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

Using Less Energy by Daylighting, While Maintaining User Comfort and Productivity

Using Less Energy by Daylighting, While Maintaining User Comfort and Productivity

SyracuseCoE is collaborating with Siemens to compare two different technologies for controlling the amount of daylight that enters a room: “smart” glass that can change tint via “electrochromic” technologies, and automated window blinds.  The project will study the interactions between daylighting, occupant comfort, and energy used for lighting, heating, and cooling.

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Idea to Acquisition – Aaron Crumm

Dr. Crumm’s PhD work at the University of Michigan led to the founding of Adaptive Materials Inc. (AMI). AMI grew to become an alternative energy market leader and after attracting more than $50 million in contracts was acquired by Ultra Electronics Inc.. Crumm’s simple, yet radical, business proposition was to develop a portable solid oxide fuel cell system that ran off of readily available fuel. Prior to founding Adaptive Materials, Crumm gained insight into electric power generation as a nuclear engineer. He earned his bachelor of science degree in nuclear engineering from Purdue University and a PhD in material science from the University of Michigan. Crumm is a highly regarded and respected speaker at many alternative energy symposiums and fuel cell conferences, is an advisor at Augment Ventures and Entrepreneur in Residence with the University of Michigan Center for Entrepreneurship.

Speaker:

Dr. Aaron Crumm – Founder, Adaptive Materials Inc.

Frontiers in Environmental Health Analysis and Practice

Designating hazard is an essential component of chemical alternatives assessment, a process which can lead to increased safety and sustainability of consumer products used in our homes and offices.  Performing rigorous hazard analysis requires the evaluation of physical/chemical properties, environmental fate, and ecological and mammalian toxicity endpoints.  However, the availability of relevant and high quality experimental data for the chemicals under consideration is the exception rather than the rule.  Methodologies for addressing existing data gaps for hazard assessments often include the use of estimation methods such as Quantitative Structure Activity Relationships (QSARs), analogue approaches and read across, either used alone or in combination.  Through the use of recent case studies, this presentation will focus on tools developed and/or implemented by SRC, Inc. to identify safer chemicals for consumer products, inform the decision-making process, and educate stakeholders.

 Speakers:

Dr. Jay Tunkel, Sr. Scientist and Principal Investigator from SRC’s Environmental Health Analysis (EHA) group. Dr.

Russell Pellegrino Jr., Technical Director of Centek Laboratories

SyracuseCoE Innovation Fund Call For Proposals

SyracuseCoE invites proposals from current Partners to its Innovation Fund for projects up to $10,000. The Innovation Fund is supported with funding from SyracuseCoE Partners 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

Award Information 

Type of Award: Fixed cost agreement – milestone based

Total 2015 Funds Available: $90,000

Funding Rounds in 2015: 2

Anticipated Number of Awards:  Up to total of 9 awards in 2015

Maximum Award: $10,000

Project Duration: Up to nine months

Eligibility Information 

Eligibility for awards is extended to all current 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.

Budget, Payment, and Match Requirements

Applicants must include a budget signed by an authorized company official, a template for which is provided below. Matching funds are encouraged as either cash or in-kind; while not required, the strength of a proposed match is included among selection criteria. Funding from federal, state, and foundation sources may be used to support a portion of matching funds; awards administered by SyracuseCoE may not be used as match. Applications must include a budget that clearly defines uses of funds, as well as verifiable sources of match, if included. Proposals must also include milestones for payment of requested funds.

Application Information and Timeline 

Applications may be submitted online – see “Application” link at top of page – and must include an uploaded project narrative and a signed budget; template documents are provided below.

Two rounds of funding are expected in 2015, with deadlines as follow:

Round 1 deadline: April 15, 2015

Round 2 deadline: October 1, 2015

Proposals will be reviewed based on the following selection criteria:

  • Technical merit, based on sound engineering and/or scientific principles
  • Impact in SyracuseCoE areas of focus
  • Extent to which the proposed technology or process is innovative and has the potential to advance the state-of-the-art
  • Extent to which proposal moves technology toward commercialization
  • Expected economic outcomes, , such as potential revenue, jobs created/retained, etc.
  • Clearly articulated project timeline, including appropriate milestones
  • Justified and reasonable budget plan, including strength of proposed match, if applicable
  • Qualifications and strength of project team

After an initial review by staff, selected applicants will be invited to participate in a proposal pitch to a panel of judges, which may include members of the SyracuseCoE Industry Partners Council, SyracuseCoE staff and others. Funding decisions may be expected shortly thereafter.

