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FOCUS: The 2018 WDF Conference aims to generate a better understanding of the challenges we confront in achieving both socio-economic resilience and environmental justice in the face of accelerating climate change. WDF conference presentations will explore innovative approaches to food and water security, including various forms of urban agriculture; sustainable design; and the power of data science for social good.
SPEAKERS (preliminary list):
Mary Landry, Rear Admiral, USGC, (retired): served as the Federal on Scene Coordinator in the Deepwater Horizon oil spill and Senior Advisor to President Obama on Resilience Policy.
Aleksandra Mojsilovic, IBM Fellow: leads AI Foundations department at the IBM T. J. Watson Research Center in Yorktown Heights, New York and serves as a co-director for IBM's Science for Social Good Initiative.
Lisa Newman, Chief Operating Officer of AeroFarms (Newark), the world’s largest-producing vertical farm.
Annie Novak, urban agriculture pioneer: founder and director of Growing Chefs, field-to-fork food education program; co-founder and farmer of Eagle Street Rooftop Farm in Greenpoint, Brooklyn; and author of The Rooftop Growing Guide.
Qiana Mickie, Executive Director, Just Food, an NYC non-profit focusing on food justice and sustainable agriculture.
Nathaly Agosto Filión, Chief Sustainability Officer, Newark.
Andrea Hall Adebowale, Director, Department of Water and Sewer Utilities, Newark
Lucia Rodriguez-Freire, Assistant Professor, John A. Reif, Jr. Department Civil and Environmental Engineering, NJIT: studies impact of contaminants from abandoned
Martina Decker, Assistant Professor in the College of Architecture and Design and director of the Idea Factory and the Material Dynamics Lab (MDL), NJIT: uses emergent materials and technologies to create a sustainable design approach to environmental challenges, including water and energy conservation.
Kateryna Zemskova, CEO of Good Earth Global, a non-profit that uses an innovative "earth-bag" technology to help villagers build safe, eco-friendly homes using little more than the dirt beneath their feet.
Amanda Weeks, Co-Founder/CEO, Industrial/Organic: food waste recovery.
Michele Bongiovanni, Co-Founder/CE, HealRWorld: Uses data analytics to drive sustainable business practices.
Karen Brown-Stovell, Executive Director, Forward Ever Sustainable Business Alliance: promotes the economic and environmental sustainability of the Greater Newark community.
Colette Santasieri, Executive Director, Policy & Planning Innovation for Civil Infrastructure and Environment, NJII at NJIT: provides assistance to developers of properties where there is the potential presence of a hazardous substance, pollutant, or contaminant.