Session Leaders

Marine Conservation

Participating Group: Atlantic Marine Conservation Society
Leader: Robert Di Giovanni, Jr.

Description: Marine conservation is not just an abstract scientific theory, but a necessary practice that will ensure that there are healthy oceans and marine animals on the planet for generations to come. It is the action that you take every day by recycling your plastic and aluminum, composting reusable waste, and cleaning local environments that will make the most impact on our wildlife. Learn how you can help the whales, dolphins, seals and sea turtles that use the same oceans that we do. Join Mr. DiGiovanni on a journey to enjoy the wonders of our marine environment and learn how simply cleaning up trash on a beach can make a huge difference in the lives of these majestic animals.

Bio: Robert A. DiGiovanni, Jr., Chief Scientist of the Atlantic Marine Conservation Society and marine biologist for over 20 years.


Eating Healthy for the Environment
Participating Group: Brock
Leader(s): Estee Glickman & Kilene Knitter

Description: What is sustainability? Is eating meat really bad for the environment? Should I only eat organic? Is sustainable eating good for me? These are just a few of the questions that Brock & Company dietitians Estee Glikman and Kilene Knitter will explore in their “Sustainable Eating” presentation. Ms. Glikman and Ms. Knitter feel strongly about sustainable eating and love helping people make informed decisions. They bring both their personal and professional experience to the topic. They will discuss how small choices can have large and lasting effects physically and environmentally.

Bios: Kilene Knitter, RD, LDN is a registered dietitian with a passion for educating others to lead a healthy lifestyle through a balance of diet and exercise. Her current role as Registered Dietitian for Brock & Company allows her to use her clinical and wellness experience to provide customized health and wellness programming, presentations and materials to Brock’s education and corporate dining divisions.

Ms. Knitter graduated from Penn State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in nutritional science, and became a registered dietitian following her dietetic internship at Penn State Hershey Medical Center. She has been a licensed dietitian/nutritionist in the state of Pennsylvania since 2013. She is a member of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, Pennsylvania Station Dietetic Association, Central Pennsylvania Dietetic Association, and School Nutrition Association.

Estee Glikman, RDN, is a registered dietitian with experience working with various populations. Ms. Glikman graduated with a Bachelor of Science in dietetics from Queens College. She then completed her dietetic internship at Lehman College in the Bronx, NY.

Prior to working at The Masters School, Ms. Glikman facilitated health, wellness and sports nutrition training at a variety of sports clubs in New York City. Additionally, she has extensive experience working with children and adolescents in her private practice in New York City. Her approach is largely focused on providing information and empowering both kids and adults to make good choices for their bodies. Ms. Glikman has been a practicing dietitian since 2014 and is a member of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.


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Composting and Composting Workshop (Grade 10)
Participating Group: Food Bank for Westchester
Leader: Douglass DeCandia


Invasive Plant Treatment (Vines) (Grade 10)
Participating Group: Groundwork Hudson Valley
Leader: Nathan Hunter


Grassroots Activism: Opposing a Gas Pipeline in Westchester County
Participating Group: Stop the Algonquin Pipeline Expansion (SAPE)
Leader: Susan Van Dolsen

Description: Ms. Van Dolsen plans to describe the formation of the grassroots group, Stop the Algonquin Pipeline Expansion (SAPE), and the various methods employed to oppose the project. The students will learn how to organize to work on a local issue and how this particular struggle to stop a natural gas pipeline expansion relates to the larger issue of climate change.

Bio: Susan Van Dolsen is a lifelong resident of Westchester County, NY. She is a a co-founder of SAPE and a co-organizer of Westchester for Change, a grassroots all-volunteer, progressive group.


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The Plight of Bees
Leader(s): Robert Smith, Apiarist; Denise Willi P'13,'17

Climate Change
Leader: Dr. Radley Horton

Bio: Radley Horton is a Research Scientist at the Center for Climate Systems Research at Columbia University, affiliated with NASA’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies. He was a Convening Lead Author for the Third National Climate Assessment. He is also the Lead Principal Investigator for the WWF-Columbia University ADVANCE partnership, and the Consortium for Climate Risk in the Urban Northeast, funded by NOAA-Regional Integrated Sciences and Assessments. Dr. Horton is also the Columbia University lead for the Northeast Climate Science Center funded by the Department of Interior, and the Climate Change Education Partnership Project funded by the National Science Foundation. He has also served as Deputy Lead for NASA’s Climate Adaptation Science Investigator Working Group, charged with linking NASA’s science to its institutional stewardship.

