1. 2012-04-12 Planning Brd Mtg


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    Video by PenfieldTV: Public Hearings: 00:00:39 Robert Keiffer of T.Y. Lin International, 255 East Avenue, Rochester, NY 14604/Paul and Nancy Failing requests under Articles VIII-8-2 and IX-9-2 of the Code Preliminary and Final Subdivision and Site Plan approval to allow the construction of a total of 4 single family lot subdivision including the existing residence on 10.42 +/- acres, located at 1226 Shoecraft Road. The property is now or formerly owned by LuAnn Ferguson and is zoned RR-1. Appl# 12P-0004. SBL# 094.02-1-3. 00:43:55 Chris Holzschuh of 1686 Sweets Corners Road, Fairport, NY 14450 requests under Articles IX-9- 2, and XI-11-7-12 of the Code Preliminary and Final Site Plan and Special Use Permit approval to allow the placement of a windmill for pond aeration on 2.90 +/- acres, located at 1686 Sweets Corners Road. The property is now or formerly owned by Chris Holzschuh, and zoned RA-2. Appl# 12P-0006. SBL# 126.01-1-9. 00:49:30 Doug Eldred of BME Associates, 10 Lift Bridge Lane East, Fairport, NY 14450/Ellison Heights, LLC requests under Articles III-3-10, VIII-8-2, and IX-9-2 of the Code and Town Law 278 a modification/amendment to a previously approved preliminary and final Cluster Subdivision and Site Plan approval as well as Environmental Protection Overlay District permit granted on October 14, 1999 to allow the construction of Phase 2 of the project which now is proposed to consist of 180 unit apartment complex in five, four story buildings, including a 3,000+/- sq. ft. clubhouse with a pool on 18.6 +/- acres, located at 1200-A Penfield Road. The property is now or formerly owned by Ellison Heights, LLC and is zoned MR. Appl# 12P-0005. SBL# 123.19-1-26.11.

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    • Electric Transmission 301


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      More information at: http://www.eesi.org/061014transmission301 WIRES and the Environmental and Energy Study Institute (EESI) held a briefing about the key challenges and opportunities facing electric transmission infrastructure development. Charles Berardesco Senior Vice President and General Counsel, North American Electric Reliability Corp. Download Slides: http://www.eesi.org/files/Charles-Berardesco-061014.pdf Harry Vidas Vice President, ICF International Energy Advisory & Solutions Download Slides: http://www.eesi.org/files/Harry-Vidas-061014.pdf Anne George Vice President of External Affairs, ISO-New England; former Connecticut DPUC Commissioner Download Slides: http://www.eesi.org/files/Anne-George-061014.pdf Steven Burtch Senior Vice President of Business Development, AltaLink Download Slides: http://www.eesi.org/files/Steven-Burtch-061014.pdf Cary Kottler General Counsel, Clean Line Energy Partners Download Slides: http://www.eesi.org/files/Cary-Kottler-061014.pdf James Hoecker Moderator; Husch Blackwell LLP, WIRES Counsel and former Chairman of FERC Download Slides: http://www.eesi.org/files/James-Hoecker-061014.pdf In light of Super Storm Sandy, the attack on the Metcalf Substation in California, and growing cyber threats to the grid, transmission owners, planners, and operators are devising new approaches to ensure high levels of reliability and grid security. Second, the magnitude of the current need to ensure efficient power markets and access to diverse energy resources makes development of robust transmission infrastructure a national priority. The shale gas revolution provides an additional reason to strategically plan the expansion and modernization of the grid while addressing pipeline constraints and access to renewable resources. Finally, these developments are being dealt with in a more competitive bulk power environment, including competition to own, build, and construct important new transmission facilities. New entities and joint ventures are emerging to augment the historical role of incumbent load-serving entities with respect to strengthening the grid regionally and inter-regionally. This program followed our "Transmission 201" in March and was held in conjunction with the forthcoming briefing by EESI and the National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA) on June 18. WIRES is a national non-profit association of investor-, cooperatively-, and publicly-owned companies that promote investment in the high-voltage electric transmission system, to ensure reliable, reasonably priced electricity, access to diverse resources, and competitive markets (www.wiresgroup.com).