In all cases, the review process will be conducted under the oversight of the Executive Director of SyracuseCoE with staff support.

Invoicing

Invoices will be submitted upon completion of pre-approved milestones. A progress report must accompany each invoice.

Reporting Requirements 

Progress reports to be submitted with invoices will be reviewed and approved by SyracuseCoE staff prior to payment. Award recipients will be surveyed annually by SyracuseCoE staff for information on outcomes related to the project.

Program Contact

Tammy Rosanio

Assoc. Director for Partner Programs, SyracuseCoE

315.443.3433

tlrosani@syr.edu

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ARPA-E Summit and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

The U.S. Department of Energy’s Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E) has hosted the Energy Innovation Summit in Washington, D.C., for the past six years to bring together the very best minds in business, academia, and government to advance cutting-edge technologies that could fundamentally change the way we generate, use, and store energy. Having just returned from the Summit this month, R&T forum speakers will discuss SyracuseCoE’s engagement at the conference including a recap of how energy industry experts, thought leaders and decision makers are thinking about America’s energy challenges and how to move these innovations out of the lab and into the market. Additionally, Tim LaBreche will share highlights of a recent visit to Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory.

Speakers:
Chetna Chianese, SyracuseCoE Research Fellow
Tim LaBreche, SyracuseCoE Associate Director for Technology Commercialization
Ryan Falkenstein-Smith, Research Assistants, Syracuse University Combustion and Energy Research Lab
James Shomar, Founder and CEO, Solstice Power

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.

Innovative HVAC Solutions To Preserve Michelangelo’s Frescoes

Professor Godlewski examined the socio-political context of these groundbreaking pieces of art and architecture during the Renaissance and their renewed importance today. Bill Chadwick discussed​ Carrier Corporation’s recently completed innovative heating, ventilating and air-conditioning (HVAC) solution for the Vatican’s Sistine Chapel. The new system will help preserve Michelangelo’s masterpieces against deterioration caused by the increasing numbers of visitors.

 

Speakers:
Joseph Godlewski:  Assistant Professor, Syracuse University School of Architecture
Bill Chadwick: PE, CEM, LEED BD+C, Sr. Building Systems Engineer for United Technologies Corp., Building & Industrial System

Stormwater Management

Research projects and opportunities related to stormwater management in Onondaga County.

 

Prof. David Chandler – Syracuse University College of Engineering and Computer Science Professor Dave Chandler will present ongoing research on the green infrastructure installation along East Washington Street;

Michael Lasell, PE, LEED AP BD+C – O’Brien & Gere Project Associate Mike Lasell will address the stormwater management plan developed for the SyracuseCoE Intermodal Transportation Center, soon under construction;

Khristopher Dodson – Assoc. Director, of the Center for Sustainable Community Solutions. Khris Dodson will offer an update on the Onondaga County Save the Rain green infrastructure projects, including a discussion of project goals and expectations.

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.

News

215576The Syracuse Center of Excellence in Environmental and Energy Systems (SyracuseCoE) and GDF SUEZ Energy Resources announced the two entities will enhance their collaboration through GDF SUEZ’s membership in SyracuseCoE’s “Partner Program.”

For over ten years, GDF SUEZ Energy Resources and Syracuse University have been working together to provide responsible power and environmental benefits to the facilities and people of the University.

“Participating in the program allows us to become involved with key institutions in central New York State. By collaborating in economic, engineering and science programs at SyracuseCoE, GDF SUEZ Energy Resources looks forward to enhancing the viability of sustainability solutions in the region,” said Sam Henry, President of GDF SUEZ Energy Resources. Separately, GDF SUEZ Energy Resources supports sustainable efforts and initiatives in New York such as the New York Prize, NY REV, and others that raise the profile of the region and compete with markets such as California to lead the sustainability revolution.

SyracuseCoE’s “Partner Program” is a vibrant network of businesses and academic institutions working together to accelerate the commercialization of environmental and energy innovations. Led by Syracuse University, program members collaborate to conduct targeted research, demonstrate new technologies, commercialize innovations, and educate the workforce. This, in turn, supports job creation in the region and further advances New York State’s reputation for excellence in environmental and energy systems around the world. Learn more about becoming a member of the SyracuseCoE “Partner Program.”
“We welcome GDF SUEZ Energy Resources as a SyracuseCoE ‘Industry Partner,'” said Ed Bogucz, Executive Director of SyracuseCoE. “The company has demonstrated a strong commitment to Syracuse University and the region. We look forward to working with them in research and education collaborations with faculty and students.”

