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Westchester Climate Change Summit

Friday, September 12, 2014
The Judicial Institute at 
Pace Law School 
White Plains, New York

Pace University Law School's Center for Environmental Legal Studies and Federated Conservationists of Westchester County (FCWC) will host daylong conference on the impacts of climate change in Westchester County, NY and the surrounding, New York metropolitan region. 

Pace Law alumnus Basil Seggos (JD '01), Deputy Secretary for the Environment of New York State, and keynote speakers Dr. Cynthia Rosenzweig (NASA Goddard Space Center) and Professor Michael Gerrard (Center for Climate Change Law at Columbia Law School) will discuss the formidable threats of climate change to the region and outline solutions and strategies available to municipalities to address these threats.

Climate change topics discussed will include coastal resiliency; regional examples of solution/strategies; a "Climate Showcase Community;"  microgrids;  Climate Smart Communities Certification Program; NYS Climate Change Plan; and ways to achieve more energy independence and stability. 

This is a MUST ATTEND for local officials as well as for members of the public. Registration will be limited. For information please call FCWC at (914) 422-4053 or email You may also contact Laura Jensen, Associate Director of Environmental Law Programs at Pace, with questions.

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Preliminary Schedule

8:30 Registration begins

Welcome by Dean David Yassky of Pace Law School

Keynote:  Cynthia Rosenzweig (NASA)

Best Practices - Regional Examples, Strategies, and Actions

Governor's Cuomo's representative on NYS Climate Change Plan


Lunchtime Keynote:  Professor Michael Gerrard (Columbia Center for Climate Change Law)

Adaptation and Mitigation

Q&A session

Closing Remarks by Dean Emeritus Richard Ottinger of Pace Law School