Upcoming EFC Events

The Right to Water
March 29-30, 2010
Syracuse, NY

The EFC is proud to co-sponsor The "Right to Water" conference,  an interdisciplinary and international conference to elucidate strategic possibilities for ensuring equitable access to water worldwide. This event will explore how universal calls for the right to water articulate with local historical and geographical contexts. The event will engage an interdisciplinary network of scholars and practitioners and highlight key debates via keynote lectures and papers presented by leading figures from the academic, policy and activist communities.Please contact  Dr. Farhana Sultana, with any queries at waterconference@syr.edu or visit the conference website for more information, submission deadlines and registration.

Smart Management for Small Communities:
Practical Resources for Governance

April 20-22, 2010
Blue Mountain Lake

Continuing in the EFC tradition, our annual two-day conference at Minnowbrook Conference Center in Blue Mountain Lake in the Adirondacks will be focused on the needs of municipal leaders and will provide technical assistance, funding updates and practical skill-building sessions.
Pricing for the conference is all inclusive (3 meals a day, lodging, programming). Rates are $250 for municipal leaders and community representatives and $495 for Technical Assistants, agency representatives, engineers and consultants. All lodging will be double occupancy; if you have particular needs or a roommate request, please let us know via the registration form.

Sessions will focus on topics such as Asset Management, and Meeting Facilitation. There will also be a co-funding panel including the Environmental Facilities Corporation, USDA RD, NYSERDA and others.

Check out the Conference Center website for directions and more information on Minnowbrook. Conference session details are coming soon.

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Recent EFC Events 

NYS Stakeholder on Agriculture and Water Quality
February 18, 2010 10 am - 2 pm

More than 30 people attended the Environmental Finance Center's first New York State Agricultural Forum to discuss current funding and programming opportunities for farming communities in New York State and to discuss ways we can address challenges through collaboration, information dissemination, and how the Environmental Finance Center can be a resource to technical service providers who serve New York State's agricultural community. 
Technical Assistance Partnership Forum
February 25, 2010 10 am - 2pm

This program included a tour of the new Syracuse Center of Excellence building and its green innovations. It also included funding and policy updates from the USDA RD, NYS DOS and NYS EFC.
Other Upcoming Events

Onondaga County Planning Federation
Annual Planning Symposium
OnCenter, Syracuse NY
March 4, 2010 

The Onondaga County Planning Federation offers this annual Municipal Training Conference to assist municipalities in meeting training standards for members of county, city, town and village planning and zoning boards.
Those interested in registration or more information should visit:
Onondaga County Planning Federation

8th Annual Green Building Conference
Hosted by SUNY ESF
March 11-12, 2010
Thursday 8:30 am - 7:00 pm

This conference offers CEUs for engineers and architects and will focus on topics such as:
  • Green Housing and Communities,
  • Building Science, Systems and Integrated Designs,
  • Energy Efficiencies and Renewable Energy,
  • deconstruction,
  • High energy performance houses,
  • Rain gardens in northern climates,
  • Remodeling buildings, 
  • Funding sources and resources,
  • Panel presentation on where the money is,
  • Research project to make net zero energy buildings,
  • Exhibits and displays of building materials, methods and services with experts from every green building discipline.
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The Big Deal: Atlanta 2010
 March 23-24, 2010
The National Brownfield Association is offering cutting-edge, thought-provoking presentations that will focus on the theme of energizing brownfield development at their flagship summit in Atlanta, Georgia. Topics include:
  • Renewable Energy on Brownfields, the new frontier in sustainable development
  • Government Resources
  • Waterfront Redevelopment, where the next big wave of brownfield activity is expected to occur
  • Water Supply Reuse
 Register or find more information here.

