The 2013 GreeningUSA Annual Meeting will be held on Thursday, April 18, from 7:30-10 a.m. at The Spa at 500, 500 West Onondaga St., Syracuse. The event is free and open to the public. Free off-street parking.
A light continental breakfast will be provided starting at 7:30 a.m. Because seating will be limited, advance registration is required.
Headlining this ninth Annual Meeting is a forum on the direction of community sustainability planning in Central New York. Panelists for the "Community Sustainability Plans—Collaboration and Coordination" forum will be:
- Joanne M. Mahoney, County Executive, Onondaga County
- Stephanie A. Miner, Mayor, City of Syracuse
- Chris Carrick, Energy Program Manager, Central New York Regional Planning and Development Board, and GreeningUSA Board Member
GreeningUSA has a history of engaging community leaders in public dialog about sustainable communities is order to educate and raise awareness of this growing movement. Both the City of Syracuse and Onondaga County have used GreeningUSA's 12 Traits of Sustainable Communities Rating System in developing their respective sustainability plans.
"This year's forum will celebrate the progress made in creating those local sustainability plans," says Diane Brandli, GreeningUSA president. "Leaders and citizens are invited to discuss how we can collaborate to coordinate these plans in order for all CNY communities to benefit. It is our hope that this session will start a thoughtful and respectful discussion, which will continue well past our annual meeting."
Each forum panelist will give a short presentation on their sustainability plan, with a discussion and questions from the audience to follow. The remainder of the meeting will feature:
- A brief presentation by students from the Madden School of Business at Le Moyne College on their recent project studying the bottom line impacts of businesses going green;
- An overview of green features and upgrades undertaken by The Spa at 500; and
- GreeningUSA's annual Sustainability Awards Program.
The awards will consist of GreeningUSA's "Sustaining Our Communities" advocacy awards and annual member recognition awards. The advocacy award recognizes up to five recipients—individuals, organizations or businesses—who made significant impacts on creating more sustainable communities across New York State last year.
Event registration is available online at http://gusa2013annualmeeting.eventbrite.com/. A variety of volunteer and affordable sponsorship opportunities are available for businesses and individuals wishing to support GreeningUSA’s Annual Meeting. For more information on volunteering or sponsorships, contact Diane Brandli at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Check out highlights from our most recent Annual Meetings:
Sustainable communities forum and annual awards program delights attendees at GreeningUSA's 2012 Annual Meeting
GreeningUSA Presents First 'Sustainable Community' Award during 2011 Annual Meeting