He has also been a co-leader in the development of a global research agenda in support of the Program on Vulnerability, Impacts and Adaptation initiative, a United Nations environmental program. Dr. Horton serves on numerous national and international task forces and committees, including the Climate Scenarios Task Force in support of the 2018 U.S. National Climate Assessment. He also teaches in Columbia University’s Sustainable Development department. 

Two Case Studies
Leader: Elisabeth Radow

Description: Elisabeth (Beth) Radow will discuss how regular citizens joined together to stop high-volume fracking in New York. Ms. Radow will also discuss her experience as co-counsel to the lead-litigating attorney representing two families whose water was contaminated by gas drilling operations. Facing off against the world’s seventh largest law firm, these two female attorneys prevailed: $4.24 million was awarded to their clients by an eight-person unanimous jury in Federal District Court in Pennsylvania.

Bio: Elisabeth Radow is the managing attorney of Radow Law PLLC, with over 30 years of professional experience focusing on real property law, real estate finance and risk management, combined with sustainable practices involving energy and environmental conservation at the state and local levels. Ms. Radow is a graduate of The Fieldston School, Cornell University and Cardozo Law School. She chairs the Committee on Energy, Agriculture and the Environment of the League of Women Voters of New York State. She is a former president of the League of Women Voters of Larchmont/Mamaroneck, a current member of the Town of Mamaroneck Sustainability Collaborative, and Professor of Sustainability Action at Manhattanville College.


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Sustainability: Creating a future we can live with
Participating Group: Manhattanville College
Leader: Prof. Sherie McClam

Description: This session focuses on the big idea of change agency by presenting the stories of young people from across the globe whose ordinary work in school led them to take extraordinary action for a sustainable future. Attendees will participate in interactive crowd-sourcing activities designed to inspire and motivate them to become part of creating a future we can live with.

Bio: Dr. Sherie McClam is an Associate Professor of Science Education and Education for Sustainability in Manhattanville College's School of Education in Purchase, NY. With an extensive background in social and ecological justice, she created and directs an advanced certificate program in education for sustainability that is designed to generate educational leaders for a sustainable future.


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Environmental Mediation
Participating Group: Meridian Institute Dillon, Colorado & Washington D.C.
Leader: Connie Lewis

Description: This session will provide an overview of environmental mediation – what it is, how it is used to promote sustainable solutions to environmental problems, and how it has been applied in a variety of highly controversial and complex cases around the world. There will also be an opportunity for students to experience mediation through a role-playing exercise.

Bio: Connie Lewis is a Founder and Senior Partner of Meridian Institute. Ms. Lewis is highly regarded across the country as a mediator, facilitator and consultant. She has focused her work at Meridian on a wide variety of issues, including wildlife and fisheries management, ecosystem management, forestry, air and water quality, agriculture policy, protected area management, community-based decision-making, health, energy policy, and facility siting. Ms. Lewis has expertise and extensive experience conducting conflict assessments; designing, convening and facilitating stakeholder engagement and policy dialogues at the local, regional, national and international levels; and providing strategic advice about collaborative processes. Ms. Lewis served as the Associate Director of the Science and Public Policy Program at The Keystone Center. She received a Bachelor of Science degree in biology from Southern Oregon College and a Master of Science degree in wildland resource science, with a policy emphasis, from the University of California at Berkeley.


Small Scale Farming; Grade 9 Field Trip
Participating Group: Stone Barns Center for Food and Agriculture
Leader(s): Jason Grauer & Rene Marion

Bio: Jason Grauer is crop production manager at Stone Barns Center. With a degree in economics from Tufts University, Mr. Grauer spent the early part of his career in the financial industry. A year spent volunteering at Stone Barns confirmed his desire to farm full-time, and he spent two seasons at Stone Barns as an apprentice. Mr. Grauer then developed a rooftop greenhouse for Eli Zabar’s Vinegar Factory, worked at Four Season Farm in Maine and assisted with organic seed research in Cornell University’s Plant Breeding and Genetics lab, where he gained a deeper understanding of plant breeding and the seed industry. He also co-developed the lab’s first soil-based greenhouse for four-season food production, research and education. Today at Stone Barns Center, Mr. Grauer manages the daily responsibilities and organization of field crop production, sales of vegetables from the greenhouse, and field and vegetable experimentation and research.


Forest Walk & Clean-Up (Grade 10); Forest Ecosystem Walk (Grade 10)
Participating Group: The Masters School
Leader(s): Meghan Williams & Cynthia Roberts