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Dec. 14 sustainable communities forum to focus on economic development

November 19, 2012

Green Bag Lunch Forum | Free
Economic Development
Friday, Dec. 14, 2012 | 12-1 p.m.
SyracuseCoE, Room 508
727 East Washington St.

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How does "going green" relate to a community's financial growth and stability? Are municipalities that implement sustainable initiatives better positioned to weather economic downturns? Come explore these and other sustainability-related issues affecting the financial health of communities at the December Green Bag Lunch forum.

GreeningUSA and the Syracuse Center of Excellence (SyracuseCoE) Center for Sustainable Community Solutions will hold their Economic Development Green Bag Lunch forum on Friday, Dec. 14, 12-1 p.m. at the SyracuseCoE, Room 508, 727 East Washington St., downtown Syracuse. This and all Green Bag Lunches are free and open to the public.

The Dec. 14 session's guest panelists are:

  • Frank Cetera, Green Certified Business Advisor, Small Business Development Center (SBDC) at Onondaga Community College
  • Chris Fowler, Executive Director of SyracuseFirst
  • Mike Irwin, Greater Syracuse Works
  • Aggie Lane, Partnership for Onondaga Creek
  • Brian Pincelli, Planner, Energy $mart Communities Coordinator, Central New York Regional Planning and Development Board

Each of the panelists will briefly offer their take on economic development best practices by communities striving to become more sustainable. A roundtable discussion and Q&A session with attendees will then follow and dig deeper into the specifics of this topic. Guest panelists continue to be sought for all future forums.

Seating at the upcoming Dec. 14 forum, as well as all future forums, will be limited and early registration is encouraged. Attendees are more than welcome to bring their own lunches. Complimentary hot and cold beverages will be available.

"The Green Bag Lunch Series is bringing together green professionals who wish to share their expertise for compiling a comprehensive best practices manual on community sustainability, which municipalities can then use," says Peter Arsenault, GreeningUSA board member and director of the group's 12 Traits of Sustainable Communities Rating System. "Everyone contributing in this effort will be prominently recognized."

The first Green Bag Lunch was held on Nov. 15 and covered the topic of governmental leadership. Each monthly topic focuses on a different trait of GreeningUSA's 12 Traits of Sustainable Communities Rating System, the most comprehensive community rating system in the country. Through each session, separate expert groups of volunteers will be formed to collaborate on creating the 12 Traits of Sustainable Communities Rating System best practices manual’s different sections. These expert "virtual" committees will primarily collaborate online via tools such as wikis and forums. Group meetings will also be held locally as needed.

“We’ll be creating the 12 Traits best practices manual using a process similar to the U.S. Green Building Council’s development of the LEED Rating System,” says Arsenault. "This is a great opportunity for local professionals to get involved in such a groundbreaking initiative—and be recognized for their contributions."

For more information on the Dec. 14 Green Bag Lunch or the series, and on volunteering as a guest panelist, contact Laura Cardoso at 315-443-1846 or, or Peter Arsenault at 315-439-2458 or

To learn about Green Bag Lunch session or series sponsorship opportunities, contact Diane Brandli, GreeningUSA president, at or 315-657-3024.

GreeningUSA is a Syracuse-based nonprofit organization focused on enhancing the sustainability of communities. It is governed by a 12 person all volunteer Board of Directors. Through education, research, partnering and advocacy, it is advancing the vision of American communities that are much more environmentally, economically and socially sustainable.

The Syracuse Center of Excellence is a federation of firms, organizations, and institutions that creates innovations to improve health, productivity, security, and sustainability in built and urban environments. It engages collaborators at 200+ companies and institutions to address global challenges in clean and renewable energy, indoor environmental quality and water resources. The SyracuseCoE's Center for Sustainable Community Solutions works to translate environmental research, technology and policy into real and tangible change for the communities.

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