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2014 Community Salute to the Environment

Save the Date: Sept 30th CEI's Annual Community Salute to the Environment

The Center for Environmental Initiatives (CEI) is hosting its 40th Annual Community Salute to the Environment on Tuesday, September 30th 2014. Come join us to celebrate CEI's 40th Anniversary, our Environmental Award recipients and our ambitious new Genesee RiverWatch initiative.

Date: Tuesday, September 30th 2014

Time: 5:30pm to 9:00pm

Place: La Luna Italian Restaurant and Banquet Center; 60 Browns Race, Rochester, NY 14614 at High Falls

The Community Salute is CEI's main fundraiser and your support will further the work of the organization to protect the environment in the Greater Rochester and Finger Lakes region. This event is considered the area's premier environmental networking opportunity with up to 200 individuals in attendance from government, business and industry, civic and environmental groups, professionals and concerned citizens.

Agenda:

• Exhibits from local environmental service and product vendors

• Networking cocktail hour

• Dinner

• Community Environmental Leadership / Excellence awards

• Featured topic is a film entitled: Restoring the Genesee River

Join those who have already signed on as Sponsors (see below):

Online Sponsor Registration
Download Sponsor Registration

Individual Registration:

Online Individual Registration
Download Individual Registration

Sponsors:

Great lakes ($2,000):

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Finger Lakes ($1,000):

BigCityLogoMayorWarren

stantec logo

 


nixonpeabody2

 

 

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Pathfinder Logo

 

UofR

 

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Genesee River ($500):

 Liz

Kodak 

 

Golisano

WilliamHallahan

Erie Canal ($250):

Underberg Kessler

paradigm

CanandaiguaBank 

Michael Haugh

 

 

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larsen engineers

Ravi 

Waterway ($100):

WDI Logo - 12

Passero

 

HALTT Sales

Day2

swbr-associates

SJB

 

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CEI Awards for Environmental Excellence Your Nomination Will Help Us Recognize Our Region's Environmental Leaders

Nomination deadline for both awards: extended to September 1, 2014. See applications below.

Elizabeth Thorndike Environmental Leadership Award:

Award Description:

Two awards may be given each year to an individual(s) or organization(s) located in the nine-county Greater Rochester and Finger Lakes Region:

1. whose work, on behalf of the environment, has been influential in mobilizing other organizations, community agencies and individuals for effective environmental change; or

2. whose work as a volunteer on behalf of The Center for Environmental Initiatives has significantly aided CEI in its mission of "Working for the environmental protection and enhanced quality of life in the Greater Rochester and Finger Lakes region through education, collaboration and informed action".

Download Elizabeth Thorndike Award Nomination Form

Or

Download Elizabeth Thorndike Award Nomination Form (fillable)

CEI Awards for Environmental Excellence:

Award Description:

These awards are given annually to organizations in the defined categories which demonstrate an outstanding commitment to the environment by implementing effective changes in such areas as internal processes, product and service designs, marketing initiatives and educational programs. Firms must be located in the nine county Greater Rochester and Finger Lakes Region. Nominators are requested to provide the specific and quantifiable results of these changes wherever possible.

• Buildings Sector. Developers, architects, engineers, contractors, materials suppliers, materials researchers and owners involved in the construction of public and private buildings. (All buildings are included in this category whether constructed by public, NGO, educational or business/manufacturing organizations)

• Public Sector. Organizations directly funded by taxpayers other than educational institutions.

• NGO/Education Sector. Not-for-profit organizations and educational institutions.

• Business/Manufacturing Sector. For-profit service, manufacturing or agricultural organizations in two categories:

o 1-99 employees or volunteers, not counting seasonal staff.

o 100 or more employees or volunteers, not counting seasonal staff

Download CEI Award Nomination Form

Or

Download CEI Award Nomination Form (fillable)

2013 Community Salute to the Environment

The Center for Environmental Initiatives hosted its 39th annual Community Salute to the Environment on Monday, November 19th, at Louise Slaughter Hall on the RIT campus.

Please click to download a copy of the event program.

Welcome! 
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Presented by Nabil Nasr, Director, Golisano Institute for Sustainability and CIMS, President of CEI

130 attendees with interests that included environmental sustainability, regional economic growth and business development had the opportunity to network and speak with a range of exhibitors at the reception. The Salute dinner was hosted by Nabil Nasr, Director of the Golisano Institute for Sustainability/CIMS, and current CEI President. Dinner was followed by presentation of the 2013 Elizabeth Thorndike Environmental Leadership Award and CEI Awards for Environmental Excellence. (See below).

