2021 Annual Environment Conference | Building the Green Economy of Tomorrow

November 09, 2021 - November 10, 2021

The Gideon Putnam 

Saratoga Springs


This year’s Conference will once again kick off with two hours of regulatory sessions followed by a Welcome Reception on Tuesday evening. The remainder of the conference taking place on Wednesday, will still bring together experts from both the private and public sectors to interact and share the latest information relevant to environmental issues in New York State. In addition to 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 9, and Wednesday, November 10. A certificate will be sent at the completion of the conference.


We will be following all applicable federal, state, and local regulations and guidelines. Currently, that means we will be applying the CDC Guidelines for areas of high transmission, which requires that all attendees, regardless of vaccination status, wear a mask indoors except when eating or drinking, as well as practice social distancing when possible. If guidelines change, we will keep you up to date on our revised policies.


Tuesday, November 9    
2:00 - 3:00 p.m.

Sponsored by: American Chemistry Council

3:00 - 5:00 p.m.


  • Joseph Foskett, Esq. [BIO]
    Director of Government Affairs
    The Business Council of New York State, Inc.

State Regulatory Update

  • Christopher M. LaLone, P.E. [BIO]
    Director, Division of Air Resources 
  • Carol Lamb-Lafay, P.E. [BIO]
    Assistant Division Director, Division of Water
  • Scott E. Sheeley [BIO]
    Chief Permit Administrator, Division of Environmental Permits
  • David Vitale [BIO]
    Director, Division of Materials Management 
    New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYSDEC)
5:00 - 5:30 p.m. 

Meet the New Administration


  • WIlliam M. Flynn, Esq. [BIO]
    Harris Beach, PLLC


  • John O' Leary [BIO]
    Deputy Secretary for Energy
    Office of Governor Kathy C. Hochul
  • Jessica Waldorf [BIO]
    Acting Deputy Secretary for Environment
    Office of Governor Kathy C. Hochul
5:30 - 6:30 p.m.

Welcome Reception 
Wine sponsored by:
D&B Engineers & Architects, P.C.



Wednesday, November 10      
7:30 - 8:30 a.m.

Sponsored by: American Chemistry Council

Continental Breakfast
Sponsored by: Harris Beach, PLLC

8:30 - 9:00 a.m.


  • Joseph Foskett, Esq. [BIO]
    Director of Government Affairs
    The Business Council of New York State, Inc.


  • Honorable Carrie Woerner, AD 113 [BIO]
    New York State Assembly
9:00 - 10:00 a.m.

The New Circular Economy


  • John Bartow [BIO]
    Executive Director
    Empire State Forest Products Association 


  • Dereth Glance [BIO]
    Executive Director 
    Onondaga County Resource Recovery Agency 
  • Peter Saltonstall [BIO]
    Treleaven Wines
  • Gretchen Spear [BIO]
    Regional Government Relations Manager
    International Paper
10:00 - 11:00 a.m. 

Electrifying Transportation 


  • Adam Ruder [BIO]
    Assistant Director, Clean Transportation


  • Dennis Elsenbeck [BIO]
    Chief Sustainability Officer
    Viridi Parente, Inc. 
  • Jake Navarro [BIO]
    Director, Clean Transportation Products
    National Grid
  • Schuyler Poukish [BIO]
    Principal Partner / Owner
    Livingston Energy Group
11:00 - 11:15 a.m. 

Refreshment Break 

11:15 a.m. - 12:15 p.m. 

Implementing the CLCPA 

  • Carl J. Mas [BIO]
    Director, Energy and Environmental Analysis
12:15 - 1:30 p.m 


  • Honorable Paul D. Tonko (D-NY20) [BIO]
    United States House of Representatives
    Member, House Energy and Commerce Committee
    Chair, House Subcommittee on Environment and Climate Change
1:30 - 2:30 p.m.

Let's Play Jeopardy... and the Topic is Brownfields


  • Ian A. Shavitz [BIO]
    Partner, Team Leader - Environment & Energy
    Lippes Mathias LLP


  • Fred Arcuri [BIO]
    Community Development Specialist
    Corning Incorporated 
  • Martin L. Doster [BIO]
    Chief Operating Officer, Senior Environmental Advisor
    Lippes Mathias LLP 
  • Andrew O. Guglielmi, Esq. [BIO]
    Chief, Remediation Bureau, Office of General Counsel
    New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYSDEC)
2:30 - 2:45 p.m. 

Ben & Jerry's Ice Cream Break
Sponsored by: National Grid

2:45 - 3:45 p.m.

Why Hydrogen Must be Part of New York's Decarbonization Strategy


  • David P. Flynn [BIO]
    Phillips Lytle LLP


  • Tristan Brown [BIO]
    Associate Professor of Energy Resource Economics
    SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry
  • Tony LaRusso [BIO]
    Project Director
    National Grid
  • Kristine Wiley [BIO]
    Director, Hydrogen Technology Center
4:00 p.m.  Conclusion     
Additional speakers to be announced.

Electric Car Ride & Drive Event

We are excited to announce an electric vehicle ride and drive event will be held at the Environment Conference this year! Conference attendees will be able to sign up to test drive electric vehicles including a Tesla Model 3 and Model Y and a Mustang MACH-E. The showcase will take place on November 10, from 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm.

Registration Information

Member Type Before 11/09/21 After 11/09/21
Business Council Member $399 $425
Non-member  $499 $525

Register Here

*Single Day Pricing is available. Please call Conference Development at 800-358-1202

Cancellation & Refund Policy: You may cancel your registration up to seven days prior to the event. You will be refunded, less a $75 processing fee. Cancellations received after November 2, 2021 will not be eligible for a refund. The Business Council encourages you to send a substitute in your place if you cannot attend.

Sponsorship Opportunities

Premier Sold Out
Gold $3,000
Silver $2,500
Registration Sold Out
Lunch (Two Co-Sponsorships Available) $2,000
Welcome Reception  $2,000


Continental Breakfast Sold Out
Wine at Reception Sold Out
Ben & Jerry's Ice Cream  Sold Out
Refreshment Break (Two Available) $1,500
Session $1,000

Included with your Sponsorship:

  •  Complimentary Conference Registration(s)
  •  Post-conference List of Participants
  •  Company logo displayed on website prior to event as well as outgoing emails promoting the event
  •  Company logo displayed at event
  •  Gold and Premier sponsorships include additional registrations and/or benefits

To become a sponsor, contact Maribeth Riley at [email protected] or at 518.465.7511

Event Sponsors

Premier Sponsor

Phillips Lytle LLP Image


National Fuel
American Chemistry Council
D&B Engineers and Architects
Harris Beach PLLC
National Grid

Hotel Reservations

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: November 5, 2021
Go to www.gideonputnam.com and enter date of stay, select "group code" option and enter 9NF7IY as the code.
Or call (866)746-1077 to make reservations by phone.