2009 CONFERENCE

 
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Jim Anderson

Ohio Employee Ownership Center Senior Program Coordinator


Jim joined the OEOC staff in 2007, and is responsible for the Evergreen Cooperative Laundry Project. Evergreen is a precedent-setting organization in which inner city low income people will be members of an employee-owned cooperative that provides commercial laundry services to large, anchor institutions in Cleveland, such as the Cleveland Clinic and University Hospitals as well as nearby nursing homes. Ideally the laundry will be the first of several such efforts. Previously, Jim was CEO of 100% ESOP-owned Republic Storage systems in Canton.

   
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Antonio Bento

Antonio M. Bento is an associate professor in Cornell’s Department of Applied Economics and Management. Prior to joining Cornell, he was a faculty member at the Donald Bren School of Environmental Sciences and Management and the Department of Economics at the University of California-Santa Barbara and, more recently, at the University of Maryland’s School of Public Policy. He has also been a consultant to the research division of the World Bank.
Most of Professor Bento’s research lies at the boundaries of environmental, energy, urban, and public economics, and uses state-of-the-art econometric and computable general equilibrium methods, as well as geographical information (GIS) tools. Currently, Professor Bento is launching a research agenda on the economics of biofuels that aims to evaluate the costs and environmental consequences of federal and state ethanol subsidies.

   
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David O. Brown

Owner/proprieter, Amphibious Films, Ithaca

David has worked worldwide as a producer, videographer, researcher, diver, photographer and lecturer.  He holds degrees from Cornell University and the Brooks Institute of Photography.  His work has aired on NBC, CBS, ABC, CNN, the Discovery Channel and National Geographic television. His award-winning photography has appeared in numerous exhibits and publications, including imagery for the Smithsonian's Ocean Planet and Ocean Hall, and the American Museum of Natural History’s Water display. He has authored a variety of articles, as well as two children's books, and served as a consultant for the National Geographic book, "The World's Wild Shores." 


As a member of the Cousteau team, Mr. Brown participated in filming expeditions with the vessels Calypso and Alcyone over the course of seven years, exploring above and below water environments from Papua New Guinea to Alaska. He also represented the Cousteau group as a lecturer for universities, trade associations and aboard cruise vessels around the world. He is currently working on a NOAA sponsored museum exhibit tracing the path of water from inland to ocean, in conjunction with the Ithaca Sciencenter.

   
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Marian Brown

Marian Brown, special assistant to the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs at Ithaca College, is simply a “do-bee” who has been fortunate to assist some visionary leaders on campus and in our local community.


Marian provides staff support for the College’s sustainability initiative, hosting educational events and documenting the campus’ sustainability progress. She supports the Ithaca Sustainability group, serves on the College’s Resource and Environmental Management Program steering committee, the Natural Lands committee, the Partnerships in Sustainability Education steering committee, and the Center for Natural Science Sustainability Group. She is a member of the American College and University Presidents Climate Commitment campus committee which is charged with developing the College’s climate action plan.


She also serves as member of the Board and treasurer for Sustainable Tompkins and provides logistical support for the Finger Lakes Environmental Film Festival. Brown serves as secretary of the Ithaca Carshare Board of Directors and is a member of the Tompkins Renewable Energy Educational Alliance. Brown represents IC on the steering committee assisting Mayor Carolyn Peterson to implement the City’s Local Action Plan to curb greenhouse gas emissions. Brown, who headed IC’s purchasing department for many years, advised on the development of Finger Lakes Buy Green and is a member of the Finger Lakes Environmentally Preferred Procurement Consortium. Brown serves as president of the Southern Cayuga Scholarship Foundation.

   
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Rachel Bush

Rachel Bush came to yoga at the age of 19, already with sports injuries and very limited flexibility. Without her knowing it, she also came with a deep yearning to reconnect with her heart's voice. A strange thing began to occur after a few months of practicing: she not only felt better physically, but began a journey towards her deepest desires, which continues today. Since those early practices, she has become a dedicated student and teacher of Anusara Yoga. She has also studied at the Finger Lakes School of Massage and has a massage practice at Rasa Spa. Included in her study of yoga is also the study of Ayurveda, which she weaves into her life and teaching with enthusiasm. She is honored to be a teacher of this ancient tradition and to bring the practice into our time and culture.

   
 

Krys Cail

Krys Cail is a consultant, community organizer and social entrepreneur in Tompkins County, and has been an Agricultural Economic Development Specialist for Cornell Cooperative Extension of Broome County and of Ontario County.  She has a Masters degree in City and Regional Planning, and has recently been working energizing the adoption of direct-burn nonfood biomass fuel production and combustion technologies.  Her work has involved the use of landowner and landuse surveys of the Tompkins County area and community meetings, as well as work with start-up small green businesses.

 

   
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Susan Christopherson

Susan Christopherson is J. Thomas Clark Professor in the Department of City and Regional Planning at Cornell University. Her work in the field of economic development has concentrated primarily on strategies for revitalizing the economy of upstate New York. She recently launched an Internet site: www.greenchoices.cornell.edu that is intended to help local policy makers make informed decisions about green economy investments in their communities.

   
 Ken Clark Kenneth Clarke, Sr.

Rev. Dr. Kenneth I. Clarke, Sr. is Director of Cornell United Religious Work. Prior to coming to Cornell in July 2001, Dr. Clarke was Director of the Center for Ethics and Religious Affairs at the Pennsylvania State University (1997-2001). He was the Center's Assistant Director from 1990-96 and Acting Director in 1996-97. Ken also served as an instructor in African/African American Studies at Penn State. From 1987-90 Dr. Clarke worked for the Third Baptist Church of San Francisco, initially for the church's Ethiopian Refugee Resettlement Project and later as Assistant Pastor/Administrator. A native of Baltimore, MD, Ken earned a B.A. in English from Morgan State University, a Master of Divinity degree from Colgate Rochester Divinity School and a Doctor of Ministry degree from United Theological Seminary, Dayton, OH. Ken and his wife, Yolanda, Director of Academic Enrichment Services at Ithaca College, were co-pastors of the Albright Bethune United Methodist Church in State College, Pennsylvania from 1996-2001. They are the parents of Fatima Rose and Ken, Jr.