Keynote: Clean Energy Development and Finance
Kauffman

Richard L. Kauffman, Chairman of Governor Cuomo's Energy Finance Sub-Cabinet and Chairman of the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA)

Mr. Kauffman discussed energy development and finance in the public and private sector. He called on his extensive experience in investing in renewable energy and energy efficiency technologies. His private sector management experience with Good Energies, Inc. added another perspective that enhanced his presentation.

Announcing the new Genesee RiverWatch Initiative!
LizPic Elizabeth Thorndike, Cornell University, CEI's founder, described the waters of the Genesee River, its tributaries and Lake Ontario as a key regional asset essential to the economic vitality of the Finger Lakes region. But warned that our region's waters are not healthy. Please click to download a .pdf of her slide show.
She pointed to these problems:
  • Algae
  • Sediment
  • Stressed fisheries
  • Threatened drinking water
  • Beach closings
  • Over 30 streams listed as impaired by the NYS DEC
  • Genesee River under-used by public
  • Few river-based businesses
  • No users = No interest
And these causes:
  • The biggest threats to our region’s waters are excess nutrients coming from fertilizer, manure, home septic systems, food processing by-products and discharges from older wastewater plants.
  • Additional threats include sediment runoff from fields, roads and housing as well as non-point source chemical and solid wastes.
  • Capitalizing on our region’s major agricultural and food processing opportunities will place additional pressure on water quality.  At the same time, the need to responsibly dispose of animal and process waste increases farmer and food processor costs and limits expansion opportunities.
She further stated that: 

Existing water quality organizations are fragmented and limited by geography and/or functional responsibility.  A “system approach” is required.

The Genesee RiverWatch is providing that approach

CEI’s Genesee RiverWatch mission:

    • Develop regional partnerships to identify and prioritize restoration options and leverage the full influence and capacity of the region.
    • Promote public interest and active involvement in the health of the watershed and in projects that will improve water quality and use of the rivers.
  • Monitor and publish water quality information using “report cards” on the watersheds that will promote fact-based decision making.
    • Attract project funding from foundations, agencies and individuals interested in water quality and reassured in the strength of a coordinated regional program.
  • Harness advanced technology to solve critical problems by monitoring, identifying and promoting solutions that can make clean water a profitable activity.
    • Advocate for appropriate regulation and compliance using education and collaboration as the preferred tools. 

To support the Genesee RiverWatch or obtain more information, contact:

Center for Environmental Initiatives (www.ceinfo.org)

George Thomas, Executive Director, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , (585) 233-6086

Awards:

CEI Elizabeth Thorndike Environmental Leadership Award

This award is given each year to an individual or organization(s) located in the nine-county Greater Rochester and Finger Lakes Region whose work on behalf of the environment has been influential in mobilizing other organizations, community agencies, and individuals for effective environmental change; or as a volunteer on behalf of CEI who has significantly aided CEI in attaining its mission. (Presented by William Hallahan, Nazareth College and Secretary, CEI Board of Directors)

Kristy LaManche, Finger Lakes-Lake Ontario Watershed Protection Alliance
Kristy Kristy LaManche has been the Program Coordinator for the Finger Lakes-Lake Ontario Watershed Protection Alliance since 2008. She has faced a constant series of challenges during that time but has managed to keep the organization in a strong financial position, which in turn allowed the 25 member counties the opportunity to implement practices and programs to conserve water and soil resources within the watershed. Kristy has worked to build relationships and partnerships with statewide environmental organizations to support EPF funding and programs of mutual benefit to the organization and its members.
Jessica Slaybaugh, CEI and Sierra Club Volunteer
Jessica Jessica Slaybaugh is a long time volunteer for the local chapter of the Sierra Club and more recently for CEI. She has generously provided her graphic design expertise to assist both organizations in getting their message out with the creation of excellent communications materials. An important part of many environmental organizations' mission is to create educational and outreach materials that covey what they want to say in a clear and concise manner. Jessica's generous support of our organization has helped CEI meet its mission.