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      • Electric Transmission 201: The High - Voltage Grid: Its Operations, Challenges, and Benefits


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        Learn more and download slides at: http://www.eesi.org/032614transmission The Environmental and Energy Study Institute (EESI) and WIRES held a briefing on the modernization of the nation's critical network of high-voltage transmission. Speakers for this forum were: Laura Manz, Executive Consultant, Smart Wire Grid Download Laura Manz's slides http://files.eesi.org/LauraManz032614... Judy Chang, Principal, The Brattle Group Download Judy Chang's slides http://files.eesi.org/JudyChang032614... Jeff Dennis, Director of Policy Development at the Office of Energy Policy & Innovation, FERC Download Jeff Dennis's slides http://files.eesi.org/JeffDennis03261... Kevin Reeves, Managing Director Energy Trading & Marketing, American Electric Power Download Kevin Reeves's slides http://files.eesi.org/KevinReeves0326... Jack Halpern, Power Sector Leader for Environmental Services, Stantec Download Jack Halpern's slides http://files.eesi.org/JackHalpern0326... Dan Belin, Director of Electric Transmission, Ecology & Environment Inc. Download Dan Belin's slides http://files.eesi.org/DanielBelin0326... Moderator: James Hoecker, former FERC Chairman; WIRES Counsel, Husch Blackwell LLP Download James Hoecker's slides http://files.eesi.org/JimHoecker03261... Designed and built well before the digital age to serve more localized customer loads, the "grid" is struggling to support active and increasingly competitive wholesale power markets that now operate regionally. It is often congested or inadequate to deliver domestic energy resources that are not close to customers. Its aging facilities have acknowledged weather and cyber vulnerabilities. Moreover, the planning and regulation of this fundamental infrastructure is complex, often uncoordinated, and slow to produce results. However, despite the combined effects of the recession and greater energy efficiency, the grid will be called upon to serve 30 percent more electrical demand over the next two decades. Modern transmission is the fundamental enabler of competition, new technologies, and our high standard of living. Upgrading and expanding the system is a priority. Transmission 201 provided a basic understanding of how the high-voltage system works and then moved to key issues affecting the grid: economic regulation; actual siting and permitting of the facilities; the regional markets that transmission supports; and the range of diverse economic, environmental, and operational benefits that transmission provides to the whole electric system and electricity consumers.

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        • Marcellus Panel Discussion


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          Students were given an opportunity to participate in a facilitated conversation on the current job climate for higher education graduates with an environmental science background in the emerging natural gas economy. An open forum was offered to all attendees to pose questions to the panel during the session. Approximately two hours in length.

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          • Nanotechnology and Its Unknown Impact On The Environment


