Saturday, February 27, 2010

Come One, Come All!

Don't forget to RSVP to join my colleagues, SyracuseCoE Partners, and many other special guests at the Dedication of the Syracuse Center of Excellence Headquarters on March 5, which is followed by a Community Open House on March 6:

In fact, the week of March 1 is being dubbed "Dedication Week" by SyracuseCoE, because on March 2 Alex Steffen will deliver a lecture at Syracuse University's Hendricks Chapel, the first in a series of sustainability events this coming week. Steffen is the founder of Worldchanging, a popular website on sustainability. More information is at

Then in the morning of Friday, March 5, SyracuseCoE will host a presentation by Lisa Heinzerling, the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Associate Administrator for the Office of Policy, Economics, and Innovation, in Maxwell Auditorium on Syracuse University Campus at 10 a.m. Heinzerling will discuss how smart growth and green building can both serve as an important component of our nation's efforts to combat climate change. More information can be found at

Later in the day, at 2pm, Heinzerling will join other guests—including US Rep. Dan Maffei (NY-25), SU Chancellor and President Nancy Cantor, and Carrier Corp. CEO Geraud Darnis—to dedicate the Syracuse Center of Excellence headquarters at 727 East Washington Street, Syracuse. The ceremony will also include a performance of a song written specially for SyracuseCoE by Grammy Award winner Joanne Shenandoah. Tours of the building will follow.

And to end the week of sustainability events ... On Saturday, March 6 from 1 to 4 p.m. SyracuseCoE will again throw its doors open, this time for a Community Open House. This program will include music by Syracuse band Sophistafunk, the Haudenosaunee Thanksgiving Address delivered by Chief Jake Edwards of the Onondaga Nation, and words from environmental activist Oren Lyons, SyracuseCoE Executive Director Ed Bogucz, and Environmental Finance Center at SU Director Sara Pesek.

Phew ... quite a week: we hope you can join us!

—Martin Walls, Syracuse Center of Excellence

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