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This Issue's Sustainability News:
A Strong Presence at Greenbuild 2008 for SyracuseCoE, Members
National Grid Partners with IBM to Reduce Data Center Energy Consumption
Clarkson University Sorority Pledges Green
Carrier Acquires Energy Solutions Firm
SUNY-ESF, USGBC to Host Green Building Conference, March 19 & 20, 2009
Connective Corridor to Launch Urban Video Project, Dec. 4
SUNY-Oswego Metro Center Gears Up for Grand Opening, Dec. 4
LEED for Neighborhood Development Open for Public Comment
Tech Garden to Host Biomass Presentation, Dec. 3
EFC Sponsors Affordable+Green Building Educational Conference
Onondaga County Offers Tax Credits to Green Developers
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In this issue of eNews, discover the latest news and events from the SyracuseCoE and its members. Remember, if you wish to forward news, dates, or ideas to the editor, e-mail Martin Walls.

A Strong Presence at Greenbuild 2008 for SyracuseCoE, Members
BELOW LEFT, Rick Fedrizzi, US Green Building Council President, CEO, and Founding Chair and a SyracuseCoE Board Member, dropped by the SyracuseCoE booth during Greenbuild 2008. More than 27,000 attended the conference and expo, held in Boston Nov. 19 to 21. Once again, SyracuseCoE created a sustainable booth--by re-purposing an old exhibit frame, using recycled materials, and hanging banners on willow boughs donated by SyracuseCoE Platinum Partner SUNY-ESF, which harvests willow for bio-fuel. National Grid sponsored the SyracuseCoE booth with a grant intended to showcase both SyracuseCoE's capabilities and New York's Creative Core. Other sponsors were NYSTAR, NYSERDA, Empire State Development Corporation, US EPA, and the US Department of Energy.

Metropolitan Development Association (MDA) President-Elect Rob Simpson addressed a Nov. 19 Greenbuild reception hosted by the MDA and SyracuseCoE. The reception honored Fedrizzi, introduced business leaders from around the country to the Creative Core, and helped SyracuseCoE Members make new connections in the field of clean and green technology, a process that continued throughout Greenbuild. SyracuseCoE was joined by a number of its collaborators at the expo and reception, including C&S Companies, Carrier Corp., CDH Energy, e2e Materials, King & King Architects, LeChase, MDA, National Grid, Northeast Green Building Consulting, Onondaga County Industrial Development Agency, Syracuse City School District, Syracuse University, The Amos Project, and USGBC.

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National Grid Partners with IBM to Reduce Data Center Energy Consumption
SyracuseCoE Platinum Partner National Grid has begun a new collaboration with IBM focusing on reducing energy consumption in data centers, a project being conducted through SUNY-Stony Brook's Advanced Energy Research Technology Center (AERTC). Specifically, National Grid and IBM are working together to raise awareness about energy efficiency and maximize efficiency implementation in the data centers of their mutual customers. The collaboration was announced in conjunction with AERTC's first energy conference, held at SUNY-Stony Brook Nov. 19 to 20. Other energy efficient initiatives showcased at the two-day conference included high-efficiency appliances, advanced engines, and fuel cell technology. SyracuseCoE Platinum Partner Syracuse University is also actively and innovatively working in the area of energy efficient data centers. For the full story on the National Grid/IBM collaboration, click here.

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Clarkson University Sorority Pledges Green
The sisters of Delta Zeta (DZ), a national sorority with a chapter at SyracuseCoE Platinum Partner Clarkson University, are taking "green pledges" this semester as part of DZ National's "Pink Goes Green" initiative. Some of the Clarkson DZ sisters are carpooling or walking to class, turning off unnecessary appliances such as computers and lights, shopping at the local farmer's market and co-op, and substituting eco-friendly tote bags for plastic bags while shopping. Expanding their initiative in the future will mean purchasing green cleaning supplies, low-flow shower heads, and compact fluorescent light bulbs. The women also plan to make their monthly newsletter electronic and conduct campus-wide events, such as making green dorm guides and shopping lists for incoming students and hosting a vegetarian dinner with proceeds going to an environmental organization. For the full story, click here.
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O'Brien & Gere Expands Source Testing Operations
SyracuseCoE Platinum Partner O'Brien & Gere has acquired Almega Environmental, Inc. in order to expand its source testing presence in the Midwest. Source testing involves the collection of pollutants from exhaust stacks or process vents. These tests determine the concentrations and/or mass rates of emissions in their gaseous, aerosol, and particulate forms. With a particular focus on coal-burning utilities in the Midwest, O'Brien & Gere is working with power producers to help reduce the contaminants released from combustion operations. Its Duct Injection technology, for instance, offers a solution to facilities requiring multi-pollutant controls and is less expensive than conventional scrubbers.

