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Nov 21, 2011 9:57 PMPublication: The Southampton Press

Stakeholders Asked To Help Lay Plans For New Sustainability Institute At Stony Brook Southampton

Nov 22, 2011 10:26 AM

New York State Senator Kenneth P. LaValle and Assemblyman Fred W. Thiele Jr. will hold a meeting on Wednesday, November 30, to begin to chart a course for a new environmental sustainability institute at Stony Brook Southampton.

The meeting will be held at the Duke Lecture Hall in Chancellors Hall at Stony Brook Southampton and is scheduled to run from 3 to 5 p.m. The purpose of the meeting is to discuss the “structure, function and focus” of the Peconic Sustainability Institute, which may “sponsor research, educational programs, and policy discussion in an effort to encourage a more sustainable future for the Peconic Bay Region,” according to a press release from Mr. Thiele’s office.

The institute is being created as a result of an August settlement that ended a lawsuit by six students and an advocacy organization against Stony Brook University over the removal of sustainability programs from Stony Brook Southampton last year.

“The Institute could tackle many of the critical economic and environmental issues affecting the East End such as agriculture, public transportation, climate change and sea level rise, affordable housing and alternative energy,” Mr. Thiele said in the release. “This kick-off meeting provides an opportunity for all interested parties to come to the table to voice their ideas. We want to be sure we have the right input from the right people from the very start.”

“The goal is to preserve the East End’s unique quality of life and to do so we must gather input from all of the region’s stakeholders,” Mr. LaValle said in the same release.

People who plan to attend should call Mr. Thiele’s office at 631-537-2583.

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By what authority will these elected officials dictate to a university the content of a program that will be held on the university campus? In the name of extremely speculative climate computer models, politicians are fast usurping the freedom of business and individuals. The result is to lower our standard of living and quality of life. Here's an example. Mr. Thiele's allusion to sea level rise, which in reality has only been about 11 inches spread out evenly over the last 150 years http://tidesandcurrents.noaa.gov/sltrends/sltrends_station.shtml?stnid=8518750 ...more
By Richard Blumenthal (13), Westhampton Beach on Nov 22, 11 11:21 AM
What on earth does one have to do with the other. It's like saying....I'm losing my house so can we please eliminate all funding for pollution controls? Why do people insist on comparing apples and oranges in the same sentence?
By RegisterdIndependent (6), southampton on Jan 26, 12 4:58 PM