February 5, 2015 – Inspiring Energy Initiatives: Public and Nonprofit Sectors, Hallgren et al.

Speakers McDermott, Moore, Howe, and Zemanick
Speakers Zemanick, McDermott, Moore, Howe, and DeJohn
Speaker Hallgren
Speaker Hallgren

Guy Hallgren, Director of Municipal Utilities, Bath Electric Gas & Water Systems

Sandy DeJohn, Campus Sustainability Coordinator, Binghamton University

Sarah Zemanick, Climate Action Plan Manager, Cornell University

Erin Moore, Sustainability Engagement Coordinator, Cornell University

Mark Howe, Campus Energy Manager, Cornell University

Bernie McDermott, Director of Operations and Transportation, Chenango Forks School District

Many initiatives and projects are underway throughout New York State’s Southern Tier to reduce energy cost, improve efficiency and enhance sustainability. Following December’s meeting with NYSERDA and January’s presentation featuring the Governor’s Office on Energy and the New York Power Authority, SUNY BEST has invited a unique selection of speakers to describe their energy projects this month. This will be the third installment of the SUNY BEST spring speaker series on Energy.

Presentation PowerPoint(s)
Bath Electric Gas & Water Systems: Waster Water Treatment Plan – Hallgren
Lighting Upgrades at Binghamton University – DeJohn
Leadership for Climate Neutrality – Zemanick, Moore, Howe
Chenango Forks School District and Solar Energy – McDermott

Binghamton University Downtown Center, Room 228

Speaker(s) – Guy Hallgren (Bath Electric Gas & Water Systems), Sandy DeJohn (Binghamton University), Sarah Zemanick (Cornell University), Erin Moore (Cornell University), Mark Howe (Cornell University), Bernie McDermott (Chenango Forks School District)
Attendees – Jim Baumgartner, John Bennett, Gay Canough, Janice Cheng, Andrew Claridge, David Davis, Dave Elder, Adam Flint, Kenneth Fogarty, Howard Garrity, Jim Goodreau, John Graves, Nathan Johnson, Thomas Kowalik, Eric Krohn, Claire Luceri, Michael Marinaccio, Rocky Martinez, Deidre Mensah, Cliff Olin, Jim Penwell, Jim Pfiffer, Beth Polzin, Joseph Ponzi, Chloe Rehfield, Louis Roma, Al Roney, Cort Ruddy, Stan Scobie, Bob Stezzi, Janet Thomas, Gordon Thompson, Lianne Wen, Wade Wykstra, Meredith Bocek, Donna Lupardo, Diane Lechner, Eric Huslam, Gerri Wiley, Wes Ernsberger, Bob pass


  • T. Kowalik called the meeting to order and welcomed all attendees. He introduced assemblywoman Donna Lupardo and thanked her for attending. He thanked companies and organizations that set up tables outside the meeting room and encouraged the audience to stop by after the presentation to learn more about their products and services. Attendees were reminded that SUNY BEST is currently seeking sponsors for future events.
  • Speaker Guy Hallgren gave an overview on the company’s Waste Water Treatment Plan, followed by a short Q&A.
  • Speaker Sandy DeJohn presented on Binghamton University’s various lighting upgrade projects, followed by a short Q&A.
  • Speakers Sarah Zemanick, Erin Moore, and Mark Howe led a discussion about Cornell University’s endeavors to become energy-efficient, including current projects and future goals. A short Q&A followed.
  • Speaker Bernie McDermott examined energy initiatives in the Chenango Forks School District and spoke about the energy environment in the K-12 system.
  • Extended Q&A session followed among attendees.Meeting adjourned.



Next Meeting
The next meeting will take place on March 5, from 10:00am – 12:00pm at the Binghamton University, Downtown Center, Binghamton, New York.