NYSACC News, Winter 2020

CAC/CB Annual Education Credits

Many of you are familiar with educational credits required by New York State for members of regulatory commissions, such as municipal Planning Boards and Boning Boards of Appeals.  The Environmental Leaders Learning Alliance (ELLA) works with agencies like the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation to deliver an online training curriculum aimed at providing members of CACs/CBs the information they need to best serve their communities.  This is done through ELLA’s Conservation Accreditation Program (CAP).

We all know the responsibility we have been given by our own municipalities to submit the best scientific information we can provide to assist them in making decisions on matters of great importance.  Having a system in which we can maintain a level of education, be it voluntary or mandatory, would be a tremendous asset for our groups. 

If you are interested in learning more about CAP, please contact nysaccofficemanager@gmail.com.

About Simon Skolnik

Simon Skolnik is the President of NYSACC and Chair of the Town of Bedford Conservation Board. A trained civil engineer, Mr. Skolnik devoted his career to the management of public and private sector construction projects. He was first appointed to the Bedford Conservation Board in 1985 and became Chair in 1995. He joined the NYSACC Board of Directors in 1989, was elected Vice President in 1995, and elected President in 2019.

Besides their historic role in the protection of open space, Mr. Skolnik views Conservation Advisory Commissions and Boards as among the most vital and important institutions in combating climate change locally and mitigating its effects on the natural and built environments.