CEI Environmental Excellence Award

These awards are given annually to organizations or individuals that demonstrate an outstanding commitment to the environment by implementing effective changes in such areas as internal processes, product and service designs, marketing initiatives and education al programs. (Presented by Michael Storonsky, Stantec Consulting Services, CEI Board Member)

Angelo Natale – Buildings Category
Angelo Natale built the first Certified Green Development in New York: Rivera Greens. It is located in Clarence, New York and all of the homes are built to exceed Energy Star 3.0 and incorporate geothermal and solar technologies. Angelo did not receive any tax breaks and built this development green because it was the right thing to do. He donated 50% of the land as green space and incorporated a windmill to power the streetlights. There is also a 5 acre, maintained walking path for residents.
Jim Smith – Public Sector Category
Smith Jim Smith has been the Supervisor of the Town of Perinton for over 25 years, which has been cited as a "Top 100 Best Place to Live in America" (Money Magazine) and a "Model Community" (Rochester Democrat and Chronicle). This is a reflection in part of Jim's leadership in environmental conservation planning, including innovative open space and agricultural preservation programs, outstanding parks and trail system (designated a Trail Town USA by the National Park Service and American Hiking Society), and diversity of housing, commerce and industry.
Elizabeth Pixley – NGO/Educator Category
Pixley Elizabeth Pixley has been involved with the Living in Harmony organization since its founding in 2002. They have been committed to exploring ways to reduce the human footprint on our planet. Their focus is primarily educational with monthly meetings focused on events such as environmental documentary films and invited speakers. Elizabeth has been the spokesperson for this organization and the catalyst for many of their initiatives and events.
June Summers – NGO/Educator Category
June Summers June Summers has worked for decades to educate and preserve the environment without public recognition for her contributions. She worked both at an administrative capacity as well as led cleanups, nature walks, nature study field trips and communicated to members about local environmental issues. She has demonstrated a long-term, active commitment to environmental protection and to public education on environmental issues, particularly to habitat and species conservation.
Harris Corporation – Large Business Category
Harris Corp The Harris Corporation has established Sustainability Teams that have developed and implemented recycling programs with plans to measure success; an HVAC savings plan; programs to reduce Styrofoam consumption, an initiative to provide cell phones for soldiers, and a program to reduce energy consumption of lights. They have also participated in the Rochester Clean Sweep program for the past two years plus the Turning Point Park Cleanup. They are providing input to their Jefferson Road building construction with plans for sustainability.

NOTE: These awards given today were created by Scott Grove. They are made from wood reclaimed from a felled tree at the University of Rochester.

 Award

Sponsors:

Great lakes ($2,000):

Finger Lakes ($1,000):

stantec logo

Pathfinder Logo

RGE V_Negative_RGB_rounded

UofR

Genesee River ($500):

City Richards Stack 287 logo

WoodsOviatt

oconnell

Golisano

 

nixonpeabody2

SED Vert_Logo_Glow  

WilliamHallahan

 larsen engineers

Erie Canal ($250):

Leader

paradigm

KnaufShawLLP liz

Underberg Kessler

Waterway ($100):

HALTT Sales  

Experienced Bricks

WDI Logo - 12

 mccullaghcoffee misc names

More information about our Awards:

CEI Awards for Environmental Excellence Your Nomination Will Help Us Recognize Our Region's Environmental Leaders

Elizabeth Thorndike Environmental Leadership Award:

Award Description:

Two awards may be given each year to an individual(s) or organization(s) located in the nine-county Greater Rochester and Finger Lakes Region:

1. whose work, on behalf of the environment, has been influential in mobilizing other organizations, community agencies and individuals for effective environmental change; or

2. whose work as a volunteer on behalf of The Center for Environmental Initiatives has significantly aided CEI in its mission of "Working for the environmental protection and enhanced quality of life in the Greater Rochester and Finger Lakes region through education, collaboration and informed action".


CEI Awards for Environmental Excellence:

Award Description:

These awards are given annually to organizations in the defined categories which demonstrate an outstanding commitment to the environment by implementing effective changes in such areas as internal processes, product and service designs, marketing initiatives and educational programs. Firms must be located in the nine county Greater Rochester and Finger Lakes Region. Nominators are requested to provide the specific and quantifiable results of these changes wherever possible.

• Buildings Sector. Developers, architects, engineers, contractors, materials suppliers, materials researchers and owners involved in the construction of public and private buildings. (All buildings are included in this category whether constructed by public, NGO, educational or business/manufacturing organizations)

• Public Sector. Organizations directly funded by taxpayers other than educational institutions.

• NGO/Education Sector. Not-for-profit organizations and educational institutions.

• Business/Manufacturing Sector. For-profit service, manufacturing or agricultural organizations in two categories:

o 1-99 employees or volunteers, not counting seasonal staff.

o 100 or more employees or volunteers, not counting seasonal staff

 

2012 Community Salute to the Environment

The Center for Environmental Initiatives hosted its 38th annual Community Salute to the Environment on Monday, December 3rd, at Louise Slaughter Hall on the RIT campus.

