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Old 04-11-2012, 02:59 PM
Location: San Antonio, TX
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I've lived in Syracuse for about 6 months now. Just got hired as community organizer for a project that, in short, provides home energy assessments and upgrades with government funds. However, this area doesn't seem to concerned with it. Granted, I understand the climate nowadays: everyone is stretching money, most people don't want to be bothered, etc. So if saving on bills and protecting the environment isn't enough to draw people, what is?

DISCLAIMER: I am not a salesman, nor do I have the mentality. I'm not here asking "how can I sell you guys x." I genuinely want to know where the interests of this area lie.
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Old 04-11-2012, 04:45 PM
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Are you sure that people know about it? If you could share, that would be great.
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Old 04-12-2012, 08:12 AM
Location: San Antonio, TX
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Alright, I will make a separate thread for it to let people know what it is. Thank you for the suggestion.
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Old 04-13-2012, 12:19 PM
Location: Florida
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I don't know if this helps at all, but I wanted to at least address the general premise of your post, "New to Syracuse with Job, How green is this area?"

In 2007, Syracuse became one of the first cities in New York State to adopt green building standards for all new construction and major renovations of City-owned municipal buildings. The law requires that all major renovations and new construction of public buildings meet a LEED Silver standard. If there is no appropriate silver standard, then the City Engineer can set an alternate green building standard. The ordinance does not apply to privately owned city buildings. This year, Syracuse's Joint Schools Construction Board passed a green schools resolution to design the four schools in Phase I of the city's school reconstruction project to meet the LEED Silver standard.

Syracuse Green Building Ordinance:


The region is focusing on establishing a sustainable economy based on research and development through the Center of Excellence for Environmental and Energy Innovations:

Syracuse Center of Excellence - Excellence in Environmental and Energy Innovations
Syracuse Center of Excellence | Facebook
Syracuse Center of Excellence earns highest LEED certification

Onondaga County has embarked on two initiatives, 1) "Save the Rain" initiative that uses green infrastructure to reduce inflow and infiltration into the sanitary sewer system and, 2) a new County Sustainable Development Plan:

Save The Rain
SOCPA - Sustainable Development Plan

I also found this home improvement web-site, I am not sure if it related to you or not.

Heating Cooling Insulation | Residential Energy Audits New York

Considering the regions efforts, I am sure the City and/or County will welcome your efforts surrounding sustainable home-improvement.

Good Luck!
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Old 04-13-2012, 02:55 PM
Location: San Antonio, TX
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Those are very excellent resources. I really appreciate all the help that I've been getting here. We just had a meeting with the lead outreach coordinator from Binghampton. They've been having wonderful success, to the point they are backed up with work. That brief training coupled with the information I've been getting here has given me and my staff exactly what we need to move forward. Again, thank you everyone.

Don't forget, if you want to get involved for yourself, just shoot me an email:
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