2019 Annual Environment Conference

November 20, 2019 - November 21, 2019

Holiday Inn 
Saratoga Springs


Register On Site


This year's conference will once again kick off with two hours of regulatory sessions followed by a Welcome Reception on Wednesday evening. The remainder of the conference taking place on Thursday, 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 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 Wednesday, November 20 and Thursday, November 21. A certificate will be sent at the completion of the conference.


Registration Information

Member Type Before 11/13/19 After 11/13/19
Business Council Member $399 $425
Non-member $499 $525


*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 13, 2019 will not be eligible for a refund. The Business Council encourages you to send a substitute in your place if you cannot attend.



Wednesday, November 20, 2019

2:00 - 3:00 p.m.


Sponsored by: American Chemistry Council

3:00 - 5:00 p.m.










State Regulatory Update



  • NOx Controls
    Steve Flint, Director, Division of Air Resources
  • Regulation of Emerging Contaminants in Drinking Water
    Roger Sokol, Ph.D.
    Director Division of Environmental Health Protection

    NYS Department of Health
  • Solid Waste Revisions
    David Vitale, Director, Division of Materials Management
    NYS  DEC
  • Hazardous Waste
    Michael Ryan, Director, Division of Environment Remediation

5:00 - 5:30 p.m.




  • 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.


Thursday, November 21, 2019

7:30 - 8:30 a.m.



Sponsored by: American Chemistry Council

Continental Breakfast
Sponsored by: Harris Beach, PLLC

8:30 - 8:45 a.m.





  • What is the Climate Leadership and Community
    Protection Act (CLCPA)
    David P. Flynn, Esq., Partner
    Phillips Lytle LLP

8:45 - 9:15 a.m.



Opening Speaker

  • Julie Tighe, President
    New York League of Conservation Voters

9:15 - 9:35 a.m.




  • Amanda Lefton
    First Assistant Secretary for Energy and the
    Environment, New York State Executive Chamber

9:35 - 10:30 a.m.











What Does the CLCPA Mean for Natural Gas


  • Kenneth Lynch, Director Strategic Growth Initiatives 
    OBG Now Part of Ramboll


  • Natural Gas Utility 
    Donna DeCarolis, President
    National Fuel Gas Distribution Corporation
  • Role of Natural Gas in transition to CLCPA
    Thomas Lynch, Strategic Advisor
    Empire Advocates
  • Update on Pipeline Siting
    Yvonne Hennessey, Esq., Partner
    Barclay Damon, LLP

10:30 - 10:50 a.m.



Keynote Speaker

  • Peter Olmsted, Chief of Staff

10:50 - 11:05 a.m.


Refreshment Break

Sponsored by: GLOBALFOUNDRIES U.S. Inc.

11:05 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.









Electric Power under the CLCPA



  • Zeryai Hagos, Deputy Director, Office of Markets 
    and Innovation, NYS Department of Public Service
  • Noah Shaw, Partner 
    Hodgson Russ, LLP
  • Darren Suarez, Manager of Public and Government Affairs
    Boralex, Inc.

12:00 - 1:30 p.m.




Sponsored by: Barclay Damon LLP

Luncheon Keynote

  • Sean Mahar, Chief of Staff to Commissioner Basil Seggos
    NYS Department of Environmental Conservation

1:30 - 2:30 p.m.











Role of Carbon Offsets and Renewable Gas


  • Joseph W. Fosket, Esq., Director of Government Affairs
    The Business Council


  • Forestry and Carbon Sinks
    Robert Malmsheimer, PhD, JD, Associate Chair,
    and Professor of Forestry Policy Law
  • Jared Synder, Deputy Commissioner, Office of Air Resources,
    Climate Change and Energy
  • Gas Alternatives
    Donald Chahbazpour, Director, Gas Utility of the Future
    National Grid
2:30 - 2:45 p.m. Ben & Jerry's Ice Cream Break
Sponsored by: O'Brien & Gere
2:45 - 3:45 p.m.

New York's Economy with Carbon Reductions - 
Do Current Businesses have a Future?



  • Todd Baldyga, Director of Industrial and Agricultural Programs
  • Dennis Elsenbeck, Head of Energy and Sustainability
    Phillips Lytle LLP

  • Kenneth Pokalsky, Vice President
    The Business Council of NYS, Inc.

3:45 p.m. Conclusion



Sponsorship Opportunities

Premier Sold Out
Silver $2,500
"Pub Crawl" $2,500
Lunch (Only 1 Left)  $2,000
Wine at Reception Sold Out
Refreshment Break   $1,500


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.

Event Sponsors

Premier Sponsor




Holiday Inn Saratoga Springs
232 Broadway
Saratoga Springs, NY 12866
Driving Directions

Hotel Reservations

Holiday Inn

232 Broadway
Saratoga Springs, NY 12866

Overnight reservations should be made directly with the Holiday Inn Saratoga Springs. 

Rate: $119
Cut-off Date: October 30, 2019
Group Code: BUS
Phone: 518-584-4550
Online: Click Here and use group code BUS