 

   
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 Nicola Coddington

Nicola Coddington is Executive Director of New York Interfaith Power & Light (www.nyipl.org), a statewide nonprofit organization whose mission is to support congregations of all faiths in their actions to curb global warming and protect the sacredness of the Earth. She also serves on the Environmental Committee of the Episcopal Diocese of New York. Previously, she served on Governor Patersonπs Renewable Energy Task Force as well as on the Westchester County Global Warming Task Force.

 

   
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Tristam Coffin

Tristram Coffin is the Chief Executive Officer of Alternatives Federal Credit Union, a Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI) in Ithaca, New York.  Before coming to Alternatives in 2007, he had served for more than five years as CEO of a credit union subsidiary (CUSO) offering mortgage loans, investment services and lower cost payday loan alternatives in thirty credit unions throughout the Pacific Northwest.

 

In that role he also helped form a new CDFI for low income people in Eastern Washington, and was selected as one of the “40 Under 40” outstanding business leaders in the Seattle metropolitan area.  Prior to that, he spent five years as CEO of CUSERVE, a subsidiary of Hudson Valley Federal Credit Union, during which time the organization was recognized nationally as the CUSO of the Year.  Tristram currently serves on the Board of the CDFI Coalition, and is a member of the State of New York’s Small Business Task Force.  He is on the Board of Directors of BALANCE, a consumer credit and financial counseling service, and was a Regional Director of Financial Network Investment Corporation, a national broker-dealer offering investments in over 300 financial institutions.  Locally, Tristram serves on the Board of organizations that provide free meals and housing assistance.

   
  Dave Cooper

Dave Cooper is a community organizer and writer living in the coalfields of Appalachia. In the winter of 2000 he dropped out of a comfortable middle class lifestyle after witnessing the destruction of two Kentucky creeks by millions of gallons of coal slurry that spilled out from a leaky slurry pond positioned high above small towns and farm fields, for which the responsible coal mining company got a slap on the wrist from regulators and continued with business as usual.

Since then Dave has devoted his life to ending mountain top removal and valley fill, doggedly traveling our nation’s highways to bring his spectacular slide show and presentation to audiences everywhere; providing leadership at public hearings and demonstrations; giving talks and writing articles for Sierra Club and other publications, reporting on coalfield actions via Huffington Post, and educating a new generation of activists via Mountain Justice Summer training, education and direct action activities. In 2006, Dave received the Special Service award from the Sierra Club, for strong and consistent commitment to conservation or the Club over an extended period of time.

 
   
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Dorothy Cotton

Dorothy Cotton translates years of experience and learning into words and song bearing messages of hope.  Through "Songs of the Movement," laughter and storytelling, Dorothy synthesizes the lessons from our history into a working vision for the future.  Dorothy gets us to laugh, sing, and join together to create a more caring and humane world.


Dorothy Cotton was the Education Director for the Southern Christian Leadership Conference for twelve years under the direct supervision of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Working closely with Dr. King, Dorothy served on his executive staff and was part of his entourage to Oslo, Norway, where he received the Nobel Peace Prize.  She served as the Vice President for Field Operations for the Dr. M.L.K. Jr. Center for Nonviolent Social Change in Atlanta.

Dorothy has designed and conducted training programs for corporations, schools, universities, government agencies and nonprofit organizations working with well over 100,000 participants. She has delivered commencement speeches and has addressed students at hundreds of colleges and universities including The University of New England and Spelman College (both of which gave her an Honorary Doctorate degree for her public work), Stanford University, The Albuquerque Academy, Brown University, C
ity College of New Jersey and many more.

Currently she is involved in the expansion of the National Citizenship School in conjunction with Civic Organizing, Inc. of Minnesota. Dorothy's upcoming book will focus on lessons from the historic citizenship education program and her work with Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

 
   
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Andrew Curley

Andrew Curley is a second-year Navajo graduate student in the Department of Development Sociology at Cornell University studying coal extraction and the "underdevelopment" of the Navajo Nation. He has previously worked at the Dine Policy Institue at Dine College in Tsaile, Arizona (Navajo Nation), focusing on govenment reform and the use of traditional law there.

   
 

Tycho Dan

Tycho Dan joined Cayuga Pure Organics in 2008 but his experience as an employee in the natural foods industry has been extensive.  Just prior to joining Cayuga Pure, Tycho had been an employee at the GreenStar Cooperative in Ithaca and was one of its council members.  He has also been the vice-chair on the board of the Ithaca Biodiesel Cooperative.

   
 Antonia Antonia Demas

Antonia Demas has taught food studies in a variety of educational settings to people of all ages from diverse ethnic and economic backgrounds throughout her life. After graduating from Godard College with a B. A. in Community Nutrition, she worked for 20 years in food education before completing a Ph.D. at Cornell University. In 1999, in cooperation with distinguished colleagues dedicated to the improvement of the long-term health and education of children, she founded the Food Studies Institute. Antonia has received national recognition for her research in food studies. In 1994, her food education curriculum won national awards for the Most Creative Implementation of the Dietary Guidelines from the US Department of Agriculture and Excellence in Nutrition Education from the Society for Nutrition Education. In 1999, the curriculum was published as Food is Elementary©. Articles by Dr. Demas on the topic of achieving acceptance of healthy, low-fat, meals in schools have been published in New Century Nutrition and the American Journal of Cardiology among others. As a consultant and speaker, Antonia works with schools, non-profit organizations, vegetarian societies, and corporations across the country. Television and radio appearances have included interviews with Charlie Rose on PBS TV in 1997 and on an NPR special, "Making Contact" in 1999.

