Business Forum Breakfast
Friday, March 23, 2018, 8–10 am
A panel discussion with four experts on urban sustainability, including
Ro Craudereuff, CEO of Craudereuff Associates; Annel Hernandez,
Resiliency Planner, NYC Environmental Justice League; Jesse Scott,
Customer Development Manager, New York Power Authority and Tria
Case, Director, Sustainable CUNY. Dr. Michael Wolfe, Dean of Social
Science at Queens College, will be the moderator.
Free and open to the public, but seating is limited. Public RSVP deadline is March 21.
Members of the media will be provided with complimentary parking and reserved seating.
Queens College, 65-30 Kissena Boulevard, Queens, New York Student Union, Fourth Floor Ballroom
Click here for directions to the college, and here for campus map.
Background: Launched in 2005, the QC Business Forum brings together the business community, local government, academia, and students to provide an opportunity for town and gown to interact. Influential leaders in a number of fields serve as keynote speakers at its breakfast and lunchtime lectures, touching on issues vital to the local business community.
“The Business Forum series is just one of the many vital partnerships Queens College maintains with the community,” says President Félix V. Matos Rodríguez. “We are particularly proud of our record in championing sustainability-related initiatives both in our campus operations and through faculty research. These include recent findings by microbiologist Gregory O’Mullan on increased levels of pharmaceuticals in the Hudson River and the resulting discussion on the best ways for the public to discard used medications.”
Rob Crauderueff, CEO and Founder of Crauderueff & Associates (C&A), brings more than a decade of experience advancing green economic development projects in New York City and across the nation. Prior to founding C&A, he successfully led the NYC-based Stormwater Infrastructure Matters coalition’s efforts to advance NYC’s $1 billion-plus green infrastructure plan. He is an internationally recognized expert in green infrastructure, receiving the 2009 Green Roofs for Healthy Cities International Award of Excellence for Civic Engagement and serving as a delegate in 2013 to study green roof design and policy in Switzerland. He has held positions as Senior Researcher for the NYC Soil & Water Conservation District and as Policy Director at Sustainable South Bronx, where he supervised land use planning, workforce development and environmental infrastructure initiatives. Mr. Crauderueff holds a Master in City Planning degree from MIT and his B.A. from Columbia University.
Annel Hernandez is the Resiliency Planner with the New York City Environmental Justice Alliance. She currently works on both city and statewide climate policy issues, focusing on local advocacy that furthers equitable investments in coastal protections, green infrastructure, and renewable energy. She also works on various coalition campaigns to push for more aggressive climate legislation—with equity as a central focus. Previously, she worked with the Urban Climate Change Research Network at Columbia University’s Earth Institute where she collaborated with scholars, experts, and advocates on pushing forward new climate change resources for cities. Ms. Hernandez also worked in the NYC Mayor’s Office as Social Innovation Fund Advisor managing the program implementation of a multi-city initiative focused on economic opportunity programs. Ms. Hernandez received an MPA in Energy and Environment from Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs, and a B.A. in Political Science and Latino Studies from Fordham University.
Jesse Scott is the Manager for Customer Business Development and Program Manager for the Five Cities Program at the New York Power Authority. In this role Mr. Scott is the liaison between the cities of Albany, Buffalo, Rochester, Syracuse, and Yonkers and program stakeholders. He also provides support for the K-Solar and BuildSmart NY programs and performs business development for NYPA’s Customer Energy Solutions division. Prior to joining NYPA, Mr. Scott worked as a project and planning manager at Lockheed Martin and as an energy consultant. He is a Certified Energy Manager and is currently pursuing his MBA in Management at the University of Connecticut.
Tria Case, Esq., is the University Director of Sustainability and Energy Conservation for the City University of New York (CUNY). Since 2006 Ms. Case has led the development and the implementation of multiple U.S. Department of Energy, NY-Sun, and New York City funded solar programs on behalf of New York City and New York State, leading to a significant growth in solar capacity and installation companies. In the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy Ms. Case formed the Smart Distributed Generation Hub with city, state, and federal participation in an effort to integrate solar+storage and DG into emergency power and resiliency deployment. In addition, Ms. Case coordinates and provides resources to CUNY’s 24 institutions of higher education to meet the goal of reducing CUNY’s energy consumption through the Sustainable CUNY Conserves program. Ms. Case received her undergraduate degree from Union College and earned her JD from Brooklyn College.
Michael Wolfe, Queens College History Professor and Social Sciences Dean, received his Ph.D. from The Johns Hopkins University in 1986. A specialist of European history, his research interests have ranged broadly across topics in the late medieval and early modern eras, principally of France, focusing on the intersection between politics and religious belief, technology and craft practices, cities and siege warfare, and landscapes and cartography. While at Pennsylvania State University, Dr. Wolfe held a joint appointment in environmental studies. Prior to coming to Queens College he also taught at St. John’s University and the University of Southern California.