SyracuseCoE Awards Funding for Six Research and Innovation Projects by faculty members at Syracuse University and SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry

SyracuseCoE announced today that six research and innovations projects led by faculty members from Syracuse University and SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry (ESF) were competitively selected to receive awards totaling $114,000. The projects engage a total of 12 faculty members from four schools and colleges at Syracuse University and SUNY ESF.

The awards expand the Faculty Fellows program that SyracuseCoE launched in the 2015-2016 academic year. Each faculty member who is involved in a project will be appointed as a SyracuseCoE Faculty Fellow for a three-year term, joining the ranks of 22 SyracuseCoE Faculty Fellows who were appointed last year.

Projects were selected based on proposals received through a request for proposals issued by SyracuseCoE earlier this year. SyracuseCoE is New York State’s Center of Excellence in Environmental and Energy Systems, which is led by Syracuse University in collaboration with SUNY ESF, SUNY Upstate Medical University, CenterState Corporation for Economic Opportunity and dozens of partner firms.

“These new projects will engage faculty members and students to address strategically targeted questions that align with SyracuseCoE’s mission to catalyze research that accelerates innovations in environmental and energy systems,“ says Executive Director of SyracuseCoE, Ed Bogucz, associate professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering at Syracuse University. “We look forward to growing this program and the support it provides to the researchers throughout the region.”

“In addition to supporting individual faculty research,” noted Sherburne Abbott, Vice President for Sustainability Initiatives and University Professor at Syracuse University, “the SyracuseCoE Faculty Fellows Program fosters a broad culture of innovation and collaboration in support of the University’s research excellence initiatives.”

The projects, principal investigators, and their collaborators are:

VIS-SIM: A Framework for Designing Neighborhood Energy Efficiency through Data Visualization and Calibrated Urban Building Energy Simulation
Elizabeth Krietemeyer, Assistant Professor, School of Architecture, Syracuse University
Tarek Rakha, Assistant Professor, School of Architecture, Syracuse University
Jason Dedrick, Professor, School of Information Studies, Syracuse University

Thermo-Mechanical Fuel Reforming for Fuel Cell Energy Systems
Benjamin Akih-Kumgeh, Assistant Professor of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, College of Engineering & Computer Science, Syracuse University
Jeongmin Ahn, Associate Professor, Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, College of Engineering & Computer Science, Syracuse University

Air Pollutants and their Effects on the Syracuse Urban Landscape
Charles T. Driscoll, University Professor of Environmental Systems, College of Engineering & Computer Science, Syracuse University

Temporal Changes in Methane Concentrations in Domestic Groundwater Wells in the Marcellus Shale Region
Laura Lautz, Associate Professor of Earth Sciences, College of Arts and Sciences, Syracuse University
Gregory Hoke, Assistant Professor of Earth Sciences, College of Arts and Sciences, Syracuse University
Zunli Lu, Assistant Professor of Earth Sciences, College of Arts and Sciences, Syracuse University

Water Resources Quality in the Urban Heat Island: Exploring Longitudinal Patterns of Stream Temperature via UAV
Christa Kelleher, Assistant Professor of Earth Sciences, College of Arts and Sciences & Assistant Professor of Civil Engineering, College of Engineering & Computer Science, Syracuse University

Valorization of Biorefinery Lignin
Biljana Bujanovic, Associate Professor of Paper and Bioprocess Engineering, SUNY ESF
Arthur J. Stipanovic, Professor of Chemistry, SUNY ESF

More information on each project can be found on SyracuseCoE Researchers Page.

The awards were made possible by funding to support SyracuseCoE actitivites awarded by Empire State Development’s Division of Science, Technology and Innovation (NYSTAR). The next request for proposals for the SyracuseCoE Faculty Fellows Program is planned for in April 2017 for projects beginning in July 2017.

R&T Forum: U.S. Power Plant Carbon Standards and the Potential for Clean Air, Human Health and Ecosystem Co-benefits

Research & Technology Forum
October 18, 2016

U.S. Power Plant Carbon Standards and the Potential for Clean Air, Human Health and Ecosystem Co-benefits

Charles Driscoll and Kathy Fallon Lambert will present the results of an ongoing project on co-benefits associated with policies to control carbon dioxide emissions from electric utilities by a boundary-spanning organization, the Science Policy Exchange. Carbon dioxide emissions standards for U.S. power plants will influence the fuels and technologies used to generate electricity, altering emissions of pollutants and affecting ambient air quality and public and ecosystem health. Three alternative scenarios for U.S. power plant carbon standards were evaluated for changes in fine particulate matter (PM2.5) and ozone concentrations in ambient air, and resulting public health and ecosystem co-benefits For two of the three policy scenarios, carbon standards for existing power plants can substantially decrease emissions of co-pollutants, and improve air quality and public health beyond existing air quality policies. A stringent but flexible policy that counts demand-side energy efficiency toward compliance yields the greatest health and ecosystem benefits, and a favorable benefit-cost analysis. The magnitude and the nature of the co-benefits associated with this policy were highly distributed spatially with all of the coterminous states receiving some health benefits and many states experiencing ecosystem benefits. Our current work involves an evaluation of options considered for implementation of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Clean Power Plan. In addition to the presentation on co-benefits, we will discuss the Science Policy Exchange and discuss the outreach effort associated with the project.

Presenters:
Professor Charles T. Driscoll
Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Syracuse University
Charles T. Driscoll is a Distinguished and University Professor at Syracuse University. He received his BS from the University of Maine and MS and PhD from Cornell.  Driscoll’s research addresses the effects of disturbance on forest, freshwater and marine ecosystems, including air pollution (acid and mercury deposition), land-use, and climate change. Driscoll has testified at Congressional and state legislative committee hearings, and served on many local, national and international committees.  He is a member of the National Academy of Engineering.
Kathy Fallon Lambert 
Science Policy Exchange, Harvard Forest, Harvard University
Kathy Fallon Lambert directs the Science Policy Exchange and the Science & Policy Integration Project at the Harvard Forest, Harvard University. The Science Policy Exchange is a consortium of six universities and research institution (including Syracuse University) working at the science-policy interface to enhance the influence of science on environmental decision-making. Previously, Kathy was the executive director of the Hubbard Brook Research Foundation (HBRF) where she helped develop the Science Links program to bridge the gap between long-term biogeochemical research and related public policy. Kathy has collaborated with Dr. Charles Driscoll, Syracuse University Professor of Environmental Systems Engineering, on three high-impact projects that link science with policy: Acid Rain Revisited, Mercury Matters, and Co-Benefits of Powerplant Carbon Standards. Kathy holds a B.A. from Dartmouth College and an M.F.S. from the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies. She is a Switzer Fellow, Leopold Schepp Scholar and recipient of the U.S. EPA Environmental Merit Award.

2016 SyracuseCoE Student Poster Competition Winners

Nine student presentations on research and innovation projects win awards at 16th annual SyracuseCoE Symposium

SyracuseCoE today announced the winners of its annual competition for presentations of student research and innovation projects. Thirty-three students from four academic institutions presented posters in the competition, which was held in conjunction with SyracuseCoE’s 16th annual Symposium. Projects addressed topics including:

  • Advanced building technologies
  • Clean and renewable energy
  • Design resilience
  • Healthy buildings
  • Indoor environmental quality
  • Recycling strategies
  • Sustainable urban design
  • Water resource management

Students from Syracuse University, SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry (ESF), Clarkson University, and Rochester Institute of Technology presented posters. Students’ presentations were evaluated on the information presented about their projects, the layout and design of their posters, and their knowledge and ability to answer questions from the judges. Judges met with each student for 5-10 minutes to discuss their projects.

“The students did outstanding jobs addressing complex and important topics related to environmental and energy systems,” said Edward Bogucz, SyracuseCoE executive director and associate professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering at Syracuse University. “We applaud their accomplishments and look forward to supporting their success in the future.”

Posters were judged in three categories: undergraduate, master’s, and Ph.D. Winners were:

Undergraduate winners:

1st Place: Bryan Morris, Mechanical Engineering major, Syracuse University, “Design and Testing of a Micro Scroll Compressor”; Faculty advisor: H. Ezzat Khalifa.

2nd Place: Olivia Chen, Chemical Engineering major, Syracuse University, “UV Method for Total Mercury Analysis”; Faculty advisor: Charles Driscoll.

3rd Place: Joshua Saxton, Civil Engineering major, Syracuse University, “Design and calibration of a rainfall simulator for plot scale experiments”; Faculty advisor: Cliff Davidson

Master’s winners:

1st Place: Matthew Rushby, M.S. Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering major, Syracuse University, “Exploring the Performance of Dual-Phase Oxygen Transport Membranes for Carbon Capture Purposes”; Faculty advisor: Jeongmin Ahn.

2nd Place: Leah Harnish, M.S. Environmental Studies major, SUNY ESF, “Comparing Water Source Knowledge in Cities that exceed the Lead Action Level”; Faculty advisor: Sharon Moran.

3rd Place: Sebastien Simonnet & Christine Robillard, Master of Architecture I majors, “Light Breeze”; Faculty advisors: David Shanks and Bess Krietemeyer.

PhD winners:

1st place: Meng Kong, Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Ph.D. candidate, Syracuse University, “Modeling and Experimental Study of Using Micro-environment Control for Thermal Comfort”; Faculty advisors: Jianshun Zhang, Thong Dang and H. Ezzat Khalifa

2nd Place Ryan Milcarek, Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Ph.D. candidate, “Flame-Assisted Fuel Cells for Combined Heat and Power and Jet Engine Applications”; Faculty advisor: Jeongmin Ahn

3rd Place: Kristina Gutchess & Shannon Garvin, Earth Sciences students, Syracuse University, “Increased salinity in central New York headwater catchments associated with long-term road salt application”; Faculty advisors: Laura Lautz, Zunli Lu, and Li Jin (SUNY-Cortland).

Poster judges included Yahya Al Rayyes, HealthWay Home Products; Vincent Bongio, SBB, Inc.; Joseph Borowiec, NYSERDA; Aimee Clinckhammer, NYS DEC; Robert DelZoppo, SRC, Inc.; Hugh Henderson, CDH Energy; Peter King, King + King Architects; and Lawrence Wetzel, Air Innovations.

Click here to view a pdf of all of the student abstracts submitted for the 2016 SyracuseCoE Symposium Student Poster Competition.

International Experts on Advanced Building Systems to Convene at SyracuseCoE on September 8-10

More than 20 leading researchers from around the world will gather at the Syracuse Center of Excellence in Environmental and Energy (SyracuseCoE) this week to participate in a workshop and a meeting on advanced building systems. The events will highlight exceptional research capabilities available at Syracuse Univerity and in Central New York relating to improving indoor environmental quality and energy efficiency in buildings.

The 13th International Forum and Workshop on Combined Heat, Air, Moisture and Pollutant Simulations (CHAMPS) will be held on Thursday, Setember 8. The Forum and Workshop, which is open to the public, will include presentations by the international visitors and Syracuse University faculty and students. Beginning Friday, visitors will participate in the 2nd Expert Meeting of the International Energy Agency (IEA) Annex 68 Project Indoor Air Quality Design and Control in Low Energy Residential Buildings.

The importance of engineering high-performance buildings has become increasingly significant for improving human health and performance and reducing energy consumption. In industrialized countries, about 40% of energy consumption is associated with operations of buildings, including heating, cooling, and lighting. In addition, natural resources and energy are increasingly scarce as a result of industrialization, and human health and productivity are increasingly compromised due to levels of pollution. To create a sustainable future, innovations are needed to create advanced building systems that reduce energy use, and improve environmental quality for the betterment of human health.

“The forum and the expert meeting engage global leaders in research of the indoor environment,” said Jianshun Zhang, conference chair and professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering in Syracuse University’s College of Engineering and Computer Science. “We are very glad to welcome participants from China, Denmark, Germany, Japan, France, the United States and other countries to Syracuse to focus on major challenges facing the combined heat, air, moisture and pollutant simulations for the design and operation of sustainable buildings.”

“Syracuse is very well known in the international community of indoor air quality and sustainable building technology experts as a hub of research expertise and innovation,” said Ed Bogucz, SyracuseCoE executive director and associate professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering in Syracuse University’s College of Engineering and Computer Science. “We’re thrilled to host our colleagues from around the world, and we look forward to leveraging the intellectual collisions that will result.”

CHAMPS 2016  will focus on major challenges facing the combined heat, air, moisture and pollutant simulations for the design and operation of sustainable buildings, highlight the most recent progresses, and identify opportunities for further collaboration in CHAMPS research, development and applications. Topics will include but are not limited to whole building environmental quality, the effects of climate change on indoor environmental quality and of different climates on building performance, and the application of CHAMPS for building systems design. The public is invited to register for the CHAMPS meeting and reception, scheduled for September 8, 2016, at SyracuseCoE headquarters in Syracuse.

Participants in the IEA Annex 68 Expert Meeting will share progress made to date on the project, and discuss the plan for the next steps. The meeting will include general sessions and separate working group sessions for all subtasks including pollutant loads in residential buildings, modeling, strategies for design and control of buildings and field measurements and case studies. More information about the Annex 68 project can be found in http://www.iea-ebc-annex68.org/.

TEChack Winners – MEOWTH

TEChack | 2-day hackathon at SyracuseCoE | August 1st & 2nd, 2016
9 Hackers | 4 Hacks | 3 Winning Teams

Mission: Design and develop IoT-enabled capabilities for products in Central New York’s thermal and environmental controls cluster.

Outcome: Students and industry professionals competed in teams to conceive, develop and demonstrate actual working product concepts for IoT-enabled embedded devices utilizing Anaren’s Atmosphere IoT Development Platform, a web-based development platform that enables IoT capabilities in systems using Bluetooth® Low Energy devices.

There were 3 winners.

Special thanks to Anaren for their guidance and leadership throughout the hackathon.


Groups & Participants

(1st Place Winner) meowth  Ricky Laishram, Yiou Xiao, Qiuwen Chen, Zhiruo Zhao
(2nd Place Winner) Problem solving concepts  Mahesh Mhatre, Yuewen Yue
(3rd Place Winner) IoT Anemometer  Jeff Berezin, Paul Gelling, and Ed Lipson
Food Service Safety Jeff Berezin, Paul Gelling, and Ed Lipson

TEChack Hack-A-Thon Hackathon COE Syrcause Center of Excellence 2016

Participants listening to Mihir Dani as he guides them through the TEChack’s process. 

During TEChack, teams were guided by Mihir Dani of Anaren, a Syracuse University College of Engineering and Computer Science graduate and a recognized award-winning “hackspert” who has mentored numerous teams who went on to become hackathon winners at IoT World 2015, 2016 and Sensors Expo 2016.

