Frustrated by the economic, environmental and social problems plaguing Long Islanders, a group of business and civic leaders, developers, environmentalists, philanthropists and civil rights advocates put their minds together and, in 1996, formed Sustainable Long Island. Seeking to ensure that all Long Islanders have access to public transportation, quality and affordable food, employment opportunities, a range of housing options, thriving downtowns, clean land, water and air, safe streets and neighborhoods, recreational opportunities, parks, community centers and a racially diverse population, this nonprofit’s mission is both undeniably worthy and daunting at the same time.
For the past several years, Sustainable Long Island has brought together our island’s brightest executives and decision makers (thankfully we are auspiciously ripe with such) for their annual sustainability conference. The 8th Sustainability Conference takes place on Friday April 4 at Carlyle on the Green at Bethpage State Park. The theme for this year’s conference is “Accomplishing More Together”. From 8 a.m. until 2 p.m. attendees will have the opportunity to take part in a variety of interactive workshops and panel discussions focusing on economic growth and development, food access and availability, healthy environment and healthy communities and seeking equity. The conference’s keynote speaker is Jon Kaiman, former town of North Hempstead supervisor and special advisor to Governor Cuomo for storm recovery on Long Island. A tasty Sustainable Samplings lunch will feature some of our best restaurants, bakeries, wineries and breweries. In addition to the scheduled speakers and workshops, there will be an exhibition hall open all day where local businesses and nonprofits will be sharing information and building new relationships. Edible East End and Edible Long Island are proud media sponsors of this event.
Full day tickets, which include access to the day’s events and a choice of one workshop, are $75. There are also lunch only tickets for $50, which include lunch plus the events afterwards (keynote address and awards).
Helen Keller once wrote, “Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much.” If you are truly interested in the future of our island, Sustainable Long Island’s Sustainability Conference is a consummate rallying point.