2010 Western New York Stormwater Conference and Trade Show
March 24-25, 2010
Buffalo Niagara Convention Center, 153 Franklin Street, Buffalo, NY

Sponsor: Erie County Department of Environment and Planning - Environmental Compliance Services
Contact: Vicki Haas @ 716-858-7024 or vicki.haas@erie.gov for more information

EFC at Syracuse University Selected to Provide Technical Assistance for EPA Pilot Program
The Environmental Finance Center at Syracuse University (EFC-SU) is pleased to announce it is providing technical assistance to New York State's Environmental Facilities Corporation for the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Pilot Technical Assistance Program. The program is part of the recently formed HUD-DOT-EPA Sustainable Communities Partnership. New York is one of three states chosen by the EPA to participate in this pilot project. The EPA announced the pilot program participants at the New Partnership for Livable Communities Conferenceon Thursday, February 4 in Seattle.
"These states will serve as models for other states and the Federal government," says Assistant EPA Administrator Mathy Stanislaus, "Our nation's water infrastructure is aging quietly beneath our feet. It is in need of improvement and investment."
The EFC-SU, will assist the NYS Environmental Facilities Corporation (NYSEFC) as they undergo the SRF Sustainability Initiative, which will look at how NYSEFC can further promote energy efficiency, asset management, green infrastructure and smart growth through the CWSRF program. To read more about this effort, please visit http://www.nysefc.org/home/index.asp?page=1034. Please send any comments or ideas about the incorporating these concepts to scoringsystem@nysefc.org.
The pilot program will provide technical assistance to New York, California and Maryland to explore modifying their existing Clean Water SRF programs to ensure their state water infrastructure investments are used to promote more sustainable investments.    

Save The DateNew Syracuse Center of Excellence Head Quarters Open House

The Syracuse Center of Excellence will be hosting a public dedication at its new building at 727 E. Washington Street in Syracuse on March 5 and 6, 2010 at 2pm. A community
Open House will follow the dedication on Saturday March 6th. Please join the SyracuseCoE and the EFC as we celebrate the opening of this new LEED registered building. More details on the event will be available on the SyracuseCoE Website.
EPA's National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES)
Proposed National Rulemaking to Strengthen the Stormwater Program  
EPA is announcing plans to initiate national rulemaking to establish a program to reduce stormwater discharges from new development and redevelopment and make other regulatory improvements to strengthen its stormwater program. The EPA is in need of Stakeholder input and Information Collection Requests for the proposed rule changes. 
Those interested should visit:
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We Moved!
NEW SCOEThe Environmental Finance Center, along with the Syracuse Center of Excellence, moved into the new Syracuse Center of Excellence Headquarters at 727 E. Washington Street, Syracuse 13244. All mail should be addressed to us there. Our phone numbers and email addresses remain the same.

This building is a LEED Registered project and the team is hoping to achieve a LEED Platinum rating.  To learn more about LEED, visit the US Green Building Council Upstate Chapter website.

Come visit us at our new offices in this innovative green building.

Community Facilitation Services
The Environmental Finance Center is offering to assist you and your community with project development or environmental issues that you are dealing with that are specific to your community and surrounding communities. Do you need assistance with:
  • Negotiating an inter-governmental agreement with surrounding municipalities,
  • Seeking new funding sources to support environmental initiatives or infrastructure projects,
  • Trying to engage the public in decision-making,
  • Persuading citizens and/or Board members to the benefits of proposals, plans or project ideas?
If so, we can help to identify potential funding streams, host and facilitate public meetings, develop tools and trainings specific to your needs that can assist you in moving forward. Contact Khris Dodson at 607-743-9875 or kdodson@syracusecoe.org for more information and details.

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The Seventh Annual NYS Environmental Excellence Awards
Get recognized for your commitment to a more sustainable New York  
The awards program recognizes businesses, governments, not-for-profit organizations, educational institutions and individuals in New York State that are achieving environmental excellence through innovative and environmentally sustainable practices or partnerships. DEC is especially interested in applications for projects that have achieved significant environmental benefits through: innovative and cutting-edge pollution prevention technologies; manufacturing process improvements; initiatives to reduce greenhouse gas emissions; programs that make schools and businesses more "green;" energy conservation and green energy production efforts; waste reduction and recycling efforts; stormwater management and watershed planning; environmental protection and restoration efforts; and land conservation. 
Those interested in applications or more information should visit: 
Environmental Excellence Award 
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If not, click here, and get on the list today!

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