The Hudson Valley Climate Summit

engage, learn and get involved

Saturday, October 14, 2017, 1- 6 pm
Poughkeepsie Day School
260 Boardman Rd, Poughkeepsie, NY 12603

With an eye toward the future of our community, PDS is hosting the Hudson Valley Climate Summit. The Summit provides a unique opportunity to connect and collaborate with Hudson Valley residents, community members and organizations working to take action on climate change.

Who should attend?

If you are interested in the science behind climate change, resiliency and adaptability, please join us for an opportunity for scientific panel discussions, the latest trends and volunteer opportunities in the Hudson Valley. We are hoping to bring together experts working in fields relating to climate change with everyday citizens to engage in scientific discussions, share relevant information and provide information on how to get involved.  

What can I expect?

  • Presentations and Panel Discussions on Climate Resiliency, Adaptation to Climate Change, and Latest Findings
  • Breakout topics – scientific research and inquiry, policy issues and how to communicate findings
  • Actionable outcomes – how to get involved and which organizations need volunteers

Call for Papers, Group Discussion Topics, Tabling and Sponsors

Click here to find out more about how you or your organization can collaborate. Please note that the deadline to submit a paper or group discussion topic is October 6, 2017.

Who is presenting?

Among national, regional and local presenters are the following:

Radley Horton, climate scientist at Columbia University. Research focuses on extreme weather events, the limitations of climate models, and adaptation to climate change.
Summer Praetorius ‘98, studies the dynamics of past climate in order to create context and predictability for future climate change. Employed by the United States Geological Survey (USGS), she is focused on the origins of non-linear transitions in the climate system, such as the abrupt warming and cooling events that punctuated the last deglacial and glacial periods, and the cascading effects these events had in marine ecosystems. Her topics of interest include changes in ocean circulation, ocean hypoxia, climate tipping points, human-climate interactions, and interactions between volcanism and climate in the past, with a focus on developing a better understanding of how climate dynamics in the North Pacific affect these processes by using high-resolution marine sediment cores from the Northeast Pacific margin.
Libby Zemaitis ‘04, founder of UpHomes, consults internationally on cleantech, climate resilience and sustainable business strategy. Climate specialist at Cornell University – working with Cornell’s Department of Landscape Architecture and currently working on Climate Smart Communities film series.
  Kai Lord-Farmer ‘06, works as an air quality and climate change analyst with Ascent Environmental in Sacramento CA. Research areas include sustainable transportation, green infrastructure and climate action planning.



12:45                   Check-In, Gilkeson Lobby


Main Session: James Earl Jones Theater

1:10 – 1:15              Opening Remarks – Ben Chant, Head of School, Poughkeepsie Day School

1:15 – 1:40              Tipping Points in the Climate System – Summer Praetorius, Ph.D., Research Geologist, USGS

1:40 – 2:05              Extreme Weather in a Changing Climate – Radley Horton, Ph.D., Cntr for Climate Systems Research, Columbia Univ


2:10 – 2:50          Climate Resiliency Breakout Sessions: Holford Learning Commons, Tabling open in Chapman Room

  • Soil Carbon Sequestration and Farm Resilience, Jennifer Phillips, Ph.D., Bard Center for Environmental Policy, Room G15
  • Extreme Weather and Climate Resilient Communities, Radley Horton, Ph.D., Columbia University, Room G14
  • Communities Building Flood Resilience: Town of Blooming Grove’s Drainage Master Plan Case Study, Michelle Bowen and Allan Estivalet, WSP Engineering, Room G11


2:50 – 3:05           Break, Refreshments and Tabling


Main Session: James Earl Jones Theater

3:05 – 3:30              Supporting Hudson Riverfront Communities as Climate-Adaptive Leaders – Libby Zemaitis, NYSDEC and Cornell Univ

3:30 – 3:55              Climate Action Planning in the Hudson Valley – Kai Lord-Farmer, Ascent Environmental

4:00 – 4:40         Local Climate Action Breakout Sessions: Holford Learning Commons, Tabling open in Chapman Room

  • Climate Action in Higher Education: A Vassar College Case Study, John Ammondson, Vassar College’s Office of Sustainability, Room G15
  • Eating Meat as Activism, Patrick Knapp and Allison Toepp, Back Paddock Farm, Room G11
  • Tools for Climate Activism and Engagement, Johanna Fallert, Dutchess County Progressive Action Alliance, Room G13
  • Climate Smart Communities: Plans into Action, Libby Zemaitis and Kai Lord-Farmer, Room G14

Main Session: James Earl Jones Theater


4:45 – 5:00              Breakout Session Takeaways and Next Steps – Group Discussion Leaders

5:00 – 5:05              Closing Remarks – Ben Chant, Head of School, Poughkeepsie Day School

5:05 – 6:00             Networking Reception & Tabling: Chapman Room



Purchase Tickets

Online registration is closed, but we are selling tickets at the door via credit card and cash. The fee to attend is $10.


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