TEChack Hack-A-Thon Hackathon COE Syrcause Center of Excellence 2016

Participant working on his team’s product during the overnight TEChack.

“TEChack exemplifies opportunities for firms in Central New York to incorporate ‘data-to-decision’ technologies into their next-generation products,” said Cindy Oehmigen, president of the CNY Technology Development Organization.

TEChack Hack-A-Thon Hackathon COE Syrcause Center of Excellence 2016

Participant demonstrating the functionality of his group’s project. Participants developed actual working products during the TEChack.

“The Internet of Things continues to create an amazing variety of new and innovative solutions for companies around the world, and we welcome this opportunity to help students and professionals in Central New York explore possibilities and perhaps set the stage for prototyping the next great IoT innovation,” says Mike Bowyer, Anaren’s Director of Business Development, Wireless IoT.

Participant explaining his group’s idea and product.

“TEChack brings together three cornerstones of the Central New York economy: thermal and environmental controls, precision sensing and data analytics, and engineering and science research and education,” said Ed Bogucz, SyracuseCoE executive director. “We celebrate the strengths and creativity in each sector, and we look forward to the ideas that will be emerge when they come together.”

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Blowing Off Steam: The Case for Variable Refrigerant Flow (VRF) Heat Pumps To Replace Steam, New York’s Biggest Energy and Water Glutton

Research and Technology Forum, March 22, 2016

Steam heating systems are widely used in New York State, in all kinds of buildings: universities, large high-rises, schools, and even homes. We know that converting steam to hot water systems routinely saves 50% of the heating energy use, as well as saving water. But it is not known how much steam heat in fact exists in the state – it is just not something that is inventoried in any of the various building information databases. So we set out to estimate how much steam is used in different kinds of buildings, and were surprised with the results. We also evaluated the savings to convert from steam to a new type of heating technology, variable-refrigerant flow heat pumps. Join us to learn how much steam we are blowing off, and how much we could save by converting steam to VRF heat pumps, in a fast-moving and information-filled session.

Funding for this project was provided by the SyracuseCoE Partner Program Innovation Fund.

Presenter:

IanIan Shapiro
Senior Engineer, Taitem Engineering

Ian started Taitem Engineering in 1989. He has led several applied energy conservation research projects, has led many design and energy projects, and has delivered workshops in the area of energy and ventilation. He has also led the development of several computer programs which are used in the HVAC, energy, and indoor air quality fields, including TREAT (Targeted Residential Energy Analysis Tools), which was awarded the 2005 national R&D100 Award. He also developed an innovative desiccant cooling system, for which he holds a U.S. patent. Prior to starting Taitem Engineering, he worked for seven years at Carrier Corporation in Syracuse, where he designed heat pumps and air conditioning equipment, and holds eight patents from this work. He is the co-author of the book Green Building Illustrated (John Wiley and Sons), and is the author of the forthcoming book Energy Audits and Improvements for Commercial Buildings (John Wiley and Sons, April 2016). He holds an undergraduate degree from McGill University, and an M.S. from Columbia University, both in mechanical engineering. Ian is a licensed engineer in the states of New York, Pennsylvania, and Connecticut.

Up to $3,000 Paid Internship Opportunities for SyracuseCoE Partners

SyracuseCoE is seeking applications from current members of the Partner Program to the 2016 Summer Industry Collaboration Internship Program.  The program supports paid internship opportunities for SyracuseCoE Partner Program companies to host a student engaged in work related to a SyracuseCoE focus area, including:

  • Indoor environmental quality (IEQ)
  • Clean and renewable energy, including high performance/green building
  • Water resources

In addition to increasing the technical skills of area students pursuing degrees in science, engineering, and architecture, program goals include increased post-graduation student retention in the Central Upstate region and the establishment of valuable relationships between college students and local firms. To date, more than 30 companies and 90 students have participated in this program, which will provide up to $3,000 toward an intern’s wages. The deadline to apply is March 31st.

Open to Partners! 2016 Innovation Fund Call for Proposals

SyracuseCoE invites proposals to the SyracuseCoE Innovation Fund from current Partners for up to $10,000. The Innovation Fund is funded by SyracuseCoE Partner Program and is designed to support Partners’ efforts to overcome barriers to the commercialization of potentially transformative innovations. Projects must be aligned with commercialization of innovative products/technologies and focused on one or more of SyracuseCoE’s three core areas:

  • Indoor Environmental Quality and Building Energy Efficiency
  • Clean & Renewable Energy
  • Water Resources

Deadline March 24, 2016

Food Foolish: The Hidden Connection Between Food Waste, Hunger and Climate Change

Hunger, food security, climate emissions and water shortages are anything but foolish topics. The way we systematically waste food in the face of these challenges, however, is one of humankind’s unintended but most foolish practices. During his presentation, John Mandyck will explore the environmental and social opportunities that we can create by simply wasting less food, as highlighted in his recently released book Food Foolish. Real solutions to feeding the world and preserving its resources can be unlocked in the context of climate mitigation.

 Speaker:
 John Mandyck
Chief Sustainability Officer, UTC Building & Industrial Systems 

During his presentation John Mandyck serves as Chief Sustainability Officer for United Technologies Building & Industrial Systems, the world’s largest provider of technologies and services dedicated to making buildings and cities more energy efficient, safe and secure. With more than 100,000 employees and sales in nearly every country, UTC Building & Industrial Systems serves customers with innovative elevator, escalator, heating, air conditioning, refrigeration, fire safety and security solutions from well-known global brands such as Otis, Carrier, Kidde and Chubb. In addition to sustainability, he leads the company’s marketing and communications function.
A graduate of Syracuse University, John works with universities and organizations around the world to accelerate green building, such as the U.S. Green Building Council, which Carrier helped found and joined as the first member in 1993. John chairs the Corporate Advisory Board of the World Green Building Council, serves as chairman of the Board of Directors for the Urban Green Council in New York City and is a member of the Corporate Council for the Center for Health and the Global Environment at Harvard University. He was appointed by the U.S. Secretary of Energy to co-chair the Department of Energy’s Appliance Standards and Rulemaking Federal Advisory Committee. He has presented energy efficiency, sustainability and future of food strategies to audiences around the world.

Translating University Research to the Marketplace

Successfully launching a new startup company is extremely difficult. Trying to do so by means of technology developed within a university research lab is even more challenging. While more than half of U.S. basic research is conducted at universities, very little is ever effectively translated into the market. In his presentation, Doug Buerkle, will discuss the unique challenges associated with commercializing university technology and discuss ways which communities can work more effectively to overcome existing hurdles. The presentation will conclude with a brief overview of NEXUS-NY, a seed accelerator chartered with catalyzing the commercialization of clean energy technologies discovered by New York researchers. http://nexus-ny.org

Presented by:

Doug Buerkle
Founding Executive Director, NEXUS-NY

SyracuseCoE Announces Three Winners of 2015 Innovation Fund Awards

SyracuseCoE—New York State’s Center of Excellence for Environmental and Energy Systems—today announced that three Central New York companies have received competitive awards totaling $30,000 from the Center’s Innovation Fund. The award-winning companies and their projects are:

  • LC Drives of Potsdam, for a project to develop a key manufacturing process for a newly designed wind turbine generator. This wind turbine generator will help bring down the cost of energy from wind power.
  • Solstice Power, of Syracuse, for to support the development of The Hybrid System, a renewable, low cost, on-site, combined heat and power solar technology, which will generate three times the electrical energy of traditional fixed, mounted flat-panel solar systems.
  • NuClimate Air Quality Systems, of East Syracuse, to support independent testing and final product revisions for new a Vertical Stack Induction/Fan Coil Unit. This unit will be a direct replacement for current Vertical Stack Fan Coil Units in the light commercial and commercial market place and will consume no more than 25% of the energy of current products.

The SyracuseCoE Innovation Fund is supported by funding from SyracuseCoE’s Partner Program; it is designed to support Partners’ efforts to bridge barriers to the commercialization of potentially transformative innovations in energy and environmental systems. Projects must be aligned with commercialization of innovative products/technologies and focused on one or more of SyracuseCoE’s three core areas: Indoor Environmental Quality and Building Energy Efficiency; Clean & Renewable Energy; and Water Resources.

To date, the Innovation Fund has provided $164,000 to nine yracuseCoE Partner firms for projects to develop innovative products and services and promote their commercialization.

“The Innovation Fund Awards are a shining example of the creativity and strength of Central New York’s regional cluster of environmental and energy firms,” said Ed Bogucz, SyracuseCoE executive director. “The awards, competitively awarded based on technical merit and commercialization potential, have tremendous potential to strengthen each company and the region.”

“SyracuseCoE Partners benefit from a vibrant innovation ecosystem that supports the acceleration of research and technology development in energy and environmental systems,” said Patrick Jackson, Chair of the SyracuseCoE Industry Partners Council. “The Innovation Fund is a key element of the support available to researchers and companies throughout Central New York, and we look forward to the outcomes associated with these excellent projects.”

The next round of the SyracuseCoE Partner Program Innovation Fund will open in August of 2015. Eligibility for awards is extended to members of the SyracuseCoE Partner Program. Proposals may include collaborations with non-Partner Program firms and academic partners; however, proposals must be submitted and led by members of the SyracuseCoE Partner Program.

For more information about the SyracuseCoE Partner Program, visit http://syracusecoe.syr.edu/who-we-are/partners

Optimizing Dynamic Thrust: What Would Nature Do?

The biomimetic approach seeks to incorporate designs based on biological organisms into engineered technologies. Biomimetics can be used to engineer machines that emulate the performance of organisms, particularly in instances where the organism’s performance exceeds current mechanical technology or provides new directions to solve existing problems. In this R&T forum, our speakers will explore how nature addresses propulsion in air and water and how those insights can be used to improve technological performance.

Presentations:

Characterizing the Three Dimensional Flow Around a Bio-inspired Fin
Dr. Melissa Green, Assistant Professor, Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
Aerodynamics and Propulsion and Fluid Mechanics, Syracuse University

Thrust Production Using Flapping Wings
Dr. Douglas Bohl, Associate Professor, Department of Mechanical and Aeronautical Engineering, Clarkson University

Humpback Whale Tubercles and the Development of Innovative Biomimetic Designs
Dr. Frank Fish, Professor, Department of Biology, West Chester University

NYSERDA PON 2606 Advanced Buildings Program

The presentation will outline the solicitation, as well as the proposal submission, award and contracting process. PON 2606 seeks proposals for development and demonstration activities that advance the energy performance of both new and existing buildings in the residential, multi-family or commercial sector. Technology areas of interest include, but are not limited to: construction materials, strategies and practices; HVAC and lighting technologies, automation technologies enabling load flexibility and smarter background operations; and building integrated renewable energy systems. Energy improvements in buildings can also result from activities that do not involve development of new products or construction methods; improvements can result from new policies, regulations or assessments. NYSERDA also seeks proposals for activities to remove inadvertent barriers that hinder the wider use of promising technologies.

Indoor Air Quality Challenges in Space Vehicles and on Earth

IAQ in Space Habitat: The Ultimate Challenge
R. Vijayakumar, PhD, Consultant in Chief, AERFIL

Extra terrestrial manned exploration poses many immense challenges and opportunities. Key among them will to maintain acceptable indoor air and environmental quality. Although no specific mission has been scheduled, NASA and others are working on several solutions to these problems. In this presentation, the author will present a brief on the challenges in designing systems for space IAQ, and specifically discuss the technology he has been developing for NASA.

Filtering Air Filters: Development of an Improved Method for Testing the Performance of Filter Media that Remove Gases from Indoor Air
Chuan He, PhD Candidate, Building Energy Environmental System Laboratory (BEESL), Syracuse University

Predicting the actual performance of filter media commonly used to remove gases in air cleaners is challenging due to low concentrations of contaminants that are typically found in indoor environments. The procedure specified in ASHRAE Standard 145.1 addresses these challenges by conducting tests of filter media at elevated gas concentrations. This approach is useful for comparing the performance of different media, but it cannot directly represent the performance of air cleaners in typical indoor environments. A new method was developed to determine filter media performance under low concentrations. Results show that the new test method can dramatically reduce test times and the approach can be applied to predict the media performance in real-life applications with sufficient accuracy.

The Human Centered Approach to Buildings with The WELL Building Standard®

Our built environment can shape our habits and choices, regulate our sleep-wake cycle, drive us toward healthy and unhealthy choices, and passively influence our health through the quality of our surroundings. The WELL Building Standard provides the opportunity to design and build with a human-centered approach, which ultimately supports the industry in comprehensively addressing human health.

Learn what happens once a project is registered to pursue WELL Certification, how the on-site WELL Commissioning works, and why recertification is important.

Speakers:

Nathan Stodola, Vice President, International WELL Building Standard

Environmentally Responsive Architecture through Interactive Design, Prototyping and Simulation

Presenters:

Bess Krietemeyer, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Syracuse School of Architecture, Interactive Simulations for High-Performance Building Design
Brandon Andow, Ph.D. Candidate, RPI Center for Architecture Science and Ecology (CASE), Materials Research and Simulation of Graphene Oxide Thin-Films for Next-generation Multi-functional Dynamic Façades
Amber Bartosh, R.A., LEED AP BD+C, Assistant Professor, Syracuse School of Architecture, Mediated Environments: Integrated and Immersive Media in Architecture Design, Representation, and Constructed Prototypes

ARPA-E Awards $3.2 to Syracuse University, SyracuseCoE Researchers for ‘Personal Air-Conditioning’

Cool Technology: ARPA-E awards $3.2 to Syracuse University, SyracuseCoE researchers for ‘personal air-conditioning’

Syracuse University was recently awarded a $3.2 million grant from the Energy Department’s Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E) to develop innovative new technologies that regulate temperatures for each person inside an office building, rather than heating or cooling the whole building itself.

SyracuseCoE scientists aided the project team in the development of the proposal and will be key players in the execution of the research, including bringing the technolog
y to market.

Syracuse University’s Professor H. Ezzat Khalifa will lead the team of researchers to develop a near-range micro-environmental control system. The system will provide heating and cooling via a box about the size of an old desktop computer. A high-efficiency micro vapor compression system will utilize an evaporator embedded in a phase-change material. This material will store the heating or cooling produced by the micro vapor compression system at night, releasing it as a breeze to make occupants more comfortable during the day.

“This award allows us to develop a transformative technology that could alter the way we approach heating and cooling buildings.” says Dr. Khalifa, NYSTAR Distinguished Professor, Department Chair of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at Syracuse University. “Ultimately this system will create a much more affordable and energy efficient way to ensure individual occupant comfort.”

In addition to researchers at Syracuse University and SyracuseCoE, the project includes United Technologies Research Center, Air Innovations, Bush Technical LLC and Cornell University. Substantial financial contributions have also been given by Syracuse University, the partners, ESD (Empire State Development) and NYSERDA (New York State Energy Research and Development Authority).

