SUNY Orange Among Sponsors of March 9 Event to Promote Sustainability Among Businesses, Individuals

MIDDLETOWN, N.Y. – Gay Browne, founder of Greenopia, will serve as the keynote speaker during a March 9 “Sustainability Summit” to be hosted by the Orange County Chamber of Commerce in conjunction with SUNY Orange, Mount Saint Mary College, the Orange County Association of Realtors, Orange County Citizens Foundation, Orange County Partnership and the county’s Planning Department.

The summit will begin with a continental breakfast at 7:30 a.m. The official program begins at 8:30 a.m. and is expected to run through mid-afternoon in the Kaplan Math, Technology & Science Center at Mount Saint Mary College. Browne, whose Greenopia organization provides consumers with all types of information to help them reduce their impact on the environment through daily purchasing decisions, will address those in attendance from 8:45 to 10 a.m.

Breakout sessions will be held from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m., and will address the following topics: education and training for sustainable careers, ecological living and slow food, energy conservation, green energy, and creating sustainable communities. Lunch, from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., will feature an “idea exchange” followed by a panel discussion on “Sustainability in Orange County.”

Various vendors will also be displaying and demonstrating “green” technologies throughout the day. Those interested in participating should visit to see if they qualify as a “green” vendor. The vendor fee is $250.

General admission to the summit is $25, which includes breakfast and lunch. To register, apply as a vendor or acquire more information, call (845) 457-9700, or visit the Chamber web site at

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Mike Albright
Communications Officer
115 South Street
Middletown, NY 10940