 
   
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Ariel Demas

An Ithaca-area native, Ariel graduated with a BS from Cornell University and moved to Baltimore City where she taught public school children how to grow, cook, and compost nutritious foods for five years. Her position coordinating the Food for Life (using her mother's curriculum) program at Hampstead Hill Academy, a preK-8 public charter school, was initiated with grants obtained by the Food Studies Institute, and was incorporated into the school's budget after 3 years. The program includes food-based classes during the school day, an organic garden club, culinary arts club, community dinners, and healthy snacks at school meetings and events. The sustainability of this food education program in an inner city school is a testament to the rising attention that educators are giving to the health of our children and our planet. Last year, Ariel left her dream job to pursue a MA in Education from Goddard College, and is currently student teaching in a public K-5 progressive school.   

 

   
 

Lee Dillon

Lee Dillon has more than 24 years of dedicated service to the low-income families of Tompkins County, NY, through her work at Tompkins Community Action (TCAction). She has been the Executive Director of TCAction since 2000 and prior to that was the Agency’s Director of Housing Services for 8 years.  Lee has been part of TCAction’s staff since 1985.


In both positions Lee has been instrumental in the conceptualization, development, implementation and promotion of social programs that respond to community’s needs. She has a well-honed ability to collaborate effectively with colleagues and marshal community resources to further the Agency and its mission to “partner with low-income households and individuals as they develop to their full potential.”  Lee firmly believes that “an active community can produce powerful change.”
Lee has extensive experience in multi-funding-stream fiscal management and administration of a six million dollar plus agency budget; and in the organization, negotiation and successful completion of complex projects having financial and government-regulated implications.

   
 Tim Drake Tim Drake

Tim Drake of Ithaca, NY, is the co-director of Primitive Pursuits, a community-based nature awareness initiative of the Ithaca Wilderness Mentoring Guild and Cornell Cooperative Extension. Additionally, Tim serves as adjunct lecturer for the Environmental Studies Department at Ithaca College, and is a long time staff member for the Institute of Natural Learning in Brattleboro VT.  In anticipation of Tim's presentation, Tim invites you to take the "tourist test" by clicking here.

 
   
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Rebecca Elgie

Rebecca Elgie grew up in southern Ontario in Canada and worked in education for almost 40 years in pre-school, kindergarten, and as a reading specialist and a support teacher doing testing and curriculum work.  She became politically active in Berkeley in the 1960's. When she retired in 2003 she started working on health care reform as a full time volunteer. Rebecca and her partner Bernie  walked New York State from Kingston to Jamestown (over 400 miles!) to promote a single payer not for profit health system.  They held meetings about health care problems while building a network across the Southern Tier.  They subsequently worked with Tompkins County & City legislators to pass resolutions in support of a single payer system, testified at state hearings, and worked on state and national campaigns supporting candidates who work for health care reform.  Rebecca speaks at faith communities and at college and civic groups.  She serves on the steering committees of  Single Payer New York.  She is a board member of the national organization Healthcare-Now. In September of 2008 Rebecca organized a twelve day road show between Buffalo and Albany featuring Donna Smith, a participant in the movie Sicko, who told her story of going bankrupt when she and her husband had serious illness and lost their house.  Rebecca has two daughters, Tara  who is a bankruptcy attorney in Richmond VA, and Christine an RN who works at a local nursing facility.

 

   
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Amber Espar

An environmental educator and community organizer for over 10 years, Amber Espar is also pursuing graduate studies in Dynamic Embodiment with Martha Hart Eddy and the Moving On Center. In addition to directing school gardening and nutrition programs and facilitating tropical ecology trips in Central America with high school youth, she is an ensemble member of Alligator Mouth Improv, based in Corning, NY and a member of the Selah Leadership Program in Boston. Amber is dedicated to creating opportunities that integrate body-based learning, social activism, environmental health, and expressive arts for people of all ages.

   
 

Dan Flerlage

 

Dan Flerlage is a science teacher at Lehman Alternative Community School in Ithaca, NY.  He recently took a sabbatical leave to work on sustainability initiatives in local schools.  Dan has also created the content of a Project Look Sharp media literacy curriculum kit on climate change that will be released soon through the Project Look Sharp website.


As other teachers have learned the basic tenets of sustainability education (from people such as Jaimie Cloud of the Cloud Institute for Sustainability Education), they have begun applying these concepts to their work with children as well.  This has led to the creation of a county-wide group of teachers calling themselves Teachers for a Sustainable Future. This group is made up of teachers and other educators from local school districts, colleges, and educational organizations.  Dan is an active member of this group.

 

   
Omar Freilla Omar Freilla

Omar and his parents, Zoraida Martez and Jose Freilla, who settled in the Bronx after emigrating from the Dominican Republic in 1960s, were firsthand witnesses to the deterioration and burning of the Bronx.  After graduating from the Bronx High School of Science, Omar went to Morehouse College in Atlanta, receiving his B.S. degree in 1995. Omar later attended Miami University in Ohio, where he earned a Master’s of Environmental Science in Resource Analysis and Ecological Anthropology. It was there that he first heard the term “environmental racism,” a phrase that would change his life. Omar returned home to bring his learning and talents to the place where he was born and raised. In 2003, with seed funding from the Open Society Institute, Omar founded Green Worker Cooperatives (GWC).  With the mission “to foster environmental and economic justice by developing worker-owned and environmentally-friendly businesses in the South Bronx,” GWC aims to organize low-income residents into worker cooperatives and provide the necessary training and assistance to launch businesses that reduce existing pollution levels from polluting industries and practices.

   
 

Erica Frenay

Erica Frenay began working for the Small Farms Program at Cornell University in January 2006. A former co-manager of Cornell's student-run farm, she graduated from Cornell in 1998 and moved to Oregon to serve in AmeriCorps. Erica spent six years in the Pacific Northwest, working as Project Coordinator for an agricultural land trust and then as Executive Director of an urban educational farm in Portland. In 2005 she completed a 2-year program in Holistic Management. During her long and indirect journey back to Ithaca, Erica and her husband lived on a permaculture farm and nursery in the San Juan Islands for a year, and spent another year working on farms and building with clay and straw in New Mexico, Wisconsin, and Australia. They returned to Ithaca to settle down in the summer of 2005, and now raise veggies, mushrooms, berries, turkeys, chickens, and ducks on their homestead.

