Delaware County Sustainable Energy Symposium

Getting Green at SUNY Delhi

State University at DelhiCutting edge technologies, landscape design techniques and “Green Building” designs will be presented by “green” professionals at a daylong symposium being held at Farrell Hall at SUNY Delhi in Delhi, NY on Saturday March 8th, 2014.

The sustainable energy program will bring together key stakeholders, project developers, educational professionals and most importantly the Delaware County residents and business owners. Starting at 8:30 am and ending at 4:00 pm, the program will facilitate exchanging experiences and forging new partnerships to advance clean energy solutions for homes, public buildings and facilities, as well as the surrounding environment and landscape.

Everything “Green” All in One Place in Delaware County

Professionals will discuss:

  • How to reduce home energy usage and costs
  • Proper plant selection and energy saving methods
  • “Green Building” construction and techniques
  • Using sustainable building and landscaping materials

For the past decade Energy, Environmental Sustainability and Green Building technologies have played a major role and are changing the way we think. The Sustainable Energy Symposium is an opportunity for us to review experiences, share best practices and provide a roadmap for the future.

The three tracks in the Symposium will showcase real life working projects which can be implemented with ease using clean energy while sustaining the environment:

1)      Renewable/Clean Energy:Moderated by Dean Frazier, Commissioner, Delaware County Dept of Watershed Affairs

This track will include presentations on renewable/clean energy solutions which Incorporate Solar, Wind and Geothermal technologies. The presenters will discuss key costs and energy saving measures for local communities and homeowners to implement.

  • Alternative Energy Solutions—Wind & Solar—James Ellis, Instructor, SUNY Delhi
  • Alternative Energy Solutions—Solar Thermal—Jack Burgess, Assistant Professor, SUNY Delhi
  • Geothermal High Performance Heating & Cooling—Lloyd Hamilton, President, Verdae, LLC

2)      Sustainable Landscape

This track will include presentations on sustainable landscape designs which will enhance energy saving, provide low maintenance solutions while maintaining a healthy landscape. The presenters will discuss proper plant selection, landscape materials and water/energy conservation methods.

  • Landscaping for Energy Efficiency—Birgitta Brophy, Associate Professor, SUNY Delhi
  • Sustainable, Lowinput Solutions for Developing & Maintaining a Healthy Lawn—Benjamin McGraw, Associate Professor, Ph.D., SUNY Delhi
  • Low Maintenance Landscaping—Charles Tarrants, Ph.D., Professor, SUNY Delhi

3)      Green Building:

This track will include presentations on green building designs, techniques and energy efficiency measures. The presenters will discuss energy efficiency technologies, conservation, material selection and cost associated and suited to new and existing construction.

  • Building Envelope Performance—Floyd Vogt, Professor, SUNY Delhi
  • Residential Energy Efficiency From the Ground Up—Joseph Laquatra, Ph.D., Professor, Cornell University
  • Window & Door Performance—Peter O’Connor, Regional Sales Manager, Andersen Windows

Professional Speakers, Local Vendors and Lunch Included

The Keynote Speaker being Sridhar Samudrala, Assistant Professor, SUNY Delhi; Director, World Alliance for Decentralized Energy (WADE) will talk about Clean Energy Smart Grids & Cost Reduction Methodology and will also be moderating a panel discussion on Financial Mechanisms for Clean Energy Projects.

Michael D’Arcy, Delaware County Outreach Coordinator & Regional Energy Coach at RUPCO will review the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) Home Performance with Energy Star Programs. He will also be on hand to help those interested to fill out the Comprehensive Home Energy Assessment application right there on the spot.

Fred Krone—Consultant, Geo‐Environmental Management Solutions, LLC (GEMS) will talk about the Delaware County Energy Plan.

Other speakers include Eric Robert, Dean of Applied Sciences and Building Technologies, SUNY Delhi, and Glenn Nealis, Director, Delaware County Economic Development.

Green Symposium at a Glance

When:  Saturday March 8, 2014

Time:  8:30 – 4:00 PM

Where: Farrell Hall at SUNY Delhi in Delhi, NY

Cost:  $10.00 Registration Fee  –  Lunch is Provided

For more Information contact Kelly Blakeslee at (607) 746-8914 or email

Don’t miss this exciting green opportunity, please pre-registration is required since seating is limited It is also recommended that you bring a copy of 12-24 months of your utility usage to be applied to your NYSERDA HPwES Audit application via RUPCO

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