Prof. Khalifa and colleagues join the country’s top scientists and engineers in advancing ARPA-E’s mission of developing transformative energy technologies that enhance the economic and energy security of the United States. ARPA-E’s Delivering Efficient Local Thermal Amenities (DELTA) program plans to provide $30 million to support 11 project teams in developing technologies that can regulate temperatures focused on a building’s occupants and not the overall building.

The team hopes to create an affordable system that can condition only the space immediately surrounding an individual user rather than all of the space in an office, saving a great deal of energy. Such an innovation could revolutionize the way offices are heated and cooled.

Near Westside Initiative Receives Prestigious Award from USGBC

The Near Westside, Syracuse, NY.
The Near Westside, Syracuse, NY.

The Near Westside Initiative, a not-for-profit organization housed in Syracuse University’s Office of Community Engagement and Economic Development, has been named the 2014 recipient of the Mayor Richard M. Daley Legacy Award for Global Leadership in Creating Sustainable Cities from the U.S Green Building Council (USGBC). The award was presented during the USGBC’s annual Greenbuild conference in New Orleans on Thursday, Oct. 23.

The bi-annual award celebrates the NWSI’s position at the forefront of sustainability in the built environment, and is named for former Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley, who during his tenure made Chicago one of the most environmentally friendly cities in the nation. Daley was the first recipient of the award in 2010.

“The stunning work that has been done by the NWSI board and leadership, community partners, Syracuse University, business community members and funders is an excellent representation of the leadership Mayor Daley inspired in Chicago and in communities around the world,” says Richard Fedrizzi, CEO and founding chair of the USGBC. “The NWSI’s commitment to community engagement, creative placemaking and green property and infrastructure development—including numerous LEED buildings that are part of the district—is exactly the kind of approach we want to celebrate and replicate in communities around the world.”

“It is gratifying and humbling to have a small neighborhood in Syracuse, New York, win this award for global leadership in sustainability from the U.S. Green Building Council,” says Marilyn Higgins, Syracuse University vice president for community engagement and economic development. “Neighborhood residents welcomed Syracuse University faculty and students, who, along with designers and researchers from the Syracuse Center of Excellence, made green innovation a driving force in the revitalization of the Near West Side.”

Established by Syracuse University and the Gifford Foundation in 2006, the NSWI combines art, technology and innovation with neighborhood values and culture as a pathway to the revitalization of Syracuse’s historic Near West Side neighborhood. “When I first heard about the NWSI, I was super excited,” says Carole Horan, vice chair of the NWSI board of directors and a neighborhood resident. “I could see that there would be some positive changes happening. I thought, ‘I am living in the right place at the right time.’”

“The NWSI was formed to holistically revitalize the Near West Side of Syracuse, to create a more vibrant and sustainable community for the folks who have lived here for generations, as well as families looking to relocate to Syracuse,” says NWSI Director Maarten Jacobs.

The NWSI leverages the resources of Syracuse University, New York State, the City of Syracuse, Onondaga County, private foundations, businesses, not-for-profit corporations and neighborhood residents to achieve its goals. Since 2006, $74 million in new capital investment has been made in the neighborhood, with 90 projects comprising green buildings and infrastructure, arts and culture, community-building events and community health and fitness completed or underway in a 0.3 square-mile area. Three hundred and eight new jobs have been created in the neighborhood over the past eight years.

The NWSI created the Syracuse Art, Literacy, Technology (SALT) District of the Near Westside as a creative community to foster economic development, jobs and stability for the neighborhood and rich academic experiences for Syracuse University students. This initiative brings together faculty and students with community activists and neighborhood residents on creative projects.

New York State’s Center of Excellence at Syracuse University (SyracuseCoE) has played a pivotal role on the Near West Side. “Near Westside residents have helped our partners learn invaluable lessons about bringing innovations from the lab to real projects,” says Edward Bogucz, SyracuseCoE executive director. “Revitalization of buildings and infrastructure in distressed neighborhoods is a critical challenge for cities across the country and around the world. Accomplishments in the Near West Side are sure to help inform similar efforts in many other communities.”

The SALT District was the first existing neighborhood in the country to earn certification under the LEED® for Neighborhood Development rating system. To date, green accomplishments in the neighborhood include: eight new or renovated buildings that have earned LEED® ratings; 14 installations of green infrastructure for stormwater management; more than 50 homes either built or rehabilitated; and more than 30 other homes that received investments to improve energy efficiency. Projects including the From the Ground Up competition—which constructed three innovative green homes in partnership with the SyracuseCoE and Home HeadQuarters (HHQ)—have earned international recognition.

“Green homes, rain gardens and permaculture are now synonymous with the SALT District’s brand as a place where art and green technology unite with neighborhood values and culture,” says Higgins. “Sustainability is built into the green basketball courts that were made possible by Onondaga County and the Jim and Juli Boeheim Foundation; St. Lucy’s community garden; and the solar panels that power WCNY.”

“The Near West Side Initiative is a great example of how the public and private sectors can team up with residents to create an excellent project,” says Onondaga County Executive Joanie Mahoney. “The initiative lifts up one of our most deserving areas and applies sustainable solutions. We appreciate their commitment to our Save the Rain program and congratulate them on this prestigious honor.”

Among the vast and varied NWSI projects throughout the Near West Side:

• The Lincoln Supply Building, an abandoned commercial warehouse, was rehabilitated and is the first mid-rise multifamily building in the Upstate New York to earn a LEED® Platinum certification. The building now houses La Casita Cultural Center, a project of Syracuse University’s College of Arts and Sciences, and residential space.

• WCNY, Central New York’s public broadcasting station, relocated from the Syracuse suburbs into a state-of-the-art broadcast and education center in a rehabilitated warehouse in the Near West Side neighborhood. It is the first green public broadcasting facility in the country.

• Salt Works (http://www.saltworkssyracuse.com), is a social enterprise based on the Near West Side that uses reclaimed timbers from a rehabilitated warehouse to make furniture and put people to work. GreenTrain, a program to give local residents skills in green contracting, has also been held in the neighborhood. Fifty-seven residents have been trained and 87 percent have been placed in full-time jobs.

• The neighborhood has served as a test bed for Onondaga County’s Save the Rain program.

• Projects such as 601 Tully, the SaltQuarters artist in residence program and a community garden have brought art and culture into the neighborhood and built community.

“The NWSI really wanted to work with the neighborhood in making a difference,” says Horan. “That to me was the epitome of success—working with the neighborhood and not doing it for the neighborhood.”

“The Near Westside Initiative Board of Directors particularly appreciates the leadership of Syracuse University Chancellor Kent Syverud, Syracuse University Community Engagement and Economic Development Vice President Marilyn Higgins, Syracuse Center of Excellence Director Ed Bogucz, Onondaga County Executive Joanne Mahoney, Home HeadQuarters Director Kerry Quaglia and Syracuse Mayor Stephanie Miner in making this achievement possible,” says NWSI Board of Directors Chair Paul Nojaim.

U.S. Department of Labor Secretary Perez Visits SyracuseCoE

Labor Secretary Thomas Perez talks "Ready to Work" grants.
Labor Secretary Thomas Perez talks “Ready to Work” grants.

SyracuseCoE’s initiative to strengthen Central New York¹s industry cluster in advanced manufacturing of thermal and environmental control products enjoyed national attention on Wednesday when U.S. Department of Labor Secretary Thomas Perez visited The Fulton Companies and SyracuseCoE.

At Fulton Companies, Secretary Perez toured the plant and heard how 38 of their workers to date have benefited from training provided by SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry and MACNY through the AM-TEC program with funding from the Department of Labor. The Watertown Daily Times captured the spirit of the visit in a 2-minute video, below.

At SyracuseCoE, Secretary Perez met with executives from ICM Controls, NuClimate Air Quality Systems, and Ephesus Lighting, and he participated in a roundtable moderated by CenterState CEO that included leaders of the Central New York business and educational communities. Participants gained valuable insights into national priorities and opportunities for regional initiatives.

Secretary Perez used his visit to CNY to announce the availability of approximately $150 million in grants through the new Ready to Work Partnership grant competition. Projects selected for funding in will support and scale innovative partnerships between employers, nonprofit organizations and America’s public workforce system to build a pipeline of talented U.S. workers and help those experiencing long-term unemployment gain access to employment services that provide opportunities to return to work in middle- and high-skill jobs; see http://www.dol.gov/opa/media/press/eta/ETA20140293.htm.

NYPA Establishes Collaborative of Energy Experts to Promote Emerging Technologies to Expand NY’s Energy Economy

EEINC-updatedOn February 6, 2014, the New York Power Authority (NYPA) launched The Energy Efficiency Innovation Collaborative (EE-INC), a public-private collective of energy industry leaders working to improve energy efficiency in New York State buildings and accelerate economic growth in burgeoning technologies and statewide businesses. NYPA President and Chief Executive Officer Gil Quiniones anticipates that expanding energy efficiency offerings to New York State businesses will ultimately lead to the creation of additional jobs.

Through a Request for Information (RFI), the EE-INC is seeking unprecedented commercial energy efficiency technologies to be funded by NYPA, which has plans to finance more than $800 million in energy efficiency projects over the next several years in support of Governor Cuomo’s Build Smart NY program. The deadline in the RFI process is scheduled for March 25, 2014.

Other members of the collaborative include the New York State Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA), Syracuse Center of Excellence in Environmental and Energy Systems (SyracuseCoE), the Institute for Building Technology and Safety (IBTS), and the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI). NYPA will also work with New York’s Empire State Development agency to visit EE-INC with Start-Up NY.

For more information on EE-INC and the RFI process, please visit www.eeinc-ny.com.

 

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SyracuseCoE Hosts Stakeholders Meeting with Governor Cuomo’s Energy Leadership Team

On December 9th, SyracuseCoE facilitated a meeting of Governor Cuomo’s energy leadership team and principal stakeholders from CNY manufacturing, engineering, and design firms to discuss opportunities to accelerate the adoption of clean energy technologies in New York State through public-private partnerships. Participants examined specific market barriers and recommendations that would accelerate adoption of heat and power (CHP) systems and energy-efficient retrofits statewide.

Energy Team members in attendance included NYS Chairman of Energy and Finance and Chairman of NYSERDA, Richard Kauffman; Commissioner of NYS Public Service Commission, Gregg Sayre; Senior Advisor to the Chairman of Energy and Finance, Greg Hale; Senior Vice President of Strategic Planning for NYPA, Robert F. Lurie; NYSERDA Director of Energy Analysis, John G. Williams; and Chief of Staff to the Chairman of Energy and Finance for NYS, Kate Burson. Syracuse University Chancellor Kent Syverud provided opening remarks.

This is the second time the energy leadership team has convened in Syracuse, following a panel discussion with SyracuseCoE Partners at the SyracuseCoE Symposium in October 2013.

New York’s New Energy Leaders Debut at SyracuseCoE Symposium

Video for the Plenary Panel can be found here.

COE Syracuse Center of Excellence 13th Annual Symposium 2013 Urban Reinvention and Resilience
COE Syracuse Center of Excellence 13th Annual Symposium 2013 Urban Reinvention and Resilience

The SyracuseCoE Annual Symposium features the best and latest innovations in energy efficiency and indoor environmental air quality, among other topics.

This year, symposium highlights included a statewide first: the three newest leaders of New York Governor Andrew Cuomo’s energy team appeared together for a discussion of the state’s emerging clean energy economy. Symposium attendees left with renewed optimism for collaboration and progress in key financial, regulatory and programmatic areas.

The trio—Richard Kauffman, chairman of energy and finance for New York and chairman of the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA); John Rhodes, president and CEO of NYSERDA; and Audrey Zibelman, chair of the New York State Public Service Commission—was appointed over the past year by Governor Cuomo to lead his ambitious plans to scale up clean energy and enhance New York’s competitiveness.

The three are working together and with the rest of the NYS energy leadership team, on strategies and policies to expand innovation in energy to boost the state’s clean energy economy and stimulate economic activity, while ensuring an affordable and reliable energy system.

“Governor Cuomo is committed to clean energy and New York has long been a leader in clean energy, but we want to do more,” Kauffman told the symposium participants.

He encouraged the stakeholders to communicate with the state regarding existing market barriers, so they can determine what government tools may alleviate challenges and allow for private-sector forces to play a more significant role in the clean energy marketplace. “We’ve got to hear from market participants,” Kauffman said. “We want to hear what’s going on in the market—what’s working, what’s not.”

Louis Schick, a partner with NewWorld Capital Group, valued the invitation to offer ideas and help accelerate adoption of energy efficiency measures.

“It has been easy to become jaded and cynical about change and progress generally. Specifically, the gap between promise and progress in New York has traditionally been wide,” Schick said. “The state’s new top energy leaders have shown the will, courage and creativity in getting together, breaking traditional ‘fief’ boundaries and addressing stubborn challenges. I am grateful for their time, consideration and optimism.”

Another industry leader at the event, Kevin LaMontagne, chief financial officer at Fulton Companies, also found the discussion encouraging for increased collaboration between government and business leaders.

“It was wonderful to hear the team’s commitment to working together to transform energy policy in New York,” said LaMontagne. “I was happy to see the team’s receptiveness to feedback and input from Central New York’s vibrant clean tech sector.”

The dialogue and perspectives will also help inform the work of the SyracuseCoE, as it seeks to propel research, development and education in environmental and energy innovations with its partners.

“It was a great privilege to hear from Governor Cuomo’s newest energy leaders at the SyracuseCoE Symposium this year,” said Sherburne B. Abbott, vice president for Sustainability Initiatives and University Professor of Sustainability Science and Policy at Syracuse University. “We appreciated their candor and openness, and we look forward to working together to engage our partners in emerging statewide priorities and opportunities.”

During the symposium, Kauffman, Rhodes and Zibelman participated in a plenary panel moderated by Abbott on Oct. 21 at the Oncenter in downtown Syracuse. The session was sponsored by the New York Power Authority.

“Working in policy in New York is especially rewarding because it’s so quick that we’re able to turn policy ideas into real actions,” said Jill Anderson, NYPA chief of staff and director of energy policy. “You can actually see changes in our industry.”

Kauffman, Rhodes and Zibelman discussed Governor Cuomo’s vision for a new clean energy economy and such initiatives as the proposed “Green Bank” that will help attract private capital to accelerate clean energy projects.

“This state has all of the key ingredients to seize the opportunity: smart energy and environmental policies, outstanding academic institutions, tremendous R &D assets, a robust capital marketplace, big Fortune 500 companies in the market and smaller entrepreneurs entering the market,” said Rhodes, adding that the governor is committed to seizing this opportunity.

“It’s also clear more needs to be done to create an environment where commercialization of clean energy technology can flourish in this state,” Rhodes said.

