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  • The City of Syracuse's Sustainability Guide
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    Farmers Markets and Community Gardens 
    Green Jobs and Businesses


    Transportation Resources
    Green Buildings and Housing


    Energy
    Waste Management


    Culture, Art, Entertainment
    Sustainability Education


    Health and Safety
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    What is Sustainability?

    "A thriving, sustainable community is a place that provides a safe, healthy, high quality of life for current and future generations, incorporating a comprehensive approach to economic vitality, social equity, and environmental stewardship." – FOCUS Greater Syracuse.
     

    Syracuse's Sustainability Plan

    The Bureau of Planning and Sustainability is in the process of developing Syracuse’s Sustainability Plan. This plan will look into the needs and the current resources of the city and create goals and initiatives to meet these needs without jeopardizing the city’s future. These goals and initiatives will not only take into consideration the city’s environment and natural resources but also focus on the city’s economical and community/societal development. The sustainability plan will serve as a guide for the city as well as the community to improve the city’s quality of life now and for generations to come.

    The plan is being created because the city and those in the community who have a vested interest in creating a sustainable Syracuse realize we have to address issues concerning sustainability now. The plan will ensure that future citizens of Syracuse will have a more environmentally aware and economically aware place to call home.

    The City’s Bureau of Planning and Sustainability (The Bureau) will head up the development of the Sustainability Plan. The Bureau will also partner with other city departments such as the Department of Public Works, the Department of Engineering, and the Transportation Department, as well as local experts from academic institutions and non-profits, to create Sustainability Advisory Committees. These committees will be topic-specific, and will advise the Bureau on goals and initiatives that should be included in the Sustainability Plan. The Bureau will also consult residents throughout the city at their neighborhood TNT meetings to seek feedback and input on creating goals and strategic initiatives to reach these goals. When the Sustainability Plan is complete, the Bureau will look to the Advisory Committees and the community to assist in the implementation of the initiatives to reach our goals.

    The Sustainability plan will address five main topics: Energy & Green Building, Waste & Recycling, Natural Environment, Food Systems, and Education. Each section will list clear and measurable goals created by the Bureau, the Advisory Committees, and City residents.

    We look forward to working with the community on making the Sustainability Plan a guide to Syracuse’s future.

     


    City Plans and Documents 





    Mayor Miner’s 50 Point Plan

    The Mayor’s 50 Point Plan covers six major policy areas: Economic Development and Job Creation, Education and Youth, Public Safety, Sustainability and the Environment, Community Development, Housing, and Neighborhoods, and Government Modernization and Efficiency. Within each area, the mayor discusses goals and strategies that will create a more sustainable Syracuse.




    Green Jobs and Businesses 





    CNY Works 

    CNY Works is a local, not-for profit corporation, focusing on Central New York, which receives federal funding through the Workforce Investment Act of 1998. We are governed by a Board of Directors whose members currently represent business, education, organized labor, government, employment & training, economic development and community-based organizations. Within Central New York, it is our mission to provide a single point of entry for Workforce Information – bringing businesses, job seekers, and training providers together with the goal of providing skilled workers for every business and employment for every job seeker.





    Clean Tech Center 

    The Clean Tech Center develops renewable and clean energy technology companies in New York State. A program of The Tech Garden, it is funded by NYSERDA  to develop emerging businesses and commercializing technologies in the following sectors:

    Renewable Energy
    Alternative Fuels
    System Integration and Smart Grid Technologies
    Transportation
    Building & Construction Technologies




    Creative Core

    NY's Creative Core encompasses 12 Central Upstate counties and more than 250 partners who proactively advance regional development efforts by working together to promote the region’s strengths in leading-edge technologies, academic excellence, and vibrant communities through a unified brand. Through a strong regional image, Creative Core partners are shaping Central Upstate New York’s growth and success.





    Center of Excellence 

    SyracuseCoE is a federation of firms, organizations, and institutions that creates innovations to improve health, productivity, security, and sustainability in built and urban environments. Activities within SyracuseCoE include research, product development, commercialization assistance, and education programs. The scope of application interests include systems that monitor and control thermal comfort, air quality, lighting, sound, and water quality in built and urban environments and innovative energy systems, including clean technologies and renewable fuel sources.




    Green Core Company
      The Green Core CompanySM certification provides a blueprint for businesses working to achieve green operations through reduced environmental and social impacts, and recognizes businesses that make a substantial effort to develop a culture of sustainability within their organization; while challenging the offence of “greenwashing” - the unregulated and improper use of the term and methodology of “green” for marketing advantage.
           
    Farmers Markets and Community Gardens 





    Farmers' Market Federation of New York 

    The Farmers' Market Federation of New York is a grassroots, membership organization of farmers' market managers, market sponsors, farmers and market supporters. Together, we have developed a spectrum of services to increase the number and capacity of farmers' markets in the state, develop the scope of professionalism in farmers' market management and improve the ability of markets to serve their farmers, their consumers and their host communities. Also use this page to find a Farmers’ Market close to you!




    Community Gardens

    Syracuse Grows is a grassroots coalition of individuals, gardens, and community collaborators working to cultivate a just foodscape in the City of Syracuse. We provide advocacy, programming, education, and resources to support food justice and community development through community gardening and urban agriculture.




    Cornell Cooperative Extension

    Cornell University Cooperative Extension of Onondaga County (CCE Onondaga) is an educational organization that has shared research knowledge from Cornell University with the residents of Onondaga County since 1913. In Onondaga County, CCE provides educational programs in the areas of Food, Renewable Energy, and the Environment (FREE), Workforce and Youth Development, and Community Support.

