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SyracuseCoE to host 11th annual symposium, featuring innovations in clean energy and environmental systems

September 20, 2011

Hannah Moreau

On Sept. 22 and 23, the Syracuse Center of Excellence (SyracuseCoE) will host its 11th annual Symposium on Environmental and Energy Systems at the Oncenter Complex in downtown Syracuse. This year’s event, “Unleashing the Clean Economy: Regional Innovations for Sustainable Communities,” will feature more than 60 speakers and presenters who will focus on topics within SyracuseCoE’s focus areas: indoor environmental quality, water resources, clean and renewable energy and advanced building technologies. In keeping with the theme of this year’s symposium, several speakers will address the development of opportunities and strategies for regional economic development throughout New York state.

coeThe symposium will also include sessions and workshops designed to engage a wide audience, including industry practitioners, state and local officials, and Syracuse University faculty and students.

Headlining the event are keynote speakers John Cronin, Eric Keune, Roy Kienitz and Amy Liu. Cronin is director and CEO of Beacon Institute for Rivers and Estuaries, and a senior fellow at Pace University who had dedicated his career to environmental affairs. Kienitz is undersecretary for policy at the U.S. Department of Transportation; his presentation will focus on the partnership among three federal agencies to promote sustainable communities. Keune is a design director at the architecture firm Skidmore, Owings & Merrill; his presentation will address a vision for the sustainable development in the Great Lakes region. Liu is senior fellow, co-director and co-founder of the Metropolitan Policy Program at The Brookings Institution. Liu’s work facilitates the development of policy ideas and practices to help decision makers in metropolitan areas; her presentation will address Brookings’ recent landmark study of the clean economy across the United States.

Sessions include presentations on community-based innovations, as well as resource, energy and advanced building innovations. Workshops feature experts in advanced energy technologies, green infrastructure and energy policy. The program also includes discussion panels on water pollution, biomass energy and sustainable architecture.  Presenters are traveling from as far as Amsterdam, Netherlands.

“Governor Cuomo is transforming New York state’s economic development programs using an approach that builds on the strengths of regional economies,” says SyracuseCoE Executive Director Ed Bogucz. “Central New York and several other regions across the state have great opportunities to create jobs through innovations in clean energy and environmental systems. Our symposium provides a jump-start for developing regional plans for sustainable communities.”

Registration information, as well as a complete schedule of events, is available at Registration for students, without meals, is complimentary.  Special rates for small community-based organizations are also available upon request.  Faculty members are encouraged to bring their classes and classroom space can be provided with prior notice.

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