Issue Date: December 2, 2020
WCA's Adds Focus Area: Energy & Sustainability
Advocacy and education to move our economy towards a cleaner and more sustainable future
With the passage of the Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act, New York now has one of the strongest climate change laws in the world. In order to meet these ambitious goals and become a leader in the fight for a clean energy future, professional stakeholders across the political spectrum will need to be proactive. More and more, organizations focused on long-term success are embracing the critical concepts of sustainability management.
The WCA has developed an advocacy, education, and action plan to help our members address these challenges and move our economy towards a cleaner and more sustainable future. To learn more about this new initiative, Click Here.
NEW Opportunity! Sustainability Management Course
Developing & Implementing a Sustainable Business Plan
WCA has partnered with Fordham University’s Gabelli School of Business to provide an online course in organizational sustainability for professionals. WCA’s goal is to train thought leaders with the necessary analytical tools to originate, market, and lead sustainability initiatives in a variety of professional contexts.

This custom course is 8 weeks long and begins on February 3. The program culminates in a personalized, actionable strategic plan for your organization big or small. Limited space available.
WCA Committees in Action!
R/E & Housing Task Force
On November 24, the members of the Real Estate & Housing Task Force met virtually to discuss next steps after its successful Real Estate & Housing Summit, which attracted over 300 leaders and community members. The group also heard from Fairfield County's Center for Housing Opportunity and the Regional Plan Association about their affordable housing initiatives.

For more information on this task force, contact Julia Emrick.
Workforce Committee
On November 18, the members of the Workforce Committee met virtually and focused their discussion on way to support the WCA's Towards A Strong Future Report and economic recovery initiatives. They also discussed "work experience" models to consider using to help recruit and retain talent. Education and training members shared information on new programs, services and resources they offer to job seekers, employees and employers.

For more information on this committee, contact Jason Chapin.
On-Demand: Career Chat
Programs that Help Employers Find &
Hire Qualified Talent
Learn timely insights and ideas on innovative training, internship, and apprenticeship programs that connect you with qualified job seekers. This video chat is ideal for employers who will be hiring in the coming months and are interested in work experience models that create talent pipelines.

Featured Guests:
Kate Hackett, The Guidance Center
Alejandro Alvarez, Soulful Synergy
Sara Marcus, Greyston
Sara Shepherd, Mercy College
Member News & Announcements
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Soulful Synergy, LLC is a full service, socially conscious consulting company that takes a multifaceted approach to sustainability, workforce and community development. Our goal is to empower people, organizations, and communities to thrive, by connecting them to opportunities that maximize the resources available to them. We specialize in the facilitation of connections between key stakeholders and support the development of collaborative partnerships. More Info Here.
H2M architects + engineers has recently received five distinctive honors from the American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC) of New York 2021 Engineering Excellence Awards: a Diamond Award for Springs School Sanitary System Upgrade Project; a Platinum Award for Main Street Improvements in the Incorporated Village of Westhampton Beach; a Gold Award for the Advanced Oxidation Process (AOP) Pilot Studies for Long Island Drinking Water; a Gold Award for Rapid Deployment of AOP Treatment Systems; and a Gold Award for Saratoga County Public Safety Facility. Read More Here.
Michael J. Fosina, MPH, FACHE, president of NewYork-Presbyterian Lawrence Hospital, senior vice president, NewYork-Presbyterian and WCA Board Member, has been named chairman of the American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE) for 2020-2021. “I’m honored to assume the ACHE chair at such a critical time in our nation’s healthcare history,” said Fosina.“In addition to the severe challenges we face from the pandemic, we continue to confront unresolved societal issues such as health disparities, the uninsured and the fiscal sustainability of Medicare and Medicaid." Read More Here.
The Hynes Institute for Entrepreneurship & Innovation at Iona College recently announced the GaelVentures Virtual Incubator, a 10-week immersive program for early-stage businesses. A select group of students and recent alumni are working side-by-side with Iona’s entrepreneur-in-residence, as well as business mentors and a wide range of industry experts, to nurture their businesses from concept to launch. Read More Here.
Westchester Medical Center Health Network is the proud recipient of the 2020 Healthcare Leaders of New York's Diversity Leader Award. Now in its fifth year, HLNY's coveted Diversity Leader Award is given to healthcare facilities that have been consecutive leaders in diversity, equity and inclusion space. More Info Here.
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