    Currently, CCE Onondaga provides green job training in urban forestry, storm water management systems and urban agriculture; individual farm planning and business management training for new farm start ups; technical assistance to municipalities on sustainable land use practices, and, community development projects, including the Fabius Energy Steering Committee (FESC), which is focused on renewable energy technologies such as methane digestion on farms, and large and small-scale wind and biomass production.

       
    Transportation Resources 





    Syracuse Metropolitan Transportation Council 

    The Syracuse Metropolitan Transportation Council (SMTC) is the State-designated Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO), responsible for administering the continuous and comprehensive transportation planning process in Onondaga County, and small portions of Madison and Oswego Counties.





    Centro 

    The mission of the Central New York Regional Transportation Authority is to be responsive to the transportation needs of the Central New York community by providing services which are safe, convenient, reliable, and environmentally responsible with a goal of maximizing the taxpayers’ return on investment.




    Green Buildings and Housing 





    U.S. Green Building Council – Upstate New York Chapter 

    The U.S. Green Building Council New York Upstate Chapter promotes environmentally responsible, healthy and profitable places to live and work. Through a variety of activities, the Chapter helps initiate, develop and implement green building concepts and technologies. We strive to provide education, advocacy, and outreach to individual members and those interested in designing, constructing, operating and maintaining buildings in a more sustainable, environmentally friendly manner.

    P.E.A.C.E., Inc. 

    Incorporated in 1968, P.E.A.C.E., Inc. is a non-profit community-based organization with the mission of helping people in the community realize their potential for becoming self-sufficient. P.E.A.C.E., Inc. believes in the strength of the human spirit and is dedicated to changing lives by teaching people how to help themselves and support those around them. To this end, P.E.A.C.E., Inc. provides a continuum of services for the entire family from infants to the elderly. The majority of individuals we serve have incomes placing them at or below the Federal Poverty Guidelines.
    Energy Programs 

    Two Energy programs offered by Onondaga County. The first one Weatherization Referral Assistance Program (WRAP) provides comprehensive weatherization service and energy conservation education to the most needy elderly. The other, Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP), is a federally funded benefit program that provides limited subsidies for heating and utility costs.




    Energy 





    GreenUp 

    GreenUp allows you to choose to have all or part of your electricity generated from renewable resources—while keeping National Grid as your electricity supplier.





    Clean Tech Center 

    The Clean Tech Center develops renewable and clean energy technology companies in New York State. A program of The Tech Garden, it is funded by NYSERDA  to develop emerging businesses and commercializing technologies in the following sectors:

      Renewable Energy

    Alternative Fuels

    System Integration and Smart Grid Technologies

    Transportation

    Building & Construction Technologies





    Center of Excellence 

    SyracuseCoE is a federation of firms, organizations, and institutions that creates innovations to improve health, productivity, security, and sustainability in built and urban environments.
    Activities within SyracuseCoE include research, product development, commercialization assistance, and education programs. The scope of application interests include systems that monitor and control thermal comfort, air quality, lighting, sound, and water quality in built and urban environments and innovative energy systems, including clean technologies and renewable fuel sources.





    Distributive Generation 

    Distributed generation, also called on-site generation, dispersed generation, embedded generation, decentralized generation, decentralized energy or distributed energy, generates electricity from many small energy sources.




    Waste Management 





    Onondaga County Resource Recovery Agency 

    The Onondaga County Resource Recovery Agency, most commonly referred to by the acronym OCRRA, was created by the New York State Legislature to manage the solid waste, or large amounts of trash, we produce on a daily basis. The term "solid waste management" is synonymous with the safe disposal of garbage and the recycling of items that were once sent to a landfill.




    Culture, Art, Entertainment 





    syracuse.com 


    Downtown Syracuse 




    Sustainability Education 





    Alchemical Nursery 

    The Alchemical Nursery Project is a non-profit organization committed to promoting the development of sustainable, regenerative urban lifestyles and landscapes, and furthering the principles of Permaculture, with the ultimate goal of creating right livelihood and community utilizing the ecovillage & intentional communities frameworks and philosophy.





    Cornell Cooperative Extension 

    Cornell University Cooperative Extension of Onondaga County (CCE Onondaga) is an educational organization that has shared research knowledge from Cornell University with the residents of Onondaga County since 1913. In Onondaga County, CCE provides educational programs in the areas of Food, Renewable Energy, and the Environment (FREE), Workforce and Youth Development, and Community Support.

    Currently, CCE Onondaga provides green job training in urban forestry, storm water management systems and urban agriculture; individual farm planning and business management training for new farm start ups; technical assistance to municipalities on sustainable land use practices, and, community development projects, including the Fabius Energy Steering Committee (FESC), which is focused on renewable energy technologies such as methane digestion on farms, and large and small-scale wind and biomass production.






    Greening USA 

    GreeningUSA a broad based coalition. Their goals are: EDUCATE others about Green and Sustainable Design. Assemble DATA AND INFORMATION RESOURCES so as to be
    available to support other organizations and entities. COMMUNICATE with members and the public to promote the activities of all Green and Sustainable Environmental organizations.
    PROMOTE AND ADVOCATE local economies using Green technology, research, and development through meaningful links to industries, research entities, and professions. Develop a National MEMBERSHIP base, and a FINANCIAL SPONSORSHIP base with programs or resources specifically for these groups. Create SUSTAINABLE COMMUNITES from pro-active interaction with GOVERNMENT leaders in order to create a Sustainable Future.



 
       
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