   
Jason Hamilton Jason Hamilton

Jason is an Associate Professor of Biology and core faculty member of the Environmental Studies Program at Ithaca College in Ithaca, NY. He received a Ph.D. in computational quantum mechanics and a second Ph.D. in plant ecology from U.C. Santa Barbara. He did post-doctoral research in ecophysiology, global change biology, and plant-insect interactions at the University of Illinois before joining the faculty at Ithaca College in 2001. In addition to teaching and research, Jason is co-chair of Ithaca College Natural Lands and faculty manager of the Natural Reserves. He is co-founder of the Ithaca College Sustainability Group and advisory board member and instructor for the Ithaca Wilderness Mentoring Guild/Primitive Pursuits. He is also co-founder and chairman of the Board of Trustees of New Roots Charter High School, the first school in the U.S. to be designed for sustainability education from the ground up.

   
Linda Hartsock Linda Dickerson Hartsock

Linda Dickerson Hartsock is Director of the Center for CleanTech Entrepreneurship, a consortium that includes leading Upstate academic institutions, research and devel- opment centers, investors, industry associations and government agencies. The NYSERDA-funded initiative helps entrepreneurs and early stage clean tech companies understand the industry from a policy and market perspective, develop best practices and new technologies, and finance growth. Linda brings expertise in state, regional and local development, strategic planning, and structuring complex projects.  She has helped organize regional development efforts across New York State, particularly education-industry partnerships related to emerging technologies, and has been the recipient of numerous federal and state awards related to her work. She was previously a senior member of New York State’s economic development team, with responsibility for the Central Upstate region. She led a comprehensive outreach program, working closely with ESD’s International and Strategic Business Division, and helped structure major expansions by some of Upstate’s leading employers.  She has also administered an Industrial Development Agency (IDA) and Local Development Corporation (LDC), and has a depth of experience in public authority governance and finance issues, as well as local development financing and capacity building.  She is an executive board member of the New York Business Development Corporation, and also serves on the board of many Upstate organizations. 


Before moving to the Upstate region, Linda was the President and CEO of a Hudson Valley based nine-county regional planning, policy and development group spanning from New York City to Albany.  She was also a longtime faculty member at Marist College in Poughkeepsie, NY, teaching organizational studies.

   
Ben Ho Ben Ho

Benjamin Ho uses economic tools such as game theory and experimental economics to analyze social institutions using insights from sociology and psychology. His research today is focused on how behavioral economics can inform the policy debate on climate change, and how social factors like identity and social networks influence our consumption decisions. His past research includes an analysis of how apologies maintain relationships, and the role apologies play in medical malpractice lawsuits.


Ho was the lead economist for energy and transportation at the White House Council of Economic Advisers. He received his PhD in economics from Stanford Graduate School of Business, and holds master's degrees in education and political science from Stanford and electrical engineering/computer science from MIT, as well as bachelor's degrees from MIT. He has also worked as a research analyst for Morgan Stanley and helped found a short-lived e-commerce startup.

   
 

Becca Jablonski

Rebecca “Becca” Jablonski has worked as the Agricultural Economic Development (AED) Specialist for Cornell Cooperative Extension of Madison County since its inception in 2007.  Becca received her BA from Cornell University and her MSc in Agricultural Development from the University of London.  Since 2001 Becca has worked in agricultural development in various capacities, including: as a vineyard worker and winemaker apprentice on a vineyard in the Burgundy region of France; as a fellow for the US Environmental Protection Agency; as a farmworker; as a Research Associate at the California Institute for Rural Studies; and, as a research assistant for an NGO in Nkambe, Cameroon.  

   
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Gerry Jamieson

Gerry is a member of the Wolf Clan-Onondaga Nation. Currently, he is a Master of Science candidate in Environmental Studies at SUNY ESF in Syracuse, NY and holds a Bachelor of Arts in Applied Music from Butler University (Indianapolis, IN). On top of his schedule at SUNY ESF he holds a volunteer position with the Haudenosaunee Environmental Task Force (HETF) at Onondaga Nation.

Prior to his Master of Science studies, Gerry held a full time position with HETF as an Environmental Technician. He continues to advocate for the Onondaga Nation towards the ongoing remediation of the Onondaga Lake, which is a sacred site to the Haudenosaunee Confederacy. Gerry has also held positions with Maurice Law (Calgary, AB, Canada) and Council for the Advancement of Native Development Officers (Edmonton, AB, Canada).

A career goal for Gerry is to develop a model for global environmental governance based on the principles of the Haudenosaunee Great Law of Peace. His main goal is to maintain the interconnectedness of the natural environment for the well being of the Haudenosaunee culture and all life on Mother Earth.

   
Jed Jordan Jed Jordan 

Jed Jordan is an Environmental Educator for Cornell Cooperative Extension 4-H Youth Development. He is the co-founder and senior administrator of Primitive Pursuits, a nine year old nature awareness immersion program for youth and adults that serves over 400 participants annually. Jed’s expertise includes 4000+ field hours teaching aidless wilderness survival skills, utilizing plant resources and animal tracking in the context of new ecological perspectives.

   
 

Elizabeth Keokosky

Elizabeth Keokosky is the Danby Land Bank Cooperative steering committee chair.  The Danby Land Bank Cooperative (DLBC) recognizes that many landowners in the Town of Danby, Tompkins County, New York, while not actively engaged in agricultural or forestry activities, want to maintain the rural character of their Town.  Biomass production on otherwise inactive parcels can provide landowners with some income as well as property tax relief if they are willing to aggregate their acreage in a land bank coop.  The DLBC has the potential of providing benefits to the area’s community, environment, and businesses and so serve as a model for other rural communities.For more information, please go to http://danbylandbank.org/DLB_roadmap.doc

   
 

Patrick Martins

Patrick Martins moved to Italy in 1998 at the invitation of Slow Food Founder Carlo Petrini to begin work launching a Slow Food movement in the United States. In March of 2000, Patrick moved back home to open a Slow Food USA national office.
In 2001, Patrick co-founded Heritage Foods with Todd Wickstrom, a business dedicated to helping farmers market their artisan foods and providing an alternative to industrial agriculture. Through Heritage Foods, a national mail order campaign was organized to save four breeds of endangered turkeys. The Heritage Turkey Project helped double the population of each breed and brought the number of small family farms that raise them from eight to eighty.


