2017 Conference on the Environment

2017 Conference on the Environment
November 17-18, 2017  |  Kingston, NY

The 2017 New York State Conference on the Environment will take place Friday and Saturday, November 17-18, 2017 in the beautiful City of Kingston, NY.  This year’s conference theme is, Living Local: Linking Local Economies and the Environment.”  Conference workshops will take place at The Chateau, and hotel accommodations can be booked at the Best Western Plus in Kingston.

This conference has been designed to appeal to a wide audience, with dynamic workshops, networking events, and a field tour relevant to citizens, business owners, economic and environmental organization members and staff, local officials and staff, and especially members of municipal Conservation Councils and Boards, and county Environmental Management Council.  Scholarships are available for students and persons appointed to county Environmental Management Councils.

The 2017 New York State Conference on the Environment is presented by NYSACC and the New York State Association of Environmental Management Councils (NYSAEMC), in partnership with the City of Kingston.   


Online registration is now closed.  On-site registration ($100) will be available starting at 8:00 AM on Friday, November 17, 2017 at The Chateau, 240 Boulevard, Route 32, Kingston, NY 12401.

Conference Schedule

Planning Credits: Participation in this training may be eligible for planning credits by local municipalities. Certificates of completion will be awarded at the conclusion of the event on Friday November 17th.

Conference Venue

The 2017 New York State Conference on the Environment will be held at The Chateau, a new catering venue in Historic Kingston.  Having just completed a multimillion dollar renovation project, this family owned and operated conference venue will be the location for all conference programming, meals, and speakers on Friday, November 17, 2017.

The Chateau is located at 240 Boulevard, Route 32, Kingston, NY 12401.  

Conference Hotel Accommodations

Conference organizers have secured discounted room rate of $99/night (single and double occupancy) for the Best Western Plus at 503 Washington Avenue Kingston, NY 12401.  This discount is only available to conference attendees through November 10, 2017.  To obtain the discount, you must call the hotel at (845) 338-0400 and ask for the “Conference on the Environment Group Discount.”

Government employees and appointed members of Conservation Commissions, Conservation Boards, and Environmental Management Councils should present a completed New York State Tax Exemption Certificate at the time of check-in.


We are currently seeking individuals and groups interested in showcasing their work before environmental professionals and advocates from across New York State.  We especially welcome those specializing in Clean Transportation and Energy, Clean Food Economy, Conservation Planning for Economic Development, and Adaptation and Resilience.  The cost is $100 for non-profits and individuals or $300 for private companies.  Interested parties may register online (click here) or by check/mail using our Exhibitor Registration Form.

Submissions may be sent to Julie Noble, Conference Coordinator, at JulieLNoble@kingston-ny.gov.  We will accept submissions through November 1, 2017 or until space is no longer available.


We are currently seeking sponsorship for the 2017 New York State Conference on the Environment.  Multiple sponsorship packages are available.  Interested parties may register online (click here) or by check/mail using our Sponsor Registration Form.

Please refer all questions to Julie Noble, Conference Coordinator, at JulieLNoble@kingston-ny.gov.


Undergraduate and graduate students may attend the 2017 Conference on the Environment at no cost thanks to a limited number of available scholarships.  To apply, please complete and submit a Student Scholarship Application no later than November 10, 2017.  This scholarship covers the conference registration fee only.

Students and appointed members of a county Environmental Management Council may also apply for a separate scholarship to receive up to $150 each toward their hotel accommodations and conference registration. To apply, please complete and submit a Conference Scholarship Application no later than Friday, November 10, 2017.

Environmental Excellence Awards Program

The Environmental Excellence Awards Program recognizes exceptional projects carried out by municipal, county, and regional governments and non-profit organizations that, through careful planning and execution, stand to have a significant and lasting positive impact on the natural environment.  The program is sponsored by NYSACC and NYSAEMC and is designed to showcase and promote projects that can be replicated in communities across New York State and beyond. In addition, NYSACC each year honors an individual who has demonstrated “lifelong environmental concern and service” through the Margery Sachs Award for Environmental Leadership, named in memory of one of NYSACC’s original directors.

If you represent a municipal, county, or regional government or non-profit organization in New York State that has recently completed a project in the areas of Environmental Planning & Design, Natural Resource Protection, Community Action & Engagement, Education, Research, or another related subject area, we invite you to nominate your project for consideration in this year’s Environmental Excellence Awards Program. 

This year, Environmental Excellence Award nominations are due by Friday, November 10th.  Nominations will be evaluated by a panel of reviewers from NYSACC and NYSAEMC, with winners announced on Friday, November 17, 2017 at the Conference on the Environment awards luncheon.

To complete an awards nomination form online, click here. To download an awards nomination form, click here.