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'Land Use & Resource Development' forum coming Jan. 11

Updated January 3, 2013  December 14, 2012

Green Bag Lunch Forum | Free
Topic: Land Use & Resource Development
Friday, Jan. 11, 2013 | 12-1 p.m.
SyracuseCoE, Room 203

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The first Green Bag Lunch forum of 2013 will delve into a variety of land use planning, zoning and community preservation issues that many municipalities—including Onondaga County here locally—have begun addressing in order to enhance sustainability and quality of life.

GreeningUSA and the Syracuse Center of Excellence (SyracuseCoE) Center for Sustainable Community Solutions will hold their Land Use & Resource Development forum on Friday, Jan. 11, 2013, 12-1 p.m. at the SyracuseCoE, Room 203, 727 East Washington St., downtown Syracuse. This Green Bag Lunch will explore sustainability trends among communities seeking to better manage their geographic space through integrated, balanced and diversified approaches. The event is free and open to the public.

The Jan. 11 session's guest panelists will be:

  • Emanuel Carter, Associate Professor of Landscape Architecture, SUNY-ESF
  • Megan Costa, Program Manager, Syracuse-Onondaga County Planning Agency (SOCPA)
  • Rich Cunningham, Senior Consultant, Thoma Development Consultants
  • Andy Maxwell, Director of Planning & Sustainability, City of Syracuse
  • Jane Rice, Planning Division Manager, edr Companies

The event will begin with brief presentations by the guest panelists. A roundtable discussion and Q&A session with attendees will then follow and dig deeper into the specifics of this topic.

Seating for the Jan. 11 forum and 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."

Every Green Bag Lunch topic corresponds to a different trait of GreeningUSA's 12 Traits rating system, the most comprehensive community rating system in the country. Through each monthly forum, collaborative groups of volunteers are being formed to compile the 12 Traits best practices manual. These expert "virtual" committees will primarily connect online via a soon-to-be released wiki website. Local group meetings will also be held 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 Jan. 11 Green Bag Lunch or the series, and on volunteering as a guest panelist for future sessions, 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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