2023 Environment Conference

November 08, 2023 - November 09, 2023

The Gideon Putnam

Saratoga Springs

Registration is now closed. Walk ins are welcomed


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Barclay Damon, LLP Logo
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Couch White Logo
Haley & Aldrich of New York Logo
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Join us November 8 – 9 in Saratoga Springs for our 2023 Annual Environment Conference! The Business Council’s 2023 Environment Conference will provide updates on key Department of Environmental Conservation program sand regulations, covering areas such as carbon emissions, water quality, remediation programs, and other current compliance topics. Presentations from DEC leaders and industry experts will offer insights into current issues affecting business operations, including PFAS standards, permit reviews, environmental justice, disadvantaged community impact analysis, and more.

Additionally, we will have a session on Assuring an Effective Cap and Trade Program with lessons learned from California and Washington. We will also preview key legislative issues for 2024.


Wednesday, November 8  
2:00 - 3:00 p.m.

Registration & Networking


3:00 p.m. Welcome
  • Kenneth Pokalsky, Vice President [BIO]
    The Business Council of New York State, Inc.
  • David Flynn, Partner [BIO]
    Phillips Lytle LLP
3:00 - 5:00 p.m.

DEC Environmental Quality Program Updates

Updates from the major environmental quality programs on new and pending regulations & policy, emerging issues, key compliance/ enforcement issues, etc.


  • Kenneth Pokalsky, Vice President [BIO]
    The Business Council of New York State, Inc.


Air Permitting and CLCPA

  • Jon Binder, Deputy Commissioner [BIO]
    Air Resources, Climate Change and Energy


  • James Tierney, Deputy Commissioner [BIO]
    Water Resources

RCRA/ Remediation

  • David Vitale, Acting Deputy Commissioner [BIO]
    Remediation and Materials Management
    New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYS DEC)


5:30 - 7:00 p.m.

Welcome Reception


Thursday, November 9  
8:00 a.m. Registration
Continental Breakfast
8:55 a.m.

Welcome and Announcements

  • Kenneth Pokalsky, Vice President [BIO]
    The Business Council of New York State, Inc.
9:00 - 9:55 a.m.

EJ and DAC Project and Permitting Practices


  • Kenneth Pokalsky, Vice President [BIO]
    The Business Council of New York State, Inc.


  • Alita Giuda, Chair, Environmental and Land Use Practice Group [BIO]
    Couch White LLP
  • Alanah Keddell-Tuckey, Director, Environmental Justice
  • Brian Noel, Manager of Consulting Services [BIO]
    Trinity Consultants
  • Dan Whitehead, Director, Environmental Permits
9:55 - 10:50 a.m.

PFAS - Standards, Permits, Source Control and Regulations


  • Berj Parseghian, Partner [BIO]
    Lippes Mathias LLP


  • Andrew Guglielmi, Director [BIO]
    Division of Environmental Remediation
  • Carol Lamb-Lafay, Director [BIO]
    Division of Water
  • David Vitale, Acting Deputy Commissioner [BIO]
    Remediation and Materials Management
10:50 - 11:05 a.m. Refreshment Break
11:05 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Brownfield/ Superfund Update


  • Thomas Walsh, Partner [BIO]
    Barclay Damon, LLP


  • Andrew Guglielmi, Director [BIO]
    Division of Environmental Remediation
12:00 - 1:15 p.m.

Luncheon & Keynote Address

NYS $4.2 Billion Clean Water, Clean Air and Green Jobs Environmental Bond Act Presentation

  • Suzanna Randall, Chief Resiliency Officer [BIO]
1:30 - 2:30 p.m.

Assuring an Effective Cap and Trade Program - Lessons Learned from California and Washington


  • David Flynn, Partner [BIO]
    Phillips Lytle LLP


  • Peter Godlewski, Government Affairs Director, Energy, Environment, and Water Policy [BIO]
    Association of Washington Business
  • Rajinder Sahota, Deputy Executive Officer - Climate Change & Research [BIO]
    California Air Resources Board
  • Mikhael Skvarla, Partner [BIO]
    CA Lobby representing California Council for Environmental and Economic Balance
  • Mitchell Walk, Head of North America Power, Gas and Emissions [BIO]
    Energy Aspects
2:30 - 2:45 p.m. Refreshment Break
2:45 - 3:30 p.m.

2024 Legislative Preview


  • John Bartow, Executive Director [BIO]
    Empire State Forest Product Association
  • Maryann McCarthy, Of Counsel [BIO]
    Brown & Weinraub, PLLC
  • Kenneth Pokalsky Vice President [BIO]
    The Business Council of New York State, Inc.
3:30 - 3:45 p.m.

Closing Remarks

  • Kenneth Pokalsky, Vice President [BIO]
    The Business Council of New York State, Inc.
  • David Flynn, Partner [BIO]
    Phillips Lytle LLP


Before 11/1/23 After 11/1/23
Member $399 $425
Non-Member $499 $525

*Single day pricing is available. Please contact Maribeth Riley at (800) 358-1202

Online registration is now closed. Walk ins are welcomed.

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 1, 2023, will not be eligible for a refund. The Business Council encourages you to send a substitute in your place if you cannot attend.



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Welcome Reception






Continental Breakfast

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Gold $3,000
Lunch (Up to Three Available)


Wine at Reception

Sold Out

Ben & Jerry's Ice Cream Break

Sold Out

Refreshment Break (One Available)


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 Gabby Lichtenberg at [email protected] or at 518.694.4471


Showcase what makes your organization among the best New York has to offer. Our exhibits will be open throughout the Conference. We build in exclusive time for attendees to mingle with exhibitors and where else can you put your product and brand in front of the state’s leading environmental voices? Nowhere! Exhibitors receive one complimentary registration, plus up to two discounted registrations. and you get access to pre-and-post Conference Attendee lists.



Standard Table $1,500

Located in the main hallway of the Conference Center


Gideon Putnam | 24 Gideon Putnam Rd, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866

If you need assistance with making a reservation, please contact Maribeth Riley at (518) 694-4468