Our First Conference May 21, 2013

LI-GEO had the first, of what we hope to be many, annual conference on Tuesday, May 21, 2013 at the Courtyard Marriott in Ronkonkoma, NY.

There were approximately 80 attendees. In addition to LI-GEO members, there were engineers, general contractors, public officials and other interested parties.


Starting at 8 AM, the program featured:

  • Complimentary Breakfast
  • Introductory Address by our President, John Franceschina
  • Panel Discussion about Geothermal Heating & Cooling Systems featuring:
    • David Calone, Chair, Planning Commission, Suffolk County
    • Dorian Dale, Director of Sustainability, Chief Recovery Officer, Suffolk County
    • Rudy Holesek, President/Founder Apollo HVAC and Greenway Solutions
    • Neal Lewis, Executive Director, Sustainability Institute, Molloy College
    • Neil Rosen, Director, Sustainable Development, North Shore LIJ
  • AIA- and USGBCI-certified Continuing Education program on “Geothermal Heat Exchangers” by Paul Meyer, PE, CEM, CBCP, LEED AP BD + C. GBE, of WSP Flack & Kurtz
  • Lunch Presentation on “Construction & Geothermal Energy” by Jack Kulka, PE, LEED AP, NY & NJ PLE
  • Closing Remarks by John Franceschina
  • Tour of a working Geothermal Heat Pump System at the Courtyard Marriott conducted by Zach Fink, LI-GEO Vice President, of Air Ideal, Inc.

The Legislation Committee prepared a petition for conference participants to sign in support Senate Bill S01343 and Assembly Bill A01411. These bills exempt Sales and Use Tax on geothermal heating and cooling equipment. The committee collected 47 signatures and sent the petition to the bills’ sponsors, Sen. Maziarz and AM Jaffee. For more information on this legislative issue, click here for the Legislative Update page.

Here is a link to our photo album.

Here is some of the feedback we received:

This conference was sponsored by LIPA, GeoComfort Geothermal Systems, GreenWay Solutions, Inc., You Save Green, Water Furnace and Browning Hotel Properties, owners of Courtyard by Marriott, our host.

 The Long Island Power Authority  
     Owners of Courtyard by Marriott

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