In 2004 Heritage Foods USA became an independent company dedicated to saving not only turkeys but also Native American foods, pigs, sheep, bison, cows, reef-net salmon, goats and all breeds of food livestock.

   
 

Margaret McCasland 

Margaret is a science and environmental educator and a former elementary school teacher. She has worked with communities with contaminated drinking water and helped design an elementary life science curriculum. Visiting family in Australia, where a 12-year drought was recently declared “the new normal,” inspired her to come out of retirement to work on climate change. “I first saw the horrors of surface coal mining in 1973, when I attended a conference for community activists at the Highlander Center in eastern Tennessee. I had seen the Cumberland Mountains on a family trip to Tennessee in 1961, and looked forward to seeing them again. I was horrified to see flattened brown mounds instead of the green hills I remembered. My third trip to Tennessee was in the fall of 2008, for training as a faith-based presenter for Al Gore’s Climate Project. After our training in Nashville, I again traveled to eastern Tennessee, and spent two days with mountaintop removal activists."

 

   

Todd McLane

Todd McLane has pursued his passion for farming in Ithaca for 5 years. He is the manager of West Haven Farm, a 10-acre certified organic vegetable farm, located at Ecovillage at Ithaca. West Haven farm maintains a 260 member CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) and has been successfully selling organic produce at the Ithaca Farmer's Market for the past 15 years. To support his connection with the community, Todd is involved in various organizations. He supports Groundswell the Center for Local Food and Farming, where he is on the planning committee and a member of the farmer faculty team. Additionally, Todd works with New Roots Charter School to help spearhead the Farm to School program. This innovative program fosters student learning in sustainable agricultural practices throughout the community, and concurrently utilizes their efforts to provide fresh organic produce for their lunches. He is a major advocate of the local food movement, and has a passion for educating and exposing individuals to the positive merits of organic farming. 

   
 

Bruce Monger

Bruce Monger is a biological oceanographer who uses high-resolution satellite imagery to look at how algae and the animals that depend on them respond to large-scale seasonal changes in physical conditions and water flow in the ocean.  Sound esoteric? Bruce has been developing a means to figure out, based on their food, where Northern Right Whales are.  Hopefully, ships can use this information to avoid them.  With only around 350 of these whales left, that would be very good news. Bruce received his PhD in 1993 from the University of Hawaii.

   
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Tony Nekut

Tony Nekut received his BS in 1972 and PhD in 1978, both in Engineering and Applied Physics at Cornell.  He worked for almost two decades as a research scientist at the Amoco Exploration and Production R&D lab in Tulsa, OK.  He returned to Ithaca in 2000 and is now employed at Vector Magnetics.  Tony became interested in biomass when he installed a wood heating system to heat his home through Ithaca winters.  He is now involved with several projects that aim to develop and promote utilization of locally produced biomass for local space heating.
   
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Gay Nicholson

Since 2004, Gay Nicholson has led Sustainable Tompkins in designing and implementing an integrated program to advance the creation of a more sustainable regional community.  Gay emphasizes a systems approach to working with partners to build the infrastructure and social capacity for more sustainable ways of living and working.  Projects and programs have focused on energy efficiency, green purchasing, sustainable community development, green collar jobs, sustainable enterprise, greening heath care, and economic/ecological justice.  She has also been instrumental in the founding and development of the Green Resource Hub of the Finger Lakes, which focuses on expanding the regional marketplace for sustainable living.  Gay serves as chair of the Finger Lakes Bioneers Steering Committee.

Gay left a career in sustainable agriculture to work in environmental advocacy and education with Cornell's Program on Ethics and Public Life, and as executive director of the Finger Lakes Land Trust before leading the creation of Sustainable Tompkins.  She has been an active volunteer in numerous community and environmental organizations, providing leadership from the local to the national level.  Her BS is in Environmental Sciences from UVa, and her MS and PhD are in crop physiology from Cornell.

   
 

Thor Oechsner

After growing up in the suburban bliss of the lower Hudson Valley in NY and many summer trips to his uncle's dairy farm in Friendsville, PA, this son of a sixth grade public school teacher decided that he wanted in on the high-flying fun and good times of farming. A degree from Cornell in agriculture sent him off to the races. He now operates a 600-acre certified organic crop farm in Newfield, NY growing a diversified mix of crops that includes corn, soybeans, wheat, spelt, oats, buckwheat, emmer, rye, triticale, and hay. The farm was started in 1993 and has slowly been moving in the direction of trying to market more food-grade crops directly to the consumer. "Farming has been a great ride and a humbling experience; I feel really lucky to be doing it every day."

   
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Karryn Olson-Ramanujan

Karryn Olson-Ramanujan loves exploring the world and its cultures--a passion that has taken her from her home state of South Dakota to live in Germany, Ghana, and India. After completing her Masters in Public Affairs in 1994, she searched for practical ways to integrate sustainability into her life and began studying  permaculture in 1997.  In 2003, Karryn and her family moved to Ecovillage at Ithaca, where they are learning how to live in community. A co-founder and instructor for the Finger Lakes Permaculture Institute, Karryn also teaches sustainability-related courses at Ithaca College (IC) and co-coordinates the Partnerships in Sustainability Education initiative between IC and Ecovillage.  Karryn sees her lifework as assisting faith communities to connect their spiritual teachings about the environment and agriculture with permaculture and sustainability.

   
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Marne O'Shae

Dr. O'Shae is known for her integrative approach to family medicine. O'Shae recently became the first doctor in the Finger Lakes area to earn three credits of American Medical Association approved Continuing Education Credits for her training in Bio-Identical Hormone Replacement Therapy. 

