Sustainable Broome

2023 Sustainable Broome Lunch & Learn Panelist Series

Session #3: Solid Waste Management

Join us for our third series event where we will learn about the Solid Waste Management across Broome County. Stay tuned for more information on this session! Email us at to be added to our email list. 

Date: January 19th, 2024

Time: 12:00PM-2:00PM

Location: TBD     

Session #1: Creating Context: Broome's Climate Future

Join us for our first series session that will kickoff our journey by creating context on how our region has been and may be affected by a changing climate. We will hear from experts on weather and climate data trends, the importance of the "2 degrees" rule, climate migration, and finally, what resiliency funding opportunities are coming down the pipe line. We will also hear from local Broome County municipalities who are working on their Climate Smart Communities and Clean Energy Communities certifications and what they have been able to accomplish. Make sure you register using the link provided below.

Date: September 15th, 2023

Time: 12:00PM-2:00PM

Location: Taste NY Market - Broome County, 840 Front Street, Binghamton, NY 13905

*Free parking is available at location*                                 

Session Agenda: View Here

Presentations: Full Presentation

Weather and Climate Trends, Jessica Spaccio, Climatologist, NOAA Northeast Regional Climate Center at Cornell University

Binghamton 2 Degrees, Dr. Andreas Pape, Binghamton University 

Exploring Climate Migration to the Rustbelt, Linda Shi, Cornell University

Savings, Health & Comfort, Diane Stefani, The Climate Reality Project

Session #2: Sustainable Local Food Systems

Join us for our second series event where we will learn about the Sustainable Local Food Systems here in Broome County. We will first hear about how our region's Agricultural sector is being affected by climate change, then we will learn about some of Cornell Cooperative Extension's Farm to Table programs including updates on the BC Farmer's Market, their Community Kitchen, and the Taste NY Store, next VINES will present on the importance of urban Agricultural Communities, and finally we will wrap up with learning about the Broome County Food Council's Food System Study. Register for this session using the link below or scan the QR code above. Make sure you don't forget your lunch!

Date: November 17th, 2023

Time: 12:00PM-2:00PM

Location: Taste NY Market - Broome County, 840 Front Street, Binghamton, NY 13905

*Free parking is available at location*                            

Session Agenda: View Here

Presentations: Full Presentation

Agriculture & Climate Change in Broome County, Jenna Walczak, Agriculture Climate Resiliency Specialist, CCE

Broome County Regional Farmer's Market, Commercial Kitchen, and Taste NY Programs, Amy Willis, CCE Broome 

Volunteers Improving Neighborhood Environments (VINES), Amelia LoDolce, VINES Executive Director

Importance of Food Banks & Food Systems Community Survey, Theresa Krause, Southern Tier Food Bank

Series Information

The Sustainable Broome Lunch and Learn Panelist Series is a new sustainability education initiative centered around providing workshop-like sessions on a bimonthly basis that will bring together community members and experts in the sustainability and resiliency spaces across the County.  There is a large amount of progress being completed at the different levels of government, non-profits, education institutions, and private sector and we want to create a space to share these achievements.  Sessions will have a main sustainability focus area where guest speakers will present relevant projects, programs, research, and/or opportunities.  Our goal is to provide local information about what is happening right in our backyard, how to get involved in sustainability efforts throughout our communities, and what steps each municipality and community member can take to decrease their impact on our interconnected-climate systems.

Other discussion topics include (but are not limited to):

  • Energy Systems and Critical Infrastructure,
  • Green Innovation Economy,
  • Solid Waste: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle,
  • Flooding Resiliency,
  • Community Resiliency and Food Systems,
  • Smart Growth,
  • Land Conservation; and
  • Transportation

Sessions will be taking place in-person at different venues across the County. Attendees are encouraged to bring their lunch with them and ate while they learn from our guest speakers. For more information regarding these sessions, you have an achievement you think should be highlighted, or you are interested in presenting at one of our sessions, please reach out to our project coordinator below:

Gillian Sloan, Planner

(607) 778-2911

Special Thank You to our partners!


Sustainable Broome Education Initiative

Check out our Sustainable Broome Climate Change Fact Sheet HERE!

Stay tuned for additional fact sheets on Mitigation and Adaptation Efforts taking place across the county and Broome County's Climate Smart Communities (CSC) and Clean Energy Communities (CEC) Designations.