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News and Events from the Environmental Finance Center at Syracuse University
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In This Issue:
  • Upcoming Events
  • Healthy Buildings Conference
  • City of Oswego Stormwater Management Project
  • EFC Welcomes New Staff!
  • Liquid Assets Resources
EFC Staff

  Sara Pesek

  Khristopher Dodson
Communications and Program Manager

  Evan Newell
   Program Manager

  Melissa Young

Program Manager

  Eva Rippeteau
Associate Program Manager

  Mary Ellen Gilbert

  Budget Manager

  Kathy Forrest                
Administrative Assistant

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Upcoming Events

Revitalizing NY
Wednesday, October 7, 2009
Proctors Theatre,432 State Street
Schenectady, New York
For program information or to register please visit

Smart, Green and Clean: 21st Century water management in the Great Lakes
October 22-23, 2009
Buffalo Hyatt
A Clean Water Network regional caucus
Co-sponsored by Citizens Campaign for the Environment
with support from the NY Environmental facilities corporation
For more information or to register:

Historic Preservation and Green Design Workshop
November 19, 2009, Newburgh NY
More information coming soon

Environmental Finance Center
Technical Assistance Partnership Forum
November 19, 2009. Syracuse University Goldstein Center
Details Coming Soon!
For more information please visit

Green Design and Energy for Practioners
This program will offer continuing education credits (CEUs) for planning and zoning board members to help them meet 4 hours/year state requirement.
November 30, 6-9 pm, Rockland County

More information coming soon

Green economy, green jobs workshop
December 3, 2009, Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies,Millbrook, NY
More information coming soon


Wastewater Panels-Training for Elected Officials on Wastewater Management-NYSDEC
September-December at a variety of locations in NY State
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2009 Water Quality Improvement Projects Program                

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Healthy Buildings Conference and Exhibition
Syracuse NY September 13-17

With more than 1,700 attendees from 45 countries, the 2009 Healthy Buildings Conference and Exhibition and the SyracuseCoE Opportunity Exchange was a success. As sponsors of the OppEx portion of the event the EFC had a booth in the exhibition hall. We also hosted a Sustainable Infrastructure workshop with guest speakers Sam Gordon on PlanIt talking about greenbelts and Ted Brown of munly brown studio presenting on Onondaga Creek Revitalization. Khris Dodson, EFC Communications and Pro
gram Manager presented on the value of Stormwater Management. We would like to thank the SyracuseCoE for hosting this event, our guest speakers for their participation and to the many people who stopped by our exhibit to talk about what we do and how we can work together.
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City Of Oswego Stormwater Management Demonstration Project

Oswego Rain Garden Ribbon-cutting
This summer, together with the Great Lakes Research Consortium, we constructed two demonstration rain gardens in Lake Ontario coastal communities; one in Phillips Park in the Village of Fairhaven, and one at the City Hall in Oswego. On Thursday, September 24, the EFC and the city of Oswego hosted a ribbon cutting to announce the completion of the project which includes a rain garden and rain barrels that capture roughly 1/4 of the rain from the roof of City Hall.

For more information please contact Khris Dodson at

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EFC Welcomes New Staff! 

As  the EFC expands existing programs and establishes new programs, and expands its outreach and communications throughout EPA Region 2 we welcome Khris Dodson and Evan Newell to help us in our programming and communications goals..

Khris has joined as Communications and Program Manager with responsibility for outreach and education on water and land-use BMPs,  among other programming subjects. He will also be leading the EFC's strategic communications activities. Khris has an MPS in Environmental Communication from SUNY ESF and a MA in Magazine, Newspaper and Online Journalism from Syracuse University. He has direct experience in a number of the communities in which the EFC works, and has established relationships with a number of key organizations and universities in the area, which will help the EFC be more effective.

Evan has interned with the EFC since last fall as he was completing his MPA at Syracuse University. Among the myriad skills he brings to the job are specific experiences working/researching in the following areas: waste to energy, electronic waste, climate change policy, green jobs programs, and green purchasing policy, the last from having worked with Onondaga County's Purchasing Department on the development of green and sustainable purchasing policies. As Program Manager, he will be working to support the rest of the program team while diving into several new areas including innovative financing tools, community sustainability planning, and carbon footprint inventories. Evan has also worked in other nonprofits in the past and brings a collaborative attitude and willingness to chart new territories as a part of our team.

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Liquid Assets: The Story of Water Infrastructure
BROADCAST RIGHTS are available (free) to non-commercial, educational cable stations through April 30, 2010.  Liquid Assets The Story of Water Infrastructure is an award winning documentary created by Penn State Public Broadcasting.  The $1 million dollar project is provocative and informing as it explores the deteriorating condition of U.S. water infrastructure.

The 90 minute PBS film includes segments on wastewater, federal regulations, asset management and the funding gap, amongst others.  It is a perfect complement to public meetings as it makes the compelling argument for a reinvestment in water infrastructure.

Visit for more information or email for a list of cablecast provisions.  To download a public outreach kit, access grades 6-12 educational resources for teachers, or purchase a copy for $24.95, visit

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