Land Use and Sustainability Symposium

Albany Pine Bush Preserve – May 4, 2018


9:30 Welcome
– Carlos Balsas, Dep. of Geography and Planning, University at Albany & Keith Hirokawa, Albany Law School
9:40 Albany Pine Bush Preserve
– An Introduction – Neil Gifford, Albany Pine Bush Preserve, Albany
10:00 Assessing Cultural Ecosystems Services: A Cazenovia Lake Case Study
– Richard Smardon, Dept. of Environmental Studies, and Jocelyn Gavitt, Department of Landscape Architecture, State University of New York ESF, Syracuse
10:30 Constructing Sustainability: A Hudson River Region Story
– Rik Scarce, Sociology Dep., Skidmore College, Saratoga Springs
11:00 Coffee-break
11:15 Urban Watersheds, Land-use Change, and Water Resources: A Case Study in the Ipswich River Watershed (MA)
– Robert Ryan, Dep. of Landscape Architecture and regional Planning, University of Massachusetts, Amherst
11:45 Measuring Sustainability Using Social Media Data: Land Use and Public Health Outcomes in New York – Justin Hollander, Dep. of Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning, Tufts University, Medford
12:15 Sense of place and the “insider” approach to environmental law – Keith Hirokawa, Albany Law School, Albany
12:45 Lunch at the Discovery Center
1:30 Guided tour of the Albany Pine Bush Preserve (hike of a preserve’s trail)
3:30 Research Agenda Roundtable: Local, Regional and National Hot Topics
– Maria Ellen Mallia, Office of Sustainability, University at Albany – Todd Fabozzi, Capital District Regional Planning Commission, Colonie
– Mathias Vuille, Department of Atmospheric and Environmental Sciences, University at Albany
4:30 Closing Session – Carlos Balsas, University at Albany & Keith Hirokawa, Albany Law School

EVENT’S INFORMATION: Date – Friday, May 4 2018; time – 9:30 a.m. – 4:45 p.m.; venue – Albany Pine Bush Preserve; address: 195 New Karner Rd #1, Albany, NY 12205; telephone: (518) 456-0655; registration & tickets – Eventbrite Land Use and Sustainability Symposium
Note: Space is very limited, please RSVP by registering before 4.27.2018. Thanks! Organization – University at Albany (Dep. of Geography and Planning) & Albany Law School (Environmental Law); sponsorship – University at Albany – Albany Law School Collaboration Seminar and Conference Fund. Note: Coffee-break, lunch and bus round transportation between UAlbany/Albany Law and the Albany Pine Bus Preserve provided at no cost to attendees. Pick-up locations are the Collins Circle bus stop (8:45 a.m.) at UAlbany and Holland Ave & Notre Dame Dr (9:05 a.m.) at Albany Law, Alb. Pine Bush (4:40 p.m.).

SYNOPSIS: Symposium featuring scholars on land use, environmental planning and sustainability in Upstate New York and Massachusetts. Talks in the morning; guided tour and hike of a preserve’s trail; followed by a roundtable panel discussion in the afternoon. Goal: Hear from experts, discuss regional developments, and identify future research opportunities.

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