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This Issue's Sustainability News:
SU VPA Design Students Participate in Green Design Competition
Clarkson's Ferro Receives CAREER Award from NSF
C&S Goes Green with New Priuses
King & King Moves HQ to Renovated Building
F.O.C.U.S. Vision Sessions Kick Off, Feb. 26
Tech Garden to Present Hydropower Lecture, Jan. 28
INSCT Hosts Disaster Resiliency Workshop
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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.

SU VPA Design Students Participate in Green Design Competition
BELOW, Students from SyracuseCoE Platinum Partner Syracuse University's (SU) Industrial and Interaction Design and Interior Design programs in the College of Visual and Performing Arts (VPA) recently competed to send work to the Metropolis Magazine Next Generation Design competition. Thirty student teams worked in a charrette format to consider how our daily activities could be modified to break the cycle of energy addiction. Ten teams were chosen as finalists by a jury and presented their work Jan. 19. The top three projects were awarded prizes by SyracuseCoE and will be forwarded to the Metropolis competition. The charrette featured a variety of guest speakers, including Ed Bogucz, Syracuse CoE Executive Director; Rachel May, Director of Enspire (Environmental Research and Teaching) at SU and SUNY-ESF; Mike Kelleher, Director of Renewable Energy Systems for SyracuseCoE Platinum Partner SUNY-ESF; Sarah Kelsen, graduate student at SUNY-ESF; Patrick Govang of SyracuseCoE StartUp Partner e2e Materials; Steve Lloyd, SU Chief Sustainability Officer; Tracie Hall, Executive Director of the US Green Building Council, New York Upstate Chapter; and Kevin Stack of SyracuseCoE Charter Member Northeast Natural Homes. For more information, contact Lucinda Havenhand, Chair of the Department of Design.
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Clarkson's Ferro Receives CAREER Award from NSF
Andrea R. Ferro, Assistant Professor of civil and environmental engineering at SyracuseCoE Platinum Partner Clarkson University, has received a CAREER Award from the National Science Foundation. Ferro will receive $410,000 over five years from the NSF for her research into the resuspension of pollutants into the air. The Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Program is an NSF-wide activity that offers the Foundation's most prestigious awards in support of junior faculty who exemplify the role of teacher-scholars through outstanding research, excellent education, and the integration of education and research within the context of their organizations' missions. Ferro's research could result in changes in the selection of materials used in buildings; guidance for emergency response to chemical and biological agents; and human behavior modification and policy changes to reduce exposure to resuspended pollutants. Ferro will conduct studies and evaluate the forces affecting particle resuspension. Her project will benefit from newly built facilities and equipment, including a temperature- and humidity controlled test chamber, a laminar flow resuspension wind tunnel, and advanced particle monitoring and visualization devices in the Clarkson University Center for Air Resources Engineering and Science (CARES). For the full story, click here.

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King & King Moves HQ to Renovated Building
SyracuseCoE Gold Partner King & King Architects has moved to new offices in downtown Syracuse. The firm is now now located at 358 West Jefferson Street, Syracuse, NY 13202. Renovations to the building--which was built in 1913 and expanded in 1924--began in late May 2008. The firm's 70 employees moved in mid January. The building is being renovated under US Green Building Council's LEED standards and is expected to attain LEED-Platinum status. Among the energy-efficient features are skylights that will cut heating and lighting energy costs. A new feature, large windows will give employees a view of the Near West Side neighborhood and allow people driving by on West Street to look in. For the full story from the Syracuse Post-Standard, click here.

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C&S Goes Green with New Priuses
SyracuseCoE Gold Partner C&S Companies has purchased two Toyota Prius hybrids for use at its headquarters in Syracuse, NY. Averaging nearly 50 miles per gallon, C&S Companies are now using these vehicles to travel to project sites and events instead of using less efficient personal vehicles. C&S's hope is that the environmental payback from these more energy efficient vehicles will lead the company to increase its green fleet. Click here for the full story.
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INSCT Hosts Disaster Resiliency Workshop
SyracuseCoE Platinum Partner Syracuse University's Institute for National Security and Counter Terrorism (INSCT) hosted an interdisciplinary workshop on January 16 and 17. The workshop--"Measuring Resilience and Adaptive Capacity for Local Populations After Armed Conflict or Natural Disasters"--was held at SU's Maxwell School. The workshop gathered scholars and practitioners with interest in the topic of resilience in conflict and disaster settings and explored the underlying causal factors that impact society's ability to recover from a major conflict or disaster. The purpose of the workshop was to bring together academics and practitioners across multiple disciplines in order to develop a theoretical framework of resilience for empirical examination and establish an interdisciplinary research agenda on the subject of resilience. This workshop included participants with expertise in Resilience, Social Networks, Ecology, Engineering, Anthropology, Public Administration, and International Development. The distinguished panel of speakers included: Astier Almedom of Tufts University; Arjen Boin of Louisiana State University; Lance Gunderson of Emory University; Joaquin Herranz of the University of Washington; Cynthia Irmer of the US Department of State; Mark Lichtenstein of Syracuse CoE; Susan Merrill of the US Army War College; Maj. Rebecca Patterson of the US Military Academy; Laura Steinberg of SU's L.C. Smith College of Engineering; and Tjip Walker of USAID. For more information about INSCT, click here.

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Tech Garden to Present Hydropower Lecture, Jan. 28
The Syracuse Tech Garden's lecture series on "Opportunities in Renewable Energy"--co-sponsored by SyracuseCoE--continues on Jan. 28 with a lecture on "Alternative Hydropower" by Dr. David A. Torrey, Chief Technology Officer, Advanced Energy Conversion, an engineering company with expertise in developing systems solutions using power electronics, embedded controls, and mechatronics. (AEC grew out of the electric power engineering program at SyracuseCoE Charter Member Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, NY.)  The program runs from 5 to 7 p.m.   Registration information can be requested from Annina Washington. For more event information, click here.

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F.O.C.U.S. Vision Sessions Kick Off, Feb. 26
SyracuseCoE Collaborator F.O.C.U.S. Greater Syracuse is convening 10 vision sessions for 10 consecutive weeks to encourage and motivate citizens to share their visions and goals, as well as to fill out a survey designed by the Community Benchmarks Program at Syracuse University's Maxwell School. The survey is available on the F.O.C.U.S. website. The first visioning session will be on Feb. 26 from 11:45 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Hotel Syracuse Grand Ballroom. The luncheon will be followed by a citizen engagement discussion called "A Conversation with the Experts," including SyracuseCoE Executive Director Ed Bogucz. The Feb. 26 luncheon and first vision session will launch a year-long visioning effort to build a road map and action plan to make greater Syracuse a healthier, livable, more sustainable community for this and future generations. The topic for the 2009 conversation is "Shaping the Future: Reasons to Feel Positive About CNY."  For more information, click here.

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