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EPA Regional Administrator Discusses Clean Power Plan at SU-EFC Facilitated Roundtable ...

07/16/2014

SU-EFC Releases New Guides in 2014 New York State Guidebook Series...

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SU-EFC Leads Town of DeWitt Rain Barrel Program...

06/30/2014

SU-EFC to Lead SMM Training for Leadership Workshop in Cozumel, Mexico ...

06/02/2014

SU-EFC Co-Hosts Composting Training in Bordeaux, VI ...

05/25/2014

Stewards Graduate from Sustainable Materials Management Program ...

05/24/2014

Vieques Sustainability Task Force Meeting Facilitation...

05/16/2014

SU-EFC Facilitates the Caribbean Coral Partnership Meeting ...

05/15/2014

Mesoamerican Reef Leadership Program: Call for Applications...

04/21/2014

Statewide Stakeholder Summit Launches NYSAR3 Textile Recovery Campaign...

04/10/2014

Puerto Rico Recycling Partnership (PRRP) to Assist City of Rincon with Plastics Reduction Education...

04/08/2014

Metropolitan University, Puerto Rico Recycling Partnership Co-Create Recycling Industry Curriculum...

04/01/2014

Puerto Rico Recycling Partnership Members Undertake Large Recycling Effort at the Puerto Rico Open...

03/06/2014

Syracuse EFC Supported Research Awarded Third Place at National Research Conference...

03/04/2014

Mark Lichtenstein accepted to the National Roster of Environmental Conflict Resolution Professionals...

01/29/2014

Community Needs Survey...

01/01/2014

Registration Now Open for Smart Management for Small Communities Conference at Minnowbrook ...

11/24/2013

Syracuse University Environmental Finance Center Offers Technical Assistance and Financial Strategies to Rural Municipalities...

11/22/2013

Syracuse EFC Co-Hosts National Community Summit on Green Infrastructure...

11/07/2013

Syracuse EFC Announces 2014 Mini-Grants RFPs for Asset Management...

11/05/2013

EFC-SU Releases Report on New York State's 2010 SRF Sustainability Pilot Project...

07/31/2013

Save the Rain Monitoring and Research Challenge Program Solicitation of Interest...

07/21/2013

SyracuseCoE CSCS Wins Awards for 3rd Annual Spring Greening Conference...

05/30/2013

SyracuseCoE CSCS Hosts 3rd Annual Spring Greening Teacher Conference ...

05/29/2013

Syracuse EFC's Constructed Wetlands Research Places Second at NYWEA Poster Competition...

03/03/2013

Onondaga County Wins U.S. Water Prize...

02/26/2013

Syracuse EFC Announces Mini-Grants RFPs for Asset Management, and Agriculture and Water Quality...

11/27/2012

Syracuse EFC Receives Community Grant Award from NYSP2I...

11/15/2012

Syracuse EFC Plays Critical Role in Managing Debris Following Hurricane Sandy...

11/12/2012

SU plays key role in Sandy cleanup...

11/09/2012

PSI Seeks Municipal Officials For E-Waste Survey...

03/20/2012

Syracuse EFC Releases Resource Guide for New York State Farm Owners and Operators...

12/20/2011

NY Biomass, Ag and FoodTrader Celebrate America Recycles Day...

11/14/2011

Syracuse EFC Releases New Publications: Sustainable Materials Management Funding, Reuse Guides...

11/04/2011

Smart Growth America Announces Free Technical Assistance Opportunities...

10/02/2011

Third Round of GIGP Announced, $20 Million Available for Water Infrastructure Projects...

09/14/2011

Syracuse EFC Announces Mini-Grants for Agricultural and Water Quality, Sustainable Materials Management...

08/24/2011

Teens Build Worm Bins with EFC Staff...

08/21/2011

Syracuse EFC and Local Businesses Partner to Start Office Compost Systems...

08/17/2011

Complete Streets Bill to be Signed Into Law in NYS...

08/15/2011

Syracuse EFC Partner with Finger Lakes Institute Hydrofracking Conference...

07/22/2011

Syracuse EFC Staff Participate in Habitat's Deconstuction of USBC Bowling Alley at Oncenter ...

07/14/2011

Sixth Graders Tour SyracuseCoE and Local Organic Farm...

07/12/2011

Syracuse EFC Creates Office Composting Guide...

06/20/2011

Syracuse EFC Article Published in Watershed Science Bulletin...

05/02/2011

EPA Selects Syracuse, Onondaga County as a Green Infrastructure Partnership Community ...

