Human and natural environments play an important part in the health and quality of life of Central New York residents, the state, our country and the world. In this 6th year of this course, we will have a particularly interesting slate of speakers on environmental topics with the potential to impact our community. February 12: The Many Facets of the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation Dereth Glance, Region 7 Director, NYSDEC The NYSDEC is known by the public for its regulatory role in the protection of the environment, and for its conservation officers often seen during fishing and hunting seasons. Our speaker will provide a perspective of the much wider range of activities the agency performs to protect and enhance the environment and public health. February 19: Urban Air Quality Modeling and Monitoring for Pollutant Exposure and Health Risk Assessments Huiting Mao, Ph.D, Department of Chemistry, SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry, Syracuse, NY Long-range contaminant transport can be an important factor in public health, possibly more so with climate change and alterations in wind and precipitation patterns. Dr. Mao will describe her research into 3D air quality modeling, and how it has played an important role in a major regional project: The reconstruction of Interstate 81. February 26: An Ecosystem-Based Planning Approach to the Protection of Watersheds in New York Tony Eallonardo, Ph.D., Ramboll USA, Syracuse, NY NYSDEC’s Great Lakes Program is developing a pilot effort to create management plans to help protect and restore the long-term health of individual NYS watersheds. Dr. Eallonardo will discuss the basis for this planning approach, and the development of specific plans for the Cattaraugus, Sterling and Wolcott Creek watersheds. March 4: Restoring the Environment – How a Remediation Program Worked in Geneva, NY Matt Horn, MRB Group, Rochester, NY Cleanup of environmental contamination can be a complex, but rewarding, process. Mr. Horn will take us through a successful regional project and provide a perspective of how remediation occurs in real practice.