 

 

 

   
Carlo Peretti

Carlo Peretti

Executive Chef Carlo Peretti, raised in England, received his initial training at Thomas Danby’s Culinary School in Leeds, England. He then received an International Hospitality & Tourism Management Bachelor of Arts degree from UCLA. Prior to joining the New York Wine & Culinary Center, Carlo was Executive Chef at various locations in the area including the Esperanza Mansion and Thendara Inn & Restaurant. While working in New York State, Chef Carlo has cultivated relationships with local growers and producers which he uses to further enhance the New York Wine & Culinary Center’s mission as an educational and experiential gateway to New York State’s incredible wine, food and culinary industries. Chef Carlo’s national and international experience, passion and creativity add a unique flair to using local ingredients.

   
Scott Perez Scott Perez

Scott Perez is the Tribal Liaison for the Lost Ladybug Project.  After a 25-yr. "spring break", Scott returned to school, receiving a BA from Fort Lewis College in Durango. Colorado in 2002 and his MS in Natural Resources at Cornell in 2005.  He is currently working on his PhD dissertation at Cornell.  Working with the Lost ladybug Project gives Scott an opportunity to use his own multi-cultural background and experiences in conjunction with science to bring opportunities to youth in our Native communities.

   
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Primitive Pursuits is a nature awareness initiative of Tompkins County 4-H Youth Development/Cornell Cooperative Extension in association with the Wilderness Mentoring Guild. Ten years strong, Primitive Pursuits runs year-round nature immersion programs to hundreds of youth and adults each year. Through the study of native living skills, wilderness survival and nature awareness we are growing a community of naturalists and mentors who are connecting to the outdoors in deep and meaningful ways. By engaging minds and hands in a collective pursuit of answers from the natural world these experiences provide access to knowledge and relationships necessary to understand and to take action in caring for the environment.  

 

 

Julia Reich

Julia Reich Design is a small, award-winning creative brand strategy and graphic design firm. Julia and her creative team help clients— primarily nonprofit organizations, educational institutions, and progressive businesses—  with branding, print design, package design, and website design. She has a special passion in working with the food, wine, tourism, environmental and agriculture sectors. In addition to running her graphic design firm, Julia is on the board of Finger Lakes Culinary Bounty and is also an occasional food writer, with recent articles in The Citizen and Edible Finger Lakes. She conducts public speaking tutorials on self-promotion for solopreneurs and small businesses, and publishes an email newsletter (sign up at www.juliareichdesign.com) and blog, “The Citiot’s Guide to Country Living”. 

   
 

Nancy Taber Richards

Nancy founded Finger Lakes Farmstead Cheese Company LLC in 2006 at her family's dairy farm, with the goal of creating meaningful work for herself that could help the family farm better weather commodity milk price fluctuations and positively contribute to the local community & economy. Nancy grew up on the Taber's traditional dairy and crop farm in Mecklenburg, founded in 1919 by her paternal grandparents and now run by her two brothers and nephew.  She holds a bachelor's degree in Rural Sociology from Cornell University (1988). After a one-year internship on a Swiss farm, she spent five years working in plant and atmospheric research for Boyce Thompson Institute in Ithaca.  

   
 

Rebecca Rodomsky-Bish

Outreach Coordinator and Science Faculty Member, New Roots Charter High School
Becca Radomsky-Bish’s background in science is a layered combination of biology and ecology with a more recent focus on environmental science. She believes strongly that science should be a practical, hands-on discipline that develops a deeper appreciation of the natural world. Thus, she does many labs and field excursions in her teaching in order to connect science to what the students see, or often overlook, in what is going on around them every day. As an avid farmer, she has personally engaged in science on a daily basis -- growing, preserving and storing her family's food for the past 3 years now.  Groundswell gives her opportunities to bring her love of farming into her teaching.


Becca has her Master's in Environmental Studies with an emphasis on Environmental Education from Antioch University New England.  Becca's training in non-formal experiential education includes positions with outdoor environmental education in programs in California, New Hampshire, Massachusetts and New York.

   
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Daniel Roth serves as a Sustainability Coordinator for Cornell University. He has worked in the fields of experiential education, organizational learning, and youth development for over a decade.  As a social entrepreneur and community organizer he has developed Ithaca Carshare, advocacy campaigns, broad-based community partnerships, environmental and food security education, service learning programs, and civic engagement projects. He is Co-chair of the Youth Sector Team of the US Partnership.

   
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Hallie Sawyer

A well known and respected educator with extensive training in energywork and bodywork, Hallie E. Sawyers is both founder and president of Soul Song. She is licensed and nationally certified in Therapeutic Massage, Holistic Aromatherapy, certified in European Stone Massage, Labyrinth educator, master instructor of Integrated Energy Therapy, an instructor at the Finger Lakes School of Massage and an approved CEU provider for the National Certification Board for Therapeutic massage and Bodywork, and the Educational Outreach Chair for The Labyrinth Society. Hallie is also a traditional Usui Reiki Master Teacher who has trained to the master teacher level of Reiki with two different teachers and is committed to offering her students a broad base of information in this rich and multifaceted discipline. The essence of Hallie's work involves supporting the development and unfolding of each individual toward a more profound return to health. Her mission is to assist people in accessing their own inner healer and reclaiming their birthright of radiant health and well being. 

   
Jemila Sequeira

 

Jemila Sequeira

 

Jemila Sequeira has resided in Ithaca since 1981. As the coordinator of the Whole Community Project at Cornell Cooperative Extension-Tompkins County, she seeks to improve community health and well-being through work on systemic issues, specifically healthy and affordable food access. She acts through a social justice lens which respects, honors and engages the often unheard voices holding profound wisdom regarding ethics, equity and inclusivity. Jemila draws upon her African, Cherokee, and Chinese ancestry to honestly and critically examine the concerns commonly expressed in conversations on sustainability.  Addressing and redressing government policies and corporate practices that significantly impact people of color and working poor neighborhoods is vital- at local, state and national levels.  In the spirit of thanksgiving, Jemila honors the Original Peoples, and all people who hold to their original wisdom: honoring the earth, respecting one another and joining together for the benefit of all. "Let us remember Sustainability is not a new movement." 
 