04/20/2011

NYWEA Hosts Asset Management Workshops in Upstate NY...

04/17/2011

Syracuse EFC Presents at Financial Planning Workshops in NJ...

04/10/2011

Syracuse EFC Joins Forces with EPA's Waste Wise Program...

03/24/2011

Oswego County's "State of the County" Features Syracuse EFC...

03/10/2011

Syracuse EFC Publishes Wetlands Manual...

03/08/2011

Syracuse EFC Assists US Virgin Islands with Developing Plan for Sustainable Materials Management...

03/04/2011

Green Project Exchange to Help NYS Communities Share "Green" Best Practices...

02/06/2011

Syracuse EFC Launches Pilot Office Composting Program...

01/11/2011

Syracuse EFC Awarded Grant for Green Infrastructure Outreach and Education in Onondaga County...

09/25/2010

CNY selected for EPA Climate Showcase Communities Grant...

07/19/2010

Syracuse EFC Providing Technical Assistance to NYSEFC...

04/10/2010

Syracuse EFC Co-Hosts National Community Summit on Green Infrastructure

In partnership with Onondaga County and the City of Syracuse, the Syracuse Environmental Finance Center (EFC) facilitated and co-hosted the first-ever national Community Summit on Green Infrastructure in Syracuse in October at the SUNY-ESF Gateway Center. The Summit brought together delegates from EPA-identified Green Infrastructure Partner Communities and Green Infrastructure Technical Assistance Communities, as well as other metropolitan areas making advancements in stormwater management across the country.

The goal for the Summit was to illustrate the role and value of green infrastructure (GI) in communities across the country, accelerating GI as a method of choice for stormwater management and taking the EPA-GI Community Partnership to the next level.

The Summit unfolded over a day and a half, and was organized around five key thematic areas refined during numerous discussions with the EPA through the summer. The themes were green infrastructure project and program development, innovative financing approaches, operation and maintenance, performance monitoring and new technologies, and promoting adoption through public outreach and education. For each topic, facilitated dialogue focused on the benefits, challenges, and opportunities that green infrastructure presents to different types of communities. Baltimore, Lancaster, Los Angeles, New York City, Philadelphia, and Pittsburgh and others all played leadership roles throughout the event, presenting community case studies or panel remarks to provide benchmarks for discussions.

Several key EPA officials participated in the Summit, including Deputy Administrator Bob Perciasepe, who provided closing remarks on the first day; Acting Assistant Administrator for Water, Nancy Stoner; Special Advisor to the Administrator for Environmental Justice, Lisa Garcia; Region 2 Administrator, Judith Enck; National Green Infrastructure Coordinator, Chris Kloss; and Clean Water Division Director for Region 2, Joan Matthews. A press conference was held at the Summit wherein the EPA released its 2013 Green Infrastructure Strategic Agenda.

There were also observers in attendance, including faculty and students from the Syracuse area, additional EPA officials, New York State representatives, local and regional governments, some members of the trade media, and national and local NGOs. Observers submitted written questions and ideas, all of which will be included in a final report.

The Summit was the brainchild of Matt Millea, Onondaga County's Deputy County Executive for Physical Services. It was modeled after programs such as the United Nations’ Environmental Program and the National Academy of Sciences’ National Conference on Science, Policy, and the Environment.

Best management practices that emerged from the Summit are currently being compiled into a recommendations report by Syracuse EFC. The report will be available to communities across the country who are either unfamiliar with GI, or are seeking best management practices, with the goal of accelerating the adoption of GI across the country. The report will be available for download on Syracuse EFC website in the coming months.



 

Event Photography:

GI Bus Tour

Summit Proceedings

Press Conference

Bob Perciasepe's Symposium Address

Important Links:

Summit Agenda

Summit Invitation

Press Announcements:

October 17, 2013"U.S. EPA Invites Green Infrastructure Partner Communities from Around the Nation to Convene in Syracuse for Two Day Dialogue."

October 18, 2013 —  "EPA Deputy Administrator to Announce New Green Infrastructure National Stategy"

October 21, 2013 —  "Top EPA official in Syracuse to announce national drive for green infrastructure"

Presentations:

Matt Millea, Deputy County Executive, County of Onondaga
Matt Marko, Vice President, CH2M Hill, Inc.
 
Larry Coffman, Deputy Director, Prince George's County Department of Environmental Resources
 
Adel Hagekhalil, Assistant Director, Bureau of Sanitation, City of Los Angeles
 
Kevin Shafer, Executive Director, Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District

 

 

 

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