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 (800) 358-1202

Cancellation Policy

You may cancel your registration up to seven days prior to the event. You will be refunded, less a $75 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.




 Tuesday, November 13, 2018

 2:00 - 3:00 p.m.


 Sponsored by: American Chemistry Council

 3:00 - 5:00 p.m.














 State Regulatory Update
Change in the Air = NSR and Air Dispersion
 Modeling Update
 Richard Hamel
, Principal Consultant

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

 The Effect of China’s National Sword on 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.



 Integrating Public Policy and Wholesale Markets
 Michael DeSocio
Senior Manager, Market Design

 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.


 David P. Flynn, Esq., Partner
 Phillips Lytle LLP

 8:45 - 9:15 a.m.


 Alicia Barton, Esq., Chief Executive Officer

 9:15 - 9:30 a.m.




 Opening Keynote
 Where are We Going on the Energy Transition?
 Mila A. Buckner, Esq.
, Associate
 Hodgson Russ LLP

 9:30 - 10:30 a.m.









 Federal Energy Regulatory Commission and New York State

 Honorable Diane X. Burman, Commissioner
 NYS Public Service Commission

 Federal Energy Regulatory Commission
 Permitting Process

 Sara Mochrie, Project Manager
 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.










 New York's Renewable Energy Push
 Sponsored by: Lippes Mathias Wexler Friedman LLP

 Gene Kelly, Esq., Partner
 Harris Beach, PLLC

 Integrating Energy Policy, Infrastructure and
 Economic Development

 Dennis Elsenbeck, Head of Energy and Sustainability
 Phillips Lytle LLP

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 Dennis C. Vacco, Esq., 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

 Darren Suarez, Director of Government Affairs
 The Business Council of New York State, Inc. 

 Checking in on the Drinking Water Quality Council
Sarah Brozena, Senior Director of Health Products
 American Chemistry Council   

 Innovations in Emerging Contaminants, Site
 Assessments and Treatment Technologies

 Frank DeOrio, Senior Technical Manager
 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
Jacqueline Lendrum, Research Scientist

  HAB Action Plans, Remediation or Preventions
 Tony Eallonardo, Ph.D., SME / Technical Manager
 O'Brien & Gere




  *Invited as of 11/13/18



Mila Buckner

Mila A. Buckner, Esq.
Hodgson Russ LLP

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Martin Brand
Deputy Commissioner, Office of Remediation
and Materials Management

Frank DeOrio

Frank DeOrio
Senior Technical Manager
O'Brien & Gere


Dennis Elsenbeck

Dennis W. Elsenbeck
Head of Energy and Sustainability, Energy Consulting Services
Philips Lytle LLP


David Flynn

David P. Flynn, Esq.
Philips Lytle LLP


Richard Hamel

Richard Hamel
Principal Consultant


Yvonne Hennessey

Yvonne Hennessey, Esq.
Barclay Damon LLP

Gene Kelly

Gene Kelly
Harris Beach


Danielle Mettler

Danielle Mettler-LaFeir, Esq.
Barclay Damon LLP


Michael Ryan

Michael Ryan
Director, Division of Environmental Remediation


Basil Seggos

Basil Seggos
New York State Department of Environmental Conservation


Michael Twiss

Michael R. Twiss Ph.D.
Clarkson University


Dennis Vacco

Dennis C. Vacco, Esq.
Lippes Mathais Wexler Friedman LLP

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 [email protected] or call (800) 358-1202 for more information.


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Wine at Reception
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Continental Breakfast
Refreshment Break Sponsor
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Welcome Reception
Session Sponsor
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