Monthly Archives: January 2013

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Registration for the 2013 NYS Green Building Conference is now open! Register today! Join us for the 11th Annual New York State Green Building Conference! On Monday, March 11th we will also host a Pre-conference Workshop on the vision, planning, … Continue reading

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Our dear friend and colleagues, Dave Eichorn, has been in the news recently. After 20+ years as one of the most beloved meteorologists on Central New York television, Dave committed to completing his bachelor’s degree through SUNY’s Empire State College. … Continue reading

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Summer Session Movie Credits: Courses and Instructors for ESF Summer Session

Coming soon… it’s SUNY-ESF Summer Session! For more information, visit http://www.esf.edu/outreach/summer/

National Climate Assessment Town Hall: Registration Ends Tomorrow

Next Wednesday, January 23, 2013 from 8 AM to 4 PM, SUNY-ESF will host the National Climate Assessment Northeast Regional Town Hall meeting in our new Gateway Center.  Tomorrow, January 16th, is the last day to register.  You may register now at http://nationalclimateassessment.eventbrite.com/.

More information about the meeting is available at https://sites.google.com/a/usgcrp.gov/nca-northeast-regional-town-hall/ and in the invitation letter below. If you know of others who may be interested in attending the National Climate Assessment Northeast Regional Town Hall, please share this invitation with them. NationalClimateAssessment

This day-long town hall meeting will bring together approximately 100 climate change experts and users of climate change information, including participants from academia; local, state, tribal, and federal governments; non-profit organizations; and business and industry. As a participant in this meeting, you will have the opportunity to:

  • Learn about the National Climate Assessment, the process leading to production of the Third National Climate Assessment Report, and the ways in which you can contribute to its review (a draft of the report will be available for public comment at the time of the meeting)
  • Talk with report authors, members of the National Climate Assessment and Development Advisory Committee, and National Climate Assessment staff about how the information provided in National Climate Assessment products is and can be used in various decision making contexts
  • Share knowledge and information about local and regional efforts to respond to the impacts of climate change in the Northeast US
  • Collaborate with other meeting participants to identify ways that you and your community can participate in the long-term National Climate Assessment process

A primary goal for the National Climate Assessment is to establish permanent assessment capacity both inside and outside of the federal government. Building on two previous National Climate Assessment Reports (2000 and 2009), the US Global Change Research Program has established the National Climate Assessment as an ongoing process that engages people and organizations across the country in creating and maintaining the information infrastructure needed to conduct sustained assessments that improve the our country’s ability to understand, anticipate, and respond to climate change impacts and vulnerabilities.

The town hall will consist of both plenary panels and small group discussion. During the plenary session, National Climate Assessment authors and staff will provide an overview of the National Climate Assessment process, present preliminary findings from the Draft 2013 National Climate Assessment Report, and explain how members of the public may comment on the Draft Report. Additional speakers will highlight local and regional efforts to assess and respond to the challenges of climate change, and will explore the ways in which efforts in the Northeast US are linked to the National Climate Assessment and vice versa. During the small group discussion time, you will have an opportunity share your own expertise and insights related to climate, assessments, and decision making in the context of climate change, and to suggest and plan pathways to build sustained assessment capacity in the Northeast United States.

We sincerely hope that you will be able to join us for the National Climate Assessment Northeast Regional Town Hall. To sign up for the meeting, please visit http://nationalclimateassessment.eventbrite.com. Space is limited, so register soon! If you have any questions about the meeting, or about the National Climate Assessment more generally, please contact Emily Therese Cloyd at ecloyd@usgcrp.gov. You can also find more information about the National Climate Assessment online at http://assessment.globalchange.gov.

SUNY-ESF Students Think Green in Demolition Process

Academic Research Building

SUNY-ESF’s plans for the Academic Research Building (ARB) that is expected to be constructed beginning this year and be completed in 2015.

During the past few years, SUNY-ESF has undergone rapid growth with the recently completed renovations to Baker Laboratory, the addition of Centennial Hall (SUNY-ESF’s first dormitory) and the newly constructed Gateway Building (housing an event center, café, and college bookstore and the new home to ESF Outreach and ESF’s office of Admissions in the coming months). The next project is the construction of a new Academic Research Building (ARB) that will house SUNY-ESF’s Department of Environmental and Forest Biology in the future. The ARB will be constructed using green technologies and house state of the art facilities for biological research.

Making room for the new ARB facility has required the demolition of some houses that were located adjacent to the SUNY-ESF campus. This demolition process has served as a learning experience for a number of SUNY-ESF students who were challenged to make the demolition process as green as possible. As a result, a substantial amount of the materials from these houses were reclaimed and will be re-used. At least 50% of the materials from these houses were saved and will not pile up in landfills. Because of the careful documentation conducted during this process, the “green demolition” may be studied by others who are interested in green construction techniques, such as those attending of the upcoming 11th Annual NYS Green Building Conference (March 11 – 13, 2013).

For further information on SUNY-ESF’s green demolition, you can watch WSYR’s news video featuring Paul Crovella, Instructor in the Department of Sustainable Construction Management and Engineering at SUNY-ESF, or read the article on WSYR’s website.

For more on the 11th Annual NYS Green Building Conference and other SUNY-ESF Outreach initiatives, visit the Outreach Website (http://www.esf.edu/outreach/).