Upcoming EFC Events

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

This forum is designed to bring together agricultural technical service providers from a variety of organizations, agency and funding representatives to discuss current programmatic objectives, identify all suitable funding streams, and develop potential partnerships to better support New York's agricultural communities.
An optional tour of the Syracuse Center of Excellence Building will follow the forum.
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Technical Assistance Partnership Forum

February 25, 2010 10 am - 2pm
Renaissance Syracuse Hotel, 701 East Genesee St. Syracuse NY 13210

This program will include a tour of the new Syracuse Center of Excellence building and its green innovations. The program will also include funding and policy updates from the USDA RD, and NYS EFC. New NYS EFC President Matt Driscoll invited to attend.
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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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 Train the Trainer Webinar Series 
February 5, 19 & 26 2010

This 6 hour presentation will consist of comprehensive training on how to use the CUPSS software. This seminar will demonstrate the soon to be released CUPSS 1.3.6. It will closely follow the CUPSS Users Guide; an overview of each module (with screenshots) followed by exercises on how to use the module. To participate in this training, users will be asked to log in from their own computer. Users can begin their asset management process through this training or they can follow the presenter's hypothetical scenario. The EPA sponsored web-based conference delivery will be separated into three 2-hour sessions.

February 5, 2010, 1 :00  - 3 :00 PM (EDT)       
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February 19, 2010, 1 :00 - 3 :00 PM (EDT) 

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February 26, 2010, 1 :00 - 3 :00 PM (EDT) 
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Recent EFC Events

GREEN 2010: Education & Workforce Development for the 21st Century Economy
December 4, 2009, Millbrook NY

This event featured speakers from all angles of the sustainability and green movement including those involved with workforce development and job creation, those involved in the media and communications side of framing the green debate, those growing local food and sustaining agricultural tradition and business in the Hudson Valley, experts on building energy efficiency and funding for energy audits and retrofits, and more. The speakers came from farming, academic, municipal, managerial, corporate, and non-profit backgrounds, and offered a wide perspective on the challenges and opportunities associated with educating and employing a "green" workforce in the 21st century. This event was co-sponsored by the Hudson Valley Regional Council, Environmental Finance Center, and the US Green Building Council Upstate Chapter as well as other supporting organizations.

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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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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, 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 building. More details on the event will be available on the SyracuseCoE Website.
We're Moving!
NEW SCOEThe Environmental Finance Center, along with the Syracuse Center of Excellence, is moving into the new Syracuse Center of Excellence Headquarters at 727 E. Washington Street, Syracuse 13210. 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.

NYSERDA Offers $24 million in Municipal Energy Efficiency Grants
Funding is available from NYSERDA for projects that include energy efficiency, recycling and composting in small communities.

Title: RFP 10 - NYSERDA EECBG - Funding Opportunities for Local Governments
Total allotment: $24 million, split among 7 regions
Application deadline: 2/17/2010
Eligible applicants: Small municipal governments. Applicants may apply singly or as regional partnerships, depending on whether the proposed project crosses jurisdictions (e.g. traffic light synchronization project across multiple towns). Additionally, applicants may apply on behalf of other organizations within their jurisdiction (e.g. a town applying on behalf of its school board or a non-profit).
Eligible projects: Energy efficiency, renewable energy, efficient transportation programs, material conservation (composting, recycling, etc), energy conservation personnel
Full RFP available at: http://nyserda.org/funding/10rfp.pdf

For more information go to http://www.nyserda.org/economicrecovery/blockgrants.asp

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EFC a partner in the New York Energy Policy Institute
Governor David A. Paterson recently announced that Syracuse University, SUNY Stony Brook, and Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute were selected as the lead universities in the creation of the New York Energy Policy Institute (NYEPI). NYEPI will work with NYSERDA and other State agencies to conduct energy studies, analyze policy, and provide guidance on energy issues impacting New York. The NYEPI consortium, including 13 other colleges and universities across the state, comprises some of New York's leading energy experts and research centers. The Environmental Finance Center looks forward to collaborating with the other institutions and continuing our work with NYS agencies.
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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EFC Director Sara Pesek elected to Upstate Chapter of US Green Building Council
For more information on the US Green Building Council Upstate Chapter, and a listing of new and returning board members please see the Upstate Chapter's website.

Congratulations Sara!
Interested in Project Funding? Are you signed up for the NYS Environmental Facilities Corporation listserv? 

If not, click here, and get on the list today!

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