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DEC Commissioner Joe Martens to give keynote address at Symposium April 8 in East Syracuse

Rhea Jezer, founder and chair of the Seventh Annual Symposium on Energy in the 21st Century, recently announced that the newly confirmed commissioner of the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, Joe Martens, will be giving the keynote address at the symposium, "Reducing Our Carbon Footprint - Taking the Right Path" to be held Friday April 8 at The Links at Erie Village in East Syracuse. This is the first time the commissioner will be addressing a Central New York audience. His topic is "The State of the DEC," which is most relevant with the recent drastic cuts to the agency.

Martens will be joined on the program and for a panel discussion by other distinguished speakers including Peter Lehner, executive director, Natural Resources Defense Council; Rick Fedrizzi, president, CEO and founding chair, US Green Building Council; Frank Murray, president and CEO NYSERDA; Steven Leibo, professor, Russell Sage College and International Affairs Commentator for WAMC Northeast Public Radio; Jill Harvey, NYS director, Rural Development USDA; Kit Kennedy, counsel to air and energy program, NRDC; and Joanie Mahoney, Onondaga County executive.

This is the seventh year Jezer has chaired this symposium which draws 350 attendees from around the state as well as several other states.

It is known as one the most important energy conferences in the state. The program is from 7:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., followed by optional tours.

Registration fee, including breakfast and lunch, is $40, $20 for students or limited income. Seating is limited.

To register, go to energy21symposium.org or contact rjezer@gmail.com.

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