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Monday, May 8 • 8:45am - 10:15am
Opening Plenary: “Show Us the Money”—Momentous Federal Funding and the New Congress

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Rohit Aggarwala, Commissioner and Chief Climate Officer, NYC Department of Environmental Protection

PANEL: "Show Us the Money"—Momentous Federal Funding and the New Congress (9:25-10:15am)
This high-level panel explores the current state of federal legislation, the distribution of funding to states, the role of the states, how funding makes its way to sustainability, renewable energy, and resilience projects and local communities, and what to look for in the years ahead. Continuing the discussion from last spring’s Waterfront Conference on federal funding, speakers will cover the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, Justice40, the Inflation Reduction Act, New York and New Jersey State funding, and other federal programs.

Speakers: Lisa Flavia Garcia, Col. Matthew W. Luzzatto, Laurie Schoeman, Dr. Rachel Silverstein.
Moderator: Kathy Robb

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Rohit "Rit" Aggarwala

Commissioner and Chief Climate Officer, NYC Department of Environmental Protection
Rohit T. “Rit” Aggarwala is a widely recognized expert on urban sustainability, technology, and mobility. He led the creation of the Mayor’s Office of Long-Term Planning and Sustainability under Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg, founded the environmental grantmaking program at Bloomberg... Read More →
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Lisa Garcia

Regional Administrator, US Environmental Protection Agency - Region 2
Lisa Flavia Garcia serves as regional administrator for EPA’s Region 2 office covering New Jersey, New York, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands and eight federally recognized Indian Nations. Lisa is an environmental lawyer who has advocated for environmental and climate justice... Read More →
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Col. Matthew W. Luzzatto

Commander and District Engineer, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
Colonel Matthew W. Luzzatto assumed command of USACE, New York District, on June 25, 2020. He is responsible for the Corps’ water resource development, navigation, and regulatory activities in northeastern New Jersey, eastern and south-central New York State (including the New York... Read More →
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Kathy Robb

Founder and Principal, Robb Water Partners LLC
Kathy Robb is a nationally-recognized environmental lawyer in water and the founder of Robb Water Partners LLC, a water policy and law consultancy, and a founding director of BlueCommons, Inc., a nonprofit revolving fund establishing a national community Blue Bank to support sustainable... Read More →
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Laurie Schoeman

Senior Advisor for Climate Resilience, Executive Office of the President, The White House, Council on Environmental Quality
Laurie Schoeman is the senior advisor on climate resilience to the White House Executive Office of the President’s Council for Environmental Quality. She most recently served as the director of climate and sustainability for Enterprise Community Investment.  Laurie is a deeply... Read More →
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Rachel Silverstein

Executive Director, Miami Waterkeeper
Dr. Rachel Silverstein, a lifelong clean water enthusiast, serves as equal parts investigator, scientist, educator, and legal advocate, functioning as the public spokesperson for our watershed and protecting your right to clean water. As Miami Waterkeeper executive director and Waterkeeper... Read More →

Monday May 8, 2023 8:45am - 10:15am EDT
Safra Hall (1st Floor)