CRREO to host the Hudson Valley Green Materials & Services Expo

The Center for Research, Regional Education and Outreach (CRREO) at SUNY New Paltz, in conjunction with the Hudson Valley Branch of the US Green Building Council’s (USGBC) New York Upstate chapter, is pleased to host the third annual Green Materials and Services Expo (GMSE) on Tuesday, Oct. 14, from noon -8 p.m. in the Student Union Building on the New Paltz campus.

The expo is the premier event in the region to meet leading national, regional, and local manufacturers of green products and green service providers. Building on the successes of 2012 and 2013, this year’s expo showcases 40 exhibitors with a projected attendance of more than 250 designers, builders, homeowners, students, and people from green trades and businesses.

“SUNY New Paltz is among New York’s leading institutions of higher education in planning and implementing a sustainable built campus environment,” said CRREO Director Gerald Benjamin.” In accord with that commitment, CRREO is pleased to join in hosting this important regional gathering.”

The expo begins with three workshops: “LEED 4 in the Trenches,” led by Mark Maddalina, of SWBR architects from 1- 3:30 p.m. (optional credit available); “Repurposing Materials in Green Design,” led by Vivian Mandala, interior designer and board member of ReThink Local, from 2- 2:45 p.m.; and “Free Solar: Fact or Fiction,” led by Tom Kancades, of SunUp Solar from 2:45- 3:30 p.m. SUNY New Paltz Sustainability Coordinator Lisa Mitten and Emily Vail, of the NYS DEC, will lead tours of LEED buildings and green infrastructure at the College from 3:30- 5 p.m. At 5 p.m., President Donald P. Christian will deliver remarks followed by a series of keynote speakers, including: KT Tobin of CRREO and Dan Lipson of SUNY New Paltz, Vivian Mandala of ReThink Local, and Rick Alfandre, architect and board chair of the USGBC’s New York Upstate chapter.

Admission is free for USGBC’s New York Upstate members and students who register in advance with current ID. Cost for the general public is $10 for advance registration and $20 at the door. Light food and a cash bar will be provided. Exhibitors and guests should register on the USGBC event webpage at

Supporting sponsors include: CRREO, Alfandre Architecture, Courtney Strong Inc., Luminary Publishing, ReThink Local, Ulster County Economic Development and The Williams Lake Project.

CRREO was established in 2007 to further engage the university and its people with communities, governments, not-for-profits, and businesses across our region. CRREO conducts and publicizes research on regional topics; creates and directs select institutes focusing on specific topics of regional interest; connects and partners with local governments, not-for-profits, and businesses to initiate reforms and advocate for best practices; contracts to assess the performance of public and not-for-profit agencies and programs; and works to foster intergovernmental collaboration and community engagement.