Sustainability Café on March 18th will delve into agricultural waste management


Contributed by Marian Brown

The Sustainability Café on Monday, March 18th will feature Michael Coia from Finger Lakes Grape Seed Oil and Seneca BioEnergy explaining why he believes Agricultural Waste Management Is Economically and Environmentally Sustainable.”  The Café will be held in Center for Natural Sciences Room 112 at 4:00PM, in conjunction with the Environmental Seminar. The Spring 2013 Sustainability Café/Environmental Seminar series is focused on our local food system. 

Michael Coia, CEO of Finger Lakes Grape Seed Oil, has over 30 years management and engineering experience running an environmental contracting company and directing construction, environmental bioremediation and reclamation programs. As the founder and general manager of Seneca BioEnergy, Mr. Coia is currently siting the Seneca AgBio Green Energy Park in Seneca County to process waste materials and other feedstocks in order to produce beneficial products, including the processing of waste vegetable oils for biodiesel biofuel production, and the processing of grape waste pomace for the production of grape seed oil and other grape-derived extracts. 

“Teachable edibles” – local, organic and/or seasonal snacks – for the Spring 2013 Sustainability Café series are being sponsored by Ithaca College Dining Services whose motto is “Sustainability – Healthy – Fresh.” Please bring your reusable mug and fill up at the nearest drinking fountain or provide your own beverage of choice.

This event is free and open to the public.

Individuals with disabilities requiring accommodations should contact Marian Brown at 607-274-3787 or We ask that requests for accommodations be made as soon as possible.

Drink in a new way to think in the Sustainability Café.