LAKE PLACID Energy efficiency funding, ecological hotspots, Article XIV constitutional mandates and 21st century issues, and collaborative partnerships for economic and ecological sustainability are some of the topics to be addressed at the 15th Annual Conference on the Adirondacks. The conference, sponsored by the Adirondack Research Consortium, will be held May 21 and 22 at the Crowne Plaza Hotel and Conference Center. Featured speakers include Paul Tonko, President and CEO of NYSERDA; State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry President, Neil Murphy; Pace University Professor of Environmental Law, Nicholas Robinson, and Adirondack Park Agency Chairman, Curt Stiles. Concurrent sessions of research papers and poster sessions highlighting current environmental, economic, and community-based research projects will also be featured. ARCs annual conference has become the major networking event in the Adirondack Park for learning about research-based information to guide policies, planning, and management of the Parks lands and communities, said Liz Thorndike, ARC President. This years conference will highlight collaborative opportunities bringing together users and producers of research to plan effective strategies for insuring the environmental and economic sustainability of the Adirondack region, said Dan Fitts, ARC Executive Director. To become a conference sponsor, or for more information about the conference and to register on-line, go to the ARC Web site, www.adkresearch.org or call 523-1814.