Jemila is both a social worker and massage therapist with an MSW from SUNY Stony Brook and a massage therapy certification from the Finger Lakes School of Massage. Jemila is the recipient of the 2009 Cornell Civic Fellowship for her coordination of the Whole Community Project’s community initiative "Gardens for Humanity" in Tompkins County.

 

   
Rachel Singley

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Whitney Rachel Alexandra Singley graduated from Wells College ('09) with a B. A. in environmental science and a minor in history.  During her last year at Wells she completed an undergraduate thesis on the foraging behavior of Harmonia axyridis which will soon be published.  Rachel works with the Cayuga Lake Watershed Network.

   
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Bethany Schroeder

Bethany Schroeder has worked in health care since 1973, holding a variety of positions in hospital, public health, home health, and hospice settings. She has taught nursing, case management, and writing in universities. In addition, Ms. Schroeder has developed her own writing practice, focused largely on health issues. Since retiring to Ithaca in 2005, she has worked as a volunteer at Ithaca Health Alliance, where she is the president of the board, a member of several committees, and a Free Clinic nurse. Ithaca Free Clinic is the first and one of only three medically integrated clinics in the U.S.

 

   
 

Erick Smith

In 2003, after 17 years of growing pick-your-own strawberries on his farm in Brooktondale, NY (five miles south-east of Ithaca), and eight years teaching at the University of Illinois, Erick Smith teamed up with Dan Lathwell, a local farmer involved in agriculture projects at Cornell University. Together they committed to organic practices and turned Smith's strawberry farm into Cayuga Pure Organics. Initially, due to the growing number of organic dairies in New York, Smith and Lathwell grew seed and feed crops for dairy cattle, but when Ithaca's GreenStar Cooperative Market and Viva Taqueria, a local Mexican restaurant, showed interest in dry beans, Cayuga Pure Organics began to shift its focus to food crops. Today, Cayuga Pure Organics grows pinto, black, red, soy, navy, and several heritage varieties of beans, as well as hard red spring wheat and spelt, and has expanded its production to 100 acres.

   

Tammi Sweet 

 

Tammi is a passionate and energetic teacher. Her love, amazement and wonder of the human body and how it works shines through as she presents the material in ways people can really understand and take home with them. She loves integrating the wisdom of the body with all aspects of living. Her learning of the body has come through many paths including traditional Master’s level college studies in Neurobiology, collegiate athletics, College level Anatomy teaching, Massage School, Yoga teacher training, Herbal studies, and most importantly, an ever-growing love of understanding who we are in relation with this wonderful home we call earth.

   
Jonathan Todd Jonathan Todd

In 1995, after 15 years working with governmental development and engineering projects in consulting and leadership capacities around the world, Dr. Todd’s son Jonathan accepted his father’s invitation to help shape the vision of John Todd Ecological Design.

 

Jonathan quickly dove into the planning, fabrication and operation of a wide variety of Eco-Machines™ and floating water Aqua-Restorer™ technologies for clients in throughout North America and the Pacific.

Today, Jonathan as the Chief Operating Officer of John Todd Ecological Design works closely with each client in the early phases of each project, overseeing the detailed execution of priorities on the ground while carefully managing and delegating the day-to-day workload of the company’s project and engineering teams.

Most importantly, Jonathan works closely with Dr. Todd to ensure the completion of each project meets with both the progressive vision of his father and the client’s specifications, aesthetic and standards.

   
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Charlie Trautmann

Since 1990, Charlie has served as Executive Director of the Sciencenter, an educational science museum located in Ithaca, NY. At the museum, he has overall responsibility for museum's exhibits, programs, fundraising, and management.
Charlie has directed more than $9 million of sponsored research and has had more than two decades of teaching experience from pre-K through graduate and in-service training of professionals. As a professional geologist and engineer, he has worked with the U.S. Geological Survey (Menlo Park), Geotechnical Engineers Inc. (Boston), and Cornell University (Ithaca), where he teaches as Adjunct Associate Professor in the School of Civil and Environmental Engineering.

 

Charlie has a long-standing interest in teaching and community service and served as president of the Ithaca Montessori School board of directors for two years. He is a regular contributor to conferences and publications on informal science education.

   
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Lisa Tsetse

Lisa's thirty-year background in modern dance, Feldenkrais, Authentic Movement and related disciplines inspires and directs her concise and committed approach to the body as source material for creativity, expression and healing. She began to study and perform modern dance in 1971 and has been influenced by dance/theater improvisation throughout her career.


In 1979 she co-founded the Fort Wayne Dance Collective (FWDC), a nonprofit arts organization dedicated to developing and sustaining quality modern dance in the Midwest. Twenty years later, as part of FWDCís outreach mission, she helped birth the Three Rivers Jenbe Ensemble, a traditional African drum ensemble to develop family ties and community consciousness in children 7-17 years old. Today she teaches private and group yoga, creative movement for young and older movers, Feldenkrais Awareness through Movement, and Authentic Movement, as well as developing and facilitating dance/movement curriculum for use in core subjects. 


Lisa is an enthusiastic facilitator and inspires others to express their own uniqueness and creative vitality. Since 1978, her personal activism in environmental, peace and social justice issues, has provided a foundation for her engaged teaching style.

 

   
 

Colleen Wahl

Certified Laban Movement Analyst, Registered Somatic Movement Educator, and PhD Candidate in Somatic Psychology, Colleen creatively merges movement of the body with building and sustaining community.  As owner and founder of Move Into Greatness, she combines fitness and somatics to foster self-awareness and transformation through mindful practice.  Furthering her professional training in Dynamic Embodiment with Martha Hart Eddy, Somatic Therapist, internationally-known dance educator and co-founder of the Moving On Center: School of Participatory Arts and Research, her goal is to bring the connections between mind, body and community in order in ways that empower others to expand their sense of self, the world and connectedness with others through movement.

   
   

Dave Wall

Dave Wall is currently the Director of Corporate and Public Partnerships at Onondaga Community College. He is responsible for several college departments, including the Public Safety Training Center, College for Living, Small Business Development Center, JOBSplus! and Workforce Development; and recently the Sustainability Institute at OCC. 

