Thompson Gives Opening Remarks At Daemen College Center For Sustainable Communities And Civic Engagement

Antoine M Thompson

June 16, 2008

“Business to Business: A Green Jobs Workshop” on June 20, 2008


The Daemen College Center for Sustainable Communities & Civic Engagement, in collaboration with The Apollo Alliance; Cornell University ILR School; The Wind Action Group; Erie County Environmental Education Institute; and the Engineering Society of Buffalo, will present “Business to Business: A Green Jobs Workshop,” on Friday, June 20, in Wick Center Alumni Lounge on the Daemen campus, 4380 Main Street, Amherst. The jobs workshop will run from 1:00 – 5:00 p.m., with a networking hour to follow. Admission is $15.00.

 For additional information and to register, contact Cornell University ILR School, . To register, contact Katie Chadwick at (716) 852-4191 or at .

 This event will present a “business to business” discussion of how local Western New York companies can become involved in the “green economy”.
“The hope is that we can assist local companies in breaking into the supply chain for these types of products and services,” noted Robert E. Knoer, Esq., a member of the Daemen College Center for Sustainable Communities & Civic Engagement Board of Directors, and an environmental attorney and partner in The Knoer Group, PLLC.

"The green economy presents excellent opportunities for socially responsible business growth, while simultaneously providing economic and environmental benefits for Western New York.”

 New York State Senator Antoine M. Thompson (D) 60th District, will deliver introductory remarks. 

“I would like to applaud all of the event sponsors for what I am sure will be a fantastic event,” stated NYS Senator Antoine M. Thompson (parts of Erie and Niagara).  “Local businesses will have a unique opportunity to create and be part of the green jobs movement.  It will be a win-win scenario for businesses, consumers, and the environment alike.”

“Business to Business: A Green Jobs Workshop,” will feature short presentations focusing on hydro electric; wind turbine; solar energy; and bioenergy. The presentations will be followed by a panel discussion, to hear from business owners and other attendees, to identify assistance needed to expand their current businesses and programs. The panel will also provide information from the public sector on how government can provide the assistance.

1:00- 1:10 Introductions & Welcome Arthur Wheaton, Cornell University ILR School

1:10-1:30 Introductory Remarks Honorable Antoine Thompson, Ranking Minority Member, Environmental Conservation Committee, New York State Senate

Topic Speakers

1:30 to 2:00 Parts and Services Required for Wind Energy Facilities
Bill Nowak - Wind Action Group

2:00 to 2:30 Landfill with Methane Capture
John Lembach - Director of Research IBEW Local 86 Rochester, NY

3:00 to 3:15 Break (refreshments)

3:15: to 3:45 Opportunities Created by the Reopening of the Highland Avenue Plant in Niagara Falls
(speaker to be determined) Globe Specialty Metals Inc.

3:45 to 4:15 New York’s Efforts to Capitalize on the Green Economy
Diego Sirianni, Empire State Development Corporation

4:15 to 5:00 Where to Get Help on Breaking into the Renewable Energy Economy
Panel Discussion, Moderator - Robert E. Knoer, Esq., The Knoer Group, PLLC

Social Networking Hour  5:00 to 6:00