The establishment of the Green Bank is helping in that area. “The most important metric for the Green Bank will be the investments that it enables in clean energy projects,” Rhodes said. “The purpose of the Green Bank is to take Green Bank funds and leverage them with funds from other entities, principally the private sector, so you get a multiplier there. And because the monies go out of the Green Bank and come back, they then can go out again.”

As chair of the New York State Public Service Commission (PSC), which regulates the state’s electric, gas, steam, telecommunications and water utilities, Zibelman addressed how she sees the role of the PSC in driving innovation and meeting demand. She noted how, as with any system, the electricity system will only work at its best when it works together and works efficiently and is aligned throughout the system.

“We’re at a point in time where we’re actually changing and fundamentally rethinking this system,” Zibelman said. That includes thinking about the customer’s needs as an active part of the system, identifying and removing barriers in market entry and investing in infrastructure.

“New York is in a fabulous position to have both national and international leadership. We certainly have the brains and we certainly have the energy—what you’re seeing is an opportunity to turn this into a true benefit to the state,” Zibelman said.

Kauffman also spoke about several principles that are driving changes in the state’s overall strategy in rethinking energy policies, including making change happen faster, encouraging innovation to achieve better value and choice for customers, leveraging ratepayer funds beyond grants and subsidies to maximize the benefit and enabling markets to work better. “We know that market forces are powerful and by harnessing them we can do more,” he said.

Ed Bogucz, executive director of SyracuseCoE, welcomed the participation of Governor Cuomo’s new energy leaders at the symposium for their first joint appearance. “We applaud their fresh ideas and their keen interest in connecting with New York firms and institutions that are creating innovations in clean energy and environmental systems,” Bogucz said.

The energy leaders brought insights that will help shape the vision for New York’s energy future. “The state is clearly on a path that is leading policy and programs nationally,” said Jim Fox, CEO and chairman of the Board of Directors of O’Brien & Gere. “Central New York’s cluster of manufacturing, design and construction firms is extremely well positioned to develop innovative enabling technologies and deploy integrated solutions here and across the country.”

The SyracuseCoE is New York State’s Center of Excellence in Environmental and Energy Systems. Its 2013 Annual Symposium, held Oct. 21-22, attracted more than 400 attendees—including industry practitioners, state and local officials, university faculty and students, and citizens—from throughout New York, more than 30 communities across the United States, and internationally.

This year’s symposium addressed “Urban Reinvention and Resilience,” including presentations on innovations to improve energy efficiency and indoor environmental quality in buildings, construction materials management, urban stormwater management using green infrastructure and community resilience through district energy systems.

SyracuseCoE Recognized in Green Travel Feature

Syracuse Center of Excellence Recognized in Green Travel Feature
TravelNerd highlights the organization’s commitment to environmental and energy innovations

San Francisco, CA (July 25, 2013) – TravelNerd, the travel division of consumer finance website NerdWallet, has recognized the Syracuse Center of Excellence for its work in promoting the creation of environmental and energy technologies in an article that rated Syracuse, N.Y. as one of the top destinations for green travel.

More and more Americans are considering environmental impact when making their travel plans, looking for greener ways to explore the world. To find the top U.S. destinations for green travel options,

TravelNerd searched for cities that have green initiatives as well as environmentally friendly activities and accommodations. Syracuse was chosen for the green initiatives of the city and its hotels and for the sustainability efforts of area organizations such as the Syracuse Center of Excellence.

The Syracuse Center of Excellence helps accelerate environmental and energy innovations in an effort to create sustainable built and urban environments. The Syracuse COE conducts groundbreaking research in green and clean technologies, develops industry collaborations, and creates sustainable community solutions. The organization works with more than 200 companies and institutes to address challenges and innovations in clean and renewable energy, indoor environmental quality, and water resources. It also hosts many research and technology forums on academic and industry trends and ideas.

“The Syracuse Center of Excellence is a hub, an incubator of sorts for green and clean technology,” said NerdWallet analyst Annie Wang. “With the work of organizations such as Syracuse COE, it’s clear why Syracuse calls itself the Emerald City.”

Lexington, Ky. and Huntsville, Ala. were also featured on the list. Read the full article here.

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SyracuseCoE CSCS Wins Awards for 3rd Annual Spring Greening Conference

PEB Spring Greening Awards 2013
PEB Spring Greening Awards 2013

The SyracuseCoE Center for Sustainable Community Solutions (SyracuseCoE CSCS) recently received three awards for leading the 3rd Annual Spring Greening teacher conference in April. SyracuseCoE CSCS was honored to receive the following awards community groups in Central New York:

  • The Professional Development Award from the CNY STEM Hub and Partners for Education and Business. Partners for Education and Business serves as the CNY STEM Hub Steward, ensuring an emphasis on Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math.
  • GreeningUSA’s “Greening Our Community Advocacy Award” in the education category. GreeningUSA advocates for sustainable communities to the benefit of local economies and environments.
  • The “Sign of Sustainability” Award from Sustainable Tompkins, a community-based organization whose mission is to promote the long-term well-being of our region by integrating social equity, economic vitality, ecological stewardship, and shared responsibility.

The Spring Greening teacher conference provides teachers in the CNY region and beyond with the resources, training, and connections necessary to incorporate environmental, sustainability, and related STEM lessons into their current curriculum. This year’s event attended by 35 teachers from 23 schools in 17 different districts. The event drew 62 attendees in total, including professionals from local community organizations. As a result of training held at the conference, 42 rain barrel or compost tumbler demonstration projects will be established at schools.

A special thanks goes out to project partners GreeningUSA, Onondaga County Resource Recovery Agency, Onondaga Community College, and Partners for Education and Business. Funding for this program was provided by the NYS Pollution Prevention Institute through a grant from the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation.

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11th Annual NYS Green Building Conference

March 11-12, 2013

Join us in Syracuse at the new Gateway Center on the SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry campus and at the Oncenter Conference Complex for the 11th Annual New York State Green Building Conference hosted by the SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry in partnership with the U.S. Green Building Council New York Upstate Chapter and the SyracuseCoE.

Learn more about the conference here.

Press Release – SyracuseCoE partners win $1.9 million in federal awards to accelerate cluster

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Tammy Rosanio Friday, October 12, 2012 Phone: (315) 443-3433

trosanio@syracusecoe.org

SYRACUSECOE PARTNERS WIN $1.9 MILLION IN FIVE FEDERAL AWARDS TO ACCELERATE GROWTH OF CNY MANUFACTURING CLUSTER IN THERMAL AND ENVIRONMENTAL CONTROL SYSTEMS

SyracuseCoE today announced an initiative to accelerate growth of the Central New York industry cluster that manufactures systems to control temperature and environmental quality in a wide range of applications.

The Advanced Manufacturing for Thermal and Environmental Control Systems (AM-TECS) initiative is supported by nearly $1.9 million awarded competitively by five federal agencies. AM-TECS will be conducted by a team of seven institutions and organizations, led by Syracuse University. The team includes CenterState Corporation for Economic Opportunity (CenterState CEO), the Manufacturers Association of Central New York (MACNY), NYSTAR, CNY Technology Development Organization, the SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry (ESF), and Onondaga Community College. The effort is supported by an additional $1.3 million in matching funds provided by the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority, Empire State Development, CenterState CEO, and MACNY.

The federal awards were made competitively through the 2012 Advanced Manufacturing Jobs and Innovation Accelerator Challenge. Economic Development Administration and National Institute of Standards and Technology; the U.S. Department of Energy; and the U.S. Department of Labor’s Employment and Training Administration and Small Business Administration. The SyracuseCoE team won one of 10 projects awarded nationally from 55 applications.

“This massive federal investment is great news for Central New York and will serve as a catalyst for job creation and further private investment,” says Senator Charles E. Schumer. “I am thrilled that the Economic Development Administration and the other participating federal agencies have invested nearly $1.9 million in this program, which aims to harness Central New York’s strengths in education, technology development and high-tech manufacturing to create jobs.”

“America was built by New York’s manufacturing,” Senator Kirsten Gillibrand says. “Our manufacturers powered our economy through the 20th century and will be the key to fueling our economy in the 21st century. It’s time to see ‘Made In America’ again starting right here in New York. When we harness the full potential we have right here in Central New York, we can spark more growth in clean-tech and high- tech manufacturing by strengthening our businesses and attracting new businesses with our highly skilled, highly trained workforce, and create more family-supporting jobs right here where we need them the most.”

The AM-TECS initiative originated from the new approach to economic development established by New York Governor Andrew Cuomo in 2011. Ten Regional Economic Development Councils (REDCs) across the state each developed strategic plans based on local strengths and opportunities. The plan developed by the CNY REDC targets strengthening of the region’s existing industry strengths, including advanced manufacturing and clean energy and environmental systems. Through a competitive review process, the CNY REDC plan was judged to be one of four “best plans” in the state, earning the state’s top award of more than $103 million for projects, including $3.3 million in investments that are leveraged in the AM- TECS project.

Empire State Development President, CEO and Commissioner Kenneth Adam states, “We congratulate the Syracuse University-led team on this award, and we are pleased to be their partner in this endeavor, further supporting and advancing the manufacturing industry that is critical in Central New York and across the state. Governor Cuomo believes our best opportunity for the growth of the manufacturing sector lies in strategic partnerships combining the technology strengths of our universities with the production and marketing expertise of our manufacturing community. By leveraging the resources of our ESD/NYSTAR network and by providing a 10 percent state match to the federal award, we are helping provide the tools necessary for economic growth.”

Francis J. Murray Jr., president and CEO of NYSERDA, adds, “NYSERDA congratulates Syracuse University and its partner organizations on being chosen as an award recipient in the Advanced Manufacturing Jobs and Innovation Accelerator Challenge. NYSERDA is proud to provide funding for this project given that manufacturing is the backbone of our local economies. So that this sector may expand in New York, Governor Cuomo has stressed innovation in technology working through public-private partnerships that will stimulate the economy, create jobs and train a skilled workforce.”

AM-TECS will build on Central New York’s long-standing strengths in thermal and environmental control systems by accelerating technology development, workforce training, and export opportunities for more than 30 existing small- and mid-sized manufacturing firms throughout the region. The award underscores both the collaborative strength of the lead partners and the region’s strong potential— based on its deep talent pool, knowledge centers, and vast manufacturing experience—to support the successful transition of existing companies to an advanced manufacturing cluster model.

Robert Simpson, president of CenterState CEO, states, “We have a goal of doubling this region’s exports in the next five years, diversifying our economic base, increasing private investment and creating new jobs. This grant will help us reach these goals by directly supporting export assistance to businesses as outlined in the CenterState Metropolitan Export Initiative. Critical to a successful implementation of this initiative is our ability to target and capture the compelling international growth markets for environmental systems businesses. We look forward to working with the CNY International Business Alliance and thank our partners at MACNY, the SyracuseCoE and Syracuse University for their support and collaboration in the successful application.”

“From the Erie Canal to the Syracuse Center of Excellence, Central New York has a long legacy of pioneering innovations designed to meet the needs of our community, region and world,” says Syracuse University Chancellor and President Nancy Cantor. “The significant support shown for the Advanced Manufacturing-Thermal and Environmental Central Systems Cluster Accelerator—by multiple agencies and partners—affirms both the immense wisdom of building on our long-standing historic strengths and the immense power of cross-sector engagement to drive economic prosperity.”

“The Manufacturers Association of Central New York is excited to be a part of this grant to support the thermal and environmental control systems cluster in Upstate New York,” says Randy Wolken, president of the association. “We at MACNY strongly believe that introducing new advanced manufacturing materials and processes to New York state companies in this cluster will certainly aid in accelerating the cluster’s growth and vitality.”

Robert Trachtenberg, president and CEO of the CNY Technology Development Organization, thanked the SyracuseCoE for its leadership in putting the collaborative project together, adding, “Along with our partners on the project, we will be addressing the needs and opportunities for the 30-plus small- and medium-sized enterprises involved in thermal and environmental control systems in Central New York. We will work to accelerate job creation through focused assistance, including innovation engineering growth services, introduction to emerging technologies and manufacturing processes, and continuous improvement and quality systems.”

Cornelius B. Murphy Jr., president of SUNY ESF, says of the collaboration, “SUNY ESF is proud to be part of the SyracuseCoE /Syracuse University-led AM-TECS initiative. The initiative focuses on a vital economic development opportunity within our region. SUNY ESF, along with the Manufacturers Association of Central New York and our project and industry partners, will provide an AM-TECS training and externship program, as well as a Regional Advanced Manufacturing Symposium and Career Exposition. Our goal is to foster career exploration and development that supports Central New York’s AM-TECS industry. We appreciate the leadership of SyracuseCoE/Syracuse University, our project partners, and our regional collaborators. Linking our region’s public, private, and educational resources is key to ensuring near- and long-term economic vitality.”

Onondaga Community College Interim President Margaret M. “Meg” O’Connell says, “The Small Business Development Center at Onondaga Community College has been providing assistance to small businesses in Central New York for more than 26 years. We are pleased to be a part of this project, recruiting and engaging disadvantaged start-up and existing businesses into the cluster.”

SyracuseCoE is New York State’s Center of Excellence for innovations in environmental and energy systems. SyracuseCoE engages collaborators at more than 200 companies and institutions to address global challenges in clean and renewable energy, indoor environmental quality, and water resources. Its members conduct targeted research, demonstrate new technologies, commercialize innovations, and educate the workforces. Additional information is available at www.syracusecoe.org.

SyracuseCoE partners win $1.9 million in federal awards to accelerate cluster

SyracuseCoE today announced an initiative to accelerate growth of the Central New York industry cluster that manufactures systems to control temperature and environmental quality in a wide range of applications.

The Advanced Manufacturing for Thermal and Environmental Control Systems (AM-TECS) initiative is supported by nearly $1.9 million awarded competitively by five federal agencies. AM-TECS will be conducted by a team of seven institutions and organizations, led by Syracuse University. The team includes CenterState Corporation for Economic Opportunity (CenterState CEO), the Manufacturers Association of Central New York (MACNY), NYSTAR, CNY Technology Development Organization, the SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry (ESF), and Onondaga Community College. The effort is supported by an additional $1.3 million in matching funds provided by the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority, Empire State Development, CenterState CEO, and MACNY.

The federal awards were made competitively through the 2012 Advanced Manufacturing Jobs and Innovation Accelerator Challenge. Economic Development Administration and National Institute of Standards and Technology; the U.S. Department of Energy; and the U.S. Department of Labor’s Employment and Training Administration and Small Business Administration. The SyracuseCoE team won one of 10 projects awarded nationally from 55 applications.

“This massive federal investment is great news for Central New York and will serve as a catalyst for job creation and further private investment,” says Senator Charles E. Schumer. “I am thrilled that the Economic Development Administration and the other participating federal agencies have invested nearly $1.9 million in this program, which aims to harness Central New York’s strengths in education, technology development and high-tech manufacturing to create jobs.”