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Student Teams Win Competitions for Environmental Innovation

Research & Technology Forum, focused on the work of two prize-winning student teams!

Presentations by:

  • Montage Builders Northern Forest – a team of SUNY ESF, Onondaga Community College and Syracuse University students who won the Grand Prize in the national Challenge Home Student Design Competition, sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy and the National Homebuilders Association.
  • Syracuse University “Orange Goes Green” team, which won First Place in the NYS Pollution Prevention Institute’s (NYSP2I) R&D Student Competition with “Green Heating: Reduce Overheating and Pollution on Campus,” a project designed to reduce waste heat in SU buildings. Team members are affiliated with the Syracuse University Industrial Assessment Center, based at the College of Engineering and Computer Science.

The session will be moderated by Todd Moss, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Entrepreneurship & Sustainability, and Faculty Director, Sustainable Enterprise Partnership, Department of Entrepreneurship & Emerging Enterprises, Whitman School of Management, Syracuse University.

Frameworks for Assessing Energy Efficiency Measures

Speaker:
Andrew DeGuire
Vice President of Business Development & Global Growth, Building Efficiency, Johnson Controls, Inc.
A Framework for Intelligent Building Efficiency

Improved building efficiency lowers operating costs and improves asset reliability. Simple payback and net present value are common methods for making return on investment (ROI) decisions for building efficiency improvements. This presentation highlights 58 “building intelligence measures” applied at a reference building in Arlington, VA. Presenter Andrew DeGuire, Vice President of Business Development and Global Growth at Johnson Controls will present a financial and decision-making framework and the 58 measures that can be applied to any building in any location once it has been adjusted for building structural differences and the energy and labor costs of the location.
Speaker:

Prof. H. Ezzat Khalifa
NYSTAR Distinguished Professor of Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering and founding Director of the multi-institutional STAR Center for Environmental Quality Systems at Syracuse University
Thermo-economic Assessment of Data Center Energy Efficiency Measures

Data centers are a major consumer of electricity in the US, accounting for over 2% of the total US electricity consumption, and growing in recent years at a compound annual growth rate of ~6%. Nowadays, the total cost of data center ownership is dominated by electricity costs, and wide-ranging efforts are underway to improve data center energy efficiency, including the use of detailed modeling and simulation tools to assess the relative energy efficiency, economic and environmental impacts of various energy efficiency measures. In this presentation we discuss data center energy efficiency measures, describe tools developed by SU in collaboration with IBM to assess their thermo-economic benefits, and show examples of the application of these tools.

Laboratory and Field Testing of Domestic Hot Water Systems

Speaker:

Moderator and speaker – Hugh Henderson, CDH Energy, DHW systems Field and Lab Results

Pete Skinner, E2G Solar, Solar DHW systems

Domestic Hot Water (DHW) Systems are the second largest energy user in NYS homes.  While furnaces and boiler have become much more efficient, water heaters still have relatively poor efficiency (50-60% for gas water heaters).  Federal standards to rate water heaters are several decades old and are based on usage patterns that might not apply in today’s homes.

Several high efficiency water heating options are now available — from solar thermal systems and heat pumps to gas-fired tankless units and condensing storage units.  Changes to the federal rating standards are also underway that will use more realistic usage patterns and change the relative performance of these different options.

This NYSERDA funded study at the SyracuseCoE is using side-by-side laboratory testing along with real-world field measurements to understand and climatic factors and usage patterns that affect the performance of these systems. The goal is to help consumers and contractors in New York State understand the best water heating options for homes.

Our discussion will include two presentations and a tour of the SyracuseCoE DHW Laboratory.

 

Variable Refrigerant Flow (VRF) Heat Pumps

Speaker:

  • Moderator – Ian Shapiro, PE, LEED AP, Chairman, Taitem Engineering, Ithaca, NY
  • Caren Ruben, PE LEED AP, Mechanical Engineer, Labella Associates, Ithaca, NY
  • Jason Gilbert, PE, Mechanical Engineer, Binghamton University

VRF is an HVAC technology that is sweeping the world.  Already the most common form of heating and cooling outside the U.S., VRF heat pumps are seeing widespread adoption for both new construction and retrofits in the U.S.

Our discussion will include presentations from three different perspectives:  a design engineer, an energy engineer, and an owner’s representative.

