September 8, 2015

First Roundtable Lunch of 2015-16: October 14

Albany Roundtable is gearing up for a great season, and kicking off the luncheon series with Jeffery Mirel, President of the Albany Barn. Watch your inbox for a meeting notice.

If you just can’t wait until October to rub elbows with business and community leaders, have a delicious lunch and hear an engaging speaker, make plans to attend the “Creating Sustainable Communities” luncheon on Thursday, September 17.

Our region is an incubator for a number of experiments in sustainable living. Learn more about these efforts and help the Community Loan Fund of the Capital Region celebrate its 30th Anniversary with a luncheon at the National Register-listed University Club of Albany, 141 Washington Avenue at Dove Street from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Author Rik Scarce, Professor of Sociology at Skidmore College, will discuss and sign his book Creating Sustainable Communities: Lessons from the Hudson River Region (State University of New York Press – June, 2015).

The book showcases sustainability efforts by telling the stories of dynamic individuals and organizations that are remaking the region’s landscape through ecosystem stewardship, nurturing agricultural practices, and urban renewal for the twenty-first century, along with those promoting creative land-use planning, richly functioning communities, and green businesses. Together, their achievements point to the potential for other areas of the country to forge sustainable futures, and also remind us of the sobering realities and daunting challenges that await us as we attempt to remake our relationships with the planet and with each other.

The cost for the luncheon is $30. Attendees must register in advance, online at A hot and cold buffet will be served from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., with the program beginning at 12:15 p.m. The book signing will follow the luncheon, and books will be available for purchase at $25. Books can also be purchased online upon registering for the luncheon, along with Rik Scarce’s video “Sustaining This Place,” a film based on the book.

And remember – save the date – 10/14 – to join Albany Roundtable as they launch their 2015-16 Roundtable season!