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SUNY Plattsburgh at Queensbury, Green Mountain College Co-host Climate Change Conference

SUNY Plattsburgh at Queensbury is joining forces with Green Mountain College to combat climate change by hosting the North Country Climate Reality Conference from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Friday, April 21 at Withey Hall, 1 Brennan Circle, Poultney, Vt.

The conference features a keynote address by Pamela Boyce Simms, a community resilience builder who convenes the Mid-Atlantic Transition Hub and the Quaker-led Earthcare Coalition at the United Nations, as well as sessions with Dan Mackey of Green Mountain Power, John Strough, Queensbury town supervisor, Michelle McCauley, Middlebury College professor of psychology, and music by Juxtapoze, featuring Michelle Howland, assistant to the dean at SUNY Plattsburgh at Queensbury. 

Interactive break-out sessions will be held to build momentum for locally grown initiatives and will focus on social media and messaging, renewable energy and weatherization, local campaigns to shift common practices, the role of music and the arts, and political action.

Topics include “Staying Engaged with Climate Change Action: Even When it is Tough,” “The Transition of a Traditional Electric Utility Company to an Innovative Energy Service Provider,” “Music and Climate Change, Local Community Action to Address Climate Change Now and in the Future,” and “The Role of the Media,” among others.

“The moral imperative for individual action on climate change has never been more critical,” said Dr. Stephen Danna, dean of SUNY Plattsburgh at Queensbury. “We are pleased to offer this conference for those who grasp the urgency for local action and solutions.”

Dr. William Throop, professor of philosophy and environmental studies at Green Mountain College, concurred.

“Every person on this planet plays a part in climate change, and it's up to each one of us to make a positive difference in our communities.”

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