“America was built by New York’s manufacturing,” Senator Kirsten Gillibrand says. “Our manufacturers powered our economy through the 20th century and will be the key to fueling our economy in the 21st century. It’s time to see ‘Made In America’ again starting right here in New York. When we harness the full potential we have right here in Central New York, we can spark more growth in clean-tech and high- tech manufacturing by strengthening our businesses and attracting new businesses with our highly skilled, highly trained workforce, and create more family-supporting jobs right here where we need them the most.”

The AM-TECS initiative originated from the new approach to economic development established by New York Governor Andrew Cuomo in 2011. Ten Regional Economic Development Councils (REDCs) across the state each developed strategic plans based on local strengths and opportunities. The plan developed by the CNY REDC targets strengthening of the region’s existing industry strengths, including advanced manufacturing and clean energy and environmental systems. Through a competitive review process, the CNY REDC plan was judged to be one of four “best plans” in the state, earning the state’s top award of more than $103 million for projects, including $3.3 million in investments that are leveraged in the AM- TECS project.

Empire State Development President, CEO and Commissioner Kenneth Adam states, “We congratulate the Syracuse University-led team on this award, and we are pleased to be their partner in this endeavor, further supporting and advancing the manufacturing industry that is critical in Central New York and across the state. Governor Cuomo believes our best opportunity for the growth of the manufacturing sector lies in strategic partnerships combining the technology strengths of our universities with the production and marketing expertise of our manufacturing community. By leveraging the resources of our ESD/NYSTAR network and by providing a 10 percent state match to the federal award, we are helping provide the tools necessary for economic growth.”

Francis J. Murray Jr., president and CEO of NYSERDA, adds, “NYSERDA congratulates Syracuse University and its partner organizations on being chosen as an award recipient in the Advanced Manufacturing Jobs and Innovation Accelerator Challenge. NYSERDA is proud to provide funding for this project given that manufacturing is the backbone of our local economies. So that this sector may expand in New York, Governor Cuomo has stressed innovation in technology working through public-private partnerships that will stimulate the economy, create jobs and train a skilled workforce.”

AM-TECS will build on Central New York’s long-standing strengths in thermal and environmental control systems by accelerating technology development, workforce training, and export opportunities for more than 30 existing small- and mid-sized manufacturing firms throughout the region. The award underscores both the collaborative strength of the lead partners and the region’s strong potential— based on its deep talent pool, knowledge centers, and vast manufacturing experience—to support the successful transition of existing companies to an advanced manufacturing cluster model.

Robert Simpson, president of CenterState CEO, states, “We have a goal of doubling this region’s exports in the next five years, diversifying our economic base, increasing private investment and creating new jobs. This grant will help us reach these goals by directly supporting export assistance to businesses as outlined in the CenterState Metropolitan Export Initiative. Critical to a successful implementation of this initiative is our ability to target and capture the compelling international growth markets for environmental systems businesses. We look forward to working with the CNY International Business Alliance and thank our partners at MACNY, the SyracuseCoE and Syracuse University for their support and collaboration in the successful application.”

“From the Erie Canal to the Syracuse Center of Excellence, Central New York has a long legacy of pioneering innovations designed to meet the needs of our community, region and world,” says Syracuse University Chancellor and President Nancy Cantor. “The significant support shown for the Advanced Manufacturing-Thermal and Environmental Central Systems Cluster Accelerator—by multiple agencies and partners—affirms both the immense wisdom of building on our long-standing historic strengths and the immense power of cross-sector engagement to drive economic prosperity.”

“The Manufacturers Association of Central New York is excited to be a part of this grant to support the thermal and environmental control systems cluster in Upstate New York,” says Randy Wolken, president of the association. “We at MACNY strongly believe that introducing new advanced manufacturing materials and processes to New York state companies in this cluster will certainly aid in accelerating the cluster’s growth and vitality.”

Robert Trachtenberg, president and CEO of the CNY Technology Development Organization, thanked the SyracuseCoE for its leadership in putting the collaborative project together, adding, “Along with our partners on the project, we will be addressing the needs and opportunities for the 30-plus small- and medium-sized enterprises involved in thermal and environmental control systems in Central New York. We will work to accelerate job creation through focused assistance, including innovation engineering growth services, introduction to emerging technologies and manufacturing processes, and continuous improvement and quality systems.”

Cornelius B. Murphy Jr., president of SUNY ESF, says of the collaboration, “SUNY ESF is proud to be part of the SyracuseCoE /Syracuse University-led AM-TECS initiative. The initiative focuses on a vital economic development opportunity within our region. SUNY ESF, along with the Manufacturers Association of Central New York and our project and industry partners, will provide an AM-TECS training and externship program, as well as a Regional Advanced Manufacturing Symposium and Career Exposition. Our goal is to foster career exploration and development that supports Central New York’s AM-TECS industry. We appreciate the leadership of SyracuseCoE/Syracuse University, our project partners, and our regional collaborators. Linking our region’s public, private, and educational resources is key to ensuring near- and long-term economic vitality.”

Onondaga Community College Interim President Margaret M. “Meg” O’Connell says, “The Small Business Development Center at Onondaga Community College has been providing assistance to small businesses in Central New York for more than 26 years. We are pleased to be a part of this project, recruiting and engaging disadvantaged start-up and existing businesses into the cluster.”

SyracuseCoE Named Onondaga County Recycler of the Year

The Onondaga County Resource Recovery Agency (OCRRA) will recognize five businesses and not-for-profits as Recyclers of the Year 2011 during a ceremony on March 1 at the Rosamond Gifford Zoo.

The Recyclers of the year are: Legrand/Pass & Seymour in the business category; Roberts Office Furniture Concepts Inc. in the manufacturing category; roji tea lounge in the food service category; Syracuse Center of Excellence in the education category and Upstate Medical University in the medical category.

Each will receive a plaque made of 100 percent recycled glass and wood harvested from fallen Colorado pine trees.

For more information about OCRRA, visit www.ocrra.org.

SyracuseCoE to Host “Spring Greening” Teacher Training

Looking to learn ways to “green” your classroom, lessons, and school? Then don’t miss the second annual “Spring Greening” teacher training and workshop at the Syracuse Center of Excellence. Hosted by the SyracuseCoE Center for Sustainable Community Solutions, Partners for Education & Business, GreeningUSA, OCRRA and Onondaga Community College, this event will highlight STEM innovations in classrooms, share resources and ideas, and much more!

– Space is limited
 Registration is complimentary
– Funding available for substitutes if needed
– Refreshments throughout the day

Agenda

8:00 AM – 12:00 PM: Keynote, Sessions and Exhibits
12:00 PM – 4:00 PM: Optional STEM Bus Tour w/lunch & stipend
12:00 PM – 1:00 PM: Optional tour of SyracuseCoE LEED Platinum HQ (for non-bus tour participants)

STEM Session tracks are “Waste to Resource” and “Going Green: Teacher to Teacher Exchange.” Sessions include:

– Composting in the Classroom
– Schoolwide Go Green Plans
– Funding Opportunities and Resources
– Subject Area Roundtable Discussions

SyracuseCoE to Host Forum on Advanced Lighting Technologies

On May 8, 2012, Syracuse Center of Excellence (SyracuseCoE) will host a forum on Advanced Lighting Technologies.  Part of a larger series of Research and Technology forums which will highlight cutting edge research by academic and industry leaders as well as current market drivers and trends, this upcoming forum will feature presentations from Daniel Frering, Lighting Research Center, Eugene Schuler, The Lighting Cultivator, and Joe Casper, Ephesus Technologies; all of whom are leaders in lighting technologies.

Daniel Frering is currently the Manager of Education for the Lighting Research Center (LRC) at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute where he directs the Education Programs including teaching, and course and curriculum development.  Mr. Frering holds a graduate degree in education and has also studied lighting as part of the Master of Science in Lighting program at the LRC.  He holds a “Lighting Certification” (LC) from the National Council on Qualifications for the Lighting Professions (NCQLP).  Mr. Frering teaches courses and seminars in lighting technology, daylighting, control systems, and lighting applications.  His current research includes the evaluation of daylighting technologies, photovoltaic outdoor lighting systems, and energy-efficient lighting for commercial buildings.

Eugene Schuler is currently Executive Director of the Lighting Cultivator, a not-for-profit formed to foster a network of lighting companies in New York State.  He is also a consultant on high technology, technology transfer, economic development and business incubation.  From 2004 to 2006 he was the Chief Administrative Officer of the Ordway Research Institute, a not-for-profit, freestanding corporation with specific medical research themes and a mission to translate basic science observations into therapeutic applications.  He has written articles and presented workshops on technology transfer issues, academic-industry relations, university economic development models and other topics related to the university research enterprise.   Mr. Schuler earned a B.A. from the University of Notre Dame and an M.P.A. from the University at Albany.

Joe Casper is President of Ephesus Technologies and has over 29 years of experience in advanced technology development. Prior to joining Ephesus Technologies, Joe managed the nanotechnology development efforts central to Lockheed Martin’s critical technology fulfillment and business needs.  In 1996, Joe lead the started up of WaferTech LLC, a $1.4B semiconductor facility in Camas, Washington.  WaferTech was the first pure-play foundry in USA. WaferTech generated more than $750M in revenue and employed over 1400 people within just five years. He earned a B.S./M.S. in Chemical and Electrical Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

Central New York Regional Economic Development Council announces SyracuseCoE to start first stage of NYE-RIC project

The Central New York Regional Economic Development Council has announced that Syracuse University has signed an incentive proposal and is officially moving forward with the first stages of the transformational New York Energy Regional Innovation Cluster project on the strength of a $3 million grant awarded as part of Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo’s Regional Council initiative.

This funding will be used to fit out available space at the SyracuseCoE for new research and development labs specifically focused on New York Energy Regional Innovation Cluster (NYE-RIC) opportunities, and the total project cost is $8.7 million. The full NYE-RIC project has the potential to create tens of thousands of good, green/clean-economy jobs across the state and a total project cost of nearly $225 million.

“This award underlines the pivotal economic development role that NYE-RIC can play not only for Central New York, but statewide,” says SU Chancellor Nancy Cantor, who serves as co-chair of the CNY Regional Council. “New York State’s $3 million investment is leveraging the SyracuseCoE’s proven track record of successfully connecting cross-sector partners to generate world-class innovation, and spur job creation. Crucially, SyracuseCoE’s international renown will give NYE-RIC’s corporate partners a leg up in gaining access to global markets and restoring prosperity to New York State.”

To read the full news release from the Regional Economic Development Councils website visit: http://nyworks.ny.gov/generic/press-release-central-ny-04242012.

 

Central New York Regional Economic Development Council Announces Syracuse Center of Excellence to Start First Stage of NYE-RIC Project

The Central New York Regional Economic Development Council today announced that the Syracuse University has signed an incentive proposal and is officially moving forward with the first stages of the transformational New York Energy Regional Innovation Cluster project on the strength of a $3 million grant awarded as part of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo’s Regional Council initiative. This funding will be used to fit-out available space at the Syracuse Center of Excellence (SyracuseCoE) for new research and development labs specifically focused on New York Energy Regional Innovation Cluster (NYE-RIC) opportunities, and the total project cost is $8.7 million. The full NYE-RIC project has the potential to create tens of thousands of good, green/clean-economy jobs across the state and a total project cost of nearly $225 million.

“The NYE-RIC project is the direct result of Gov. Cuomo’s Regional Economic Development Council Initiative and is the perfect example of what regional, community-based collaboration can accomplish,” said Lieutenant Governor Robert Duffy. “This environmentally conscience investment by the state will help lay the groundwork for a brighter future for the next generation of New Yorkers. Central New York’s innovative clean economy cluster has become a national leader and we need to continue to encourage investment and industry synergy to generate economic activity and spur job growth.”

“This award underlines the pivotal economic development role that NYE-RIC can play not only for Central New York, but statewide,” said Nancy Cantor, Syracuse University Chancellor & President, and co-chair of the CNY Regional Council. “New York State’s $3 million investment is leveraging the SyracuseCoE’s proven track record of successfully connecting cross-sector partners to generate world-class innovation, and spur job creation. Crucially, SyracuseCoE’s international renown will give NYE-RIC’s corporate partners a leg up in gaining access to global markets and restoring prosperity to New York State.”

“These new labs are an essential step in the development of the New York Energy Regional Innovation Cluster, a priority project that meets the goals of the Central New York Regional Economic Development Council’s strategic plan,” said Robert Simpson, president of CenterState CEO and co-chair of the CNY Regional Council. “More than just labs, NYE-RIC represents a transformational initiative that will capitalize on our region’s extensive R&D assets and leverage downstate partnerships to connect to global markets for innovations in clean technologies to produce long term outcomes for our region.”

As leader of the Syracuse Center of Excellence (SyracuseCoE) consortium, Syracuse University signed its Incentive Proposal today, agreeing to terms for the $3 million in state resources it was awarded through the Consolidated Funding Application process (CFA) after Central New York was named as one of the best strategic plans during last year’s round of the Regional Economic Development Council Initiative. SyracuseCoE is now ready to begin the first stage of NYE-RIC, which will focus on building new laboratories to conduct research and development for NYE-RIC opportunities, including fuel-cells, combined heat and power systems, smart grid applications, photovoltaic and wind power generation, and battery and energy power storage. Additionally, this stage will include construction of a multimodal transportation facility (bus, bike, pedestrian, and car) at the site. This phase of NYE-RIC will leverage an additional $5.7 million in federal and private funds.

The new labs will support research and development in collaboration with local manufacturing firm NuClimate Air Quality Systems, as well as two other local companies that were supported by the Regional Council Initiative – Fulton Companies and Ephesus Technologies. The labs will be lit by LED lights manufactured by Ephesus, a global leader in LED light technology.

Ed Bogucz, Executive Director of the Syracuse Center of Excellence said, “The Central New York region has a terrific cluster of firms and institutions that are developing innovations to improve energy efficiency and indoor environmental quality in buildings. Our new facilities are focused on opportunities to create jobs by helping local companies develop new products for buildings across the state and around the world.”

Regional Council Capital Funds are available for capital-based economic development initiatives that will create or retain jobs; prevent, reduce or eliminate unemployment and underemployment; and/or increase business activity in a community or region. Awards are based on achievement of objectives, which can include job creation or retention, investment, or other measurements demonstrating increased economic activity. Generally, funds are disbursed as reimbursement after project completion, approval by the ESD Directors, a public hearing and Public Authorities Control Board approval, and contract execution.

Senator David J. Valesky said, “This project exemplifies the strengths of our region, by combining green energy, research, technology and education, and will play a significant role in growing our economy. I applaud the CNY Regional Economic Development Council for choosing NYE-RIC as part of its plan, and Governor Cuomo and ESD CEO Adams for their continuing and strong support for our economic development efforts in Central New York.”