Wearing safety hats due to on-going construction, participants enjoyed the first tours of the new $38 million home of the Golisano Institute for Sustainability, on track to meet LEED Platinum certification.

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Leecia Eve, NYS Deputy Secretary to the Governor for Economic Development, gave the keynote address on "Economic Development and Environmental Protection," bringing listeners up-to-date on State government plans for regional development and, notably, on issues surrounding Hurricane Sandy reconstruction.

Download our program!


A big thank you to our 2012 Sponsors!

Finger Lakes ($1,000):

Pathfinder Logo

Golisano

stantec

UofR

WilliamHallahan


Genesee River ($500):

City Richards Stack 287 logo

nixonpeabody2

Sunnking-Logo

swbr-associates

WoodsOviatt


Erie Canal ($250):

KnaufShawLLP larsen engineers paradigm

Underberg Kessler

wegmans


Waterway ($100):

Elsa Bretherton

Energy Solutions USA Inc.

Energy Solutions

 

Robert Trouskie

Workforce Development Institute

WDI Logo - 12

Kevin Flynn

Beverly Hafner

Jason Leone

Georgiana Prince

HALTT Sales

Sharon Scott

Michael Storonsky

Elizabeth Thorndike

James C. White


Awards

CEI's annual Elizabeth Thorndike Environmental Leadership Award is named for the organization's founder and was presented to individuals whose work on behalf of the environment has been influential in mobilizing others to implement effective environmental change:

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Sally Howard received the award for her work with the Federation of Monroe County Environmentalists and CEI's EPA-funded Community Action for a Renewed Environment (CARE) project. (Presented by William Hallahan of Nazareth College/Secretary, CEI board).

 

 

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Sandra Frankel, former Brighton Town Supervisor, was recognized for numerous achievements that have improved the quality of the Brighton environment including development of town parks and the Green Brighton Task Force, among others. (Presented by William Hallahan of Nazareth College/Secretary, CEI board).


The newly-created CEI Environmental Excellence Awards are given in several categories to recognize organizations that actually implement effective changes to improve environmental performance.

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SWBR Architects
, represented by David J. Beinetti and Liesel Schwarz, won in the Buildings category for their LEED certified design of buildings at Nazareth College, SUNY Brockport and RIT as well as numerous other sustainability initiatives. (Presented by Michael P. Storonsky of Stantec Consulting Services Inc./CEI board member).


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Dr. Fehmi Damkaci of SUNY Oswego was recognized under the NGO/Education category for organizing the GENIUS Olympiad which engages high school students in a competition to solve a wide range of environmental problems. (Presented by Michael P. Storonsky of Stantec Consulting Services Inc./CEI board member).


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Sunnking, Inc.
, represented by Duane Beckett & Michelle Read, received the Small Business award for founding and growing a profitable and industry-leading business based on selective recycling of electronic equipment. (Presented by Michael P. Storonsky of Stantec Consulting Services Inc./CEI board member).


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Rochester Midland Corporation, represented by Owen Foster and Newton Green, received the Large Business award for RMC's strategic focus on improving the environment including, among other efforts, developing "green" products, consulting with customers to further their green goals and creating the Sustainability Network to exchange ideas for profitable and sustainable practices. (Presented by Michael P. Storonsky of Stantec Consulting Services Inc./CEI board member).

Award

 

The awards given were created by Scott Grove.
The base is made from reclaimed wood and the
tree is made from recycled glass provided by
Monroe Industries.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Past Events

 

2011

Realistic Environmental Expectations in a World of Economic Upheaval
Kevin Surace, Chairman and CEO of Serious Energy

View Program

2010

Great Lakes Off-Shore Wind Project
Richard Kessel, President, New York Power Authority

View Program

2009

Lake Ontario Water Quality - Advances and Opportunities
Dr. Joseph C. Makarewicz, Distinguished Service Professor, SUNY Brockport

View Program

2008

Hydrogen: Fuel for Thought
Dr. Thomas E. Drennen, Sandia National Laboratories and Hobart and William Smith Colleges
and Barbara S. Moore, General Motors Corporation

2007

Climate Change Forecast for Upstate New York
Dr. Arthur DeGaetano, Director, Northeast Regional Climate Center, Cornell University

2006

Climate Change in a Carbon Constrained Future
Peter R. Smith, President & CEO, New York State Energy Research and Development Authority

2005

Ending the Energy Stalemate: A Bipartisan Strategy to Meet America’s Energy Challenges
Paul W. Bledsoe, Director of Communications and Strategy for the National Commission on Energy Policy

2004

Acid Rain: Unfinished Business
Dr. Gene Likens, National Medal of Science Honoree

 

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