lean” New York State but specifically the DEC. “Lean” refers to a collection of principles and methods that focus on the identification and elimination of non-value added activity (waste) in any process. While Lean process improvement was developed for the manufacturing processes, numerous environmental agencies at federal, state, and local levels have used Lean methods to work more effectively and efficiently by eliminating waste in government processes. It is often said that Lean is “common sense uncommonly applied.”


8:00 - 8:45 a.m. Registration & Continental Breakfast
Sponsored by Harris Beach, PLLC and International Paper
8:45 - 9:05 a.m.

Welcome to the Conference & An Overview of Current and Future Activities to Lean DEC

  • Joe Martens (bio), Commissioner
    NYS Department of Environmental Conservation
9:05 – 9:35 a.m.

Recent Department of Environmental Conservation Successes


  • Marc Gerstman (bio), Executive Deputy Commissioner
    NYS Department of Environmental Conservation


  • David Neuner, P.E. (bio), Environmental Manager
    Novelis Corporation
  • Joel Rouillard (bio), Environmental Manager
  • Sarah Sweeney
    Area Environmental & Public Affairs Manager
    LaFarge North America
9:35 - 9:55 a.m.

Statewide Lean Effort

  • Erika Choi (bio), Director of Lean
    New York State
9:55 - 10:35 a.m.

Best Practices for Permitting

  • Jack Nasca (bio), Director
    Division of Environmental Permits
    NYS Department of Environmental Conservation
10:35 - 10:50 a.m. Refreshment Break
Sponsorship Available
10:50 - 11:45 a.m.

Regional Permitting

  • Martin Brand (bio), Regional Director
    Region 3
  • Paul D’Amato, Regional Director, Region 8
  • Venetia Lannon (bio), Regional Director
    Region 2

    NYS Department of Environmental Conservation
12:00 - 1:15 p.m.

Sponsored by Behan Communications, Inc.
and Young/Sommer LLC

Welcome & Introduction

  • Heather C. Briccetti, Esq. (bio)
    President & CEO
    The Business Council of New York State, Inc.

How Process Excellence Can Drive Results

  • Gregory D. North (bio), Chief Process Officer
    Xerox Services

    Xerox Corporation
1:15 - 1:45 p.m.

Streamlining RCRA Permitting

  • Heide-Marie Dudek (bio), RCRA Permit Project Leader
    NYS Department of Environmental Conservation
1:45 - 2:15 p.m.

Water Withdrawal

  • Michael Holt, P.E. (bio), Chief, Water Quantity Management Section
    NYS Department of Environmental Conservation
2:15 - 2:30 p.m. Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream Break
Sponsored by The West Firm, PLLC
2:30 - 3:00 p.m.

Hearings and Mediation

  • Louis Alexander (bio), Assistant Commissioner
    NYS Department of Environmental Conservation
3:00 - 3:30 p.m.

Updates on Brownfields

  • Robert Schick (bio), Director
    Division of Environmental Remediation

    NYS Department of Environmental Conservation
3:30 - 4:00 p.m.

Future DEC Lean and Feedback on How DEC Can Improve

  • Marc Gerstman (bio), Executive Deputy Commissioner
    NYS Department of Environmental Conservation
  As of 4/29/14

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Registration Fees

Payment must accompany registration. Registration includes all sessions;
handout materials; continental breakfast; refreshment breaks and luncheon.

Business Council Member $239 $289
Future Member $299 $319

Sponsorship Opportunities

The Conference includes a wide array of opportunities to increase your corporate presence through sponsorships and exhibits. Sign up now as a Conference Sponsor. Call 800.358.1202, or contact Maribeth Riley

 Premier $5,000   Continental Breakfast $1,200
 Gold $2,500   Refreshment Break $1,000
 Silver $2,000   Ben & Jerry's Ice Cream Break $1,000
 Luncheon $1,500   8' x 10' Exhibit Booth $ 850


Sponsorship includes:

  • Complimentary Conference Registration(s)
  • List of Participants
  • Recognition in Conference Material and Signage
  • Promotional Item in our Conference Packet
  • Company Logo Displayed at Event

Exhibit includes:

  • 8 x 10 Space
  • Six foot table; two chairs
  • One Complimentary Conference Registration Fee
  • Please indicate if you have an oversized display

Hotel Accommodations

Hilton Albany
40 Lodge Street
Albany, NY  12207

A block of rooms has been reserved for April 29, 2014. Overnight reservations should be made directly through the Hilton’s reservation system by calling the phone number below. Parking available in hotel parking garage at a discounted price of $5.00 per vehicle.

Rate $ 149
Group Code: 1BCNYS
Cut-off Date: April 14, 2014
Phone: 866.691.1183

Registration 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 full year.

For more information contact Maribeth Riley at 800.358.1202 or

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