Senator John A. DeFrancisco said, “”The additional funding for the Syracuse Center of Excellence is a much-needed investment for Central New York to realize the goal of creating high-paying technology jobs in our community.”

Assemblymember Bill Magnarelli said, “This grant continues our emphasis in promoting industry and university cooperation with the assistance of New York State. The Center of Excellence is the anchor of our clean/green industries in Central New York, and its collaboration with these companies will create new jobs for our region.”

Assemblymember Sam Roberts said, “It’s vital that we continue to invest locally to create jobs in Central New York so our hardworking families and businesses have the opportunity to thrive. Syracuse University’s decision to move forward with this project not only has the advantage of being able to utilize a diverse workforce unique to our region, but also will retain and create new good-paying jobs our Central New York families rely on.”

To learn more about each regional council and their economic development plans, visit www.nyworks.ny.gov.

Ephesus Develops LED Chip Built in New York State

SYRACUSE, N.Y. –Ephesus Technologies has developed its own LED chip, which brings the firm one step closer to the brightest chip in the world.

Ephesus, a Syracuse-based nanotechnology company formed by former Lockheed Martin employees, has partnered with Group4 Labs, based at the College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering (CNSE) Smart System Technology and Commercialization Center of Excellence (STC) in Canandaigua, to engineer and manufacture its LED prototype that is expected to rival the best and most efficient LEDs on the market today. The EG4TM LED is the first that will be completely developed and manufactured in New York State. As the technology is launched, Ephesus expects to create more than 1,000 new jobs over the next 10 years.

The development of the LED was aided by Upstate New York’s research and manufacturing strengths in the regional innovation cluster related to clean technologies and through collaboration with Upstate New York academic institutions and Centers of Excellence.

Ephesus received a $50,000 grant in 2012 from the SyracuseCoE Commercialization Assistance Program (CAP) established in partnership with CenterState CEO and Empire State Development (ESD) with grants received under the auspices of New York Assemblyman William Magnarelli (D- 120). The company also received a $1 million tax incentive from the ESD. And, CSNE’s STC provided support and infrastructure to enable Group4 Labs to produce demonstration LEDs as a first step toward development of super-bright LEDs.

Ephesus LED lighting products are used in a broad range of applications, including warehouses, manufacturing facilities, parking lots/garages, roadways, stadiums, tunnels and bridges. Ephesus LED lighting fixtures are currently produced in New York State with LED chips from third- party companies. “Our EG4TM LED chip will be commercialized through small scale production and be demonstrated and used in Ephesus lighting fixtures,” says Ephesus CEO Amy Casper The EG4TM LED will differentiate Ephesus products from all other LED products and allow Ephesus to capture a greater market share in the current LED fixture market.

Ephesus, a company started by husband and wife Joe and Amy Casper, had two employees and resided in SU’s CASE Center in 2009. The company now has 16 employees and is based in the Syracuse Tech Garden in downtown Syracuse. As the company expands and adds more jobs, there are plans to settle in a new location here in Central New York.

“Ephesus Technologies has demonstrated the successful path of utilizing the resources offered through the SyracuseCoE Commercialization Assistance Program (CAP) to help develop a green, nanotechnology-based product that is produced in Central New York,” said Assemblyman William Magnarelli. “It is this type of innovation, as well as a dedication to our area by the company’s officers, that will continue to help Central New York make a name for itself as a community that leads the state and nation in environmentally-friendly policies, designs and innovations.”

“The demonstrated successes of Ephesus Technologies shows the true value of collaboration between industry, New York State’s Centers of Excellence, and Upstate New York academic institutions working to accelerate innovations focused on energy-efficient and high-performance technologies into the marketplace while fostering an innovative culture within the region,” said SyracuseCoE Executive Director Ed Bogucz.

“Today’s announcement represents a tremendous breakthrough, not only for the outstanding team at Ephesus, but for the entire region,” said Robert Simpson, president of CenterState CEO. “On a global scale, this new chip can meet a rapidly growing demand for highly efficient lighting and smart lighting technology. For our region, this will result in new jobs and investment, and offer further evidence that our collective effort to create a strong entrepreneurial ecosystem is paying real dividends.”

“The State’s partnership with Ephesus Technologies is a great example of what can be accomplished through collaboration between the private-sector, academia and government,” said Jim Fayle, CNY Regional Director with Empire State Development. “Ephesus Technologies should be commended for its development of innovative, eco-friendly products that will have a positive impact on both a local and global scale. The EG4 chip is a game changer for the industry as it lasts longer, uses less energy, and is less costly to produce than its competition. In our region, the success of this home-grown small business will create much-needed jobs and generate significant economic activity for Upstate New York.”

“Further demonstrating Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s declaration that New York is open for business, CSNE’s Smart System Technology and Commercialization Center of Excellence is delighted to have played a critical role in this cross-regional partnership that supports the technology and business growth of a homegrown New York State nanotechnology company,” said Paul Tolley, director of CSNE’s STC in Canandaigua. “The collaboration between Ephesus Technologies and Group4 Labs at CSNE’s STC showcases the rapid development of a world-class nanotechnology ecosystem that is creating new opportunities to enable high-tech job growth and investment for the benefit of all New Yorkers.”

Other organizations involved with Ephesus in developing the technology include Alfred University, American Dicing, Ansen Corp., Binghamton University, Clarkson University, Clean Tech Center, Cornell University, Lighting Research Center, LINC, Onondaga County Economic Development, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Syracuse University and the Tech Garden.

The Caspers, who were grew up together in Baldwinsville, both went to college in New York State but left soon after to pursue job opportunities. After working in several areas of the U.S., including establishing a successful technology business in Washington State, they returned home to Central New York in 2006. Here, they were glad to find rich resources to help them establish a business again and move forward. Ephesus has also benefited from the SyracuseCoE NYE-RIC Bridge to Markets program, which connects New York State firms that have developed innovative products for advanced buildings with the diverse and critical stakeholders in the target market of New York City.

“We were amazed to see the resources in place—Center State CEO, the Tech Garden , NYSERDA, the SyracuseCoE and the collaboration among universities—to support the development of clean and sustainable technologies,” says Joe Casper. “If we didn’t have these resources, we wouldn’t be where we are today.”

About Ephesus Technologies
Ephesus Technologies, LLC is a woman-owned LED lighting-innovation company that designs, engineers, and manufactures a portfolio of LED lighting products in New York State. The main applications for Ephesus Technologies are focused on penetrating the commercial and municipal markets, with its portfolio of interior and exterior LED fixtures. In parallel, Ephesus is commercializing its own LED chips to expand product portfolio in the retail market segments. Ephesus LED lighting products are sustainable, environmentally-friendly, contains no mercury or rare earth metals, and outperforms all other LED competitors.

SyracuseCoE to Host Forum on Smart Grid Technologies, March 20

On March 20, 2012, SyracuseCoE will host a forum on Smart Grid Technologies. Part of a larger series of Research and Technology forums which will highlight cutting edge research by academic and industry leaders as well as current market drivers and trends, this upcoming forum will feature presentations from David Manning, Smart Grid Consortium, Nicholas Ritts (invited), National Grid Smart Grid Program, and Prasanta Ghosh, Syracuse University; all of whom are leaders in smart grid technologies.

The upcoming forum will be held on March 20 from 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the SyracuseCoE Headquarters building at 727 E. Washington Street, Syracuse, NY.  A networking reception will follow the presentations.  Attendees must RSVP to Stacy Bunce at sbunce@syracusecoe.org or 315-443-4445.

Syracuse Center of Excellence (syracusecoe.org) is a collaborative organization of more than 200 businesses and institutions that creates innovations for sustainable built and urban environments. SyracuseCoE members work on research, development, and educational projects relating to clean and renewable energy, indoor environmental quality, and water resources.

Biomass Internship Opportunities Now Available

Upstate New York is poised to become a focal point for the development of biomass systems for the production of heat, power, fuels and products. The shortage of well-trained professionals to meet the growing demand of the bioenergy field is one of the barriers to the development of biomass as a source of renewable energy. There is a growing need for a well-educated and skilled workforce with the background and experience to address the complexities of this rapidly developing industry. This internship program is designed to assist in producing knowledgeable and experienced professionals with the requisite analytical, creative thinking and problem solving skills to meet the growing demand of the bioenergy field in the region.

The Summer Biomass Internship Program is offered collaboratively by SUNY-ESF, SyracuseCoE and the CenterState CEO and provides opportunities for qualified college students to work with a Upstate NY company that is focused on producing, converting or using biomass for bioenergy, biofuels, or bioproducts. This will provide students an opportunity to achieve their career goals by gaining experience in the biomass field while concurrently meeting workplace and industry needs by increasing the quality of postsecondary instruction in biomass and bioenergy. This program will help to build on connections between local firms working in the biomass field and college students studying in the region.

More information and 2012 Summer Internship Opportunities can be viewed at http://www.esf.edu/outreach/projects/fff.htm.

Sustainable Enterprise Partnership announces 2012 Fetner Sustainable Enterprise Fellow

The Sustainable Enterprise Partnership (SEP) announces that Michael Lenox, Samuel L. Slover Professor of Business at the University of Virginia’s Darden School of Business Administration, will be the SEP’s 2012 Fetner Sustainable Enterprise Fellow.

As the Fetner Sustainable Enterprise Fellow, Lenox will be on the SU campus April 9-12 to work and meet with faculty, students and the business community and share his internationally recognized expertise in the intersection of business strategy, public policy and the natural environment.

On Monday, April 9, Lenox will discuss sustainability-related research trends and opportunities with SU and SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry (SUNY-ESF) faculty and graduate students. Later in the week, he will lead a luncheon discussion for faculty and Ph.D. students on “Sustainability in the Curriculum,” based on his leadership experience with this topic at Darden and Duke University. There will additionally be presentations from Whitman sustainability-focused curriculum innovation grant recipients.

During his time in Syracuse, he will also meet with graduate students enrolled in the SEP’s Certificate of Advanced Study in Sustainable Enterprise (CASSE) program and will guest teach the CASSE course “Managing Sustainability.”

On Wednesday, April 11, at 8 a.m., Lenox will share his research on trends in green tech entrepreneurship and innovation with the business community at a breakfast in the Whitman School’s Milton Room.

The Fetner Sustainable Enterprise Fellow is made possible through a gift by Hal Fetner ’83, president and CEO of Durst-Fetner Residential, and his wife, Nina. This recognition is given annually to an academic expert in sustainable enterprise whose three- to four-day residency involves direct, in-depth work with faculty and students.

“We are so pleased that Dr. Lenox is this year’s Fetner Sustainable Enterprise Fellow,” says Fetner. “Michael Lenox is recognized internationally for his expertise in innovation and entrepreneurship. Our students and faculty, as well as the business community, have much to learn from his perspective on the importance of sustainability to economic growth and competitive success.”

Lenox’s recent work explores firm strategies and non-traditional public policies that have the potential to drive “green” innovation and entrepreneurship.

Lenox’s research has appeared in more than 25-refereed academic publications and he is often cited in national media outlets. In 2009, he was recognized as a Faculty Pioneer by the Aspen Institute’s Center for Business Education for his leadership in integrating social and environmental issues into his teaching and research. Also that year, he was named as the top strategy professor under 40 by the Strategic Management Society.

Lenox serves as the faculty director for the multiple-university Alliance for Research on Corporate Sustainability.  He is the executive director of Darden’s Batten Institute for Entrepreneurship and Innovation. Prior to joining Darden in 2008, he was a professor at Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business, where he was the founder and faculty director of Duke’s Corporate Sustainability Initiative.

The SEP is a collaborative initiative of the Whitman School of ManagementL.C. Smith College of Engineering and Computer ScienceSUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry, and the Syracuse Center of Excellence in Environmental and Energy Systems (SyracuseCoE), and provides world-class education and research on sustainable enterprise by leveraging the academic, public and private sector resources of Central New York and beyond to address this significant and growing area of concern for businesses and other organizations.

The Aspen Institute’s 2011-12 Beyond Grey Pinstripes report recently ranked the Whitman School of Management among the top in the world for integrating environmental, ethical and social issues into graduate business education. This first-time Beyond Grey Pinstripes Top 100 ranking recognizes Whitman’s M.B.A. program and the SEP as major contributors to SU’s leadership in teaching and researching issues pertaining to sustainability in business and society.

Five Companies Receive Commercialization Assistance Program Grants

Awards Support Innovation in Green Technologies

State Assemblyman William Magnarelli (D-120), the Syracuse Center of Excellence and CenterState Corporation for Economic Opportunity (CEO) recently announced at ESF that five companies have received Commercialization Assistance Program (CAP) awards totaling $248,300 to promote the commercialization of innovative green and clean technologies.

The announcement was made in ESF’s Baker Laboratory, where technology by one of the recipients, Rapid Cure Technologies, is being developed and tested.

“In 2001, when the Commercialization Assistance Program was first initiated to encourage innovation, product development and entrepreneurship in the field of indoor quality, we were confident that this matching fund program would fuel technology development, job creation and thereby strengthen our local economy,” Magnarelli said. “I am pleased that we are able to point to this program and see so many successes. I congratulate all the recipients in this round of CAP awards.”

The five companies and their projects are:

Ephesus Technologies of Syracuse Ephesus designs and manufactures high-quality LED fixtures using LEDs and other core components from outside suppliers. The company was awarded $50,000.

GreenView Energy Management Systems of Syracuse, New Hartford GreenView Energy Management Systems implements real-time, remotely monitored data acquisition services for commodities such as electricity, natural gas, steam, water, generators, and renewable systems, including photovoltaics, fuel cells and wind. The company was awarded $50,000.

Rapid Cure Technologies of Syracuse Rapid Cure Technologies is in the niche formulation and manufacturing of value added energy-curable resins, coatings, inks and adhesives. The company was awarded $48,300.

Synairco of Ithaca Synairco Inc. is an emerging company that is commercializing a patented ultra-efficient, environmentally responsible air conditioner. The company was awarded $50,000.

Synex of Pulaski Synex Controls is an industry leader in developing controls technology for the steam, hydronic, and thermal fluid heat transfer system markets. The company was awarded $50,000.

Four of the five companies – Ephesus Technologies, Greenview Energy, Rapid Cure and Synairco – are working with The Cleantech Center, a clean-energy incubator in Syracuse, and sponsored by the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA).

The Commercialization Assistance Program, which has awarded more than $1.3 million and supported the growth and success of 26 upstate companies, is funded by a grant secured by Magnarelli and administered through SyracuseCoE and CenterState CEO. CAP grants are awarded for projects that commercialize new products and services in the three focus areas of the SyracuseCoE: indoor environmental quality, water resources and clean and renewable energy.

