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  EFC News                                             August 2008 
News & Events from the Environmental Finance Center at Syracuse University
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Upcoming Event!
Community Conflict Resolution Opportunity
New Website
New Staff Member
Upcoming Events

REGISTER NOW for the 2008 Syracuse CoE Symposium
Creating Resilience in Sustainable Communities, Sept. 29 & 30

Coming this November-Technical Assistance Partnership Forum in Syracuse NY-More details to come!
EFC Contacts:

Mark Lichtenstein

Sara Pesek
Associate Director

Melissa Young
Program Manager

Mary Ellen Gilbert
Budget Manager

Please visit our website at  or contact us at
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We are very excited to invite you to an event co-sponsored by the EFC and the Syracuse Center of Excellence at the end of September in Syracuse. 

This 2-day event has a variety of exciting presentations that are relevant to the EFC community: water resources, local economic growth, and climate change as well as other environmental and community focused topics.  A full outline of events can be found at

We have arranged for community representatives and nonprofits to receive a reduced rate of 50% off the registration fee for the 2-day conference.  We encourage you to take advantage of this special price and join us for what is sure to be an interesting, invigorating and relevant event.

Please contact us at 315-443-4445 to receive the coupon code by phone.  This will then allow you to register online for the event.

We look forward to seeing many of you at the symposium!

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Community Conflict Resolution Service Offer

Chris Merchant, Professor of Practice, Department of Public Administration, Maxwell School, wants to remind local community leaders who met her last spring at Minnowbrook that she teaches a course entitled "Managing Individual, Group and Systemic Conflict" which increases student's conflict competence in meeting design, management and facilitation skills. 

She is looking for clients (can be communities, towns, villages, etc.) who would be interested in receiving pro bono either her direct expertise in these areas (that some of her students could then observe) or the supervised expertise of a grad student trained in these areas. 

This is an opportunity for communities to take advantage of the services of a specialist in conflict management, negotiation, and facilitation.  She can be contacted at 315-443-3818 or at to discuss potential projects.

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The New EFC Website has launched!

We are excited to report that we have launched a new website this month.  It can be found at

There are still a few areas that we intend to develop in the next few months but the larger framework is complete.  This is also an opportunity for all of you to give us input about what types of online resources we can develop that will be helpful to you.

We invite you to visit the site and send us comments!
PMFP Gains a New Project Manager

Hello my name is Melissa Young and I am excited to be part of the Environmental Finance Center team!

I wanted to take a moment to introduce myself to the EFC community.  I was born and raised in Queens County, New York.  I recently graduated from the SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry where I received my M.S. in Natural Resource Management and focused my research on communities in the Tug Hill Region.  Having originated from NYC and living in CNY for the past 8 years I love all the features NY State has to offer and will do my best as Program Manager to serve the EFC community.

Please feel free to send me a note so we can get acquainted and I look forward to meeting you at future events!  My email address is

Serving our Community Through Outreach and Education

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and don't hesitate to let us know how we can better serve our community of Technical Assistance Providers and Community Leaders.

The EFC Staff