Environmental and Energy Applications for Unmanned Aerial Vehicles

NUAIR is a regional alliance of private industry, academic institutions and military assets and operations, working together to establish a Federal Aviation Administration-designated test site for unmanned aircraft systems in the Northeast. 

speakers include:

  • Bob Alger, Business Development Director,  SRC, Inc.
  • Bryan Luce, Founder of Green Highway, Syracuse, NY
  • Donald McKeown, Distinguished Researcher, Center for Imaging Science, Rochester Institute of Technology 

The session will be moderated by Bob DelZoppo, Assistant Vice President, Strategic Technology Programs, SRC, Inc.

For more about NUAIR, click here.
For more about the UAS test site at Griffiss International Airport, click here.

*SyracuseCoE is located on the Connective Corridor. Limited parking is available in the lot accessed at 713 East Fayette Street.

Interactions of Jet Flows: From Subway Ventilation to Personal Ventilation

Interactions of Jet Flows: From Subway Ventilation to Personal Ventilation.

Guest speakers include:

  • Wang (Amy) Lihui, Ph.D., Institute of AV&AC Engineering, University of Shanghai for Science and Technology
  • Joe Kummer, Ph.D., President, Propulsive Wing and Principal Scientist, Allred & Assoc.
  • Meng Kong, Ph.D. Candidate, Syracuse University

The session will be moderated by Dr. Jianshun “Jensen” Zhang, Professor and Director of the Building Energy and Environmental Systems Laboratory, Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, L.C. Smith College of Engineering and Computer Science, Syracuse University.

The R&T forum series is brought to you by the SyracuseCoE Partner Program.
For more information on joining the Partner Program, click here.

 

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.

For more information about NerdWallet, visit http://www.nerdwallet.com

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The Onondaga Brine Aquifer

Research and Technology Forum

The Onondaga Brine Aquifer

Moderated by:
Doug Call, Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Syracuse University

William Kappel, Hydrologist, USGS
Michael Madigan, Technical Director, O’Brien & Gere
Sam Cosamano, President, IPD Engineering
Dr. Younggy Kim, Department of Civil Engineering, McMaster University

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Indoor Environmental Quality

Indoor Environmental Quality

Moderated by:
Eric Adams, Manager of Indoor Air Quality, Carrier Corporation

Lawrence Wetzel, Chairman, Air Innovations, Inc.

Lawrence Wetzel, Chairman, Air Innovations, Inc.

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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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Optimizing Energy Efficiency In Industral Setting

Optimizing Energy Efficiency in Industrial Setting

Moderated by:
Patrick Jackson, Director of Global Energy, Corning Incorporated

Michael McCormick, P.E., C.E.M., Energy Services Manager, Burrows Paper Corporation
Scott Ryan, Operations Manager-Global Energy, Corning Incorporated
John Lawyer, Vice President, MACNY

Michael McCormick, P.E., C.E.M., Energy Services Manager, Burrows Paper Corporation

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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.

The Emerging Science and Application of Biomimicry

Emerging Science and Application of Biomimicry

Moderated by:
Professor Don Carr, Syracuse University, Industrial Design

Manager Miriam Pye, NYSERDA Senior Project
David Altoff, Syracuse University Professors, Chemistry
Matthew Maye, Syracuse University Professors, Biology

Professor Don Carr, Syracuse University, Industrial Design
Manager Miriam Pye, NYSERDA Senior Project

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Heating Ventilation and Air Conditioning

Heating Ventilation and Air Conditioning

 

November 6th, 2012: HVAC
Featuring Presentations From:
Brian Key, Product Application Manager, Diakin McQuay
Crista Shopis, President and Founder, Synair Co.
Peter Nielsen, Alborg University and Guest Professor at Syracuse University
Moderator:  John Lawyer, VP of Operation and Energy Solution, MACNY

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.”

Smart Grid – Hardware and Software Systems Innovation

Smart Grid

Hardware and Software Systems Innovation
Moderated by: Hugh Henderson jr,. P.E. – CDH Energy Corp.

 

Featured Presentations By:

David Manning, NYS Smart Grid Consortium

Nicholas Ritts, National Grid

Prasanta Ghosh, Syracuse University

Moderated by: Seth Mulligan, Executive Director, Clean Tech Center

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Combined Heat and Power

Combined Heat and Power

 

Featured Presentation By:

Mike Kelleher, Director of Renewable Energy Systems at SUNY ESF

Edward Kear, Senior Project Manager for the Combind Heat and Power Demonstration Program, NYSERDA

Moderated by: Hugh Henderson jr,. P.E. – CDH Energy Corp.

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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.