To date, CAP has created or retained 152 high-value jobs and $392.5 million in new revenue for Central Upstate New York companies.

“Our Commercialization Assistance Program is a key element of our efforts to create jobs in Central New York by accelerating innovations focused on energy-efficient and high-performance technologies into the marketplace,” said Ed BoguczSyracuseCoE executive director.

“The CAP awards help bridge the gap from a smart idea to a great new product and, ultimately, a successful generator of jobs and revenue for the region,” said Robert M. Simpson, president of CenterState CEO. “Together with Assemblyman Magnarelli and SyracuseCoE, we are excited about the innovation and new ideas these companies represent and are committed to supporting them as they grow and create jobs for the region.”

ESF President Cornelius B. Murphy, Jr., said the CAP grants serve as a catalyst to bring some of the best Central New York ideas in the area of green and clean technologies to commercialization.

“Assemblyman Magnarelli again shows his understanding and dedication of the importance of green jobs to regional economic development. SUNY-ESF’s partnership with Rapid Cure Technologies of Syracuse is of great importance to us and demonstrates that public-private partnerships work,” Murphy said.

“These awards show that industry and academia can effectively collaborate to help support job growth in a region,”said Shere Abbott, vice president for sustainability initiatives at Syracuse University. “Syracuse University values Assemblyman Magnarelli’s leadership and commitment to these collaborations and the CAP program, and we applaud this partnership with CenterState CEO, the CleanTech Center and others.”

Francis J. Murray, Jr., said New York is leading the nation in the cleantech sector by fostering partnerships between early-stage clean energy businesses and regional incubators that help them grow and compete in the global marketplace.

“With four of the five CAP grant winners associated with The Cleantech Center, it demonstrates that New York State’s commitment to business development is paying off. NYSERDA congratulates all the recipients of these awards,” Murray said.

SyracuseCoE to Host Jan. 24 Forum on Intelligent Building Systems

On January 24, 2012, SyracuseCoE will host a forum on Intelligent Building Sustems. Part of a larger series of Research and Technology forums which will highlight cutting edge research by academic and industry leaders as well as current market drivers and trends, this upcoming forum will feature presentations from John Park, Siemens, Thong Dang and Michael Pelken, Syracuse University, and Dean D’Amore, Greenview Energy Management Systems; all of whom are leaders in intellident building systems.

The upcoming forum will be held on January 24 from 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the SyracuseCoE Headquarters building at 727 E. Washington Street, Syracuse, NY.  A networking reception will follow the presentations.  Attendees must RSVP to Stacy Bunce at sbunce@syracusecoe.org or 315-443-4445.

SyracuseCoE to Host NYE-RIC Bridge to Markets Demonstration

The NYE-RIC Bridge to Markets program is designed to connect New York State firms that have developed innovative products for advanced buildings with the diverse and critical stakeholders in the target market of New York City.

NYE-RIC is New York’s Energy Regional Innovation Cluster, a pioneering consortium of partners from upstate and downstate working together to transform the way energy-efficient building systems are invented, developed, demonstrated and deployed in New York State, across the country and around the world.

Over the past year, SyracuseCoE and its NYE-RIC partners have developed and demonstrated a process that creates jobs throughout the state by accelerating the adoption of new technologies developed by upstate firms in retrofits to improve energy efficiency and indoor air quality in New York City buildings.

This NYE-RIC Bridge to Markets demonstration was funded by SyracuseCoE and NYSERDA, and conducted in collaboration with CenterState CEO.

SyracuseCoE to Host Forum on Advanced Battery and Energy Storage

On November 8, 2011, SyracuseCoE will host a forum on Advanced Battery and Energy Storage Technologies.  Part of a larger series of Research and Technology forums which will highlight cutting edge research by academic and industry leaders as well as current market drivers and trends, this upcoming forum will feature presentations from Bill Acker, NY-BEST, Dr. Paul Mutolo, Cornell University, and Nathan Ball, NOHMs Technologies; all of whom are leaders in battery and energy storage technologies.

Bill Acker is executive director of the New York Battery and Energy Storage Technology Consortium (NY-BEST™), a rapidly growing coalition of entrepreneurial, academic, corporate, and federal partners building a world-class advanced battery and energy storage sector based in New York State.  With extensive experience in the clean technology sector, Acker was the founder of MTI MicroFuel Cells Inc. which specializes in the production of micro fuel cell power systems, was a founder/chairman of both Taconic Energy, Inc. and Optiwind, Corp, and President of Mechanical Technology, a public company.  Acker holds a PhD in Applied Physics from Yale University and a BS in Physics from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.

Dr. Paul Mutolo is the Director of External Partnerships for the Energy Materials Center (emc2) at Cornell University and has been working in the energy sector for more than 10 years.  At emc2, he establishes and maintains technology development and projects with industry partners, and drives the communication of impacts of emc2 research to educators, policy makers, and the general public.  Dr. Mutolo spent four years at MTI MicroFuel Cells, Inc. in Albany, NY where he helped develop several aspects of the MobionTM direct methanol micro fuel cell technology.  In 2000, Dr. Mutolo received his PhD in chemistry from the University of California at Santa Barbara.  As a recipient of a Fulbright Fellowship, he conducted two years of his doctoral research at the Westfälishe-Wilhelms Universität (WWU) in Münster, Germany.  He received his A.B. in chemistry from Cornell University in 1994.

Nathan Ball is CEO of Nanoscale Organic Hybrid Materials (NOHMs) Technologies, Inc., an emerging company that is commercializing rechargeable lithium-ion battery technology with significant performance, cost, safety, and environmental advantages and has positioned itself as a battery materials supplier and developer of battery prototypes. More than a decade of research at Cornell University has yielded three technology patent filings, which are being licensed to the company.  Ball was most recently employed at e2e Materials in Ithaca, NY where he was Project and Process Engineer, taking the lead role in pilot plant design and start-up.  He has worked and studied in the Middle East, Asia, and in Europe.  Ball earned a MS degree in chemical engineering as a member of the inaugural graduate class of King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST) in Saudi Arabia, and a BS from Texas A&M University.

The upcoming forum will be held on November 8 from 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the SyracuseCoE Headquarters building at 727 E. Washington Street, Syracuse, NY.  A networking reception will follow the presentations.  Attendees must RSVP to Stacy Bunce at sbunce@syracusecoe.org or 315-443-4445.

Syracuse Center of Excellence (syracusecoe.org) is a collaborative organization of more than 200 businesses and institutions that creates innovations for sustainable built and urban environments. SyracuseCoE members work on research, development, and educational projects relating to clean and renewable energy, indoor environmental quality, and water resources.

Certificate in sustainable enterprise available to all SU, SUNY-ESF graduate students

The Sustainable Enterprise Partnership (SEP), a partner of SyracuseCoE, encourages SU and SUNY-ESF graduate students to plan now to earn an advanced credential in sustainability.

Developed through a cross-institutional collaboration, the Certificate of Advanced Study in Sustainable Enterprise (CASSE) integrates business, science, engineering, policy and practice, and emphasizes transdisciplinary collaboration. The CASSE curriculum is delivered by expert faculty and researchers from the Whitman School of Management, SUNY-ESF, College of Engineering and Computer Science, SyracuseCoE, and other leading sustainable enterprise authorities.

The concept of sustainability is central to organizational efforts to respond to environmental and social concerns in ways that maximize competitive advantage. Thus, there is great demand for professionals who are skilled in sustainability issues and understand the economic, environmental, technical and social dimensions of phenomena such as climate change, volatile energy prices and explosive growth in developing economies.  Indeed, the Wall Street Journal recently reported on a study showing that the number of online job postings containing the word “sustainability” has quadrupled in the past two years.

Admission to the CASSE program is available to all currently matriculated graduate students at Syracuse University and SUNY-ESF.  The CASSE is designed to be relevant and accessible to a wide range of disciplines.

CASSE candidates are required to complete five courses: three core courses and two electives.  The core courses are:

  • Managing Sustainability: Purpose, Principles and PracticeBGP
  • Strategic Management and the Natural Environment
  • Sustainability-Driven Enterprise 

Managing Sustainability: Purpose, Principles and Practice (BUA/ECS/FNR 650) is team-taught by the SEP core faculty and will be offered in the Spring 2012 semester. This course is the entry point for CASSE candidates, and also may be taken as a stand-alone elective.

The Aspen Institute’s 2011-12 Beyond Grey Pinstripes (BGP) report ranked Whitman’s MBA program among the top in the world for integrating environmental and social stewardship into graduate business education.  The CASSE is the foundation of this Global 100 ranking, and reflects the strength of the SEP’s partner institutions.

For additional information on the CASSE, visit http://partnersforsustainability.orgor email Elet Callahan, SEP Faculty Director, at escallah@syr.edu.

SyracuseCoE Headquarters earns highest LEED certification

The SyracuseCoE headquarters has been awarded LEED® Platinum-level certification, established by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) and verified by the Green Building Certification Institute (GBCI). LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) is the nation’s pre-eminent program for the design, construction and operation of high-performance green buildings.

SyracuseCoE Headquarters
SyracuseCoE Headquarters

The SyracuseCoE was designed to exemplify the highest level of LEED standards. The result is an iconic, high-performance building that is the realization of a dream shared by leaders in government, industry and academia to create a world-renowned location for collaborations that address global challenges in clean and renewable energy, indoor environmental quality and water resources.

“Achieving a LEED Platinum rating for the SyracuseCoE headquarters is emblematic in multiple dimensions,” says SU Chancellor and President Nancy Cantor. “It not only embodies our region’s signature strengths in clean energy and environmental systems innovation, entrepreneurship and collaboration, but it signifies that dreaming big is worth it—that sustainability is possible and that our highest aspirations for cross-sector partnerships really are achievable. We very greatly appreciate the support of New York state and our hundreds of industry and academic partners in creating this internationally recognized asset for discovery and education.”

“Achieving a Platinum LEED rating for the SyracuseCoE headquarters further strengthens our region’s reputation as an international leader in clean energy and environmental systems,” says Robert Simpson, president of the CenterState Corp. for Economic Opportunity. “At the cutting edge of sustainable design and performance, the SyracuseCoE provides an optimal venue for emerging companies to develop new technologies and positions local firms to accelerate product development, helping us compete in the global market.”

“As a resident and native of Central New York, I am professionally and personally thrilled that the SyracuseCoE headquarters has earned a LEED Platinum rating,” says Rick Fedrizzi, president, CEO & founding chair of USGBC. “This project is an extraordinary example of how human systems can integrate with natural systems to have powerfully positive impacts on the people who use the buildings, the natural and human landscapes that surround the building, and an entire region’s well-being. The leadership and scholarship CoE has demonstrated is an international model of how to deliver something that will inspire and nurture generations to come.”

LEED promotes a whole-building approach to sustainability by recognizing performance in five key areas of human and environmental health: sustainable site development, water savings, energy efficiency, materials selection and indoor environmental quality. LEED certification is earned at the levels of certified, silver, gold and platinum.

Dedicated in March 2010, the five-story, 55,000-square-foot SyracuseCoE headquarters was funded by New York State’s Empire State Development with the New York State Foundation for Science, Technology and Innovation (NYSTAR); the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA); Syracuse University; Carrier Corp.; National Grid; and Otis. Projects at the SyracuseCoE are funded by multiple sources, including the U.S. Department of Energy, U.S. EPA and U.S. Department of Agriculture.

“Achieving a LEED Platinum rating for the design and construction of the SyracuseCoE headquarters is a great accomplishment for New York’s Centers of Excellence program,” says Kenneth Adams, Empire State Development president, CEO and commissioner. “This is an impressive facility with unique capabilities to springboard research into widespread deployment of innovative technologies.”

“NYSERDA congratulates Syracuse University and its design and construction teams for achieving a LEED Platinum rating for the SyracuseCoE headquarters facility,” says Francis J. Murray Jr., president and CEO of NYSERDA. “The funding provided for this project showcases an excellent example of the many benefits of green buildings, including reducing energy use and improving indoor environments for occupants. Further, we celebrate that the facility was designed and constructed by firms from throughout New York to provide a unique resource for development of new products and services for green buildings.”

“The site of the SyracuseCoE headquarters has seen many important developments over the years, including the construction of the Erie Canal, the manufacturing of typewriters by L.C. Smith & Brothers, and the launching of Onondaga Community College,” says Ed Bogucz, SyracuseCoE executive director. “After seven generations of use, the site became a surface parking lot on top of a landfill. Earning a LEED Platinum rating for our facility makes clear to the world that the site has been restored to be a healthy, vibrant presence in the community for the next seven generations.”

“At SUNY-ESF and at scores of other firms and institutions, students, faculty and collaborators greatly appreciate the unique facilities that are available at the SyracuseCoE headquarters,” says Cornelius B. Murphy, Jr., president of the SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry (SUNY-ESF). “We warmly applaud Syracuse University and the SyracuseCoE headquarters design and construction teams for achieving a LEED Platinum rating at a facility that benefits firms and institutions across Central New York.”

The headquarters sits on a three-acre, EPA-designated brownfield site in downtown Syracuse. The SyracuseCoE construction team dedicated itself to completely remediating the brownfield with careful investment made to clearing the land of environmental contamination and restoring it for sustained use by SyracuseCoE and future generations. The headquarters’ earliest construction was sustainable, with the construction team led by LeChase Construction Services of Rochester, N.Y., diverting 98 percent of unused materials from landfills—whereas a typical building construction diverts just 2 percent of unused and waste materials.

Today, the SyracuseCoE houses research laboratories for indoor environmental quality and biomass fuel, classrooms, public spaces and additional lab space for use by SyracuseCoE academic and industry partners. Facilities include the Willis H. Carrier Total Indoor Environmental Quality Lab, the only research facility of its kind in the world dedicated to conducting controlled experiments on the human response to indoor environments—temperature, air quality, odor, light, etc. The 150-foot Urban Ecosystem Observatory takes measurements of outdoor air quality to help research into urban air pollution and the impact of buildings on urban ecosystems.

“It is exciting news that the Center of Excellence has been given the LEED Platinum-level certification,” says Senator John DeFrancisco (R). “Central New York is fortunate to have a unique institution on the brink of catapulting our community to the forefront as a leader in the environmental and energy systems industry. As members of our research, academic and business sectors continue to work together, they will develop innovative ideas and technologies that have tremendous potential to enhance our region’s economic health and improve the quality of life for those who live here.”

“I congratulate Ed Bogucz and the entire CoE staff on this well-deserved distinction, putting Syracuse University and Central New York once again at the forefront of technological innovation,” says Senator David J. Valesky (D).

“Congratulations to the Syracuse Center of Excellence on receiving the highest LEED certification for green building design and construction. It is wonderful that the building exemplifies the energy efficiency and cutting edge technology that COE employees research, develop and promote,” says Assemblyman William B. Magnarelli (D). “Buildings like this will continue to help Syracuse make a name for itself as a community that leads the state and nation in environmental friendly policies, designs and innovations.”

