The Colleges will host the first ever Finger Lakes Landfill Summit on Wednesday, April 24, from 6:30 to 9 p.m. in the Albright Auditorium. Co-sponsored by the City of Geneva and HWS, the Summit aims to foster regional dialogue and greater understanding of the role of solid waste management in the economy and the communities of the northern Finger Lakes Area. The Summit was organized with help from Ken Camera, Geneva City Council member, and Associate Professor of Environmental Studies Darrin Magee.
“The Finger Lakes Institute is pleased to facilitate this important regional discussion about the short- and long-term impacts of landfills on our communities,” says Lisa Cleckner, director of the Finger Lakes Institute at Hobart and William Smith Colleges.
David Vitale, the director of the Bureau Permitting and Planning in the Division of Materials Management for the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, will begin the event with a discussion of the State’s “Beyond Waste: A Sustainable Material Management Strategy” document and the long-term vision it represents.
Representatives from Ontario County and Seneca County governments will also discuss their respective Local Solid Waste Management Plans and their relation to the State’s strategy. John Garvey, an Ontario County administrator, will discuss the 10yYear Ontario County plan and the expansion of the Ontario County Landfill. Mitch Rowe, a Seneca County administrator, will discuss possible effective waste managements plan for Seneca County.
This summit is expected to be the first of several meetings examining the role of waste imports for the Finger Lakes region. It will be moderated by Mark Lichtenstein, executive director of the Syracuse Center for Sustainable Communities Solutions and president of the National Recycling Coalition.
The event is free and open to the public.