Wall has a Bachelor of Arts from Syracuse University, a Masters in Management Science from Keuka College and is a graduate of the FBI National Academy. Wall has served as a member of the Board of Directors of McMahon Ryan Child Advocacy Site, Huntington Family Centers, Inc, the Rape Crisis Center, Home Aides of Central New York and The Syracuse Onondaga County Youth Bureau. He and his wife Mary Anne have three grown children and reside in Marcellus, New York. 

 

   
Cal Walker

Cal Walker

 

In 2002, Cal Walker was part of a group of community members who founded the Village at Ithaca, and since then he has played a crucial role in the Village's growth.  He is now its Executive Director.  The Village’s mission is to advocate for excellence and equity in Ithaca's public schools by developing strategic community relationships, programs, and services to ensure that students, particularly Black, Latino, and low-income students, consistently meet or exceed local and New York state standards of achievement. 

 

Cal also has a half-time position as Cornell University's first Outreach Liaison to the Ithaca City School District.  In this capacity, he facilitates increased collaboration between Cornell and the ICSD to ensure the district meets its education goals.  Part of this position is to identify ways that Cornell can provide resources targeted to students and teachers to help the district meet its goal of eliminating race, class, and disability as predictors of academic success.

 

   
Larry Walker Larry Walker

Director, Northeast Sun Grant Initiative Department of Biological and Environmental Engineering, Cornell University


Larry Walker joined the Cornell Faculty in 1979 to work in renewable energy research with a specific focus on biomass conversion to energy.  He oversees the Biofuels Research Laboratory at Cornell University as part of the Northeast Sun Grant Initiative of which he is now Director.  In addition to promoting research in biofuels technologies, the Sun Grant Initiative also promotes rural economic diversification and development through strong commitment to the implementation of new technologies into the marketplace to reduce our dependence on foreign sources of petroleum. The Northeast Region is home to over 400 companies with a specific interest in biotechnology or biobased products. The creation of a new biobased economy will lead to the creation of new jobs in the Northeast Region, as new infrastructures and new biobased industrial complexes are constructed.

   
 

Michael Weber

Michael Weber works in the NYS Governor's Executive Office as staff support to the NYS Economic Recovery and Reinvestment Cabinet.

   

Kelly J. Wessel

Kelly J. Wessell is currently the chair of TC3's Environmental

Studies Program and teaches introductory biology and ecology classes.

He has a Ph.D. in aquatic entomology, with research interests in the

area of environmental assessment.  For fun, he likes to explore the

natural beauty of the Ithaca area with his wife and two young sons.

 

 

   
 Ken White

 

Ken White 

Ken holds both Bachelors and Masters degrees in Electrical Engineering from Cornell University. He has a wide range of experience in the high-speed consumer products industry, manufacturing, robotic vision, control systems, non-contact inspection, scanning systems including bar codes as well as development of intelligent devices,  machines and large scale processes. He is a Certified Manufacturing Engineer with the first half of his 40 year career spent in industry at Procter & Gamble and RJR Nabisco, and the second half as an independent engineering consultant serving North American customers based in Ithaca, NY.  


For the last two years Ken has worked with a small group of Central NY inventors to develop and patent the technology utilized for combustion of biomass powders, the missing link in direct biomass energy conversion. Harnessing long feared “dust explosions” enables replacement of propane and fuel oil in energy applications at half the cost per BTU, burning a solid with on/off control as if it were a gas.  


Utilizing a powdered biomass fuel source is highly desirable, as it is carbon neutral, sustainable, locally available, manufacturable, yet produces no smoke or smell, resulting in ultra low emissions.  This technology is poised to create a green alternative and entirely new vertical segment in the energy industry - an exciting thought.

 

   
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David Sloan Wilson

David Wilson is a distinguished professor of biology and anthropology at Binghamton University.  He is the founder of the Evolutionary Studies Program - the first of its kind to teach evolution in a truly integrated fashion, beginning with core principles and extending in all directions, from the bioloical sciences to all aspects of humanity, including the nature of religion.  Professor Wilson and his students have used evolutionary theory to study subjects as diverse as foraging behavior, altruism, and the nature of individual differences, on organisms as diverse as microbes, zooplankton, insects, birds, fish, and humans.  Recently, Prof. Wilson has been using new measurement tools to identify ways to strengthen neighborhoods in the City of Binghamton. 

 

Wilson blogs for the Huffington Post, and has written extensively for anthropology, philosophy, and psychology journals.  His book "Evolution for Everyone: How Darwin's Theory Can Change the Way We Think Abut Our Lives" (Bantam, 2007) provides the general audience a new way to understand all aspects of humanity and other life forms.

   

Peter Woodbury

Peter Woodbury in an environmental researcher who seeks to improve our understanding of natural and managed ecosystems. Peter develops and uses different kinds of computer models including geospatial analysis to quantify the sustainability of agricultural and forest ecosystems and to improve agricultural and environmental management and policy.  He is keenly interested in the effects of changing land use on agricultural productivity, air, soil, and water quality, and ecosystem services. With multi-disciplinary teams, he is investigating the strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and challenges for sustainable bioenergy systems at farm, landscape, state, national and international scales and addressing important bioenergy questions.  Which types of bioenergy crops are best for different soil types, farms, and regions?  How will different bioenergy systems affect soil, air, and water quality?  How will increased bioenergy feedstock production affect agricultural and forest enterprises and other rural land uses?

   

Lisa Ann Wright

Lisa Ann Wright is a founding member of the Shaleshock Citizens Action Alliance, a grassroots group of Finger Lakes residents protecting our communities and environment from exploitation by the energy industry drilling for natural gas in the Marcellus Shale. A community organizer, Lisa has worked extensively with town and county boards, community groups and Albany legislators to outline practical, real-world steps officials can take at the local level to protect their communities and citizens.

   
 

Ken Zeserson


Ken is a retired medical communications consultant, is Chairman of the Ulysses Planning Board and immediate Past President and current Secretary of the West Shore Homeowners Association.  He has been active in attempts to preserve the water quality of Lake Cayuga in both of the aforementioned capacities.