Among the SyracuseCoE’s sustainable design, construction and operational features that contributed to LEED Platinum certification are:

  • Building Shape and Form–The building is relatively narrow, reducing brownfield site disturbance and excavation, with extensive windows providing a high level of occupant comfort with ample natural light and opportunities for views and natural ventilation;
  • Building Orientation–To optimize the building’s southern exposure in order to avoid solar energy drain during the colder months, the tower portion of the building is rotated 13-degrees from the urban street grid;
  • Structure–The use of substantial cantilevers in the steel structure on the north, south and west sides of the building reduces the number of columns, overall steel tonnage and required footings for the building;
  • Landscape Design– Large sloping landforms provide a dynamic reflection of the building, as well as a means for safely encapsulating contaminated soil instead of shipping it to a distant landfill;
  • Vapor Intrusion System–Ventilation below the foundation prevents underground vapors from entering the building, eliminating a potential source of contaminants in indoor air;
  • Storm Water Retention Tank–The southwest corner of the property features a storm water retention tank to control run-off entering the sewer system;
  • Demand-Controlled Ventilation–The amount of fresh air delivered to a room varies depending on the number of people who are present, saving energy when rooms are partially occupied;
  • Insulation–Solid façades include superior insulation to reduce heating and cooling loads. Interior insulation uses Demilec, a 100 percent soy-based spray foam. Exterior insulation boards were created from sustainable natural fiber materials;
  • Underfloor Ventilation and Raised Flooring–Ventilation is provided close to occupants for improved thermal comfort using a raised floor system, allowing for even air distribution with lower fan speeds. The Tate raised floor system, situated 12 inches above the concrete deck, also provides convenient wire routing;
  • Radiant Ceilings–Most of the heating and cooling in rooms is provided via ceiling panels that are embedded with copper piping that efficiently carries warm or cool water;
  • Restrooms–Restrooms feature waterless urinals, dual flush low-flow toilets and faucets, and sustainable paper and cleaning products;
  • Furniture–Furniture by Haworth and Herman Miller is made from recycled materials and FSC wood and wood products. Furniture is also 100 percent recyclable by the manufacturers upon return;
  • Lighting–High-efficiency compact fluorescent and LED lighting, controlled by a daylight harvesting (auto dimming) system and auto shut-off occupancy sensors, is used throughout the building;
  • Windows–The south façade features highly insulated glass with integrated, electronically controlled blinds that provide solar heat and glare control, capable of operation at 15-degree increments. The ceramic white dots on the windows passively reduce glare and solar heat gain;
  • Roof–The building roof on the west tower is designed to reflect most of the sunlight, minimizing solar heat gain and reducing the cooling load. The roof is also designed to allow future installation of photovoltaics, building-scale wind turbines and roof-top HVAC units; and
  • Green Roof –The roof of the laboratory wing on the east end is covered with a living “green” roof that features six sedum plant species native to the region. The green roof is designed to absorb and retain rainwater, reducing runoff from storms. The green roof also eliminates heat island effect during summer and reduces heat loss during winter.  

The headquarter building design and construction team was composed of local and national experts, led by Syracuse-based executive architect Ashley McGraw Architects, and assisted by LeChase and world-renowned design architect Toshiko Mori. Other design team members were Ove Arup & Partners (mechanical, electrical, plumbing and structural engineering); Hargreaves Associates (landscape architects); Burt Hill (lab planner); Transsolar (climate concepts); Stearns & Wheler (civil engineering); O’Brien & Gere (environmental engineer); John P. Stopen Engineering (geotechnical engineering); Peterson Engineering (elevators); C&S Companies (commissioning agent); and 7 Group (LEED consultant).

The strong Central Upstate New York roots of the majority of the design and construction team is a demonstration of the advanced technical expertise available in the region for green building projects. Specifically, construction for this highly advanced building involved more than 25 companies based in Central Upstate New York.

The U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED green building certification system is the foremost program for the design, construction and operation of green buildings. More than 100,000 projects are currently participating in the LEED rating systems, comprising more than 8 billion square feet of construction space in all 50 states and 114 countries. By using less energy, LEED-certified buildings save money for families, businesses and taxpayers; reduce greenhouse gas emissions; and contribute to a healthier environment for residents, workers and the larger community. For more information, visit www.usgbc.org.

Click here to view the SyracuseCoE LEED Scorecard.

SyracuseCoE and CenterState CEO Announce Next Round of CAP Grants

Clean Tech Companies Invited to Apply for Up to $50,000 in Grant Funds

SYRACUSE, N.Y. – The Syracuse CoE and CenterState CEO are pleased to announce the next round of solicitations for Commercialization Assistance Program (CAP) grants.  The grants will be awarded to projects that commercialize new products and services in the fields of indoor environmental quality, water resources, and clean and renewable energy.

Up to $50,000 is available for individual projects, with approximately four expected recipients in this round.  To qualify for CAP funding, a proposing company must provide matching funds of at least 1 to 1 for every dollar requested.  Matching funds can include cash or in-kind services.

Projects should focus on technology commercialization projects in sectors such as:

  • Renewable energy solutions  (CHP, solar, solar thermal, wave, wind, other renewable energy sources)
  • Advanced biomass, biofuels, synfuels, biorefinery technologies
  • Energy storage and system integration (Advanced batteries, transmission, smart grid, power electronics, smart transportation technologies)
  • Intelligent, energy efficient building science technologies and energy efficient building materials
  • Energy management software and IT platforms, energy control systems and energy conservation technologies
  • Clean air, Indoor Environmental Quality (IEQ), HVAC, advanced air systems
  • New industrial technologies that result in improved air and water quality, as well as energy reduction and conservation

The deadline for submission of proposals for this round is November 11, 2011. Projects should start January 1, 2012 and be complete on or before Sept. 30, 2012.

The CAP is funded with grants secured through New York Assemblyman William Magnarelli, and was established by the SyracuseCoE in partnership with CenterState CEO and Empire State Development Corporation.  

To date, the CAP program has awarded more than $1 million to 21 upstate companies for projects that have commercialized new clean tech products and services, and created or retained more than 152 green jobs in New York State.  Regional companies that have benefited from CAP grants include: OrthoSystems, Air Innovations, NuClimate Air Quality Systems, O’Brien & Gere, Taitem Engineering, Galson Laboratories, Rupprecht & Patashnick, Double A Willow, Isolation Sciences, VentoTek, Widetronix Semiconductors, e2e Materials, and Orthogonal.

 

Dr. Bjarne W. Olesen Discusses Radiant Heating and Cooling at SyracuseCoE

SyracuseCoE recently hosted a seminar featuring Dr. Bjarne Olesen of the Technical University of Denmark.  The seminar, presented by Syracuse University’s Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering and the EQS STAR Center for Environmental Quality Systems, discussed the possibilities and limitations for the use of water based radiant heating and cooling systems.  Dr. Olesen demonstrated the application of radiant heating and cooling and featured examples of existing systems in structures such as airports, museums, offices and shopping malls.  The presentation also touched on the methods for calculating the heating and cooling capabilities of the systems as well as “best-practice” designs for the heating and cooling systems.

(L-R:  Ed Bogucz, SyracuseCoE, Bjarne Olesen, Technical University of Denmark, Ezzat Khalifa, Syracuse University)
(L-R: Ed Bogucz, SyracuseCoE, Bjarne Olesen, Technical University of Denmark, Ezzat Khalifa, Syracuse University)

Dr. Olesen has a Master’s degree in civil engineering and a Ph.D. from the Technical University of Denmark.  He is currently a full professor of Indoor Environment & Energy at the Technical University of Denmark and director of the International Center for Indoor Environment and Energy at the Technical University of Denmark. He is active in several ASHRAE-CEN-ISO-DIN standard committees regarding indoor environment and energy performance of buildings and HVAC systems.  He has published more than 350 papers including more than 60 in peer-reviewed journals.

To view Dr. Olesen’s presentation > Seminar-olesen-Syracuse

SyracuseCoE Industry Collaboration Internship Applications Available

Applications are now available for the 2011 SyracuseCoE Summer Industry Collaboration Internship program.  This program provides support for qualified undergraduate and graduate students hosted by Central Upstate New York companies engaged in work related to indoor environmental quality or water resources, including high-performance and green building design. The goal of this program is to increase post-graduation student retention in the Central Upstate region by establishing valuable relationships between college students and Central Upstate companies in the energy and environmental systems economic cluster.

To date, nearly 70 companies and students have participated in this program, which provides up to $5,000 toward an intern’s wages.

Center for Sustainable Engineering Hosts Workshop at SyracuseCoE

cseDuring the week of May 23rd, engineering professors from all over the world gathered at SyracuseCoE for the Center for Sustainable Engineering (CSE) workshops hosted by Cliff Davidson, the Thomas and Colleen Wilmot Chair in Engineering at Syracuse University.  The workshops addressed how to integrate sustainable engineering concepts within currently existing engineering courses as well as how to develop new courses that incorporate quickly developing sustainable engineering methods and ideas.

Held within a truly sustainable building, the workshops’ main message held a strong connection with the mission of the SyracuseCoE.  The workshops stressed the importance of preserving the environment and meeting the needs of people all around the world from an engineering perspective.  It is imperative for engineers to understand the importance of providing sustainable solutions to an ever-increasing world population.

The workshops are part of a multi-year, $1.7 million dollar grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to the CSE. The CSE is a partnership of five institutions: Syracuse University (the lead institution), Arizona State University, Carnegie-Mellon University, Georgia Institute of Technology and the University of Texas at Austin.

SyracuseCoE Certified as OCRRA Blue Ribbon Recycler

SyracuseCoE was recently certified by the Onondaga County Resource Recovery Agency (OCRRA) as a Blue Ribbon Recycler.

OCRRA awards Blue Ribbon certification to organizations such as businesses, educational institutions, restaurants, government offices, and medical and healthcare facilities.  In order to be recognized as a Blue Ribbon Recycler, a specific set of criteria need to be adhered to and successfully demonstrated.  Some of the criteria include: recycling all paper, magazines, junk mail, cardboard, glass and plastic bottles and metal cans.  The organization must  have a process to separate trash from recycling and must also provide recycling bins near every printer as well as near employee workspaces. In order to receive certification, applicants must show a commitment to recycling as well as other sustainability practices.

Currently, SyracuseCoE is one of 54 organizations in the region that has received this certification.

SyracuseCoE Announces $200,000 in TAD Awards to Four Upstate Companies

SyracuseCoE recently announced that four Upstate New York companies have received a total of $200,000 in the fourth round of Technology Application and Demonstration (TAD 2011) awards. These demonstration projects are designed to improve air quality and water systems.

The awards are made possible through funding to SyracuseCoE from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (US EPA).

The announcement was made at SyracuseCoE headquarters, and recipients were congratulated by U.S. Rep Ann Marie Buerkle (NY-25); Edward Bogucz, executive director of the SyracuseCoE; Eric F. Spina, vice chancellor and provost of Syracuse University, Peter King, managing partner of King & King Architects LLP and chairman of the SyracuseCoE Advisory Board; and Robert Simpson, president of CenterState CEO.

The TAD 2011 awards will push the total U.S. EPA funding to date for SyracuseCoE technology demonstration projects to more than $1.9 million, a subset of a larger portfolio of demonstration projects funded by the SyracuseCoE in the past. TAD projects are a crucial part of SyracuseCoE’s “innovation ecosystem,” which seeks to fund product and service innovations in clean and renewable energy, indoor environmental quality and water resources through research, demonstration and
commercialization phases.

“Small businesses, such as those receiving this round of Technology Application and Development (TAD) awards, are the engines for economic growth in our region.  I want to congratulate those receiving TAD awards today for their cutting edge work that holds the promise for generating jobs here in Central New York,” said Buerkle. “I also want to thank the Center of Excellence for providing a collaborative atmosphere where new technologies can be researched, nurtured, commercialized.”

The TAD 2011 companies were competitively selected based on their proposals for three-month projects that demonstrate the “first proof of concept” or “reduction to practice” phase of a new product or service associated with air and/or water quality. Projects begin now and run through August.

“We warmly thank the U.S. EPA for providing funding to establish our TAD program, which is a national model for targeting federal support to create jobs by fueling innovations within a regional cluster,” said Bogucz. “Our previous TAD recipients have been very successful in demonstrating new technologies that now are being advanced toward commercialization. The awards we are announcing today are sure to strengthen Upstate New York’s reputation as a leading regional innovation cluster in clean and green technologies.”

“Fostering cross-sector collaboration is both the essence of the SyracuseCoE’s work and essential for spurring job creation regionally,” said Spina. “SU thanks Representative Buerkle for her support of these collaborations and we look forward to working with her and our many partners to continue building on the internationally recognized team and facilities that we have established over the last 12 years.”

The award recipients and their collaborators are:

  • Antek Inc. of Syracuse: $49,864 for “Innovative Drain Inlet Filter.” Collaborator: Chris Nomura of the SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry. This project is aimed at demonstrating the ability of biodegradable polymers to absorb oil and naphthalene compounds from storm sewer systems.
  • Haledyne Inc. of Syracuse: $50,000 for “Identifying the Optimal UV-Fluence Rate and Fan Efficiency of the Haledyne HAS-74 in Order to Optimize the Device Performance as a Method to Increase Productivity and Improve the Health of Room Occupants.” Collaborators: Mark Glauser of Syracuse University and Goodarz Ahmadi of Clarkson University. This project will enable the testing of a device developed by Haledyne to improve indoor air quality in hospital settings.
  • Indoor Controls LLC of Syracuse: $50,000 for “Instrumentation of the SyracuseCoE TIEQ Laboratories in Support of Commercial Building Control System Device Manufacturing and Research Projects.” Through this project, Indoor Controls will work with the SyracuseCoE to deploy its building automation system in SyracuseCoE Total Indoor Environmental Quality (TIEQ) laboratories while simultaneously creating or improving several devices suitable for manufacturing.
  • Taitem Engineering, PC, of Ithaca: $48,785 for “Acoustic Methods for Estimating Filtration.”  This project will focus on the development of a rapid, inexpensive and easy to use air infiltration measurement method.

“The TAD awards are a clear realization of the vision of SyracuseCoE to utilize collaboration between Central Upstate New York universities and businesses, to demonstrate new technologies, commercialize innovations, and create jobs and wealth,” said King.

“These four companies exemplify our region’s global leadership in green technology, particularly indoor air quality and protection of water resources,” said Simpson. “These EPA-funded grants, combined with the outstanding research partnerships facilitated through the SyracuseCoE, will accelerate the growth of these emerging green tech companies, enabling them to create jobs and be more competitive worldwide.”