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News and Events from the Environmental Finance Center at Syracuse University
 Rural Leadership Development· Infrastructure Education & Outreach
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In This Issue:
  • Healthy Buildings Conference
  • Green Infrastructure Demonstration Projects
  • TAPF Recap
  • Other Upcoming Events
EFC Staff

  Sara Pesek

  Melissa Young
Program Manager

  Mary Ellen Gilbert
  Budget Manager

Eva Rippeteau
  Associate Program     

  Kathy Forrest                
Administrative Assistant

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Healthy Building- HB2009's
Opportunity Exchange & Exhibition 

Syracuse NY
September 14-16
Read on for your COMPLIMENTARY pass!

The HB2009 OppEx and Exhibition will be held in conjunction with ISIAQ's Ninth International Healthy Buildings Conference. To view the agenda and learn more, click here.

As sponsors of the OppEx portion of the event the EFC would like to offer you a complimentary ticket. We would also like to invite you to our workshop being held on Tuesday the 15th, titled Sustainable Infrastructure. The remainder of the OppEx program includes...
  • Keynotes on intelligent building products, managing innovation, and smart cities from National Grid, NYSERDA, and San Diego Center City Development Corporation, and more...
  • Workshops on smart buildings/smart grids, commercializing green tech, sustainable health care facilities, and more...
  • Product and Service Demonstrations
  • Plus, a Networking Reception with hundreds of HB2009 conference delegates from around the world
To view the full OppEx Schedule, click here.

*OppEx advance registration is complimentary prior to Monday, Sept. 14. To register in advance please visit our website and download the registration form,
click here

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Green Infrastructure Demonstration Projects   

This summer, together with the Great Lakes Research Consortium, we constructed two demonstration rain gardens in Lake Ontario coastal communities; one in Phillips Park in the Village of Fairhaven, and one at the City Hall in Oswego. Rain gardens help reduce stormwater runoff by collecting water from roofs, allowing it to feed plants and infiltrate into the ground. The rain gardens not only prevent stormwater from overloading the sewer system during significant rain events, but also  allow for natural filtration of stormwater, carbon uptake and  contribute to the aesthetics of the landscape. Summer intern Gary Greene, a graduate student at SUNY-ESF, is managing the construction of the rain gardens in Oswego and Fair Haven. The gardens' construction was funded through a USDA Rural Development grant and are  nearly complete with rain barrels to be installed at the Oswego City Hall site in the coming weeks.

For more information please contact Khris Dodson at

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August 20th TAPF Recap 

Thanks to all who participated at our August 20th Technical Assistance Partnership Forum(TAPF). During the morning session we had several local project managers discuss local stormwater management projects happening near Lake Ontario. At the afternoon session we heard about funding updates from several funding agencies. Throughout the day we had great discussions and project sharing among  speakers and participants. Please visit our website for follow-up materials from this event.

We encourage all who attended to let us know if you have topic suggestions for the  next TAPF scheduled for Mid-November. More details coming soon...

For all inquiries and suggestions regarding TAPF, please contact Melissa at

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Other Upcoming Events

Environmental Finance Center
TAPF- Mid November (More details coming soon)
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Wastewater Panels-Training for Elected Officials on Wastewater Management-NYSDEC
September-December at a variety of locations in NY State
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2009 Water Quality Improvement Projects Program                

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