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Sullivan Renaissance 2008 Winter Conference and Expo

January 4, 2008

[FERNDALE] – The 12th Annual Sullivan Renaissance Conference and Expo will be held on Saturday, February 9 at CVI Building in Ferndale, New York.  Details of this year’s Sullivan Renaissance grant program will be announced and 2008 applications will be available.


“The Many Shades of Green” will feature exhibits and workshops on green and sustainable resources, community marketing and development, youth activism and educational curriculum, and Sullivan Renaissance project insights.  Robert W. Elliott, Deputy Secretary of State of NYS will deliver the keynote address. 


A list of recipients of the annual Sullivan First Achievement Awards – to be recognized at the conference – will be announced soon. 


The conference and expo will bloom with spring flowers, inspiration, and the tools and resources to make a difference in the community.  Conference attendees will have an opportunity to vote for their favorite exhibit. 


The conference begins at 8:00 a.m. with breakfast.  The program starts at 9:00 a.m. and runs to 1:00 p.m.  Workshops include:

·         Green Infrastructure Martin Daley, Parks and Trails New York: Discussion of the recreational, health and economic benefits of multi-use trails and greenways.  Key trail planning topics will include identifying trail corridors, working with landowners, obtaining permission, securing financing, building consensus, hosting community workshops, recruiting volunteers and developing partnerships. 

·         Creating Landscapes and Habitats Karen Schneller McDonald and Manna Jo Greene: Participants will learn techniques to create, preserve and improve habitats while also hearing about ways to avoid damaging resources. 

·         Beyond Beautification Peter Gozza and Alan Sorenson: Participants will learn about how they can market their Main Streets to potential businesses and visitors.  Focus on case studies and real world examples to examine development aspects of beautifying communities.

·         Getting Support for Your Project, “Best Practices” – Hear about everything from recruiting and retaining volunteers, and leveraging and raising funds to building collaborative relationships with other organizations, and finding support from your municipality.  Tried and tested strategies that work in the community. 

·         There’s Something about Trees! – Greg Latorto and Mike Pogue: Understanding the importance of trees in the environment and communities and how they enhance quality of life.  Learn how to appropriately incorporate trees into your project and community landscape. 

·         A Sense of Place (Special Double Workshop) – Aaron Bennett, The Catskill Center for Conservation and Development: Geared toward teachers who might be interested in incorporating the “Sense of Place” modules into their curriculum.  These four lessons promote appreciation and stewardship of the unique natural and cultural resources of the Catskill Mountains.

·         YOUth Can Make a DifferenceSue Mullally, Sullivan West Fifth Grade Teacher: Sullivan West Fifth Graders are inspiring residents to “Kick the Bag Habit.”  Learn about their efforts to replace plastic bags, and how this group of young people is making a big difference in their community. 

·         Sullivan Renaissance 101Kathy Davidoff and Annelise Gerry: Overview of Sullivan Renaissance program for beginners (and veterans).  Here’s a chance to learn how to get a project started, approved and funded.  Everything you need to know, but aren’t afraid to ask.

·         Energy $mart! – Patrice Courtney, Mid-Hudson Energy Smart: Conserving energy not only decreases one’s environmental impact, it saves money.  Participants will learn about NYSERDA energy efficiency and renewable energy programs for homeowners, businesses, schools and other institutions and multi-family buildings. 


Workshop space will be limited.  To obtain a workshop registration form, call Sullivan Renaissance office at 845-295-2445; or visit the website at  To send in a registration form, fax it to 845-295-2746; email to; or mail to Sullivan Renaissance, Beaverkill Foundation, PO Box 311, Liberty, NY 12754.


This is a recycling event; attendees will need to look for the appropriate receptacles.


Sabrina Artel’s Trailer Talk will be on site to speak with conference attendees throughout the morning.


Sullivan Renaissance is a beautification and community development program principally funded by the Gerry Foundation.  Youth participation is supported in part with grants from the Louis R. Cappelli Foundation, and Bank of America Charitable Foundation.  Additional funding has been secured by NYS Senator John J. Bonacic and Assemblywoman Aileen M. Gunther. 


For more information, call 845-295-2445.