Thursday, March 17, 2011 - 11:47am

Sustainability: Benefits & Best Practices, a conference spotlighting initiatives and measures that can be implemented throughout the area, will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on April 7 at JCC's Jamestown Campus.

Sustainable practices that are relevant for local business, industry, municipalities, non-profits, small business, educational institutions, and manufacturing will be outlined throughout the program.

Lunch is included in the $25 registration fee. To register, call JCC, 716.338.1005, or visit

The conference, sponsored by JCC's Center for Continuing Education, begins at 8:30 a.m. with registration and refreshments. Following remarks by JCC President Gregory T. DeCinque, Chautauqua County Executive Gregory Edwards will provide details on a new initiative for county businesses and residents.

A panel discussion, breakout sessions by businesses and organizations which have instituted sustainability measures, and exhibitor displays are among the conference features. Participants will also have the opportunity to tour JCC's new science center, the only Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design (LEED) certified building in Chautauqua County.

“We, at JCC, have an obligation to educate and create a culture of environmentally friendly practices among business and industry in our service area and beyond,” notes John Sayegh, vice president and dean of continuing education. “The notion of sustainability should no longer be an option; rather, it should be a practice and a way of life.”

Sayegh added that the conference has been designed to demonstrate that by “throwing out old methods of production and waste that harm the environment and introduce new ones that produce the same results and are beneficial to the environment, it is not difficult to implement and in fact will save money and energy.”

A panel discussion from 10 to 11:15 a.m. will feature Becky Nystrom, JCC biology professor; David Schummer of Canticle Farm; County Executive Edwards; Jeff and Donna Zariczny, of Inscale Architects; and Wendy Sanfilippo of WNY Energy $mart Communities.

The breakout sessions, which begin at 12:30, will focus on retrofitting, corporate culture, sustainable farming, green architectural design and landscaping, co-generation, finance opportunities through the Chautauqua County Industrial Development Agency and other sources, incentives through utilities, and more.

Other presenters include Kevin McMillen, SKF Aeroengine North America; Don Harrington, Harrington Architecture; Rod Drake, Habiterra Architecture & Landscape Architecture; Ron Mazany, Mazany Contract Interiors; Catherine Way, James Prendergast Library; Jeff Tome, Audubon Center and Sanctuary; Jason Denue and Aliesa Adelman, Wendel Energy Services; Kevin Kennedy, Advanced Conservation Technology LLC; Jessica Runge, Roots & Wings Family Farm; Adam Abers, Abers Acres; Mark Odell, Dunkirk Metal; Karl Meyer, ECR International Inc.; David Burlee, Cummins, Inc.; Richard Dixon, Chautauqua County IDA; Corey Wiktor, Cattaraugus County IDA; and Alyssa Dechow, Southern Tier Enterprise Development Organization.

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