Join the League of Conservation Voters for a Green Infrastructure in the Capital Region Forum

This event, taking place at Albany Law School on February 1st will feature two panel discussions of policymakers and green infrastructure experts, including representatives from the Capital District Regional Planning Commission, Cornell University’s New York State Water Resources Institute, Albany Law School, Riverkeeper, The Nature Conservancy, City of Albany, NYS Environmental Facilities Corporation, and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

Register here.

The forum will begin with breakfast at 8:00am and will feature two panel discussions from 8:30am – 12:00pm. The first panel discussion will review the role that green infrastructure has already played in Capital Region sustainable development, including the successes and challenges of specific projects. Representatives from local agencies will discuss the impact of past green infrastructure efforts and explore the ongoing work across the state.

Panel 1 Moderator:

Katherine Meierdiercks, Professor of Environmental Studies and Science, Siena College


  • Martin Daley, Environmental Planner / Project Manager, Capital District Regional Planning Commission
  • Brian Davis, Professor of Landscape Architecture, Cornell University Water Resources Institute
  • Joseph Coffey, Jr., P.E., Water Commissioner for the City of Albany
  • Keith Hirokawa, Associate Professor, Albany Law School

The second panel will shift to focus on the future of green infrastructure in the planning efforts and watershed management of the Capital Region. Conversations will focus on the roles that local government agencies, nonprofits, and businesses can play in encouraging sustainable development and taking advantage of its benefits. Panelists will discuss opportunities for green infrastructure investment and share their visions for the path forward for sustainable development.

Panel 2 Moderator:

Ruth Leistensnider, Partner in the Energy and Environment Practice, Nixon Peabody


  • Maureen Krudner, Environmental Scientist, US EPA Region 2
  • Brian Hahn, Assistant Manager of the Green Policy, Planning, and Infrastructure Unit, NYS EFC
  • Dan Shapley, Water Quality Program Director, Riverkeeper
  • Stuart Gruskin, Chief Conservation and External Affairs Officer, The Nature Conservancy

The NYLCV Education Fund has partnered with Dr. Katherine Meierdiercks, Professor of Environmental Studies and Sciences at Siena College, to issue a research paper on policy options for the Capital Region in advance of the forum. NYLCVEF educational forums bring together policymakers, advocates, business leaders and the general public for discussion on timely environmental policy issues. Join us on February 1st at 8:00am at Albany Law School to learn more about green infrastructure directly from relevant local experts. You can RSVP today to reserve your spot at the event, and please reach out to Will von Geldern at with any questions about the forum or sponsorship opportunities.

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