FOCUS Forum – Healing the Earth – August 20, 2020 12pm EST

FOCUS Forums – A virtual series on COVID challenges

Former SUNY ESF President Neil Murphy and Onondaga Environmental Institute President Ed Michalenko explore the opportunities and challenges for the environment in a new virtual FOCUS Forum.

Neil Murphy, PhD

While the COVID-19 pandemic has wreaked horrible tragedy, the resulting shutdown has provided some time to heal. This forum will touch on how the environment has improved, what policy changes we might make to sustain the improvements, and how the environment can be an asset in reducing future pandemics.

Join in with your questions at noon Thursday August 20. Register for the Zoom webinar by computer at this LINK or call 315-448-8731 for FOCUS staff to register you. This free FOCUS Forum is open to all. 

Cornelius “Neil” B. Murphy Jr., PhD, led the O’Brien & Gere technical services and engineering firm from 1982 until 2000. In 2000 he was chosen as President of State University of New York – College of Environmental Science and Forestry. He is widely credited with bringing environmental leadership to Central New York and new life to SUNY ESF, a post he left in 2013. He continues his work at SUNY as Senior Fellow for Environmental and Sustainable Systems.

In addition to his many leadership posts and honors in the community Dr. Murphy was named a FOCUS Wisdom Keeper in 2013.

Ed Michalenko, PhD

Ed Michalenko, PhD, is the elected Supervisor of the Town of DeWitt and President of Onondaga Environmental Institute. The institute is a not-for-profit corporation dedicated to environmental education, research, planning and restoration.

In his leadership of OEI Dr. Michalenko has administered grant supported projects in Central New York and beyond for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, New York State Department of Environmental Conservation and Onondaga County.