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Carrier Acquires Energy Solutions Firm
SyracuseCoE Platinum Partner Carrier Corp. has acquired independent energy services company Noresco. Established in 1984, Noresco has implemented thousands of efficiency and infrastructure upgrade projects that have reduced energy and water consumption and lowered operating expenses for customers that include federal, state, and municipal agencies; educational institutions; hospitals; utilities; and commercial and industrial facilities. "Noresco complements the depth and breadth of Carrier's portfolio and is an integral part of our strategy to offer sustainable, comprehensive, end-to-end building solutions," says Kelly Romano, president, Carrier Building Systems and Services. For the full story, click here.
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SUNY-ESF, USGBC to Host Green Building Conference, March 19 & 20, 2009

SyracuseCoE Platinum Partner SUNY-ESF and SyracuseCoE Member the US Green Building Council New York Upstate Chapter will co-host their Seventh Annual Green Building Conference on March 19 and 20 at the Oncenter in Syracuse. The plenary speaker is Jason McLennan, President and CEO of Ecotone Publishing. Keynote speaker is Susan Szenasy, Editor-in-Chief of METROPOLIS. To register, click here.

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Connective Corridor to Launch Urban Video Project, Dec. 4
The Urban Video Project (UVP) is the first major installation of the Connective Corridor, providing large-scale displays of video art, photography, and computer-generated artwork on the sides of buildings in Syracuse. UVP's official launch and first screening will be Dec. 4 at 5:30 p.m. at One Park Place, 300 South State Street, Syracuse, NY. An initiative of SyracuseCoE Platinum Partner Syracuse University--with technology provided by Time Warner Cable--UVP will continue to creatively light up the Syracuse night from dusk until 11 p.m.
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SUNY-Oswego Metro Center Gears Up for Grand Opening, Dec. 4
Deborah F. Stanley, President of SyracuseCoE Silver Partner SUNY-Oswego, will be on hand Dec. 4 in Syracuse for the grand opening of the SUNY Oswego Metro Center, The Atrium, 2 Clinton Square. The grand opening will be held at 5 p.m., followed by a Holiday Reception starting at 6 p.m. Entertainment will be provided by the Oswego Jazz Project. To register, click here.
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LEED for Neighborhood Development Open for Public Comment
SyracuseCoE Charter Member the US Green Building Council (USGBC) invites the public to comment on the LEED for Neighborhood Development (LEED-ND) Rating System, which integrates the principles of smart growth, new urbanism, and green building into the first national system for neighborhood design. The program is a collaborative effort between USGBC, the Congress for the New Urbanism, and the Natural Resources Defense Council. Syracuse's Near West Side Initiative is a LEED-ND Pilot Project. LEED-ND builds upon the LEED-ND Pilot Rating System, which nearly 240 projects have been using since July 2007. Any member of the public may submit comments. The public comment period will be open until January 5, 2009 at 11:59 p.m. PST. For more information, click here.

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Tech Garden to Host Biomass Presentation, Dec. 3
On Dec. 3 the Syracuse Tech Garden will host "Electricity and Heat from Biomass Sources," a presentation by Wayne McFarland, Vice President and Director of Industrial Services at SyracuseCoE Member Stearns & Wheler. The presentation is part of the Opportunities in Renewable Energy series. Registration and networking begins at 5 p.m. The Tech Garden is located at 235 Harrison St., Syracuse. The program is sponsored by SyracuseCoE. For more information and to register, contact Annina Washington.
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EFC Sponsors Affordable+Green Building Educational Conference
Affordability was the theme of the Fourth Annual Affordable+Green educational conference on energy efficiency and sustainability in housing and
residential and community development, held in Central Valley, NY on Nov. 13 and hosted by the Orange County Citizens Foundation. The conference--which was sponsored in part by the Environmental Finance Center at SyracuseCoE Platinum Partner Syracuse University (EFC)--featured the latest information regarding energy efficient design, state energy efficiency programs, and other resources, including financing tools. The conference also addressed links between energy efficiency and economic and community development, as well as model projects in New York State, cost comparisons of conventional versus green building designs, training and outreach programs, and several assessment frameworks, including LEED, Energy Star, and the National Association of Home Builders new National Green Building Certification program.

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Onondaga County Offers Tax Credits to Green Developers
At Greenbuild 2008, the Onondaga County Industrial Development Agency announced its plan to attract more businesses to its Green Revolution with the introduction of substantial "green" incentives for private developers. Already known as an incubator for developing leading-edge green technologies and businesses, Onondaga County is using the generous tax credits to lure companies that construct buildings meeting the USGBC's LEED standards. Onondaga County has constructed the credits to be applied to a company's "Payments in Lieu of Taxes" (PILOT)--a form of discounted property taxes--each year until they are exhausted. The credits will be calculated as a percentage of a project's hard construction costs, as determined by the agency. As an extra incentive for builders to be as "green" as possible, the credits will be applied on a graduated scale depending on LEED certification. For more information, click here.

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