Syracuse EFC is contracted with Onondaga County to facilitate a process with the academic community, the County, and private sector partners that will deliver a robust set of unique data. This information will be able to demonstrate for communities across that nation that green infrastructure can be used in Combined Sewer Overflow mitigation.


The Onondaga County Save the Rain ( program is a comprehensive stormwater management plan intended to reduce pollution to Onondaga Lake and its tributaries. It focuses on the installation of a network and variety of effective green infrastructure (GI) alternatives, augmenting “gray” – “bricks and mortar” – solutions.

Syracuse EFC is seeking proposals to conduct research on the performance and effectiveness of Save the Rain green infrastructure projects in Onondaga County. Successful proposals will demonstrate at least a one-­to-­one match of requested funds and develop a research program that achieves Syracuse EFC and Onondaga County’s objectives for Save the Rain. The expectation is that these projects will utilize the funds to organize higher-level monitoring projects in a way that will inform and develop recommendations for the program, pave the way for a longer and more comprehensive monitoring program, and leverage additional resources as well as share best management practices with other communities investing in green infrastructure.


Private and public institutions of higher education located in the Central New York region are eligible to apply.


Proposals must show a one to one match to requested funds. The amount of the award will be commensurate with the quality of proposals received and anticipated results and impact to Onondaga County. Projects must be completed by March 31, 2014. Extensions will not be allowed.


Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis but must be submitted by 5:00pm, August 30, 2013. Electronic submissions should be sent via email to Khris Dodson at Paper copies should be sent to the following address:

ATTN: Khris Dodson Environmental Finance Center 727 E Washington St Syracuse, NY 13210

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