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            August 3, 2011 Guests: Dr. Richard “Dick” Young, Executive Director, NREP http://nrep.org; and Robert Thollander, Jr., Molecular Biologist, IEIA Dr. Richard Young is executive Director of the National Registry of Environmental Professionals (NREP) in Glenview, Ill., a suburb of Chicago. NREP, founded in 1987, is the largest non-governmental environmental education organization and accrediting organization with in excess of 20,000 certified professionals world-wide. NREP’s accreditation covers the environmental fields as well as homeland preparedness. NREP was among the first environmental organizations to recognize the potential hazards to the environment from exposure to nanotechnology. Many have since followed. Dr. Young’s background is rich. He has served as the US Government’s pollution control expert around the world at technology exchange meetings with foreign governments. In addition, he has been environmental advisor and consultant to 14 states and five Federal Agencies. Dr. Young, who is an engineer, was founding Editor/Publisher of Pollution Engineering Magazine, a leader in the field. He has written several hundred articles dealing with environmental management and pollution control. In addition he has authored 31 books on environmental safety and engineering. Dr. Young has worn many hats during his esteemed career. He served as an adjunct professor and lecturer at Southern Illinois University, George Williams College and Eastern Kentucky University. He has been honored with numerous awards in journalism, engineering and from governmental agencies, including the Charles Ellet Outstanding Engineer Award and the Environmental Quality Award of the US Environmental Protection Agency. National Registry of Environmental Professionals http: //www.nrep.org ========================== Robert Thollander, Jr., Molecular Biologist, IEIA Nanotechnology. It’s everywhere. It’s in the food we eat, it’s in our cosmetics and sunscreen, and it’s used in hospitals in surgical procedures. It has been around for the past two decades, according to Robert Thollander Jr., Molecular Biologist, and a savvy inner city Chicago biology teacher of 10th and 12th graders. According to him, it’s in the last decade that nanotechnology has really started to go mainstream. “Nanotechnology was created and used for a specific purpose,” says Thollander. “It’s smaller than microscopic. It’s highly lucrative. There are untold uses for its potential in application. “When you go really small, you can specialize what you’re doing. You can manipulate other materials. It’s kind of like a tiny machine. I think any new breakthrough in research can be good.” It’s those unintended uses, though, that can become problematic. Thollander cites DDT as an example. “It wiped out mosquitos and malaria and helped improve crops; however, it destroyed most bird populations. “Nanotechnology is kind of like DDT – it may have unintended side effects.” Thollander uses Morgellons Disease, a skin disease where fibers come out of the skin, and other new viral diseases as illustrations. ”I don’t think the effects are widely known,” he said. “It may be the interaction of different elements. It could be triggered by chemicals, nutrition, different lifestyle patterns. If the CDC (Center for Disease Control) would look into it, they would look at these things. “When HIV first surfaced, it took at least a decade for people to realize there was a blood-borne disease that was killing people.” Thollander points out the untold effects of birth control pills for women. “They urinate. That gets in the water supply. The chemicals are taken in by smaller creatures who are then eaten by larger creatures. It affects the hormones (of fish); the fish become infertile, and it changes the male/female species.” Thollander mentions California as having a high level of technology industry where there is frequent use of nano. “Hence,” he says, “California harbors the most cases of Morgellons Disease.” And he reasons: “If nano is in pesticides, then nano could be in food. Our food has plastic particles, a host of other chemicals and antibiotics (in it).” Thollander is neutral regarding nano, not labeling it as good or bad. “I think it’s how it’s used that dictates whether it will be a good or bad thing for the population,” he said. “The best nano use would be in applied research; in laboratories, it could be beneficial, I do think it’s too soon to be putting it out there. I don’t think enough research and long-lasting research in the environment has been done.” ======================== I, Nanobot – Alan H. Goldstein: http://lifeboat.com/ex/i.nanobot Size of the Nanoscale: http://www.nano.gov/nanotech-101/what/nano-size National Nanotechnology Initiative Strategic Plan (2011): http://www.nano.gov/node/581 Regional, State, and Local Initiatives in Nanotechnology Workshop Report: http://www.nano.gov/node/589 Nano EHS Workshop Series Reports: http://www.nano.gov/node/647 Wires in the Brain (VIDEO): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pgmoz4f8LA4 Nanowire (VIDEO): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iQBw8TP6fFE Media video and audio © 2011 Living Light Network

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            • Found In The Forest: Exploring The Environmental School VOD


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              Found In The Forest is a documentary that explores the Environmental School, a public school in Maple Ridge, British Columbia, Canada which opened its doors in the fall of 2011. Still in its infancy, the Environmental School is a place where teachers, administrators, researchers, parents, and students are working together to develop a rich and unique learning environment while challenging conventional educational models. Chapter 2: How The School Formed 00:01:18 Chapter 3: Why The Need for Change? 00:04:02 Chapter 4: Report Cards and Grades 00:10:25 Chapter 5: Place Based Learning 00:23:38 Chapter 6: Building Forts 00:27:16 Chapter 7: Learning In Place 00:30:30 Chapter 8: Learning Outdoors 00:32:31 Chapter 9: The Connection To The River 00:41:43 Chapter 10: The Challenges Of Weather 00:44:41 Chapter 11: Eco-Education 00:57:27 Chapter 12: Experiential Learning 01:04:51 Chapter 13: Mathematics 01:16:33 Chapter 14: Learning At The BMX Track 01:23:24 Chapter 15: Not Knowing They Are Learning 01:27:51 Chapter 16: The Role Of Community 01:33:24 Chapter 17: What Child Is The School For? 01:37:39 Chapter 18: Judging Success 01:41:54 Chapter 19: Transition to High School 01:45:27 Chapter 20: Hopes For The School 01:49:35 The theory and practice of the school is supported by Place-Based, Imaginative and Ecological Education. Learning and teaching is experiential, in context, and through activities that engage the mind, body, and heart. The film investigates learning styles, ecological involvement, class structure, and the impact of outdoor learning on children. As the parent of a child attending the school, Filmmaker and Photographer Craig Cerhit is able to explore every aspect of the school with unfettered access. By following the students over a two year period and interviewing all of the key participants, Found In The Forest is an important contribution to the critical discussion of what an education is, how it is delivered, and what that means for our children and society.

