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Track C: Sustainability and Resilience [clear filter]
Monday, May 8

10:45am EDT

How to Get to 80X50 – Understanding N.J.’s Aggressive Mitigation Commitments
Meeting the goal of reducing carbon dioxide equivalent emissions to 80% below their 2006 levels by 2050 is an important, yet difficult accomplishment. From setting aggressive clean energy commitments to enhancing support for solar and offshore wind, creating unprecedented cross-jurisdictional cooperation, and centering the state’s most vulnerable communities, New Jersey is taking bold action to address climate change. This panel will explore the state’s recent mitigation commitments, policies, and investments and how these can be a model for the rest of the country.

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Sean D. Moriarty

Deputy Commissioner, New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection
Sean Moriarty serves as deputy commissioner for legal, regulatory and legislative affairs to Commissioner Shawn M. LaTourette of the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection. Sean leads DEP’s internal legal team and serves as its general counsel on all matters of regulatory... Read More →
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David Pringle

Principal Consultant, Clean Water Action
David Pringle is a veteran public interest advocate, campaign strategist and community organizer. Serving over 20 years as its N.J. campaign director and for the past five years as a consultant, he’s been in the forefront with Clean Water Action helping win precedent-setting environmental... Read More →
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Marcus Sibley

Environmental & Climate Justice Committee Chair, NAACP N.J. State Conference
Marcus Sibley, MSW is an environmental and social justice activist with a deep and profound commitment to equity, progress, and accessibility to clean water, clean air, and clean and safe community spaces. The Newark, New Jersey native began as a family therapist, following receiving... Read More →
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Daniel Sieger

Head of Development, Community Offshore Wind
Daniel is Community Offshore Wind’s head of development. He leads the development work stream overseeing permitting, marine affairs, and stakeholder relations.  Daniel is currently a project development director with RWE Offshore America, where he is responsible for overseeing... Read More →

Monday May 8, 2023 10:45am - 11:45am EDT
Room 115 (1st Floor)

2:00pm EDT

On Track for More Marine Plastic than Fish by 2050
Plastic use has increased dramatically over the past twenty years. The United States is one of the world's largest consumers of plastics and produces more plastic waste than any other country. Plastic bag bans in New York and New Jersey are steps in the right direction, but more is required at the local, state, and federal levels to tackle this monumental issue. This panel will discuss the problems and solutions at the local level and explore efforts from around the nation and the world that can serve as examples of a path toward comprehensive regional solutions.

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James Cervino

President & Chief Scientist, Coastal Preservation Network
Dr. James M. Cervino received a bachelor's degree from New York University that focused on earth science and physical anthropology, a master's from Boston University in marine biology and a Ph.D. in marine science & pathology from University of South Carolina. His research interest... Read More →
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Jennifer M. Coffey

Executive Director, ANJEC
Jennifer M. Coffey joined the Association of New Jersey Environmental Commissions (ANJEC) in July 2014 as executive director. Jennifer serves as a member of the New Jersey State Water Supply Advisory Council and as an advisor to the New Jersey State Clean Water Council. She serves... Read More →
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Thania Peck

Sustainability Advisor/ Content Creator/ United Nations consultant, Catcher in the Style
The creative director of Catcher in the Style, Thania is a powerhouse in the fashion and beauty industry, working as a content creator, an activist for sustainability, and an advocate for climate positivity across said industries. She currently serves as an ambassador to multiple youth charities, is a mentor and nonprofit volunteer, a United Nations partner, and she works closely with the Ellen MacArthur Foundation... Read More →
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Beizhan Yan

Lamont Associate Research Professor, Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory of Columbia University
Dr. Beizhan Yan received his Ph.D. in 2004 from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, N.Y. and currently is a Lamont Associate Research Professor at Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory (LDEO) of Columbia University. In 2007, he joined LDEO, and since then, he has established an environmental... Read More →

Monday May 8, 2023 2:00pm - 2:50pm EDT
Keeping History Room (3rd Floor)

3:05pm EDT

Mussels as the Great Harbor Cleaner
The bivalve we hear the least about is the mighty mussel, a filter feeder competing with the oyster for the charismatic spotlight in the quest to restore the New York–New Jersey harbor. While the oyster is a major and important player, mussels also provide great ecological benefits and could be put to the great harbor restoration task. This panel looks at the opportunity for mussels as a major part of restoration initiatives and the research currently underway.

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Don Riepe

Jamaica Bay Guardian, American Littoral Society
Don Riepe retired in 2003 from the National Park Service where he worked as a naturalist ranger and manager of the Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge in NYC. Currently, he is employed as Jamaica Bay Guardian for the American Littoral Society. Don has written many articles on natural history... Read More →
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Matthew W. Gray

Assistant Professor, University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science
Dr. Matthew W. Gray is an ecophysiologist whose research focuses on understanding the physiological response of marine invertebrates to current and future environmental conditions. His work seeks to clarify the ecosystem services (i.e. biofiltration, habitat creation, etc.) provided... Read More →
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John McLaughlin

Managing Director, Office of Ecosystem Services, NYC Department of Environmental Protection
John McLaughlin is the managing director of the Office of Ecosystem Services, Green Infrastructure and Research with the New York City Department of Environmental Protection (DEP). The managing director is the bureau director’s senior advisor on the design and implementation of... Read More →
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Chris Pickerell

Marine Program Director, Cornell University Cooperative Extension
Chris Pickerell has been working for Cornell University Cooperative Extension of Suffolk County for 30 years and has been the director of the marine program for the last ten years. In this role, Chris oversees the work of more than 70 scientists and educators working throughout Long... Read More →

Monday May 8, 2023 3:05pm - 3:55pm EDT
Keeping History Room (3rd Floor)
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