Posted by: Patricia Salkin | April 9, 2015

Long Island Coastal Resiliency Summit

Join planners, attorneys, government officials and others at Touro Law Center for an historic Summit on sea level rise, climate change and developing coastal resilience — from the ground up.

Long Island Coastal Resiliency Summit

First Annual Conference of the Land Use & Sustainable Development Law Institute

Thur., April 16, 2015

6 CLE credits (Professional Practice)

7.25 AICP-CM credits (including 1.75 law credits*; certification pending)

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9:00 Welcome—Dean Patricia Salkin
9:10 Assessing the Risks to the Region: Climatology & Long Island—Daniel Bader (Research Analyst at Columbia University’s Center for Climate Systems Research)
10:00 Morning Keynote—Kate Dineen (Managing Director, NY Rising Community Reconstruction Program, NY Governor’s Office of Storm Recovery)
10:30 Coffee Break
10:45 Putting the Regulatory Pieces Together: the Community Risk & Resiliency Act (CRRA), Coastal Zone Management Act, LWRPs and model local codes— Kari Gathen (NYS DOS); Mark Lowery (NYS DEC); panel commentator Sarah Adams-Schoen (Professor & Director of the Institute on Land Use & Sustainable Development Law, Touro Law Center) [*certification pending for 1.25 AICP-CM Law Credits]
12:00 Lunchtime Keynote—Michael Gerrard (Director of the Sabin Center for Climate Change Law, Columbia Law School)
1:30 Resilience is SmartGrowth: Regional Best Practices— Eric Alexander (Director, Vision Long Island); Paul Beyer (NYS DOS Director of Smart Growth Planning); Patricia Bourne (City of Long Beach Econ. Devel. Director); Jonathan Halfon (FEMA Deputy Field Coordinator, Community Planning & Capacity Building); Sarah Lansdale (Suffolk County Director of Planning); panel commentator Joseph A. Siegel (EPA Region 2 Senior Attorney)
2:50 Living Shorelines: Science and Legal Hurdles—Dr. Henry Bokuniewicz & Jay Tanski (Stony Brook University School of Marine & Atmospheric Sciences); Pamela R. Esterman (Sive Paget & Riesel, P.C.) [*certification pending for .5 AICP-CM Law Credits]
4:00 Afternoon Break
4:10                  Practical Tools Breakout Sessions
Auditorium Room 210
Increasing Resilience While Decreasing NFIP Premiums Under the CRS— John Botos (Certified Floodplain Manager, Town of East Hampton); Bill Nechamen (NYS DEC, Chief, Floodplain Manager); Crystal Tramunti (FEMA CRS Manager) New Resilience Mapping Tools—Jeff Herter (NYS DOS, Dep’t of Planning & Development); Stephen Lloyd (Senior Spatial Analysis – GIS Manager for the Nature Conservancy on Long Island); Amanda Stevens (Project Manager, NYSERDA)



*conference agenda subject to change

Touro Law extends its deep appreciation to conference Silver Sponsors the New York Sea Grant, Cashin Spinelli & Ferretti, LLC, and Cameron Engineering & Associates LLP; Conference Bronze Sponsors Sahn Ward Coschignano & Baker, PLLC and Farrell Fritz, PC; as well as cosponsors the Metro New York Chapter of the American Planning Association, the Municipal Law and Environmental Law sections of the New York State Bar Association, the New York Conference of Mayors & Municipal Officials, the Association of Towns of the State of New York, and the New York State Association of Counties.

We would also like to thank our generous Institute sponsors: Castagna Realty Co., Inc. & The Skolnick Family Charitable Trust.

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