April 23-April 25
Minnowbrook Local Leaders Conference
Smart Management for Small Communities:
Practical Resources for Governance

A Local Leaders Conference 
Host: Environmental Finance Center 
Location: Blue Mountain Lake, NY  
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Designed for supervisors, mayors, council/board members, clerks, and other interested community leaders. Conference will feature seminars, workshops, discussions, project sharing, and networking sessions.

Topics include:
  • Tools for Planning in Small Communities
  • Funding Green Infrastructure
  • Disaster Preparedness and Mitigation
  • Operations and Budgeting in the Tax-Cap Era: How to Target - and Communicate - Efficiency
  • Facilitation and Public Engagement
  • Wastewater Handbook for Local Elected Officials: Second Edition
  • NYS Funding Updates
  • Product Stewardship in New York State - 2013 Outlook  

April 9, 2013  |  9am -12pm | Albany
April 10, 2013  |  9am - 12pm  |
April 18, 2013  |  9am-12pm  |  Rochester
Introduction to Construction Materials Management LEAN Strategies for Safe, Profitable Job Sites
Host: Construction Materials Management Center at the SyracuseCoE Center for Sustainable Community Solutions  
CEU's Available: 3.5 AIA LU | 3.5 GBCI CE | 1.5 PIE PDH  
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Designed for construction crews, this course teaches LEAN principles to reduce waste in all forms, with emphasis on construction materials management - a comprehensive approach to reduce and eliminate physical waste from construction and demolition activities from landfill or incineration by waste reduction, reuse, recycling and conversion technologies.

We'll teach:
  • Proven methods to think lean, save money, and boost project profit. 
  • How to get a "grip" on wastes using the "GRIP-IT" process. 
  • The 8 types of construction wastes and how to minimize each. 
  • 6 ways to design to prevent waste. 
  • 8 elements every CMM plan needs to save time and money. 
  • 4 strategies to plan to prevent waste. 
  • 6 Construction techniques and job methods to eliminate waste. 
  • Purchasing methods to prevent waste. 
  • Promotion strategies that get everyone on board with your goals. 
  • Streamlined implementation strategies that blend with your current practices. 

April 23, 2013  |  9am -12pm | Albany
May 7, 2013  |  9am - 12pm  |
May 9, 2013  |  9am-12pm  |  Rochester
Advanced Construction Materials Management - The Math and Methods to GRIP-IT LEAN
Host: Construction Materials Management Center at the SyracuseCoE Center for Sustainable Community Solutions  
CEU's pending  
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For Those wanting a more in-depth "how-to," this course drives into the nitty gritty details of how to drive LEAN projects.

We'll teach:
  • How to forecast material quantities to effective planning and
  • competitive bidding 
  • The art and science of material composition estimating to leverage
  • material brokering 
  • Best conversion methods for converting to material volume to weight 
  • Strategies to identify the best markets for materials 
  • Time saving tools and strategies to blend with your current practices 
  • How to carry this class information forward to your real world projects

April 30 | 8:00am - 2:45pm 
3rd Spring Greening: An Educator Conference
on Teaching Green 
Location: SyracuseCoE 
Host: SyracuseCoE Center for Sustainable Community Solutions

Sessions - Exhibits - Special Workshops - Bus Tours

Topics Covered:
  • Sustainable materials management: the three R's and 1 C  
  • (reduce, reuse, recycle, compost)
  • Non-point source water pollution and green infrastructure 
  • Best practices for teaching green in the classroom
  • Greening your school 

Conference Highlights: 

  • Keynote by Mark Lichtenstein, SyracuseCoE CSCS Executive Director and President of the National Recycling Coalition
  • Compost tumbler & rain barrel workshops  
  • Bus tours to local wastewater storage/green infrastructure projects and local waste management sites

May 14 | 9:30am - 5:00pm 
Financing Workshop for Small Water Systems 
Location: Town Hall, Chenango, NY 
Host: Environmental Finance Center Network 

This training is for drinking water systems serving 10,000 or fewer customers and is best suited for individuals who make financial decisions for the water system, although operators are welcome. 

Topics will include:
  • Rate setting
  • Capital planning
  • Affordability
  • Available loans and grants


Save the Date: May 15-16 
Leadership Workshops for Small Water Systems  
Location: Binghamton, NY
Host: Environmental Finance Center Network 

This workshop is designed to make you more effective in both your professional and personal communications so you can engage your listeners, lead a program, tell your story and get the job done!

This one and a half day workshop will:
  • Introduce a decision-making process to justify your conclusions and recommendations, 
  • Give you the skills to understand and better manage interactions with your staff, board, or community, 
  • Introduce tools to help you reduce conflict and plan for the future, 
  • Improve your ability to turn numbers into a compelling story and message that will motivate your audience, and  
  • Help you create the key elements of an effective outreach plan so you can build your story and take it to the community.