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Sustainable Speaker Series: Finger Lakes Region - Protecting the Finger Lakes

  • Thursday, September 27, 2012
  • 5:30 PM - 8:00 PM
  • Glenora Wine Cellars, Dundee


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NewYork Upstate Chapter   

Finger Lakes/Southern Tier Region

Celebrate and salute the Summer of 2012 at Glenora Wine Cellars and join us for our September presentation:

"Protecting the Finger Lakes"

Hosted by Welliver

Presented by: Sarah Meyer 
Community Outreach Coordinator, Finger Lakes Institute, Geneva, NY

New York State’s Finger Lakes are an unparalleled treasure. They provide clean drinking water, economic vitality, wildlife habitat, a microclimate for world-class vineyards, and recreation for swimmers, boaters, and anglers. Yet the lakes are under a constant threat from land and energy development, invasive aquatic species, soil erosion, and air, water, and noise pollution. The built environment interacts with and affects the natural environment in multiple ways. Sarah Meyer will introduce us to the Finger Lakes Institute, and provide examples of how we can protect the Finger Lakes in the residential setting. Her presentation will address the challenges facing the Finger Lakes and how the building community can help protect them.
The Finger Lakes Institute is located in a green facility in Geneva, NY. FLI programs, such as the Watercraft Stewardship Program, Store the Storm Rain Barrel Program, and the Sustainable Community Development Program provide education and implementation techniques for residents of the Finger Lakes, to help them live and work more sustainably and protect the Finger Lakes. 

Thursday, September 27, 2012
5:30 - 6:30 pm  Networking, with heavy hors d’oeuvres, courtesy of Welliver
6:30 - 7:30 pm  Presentation and questions
7:30 – 8:00 pm Networking

Glenora Wine Cellars

Verasions Restaurant Dining Room

5435 State Route 14

Dundee, NY 14837

Click here for directions 

About the Presenter:

A native of Geneva, N.Y., Sarah Meyer earned Bachelor of Science (2000) and Masters of Professional Studies (2003) degrees from the State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry in Syracuse, N.Y, concentrating on information and technology, environmental science, and water and wetland resource studies. Since 2004, Meyer has served as the Finger Lakes Institute's (FLI) community outreach coordinator, providing leadership and direction for the FLI community outreach and public service program and for multiple FLI projects. Meyer provides lectures, publications, educational exhibits, and internships for college students. Her projects include the compilation of the Seneca Lake Watershed Management Plan, FLI Watercraft Steward Program, Owasco Lake Asian Clam Task Force, Seneca Lake State Park Enhancement Project, FLI Green Infrastructure Project, FLI Sustainable Agriculture Development Project, HWS Urban Forestry Project, HWS Readers College class, and the HWS Greens House and Sustainable Foods Club. In addition to outreach, Meyer coordinates public service projects that include Finger Lakes beach cleanups, water quality monitoring days, field trips to regional natural areas, and the annual HWS Alternative Spring Break Trip. She often presents to area interest groups, such as research groups, garden clubs, schools, and national conferences on topics relating to the Finger Lakes. On behalf of the Colleges and the FLI, Meyer received the following:

  • EPA ENERGY STAR Green Small Business Award 2009
  • United Way 2010 Gold Award
  • Sustainable Tompkins Board of Directors Sign of Sustainability 2011
  • EPA Green Power Partnership Leadership Club Membership 2011
  • Living Lands and Waters Alternative Spring Break Scholarships (2) 2011
  • Arbor Day Foundation Tree Campus USA Designation and Tree Planting Event Award 2012
  • Inclusion in the National Wildlife Federation’s Campus Ecology 2011 Case Studies

Meyer credits her early interest in the environment and protecting our natural resources to her participation in the Hobart and William Smith Science on Seneca (SOS) Educational Program, Girl Scouts of America, and the Student Conservation Association. Since receiving her degrees, she has been employed by the Federation of New York State Solid Waste Associations, New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, The Great Lakes Research Consortium, and the United States Forest Service Wrangell Ranger District in Wrangell, Alaska. Through her experiences, Sarah has gained skills in and knowledge of environmental education, information design and watershed hydrology.

  $5 for Members; $10 for Non-members; Students free. Price at the door is the same. Register via the link to the left. You will need to log-in with your email address and create a profile if you have not already done so.  You must use the email address associated with your Chapter membership account in order to receive the member's rate for registration.

Thank you to Welliver, our sponsor!



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