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              • Environmental Activism in the New Millennium


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                Environmental Activism in the new millennium is the panel topic at the 2ed annual Symposium on environmental affairs at Lewis and Clark College. Panel speakers are David Brower, keynote speaker, chair, Earth Island Institute, and founder, Friends of the Earth; Matt Blevins, program director, Oregon League of Conservation Voters; Robert Liberty, director, 1,000 Friends of Oregon; Chris Beck, Trust for Public Lands; Dick Roy, executive director, Northwest Earth Institute; and Regna Merritt, Oregon Natural Resources Council. “We are guided by the principle that every single environmental issue has connections to the sciences, the social sciences and the humanities,” said Evan Williams, chair of the environmental studies major and professor of chemistry. “We realize that no question has a simple, unambiguous answer,” he said. “It is a Lewis & Clark tradition to insist that faculty and students consider and thoroughly discuss multiple viewpoints. Lewis & Clark’s symposium is an interactive forum for some of the crucial environmental issues of our time.”

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                • 13-SP-The Evolving Role of HR: From Aunt Betty to Innovator, Parts I & II VOD


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                  It's highly likely that your current HR function still reflects what was going on in the 1980s, when firms like yours hired "Aunt Betty" ("She's got a BA degree. She'll do great.") to oversee payroll and benefits, administer personnel records, ensure compliance with employment laws, oversee hiring and firing, and prevent the company from being sued. While that may be fine for the Traditionalists and Boomers still on staff, the future of your firm is in the hands of Generations X and Y. You need to retain them. And to retain them, you need to engage them, which means you need to innovate your culture TODAY. Join Bob Kelleher as he humorously and historically tracks the history of the HR function, while challenging all to replace the traditional HR "compliance" hat with the hat of the organization's "innovator." During this keynote, Bob Kelleher will challenge you to make the HR department your firm's innovation driver as you shift your culture from "Because" to "Why Not." Bob's keynote will highlight: •7 Things Your HR department Must Let Go of: Your managers often hate HR because HR tells them what they can and can't do. Enough! Get your HR team to shed these "killer traits"! •11 Workforce Trends You Must Embrace: Globalization, virtual work teams, technology, work-life balance, social media, corporate social responsibility, etc, are not going away. Your HR function needs to be leading the firm's efforts to leverage these trends. •10 Focal Areas for the HR Leader of Tomorrow: HR needs to obtain a "seat at the table" and push the organization to think differently. HR must start innovating, branding, and socializing to position the firm to be sustainable for tomorrow.

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                  • A Conversation on Hydro-Fracking


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                    Video produced through Penfield TV: Moderated by Mel Callan and Kurt Miller, PGI. Speakers Josh Goldowitz, and Jordan Kleiman. Allow video to load in full to select chapters 0:00:00 Opening Credits 0:03:25 Moderator Statement 0:04:51 Josh Goldowitz presentation 0:41:12 Jordon Kleiman presentation 1:20:00 Question and Answer Session 1:42:20 Closing Remarks Even though Penfield is not located on current, key locations for Hydro-Fracking, the prospect is gaining attention in New York as the state gets closer to deciding whether the DEC will issue drilling permits. While the Penfield Green Initiative has not taken a position on Hydro-Fracking, there is an understanding for the need of education on the topic. This conversation provides a fair, and equal program to the pros and cons of Hydro-Fracking. "Goldowitz is the undergraduate chairman of RIT’s environmental sustainability health and safety program where he teaches environmental geology, hydrology, and environmental courses. Goldowitz discusses fossil fuels and what makes the Marcellus shale special, and the basics of the fracking procedure." "Kleiman, who co-founded Rush Citizens Concerned About Hydrofracking, teaches history at Geneseo and focuses on the relationship between alternative technology and “environmental justice.” Kleiman speaks about ways fracking is relevant to Monroe County and the environmental and economic arguments for and against the practice."

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