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Green Bag Lunch #5
March 8 community sustainability forum to explore 'Water & Related Infrastructure'

Updated February 28, 2013  January 7, 2013

Green Bag Lunch Forum | Free
Topic: Water & Related Infrastructure
Friday, March 8, 2013 | 12-1 p.m.
SyracuseCoE, Room 203

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Safe, clean, reliable and accessible water is fundamental to life. Also fundamental is municipalities using water to carry away human waste for effective treatment and efficiently managing rainfall runoff to prevent pollution, flooding, soil erosion and water quality problems. For an in-depth look at how communities are addressing these and other water challenges, sign up to attend the March Green Bag Lunch forum.

GreeningUSA and the Syracuse Center of Excellence (SyracuseCoE) Center for Sustainable Community Solutions will hold their Water & Related Infrastructure sustainability forum on Friday, March 8, 12-1 p.m. at the SyracuseCoE, Room 203, 727 East Washington St., downtown Syracuse. This fifth Green Bag Lunch session of the monthly series will explore sustainable approaches that communities are undertaking in the areas of potable water quality, waste water processing and green infrastructure. The event is free and open to the public. Registration is available online at

The March 8 session's guest panelists will be:

  • Mark Burger, Executive Director, Onondaga County Soil & Water Conservation District
  • Howard LaFever, Board Certified Environmental Engineer (BCEE) at GHD, Inc., Chair of the Institute of Sustainable Infrastructure (ISI)
  • Matthew J. Millea, Deputy County Executive for Physical Services, Onondaga County

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 sustainable transportation systems topic.

Seating for the March 8 forum and all forums are limited, and early registration is encouraged. Attendees are more than welcome to bring their own lunches. Complimentary hot and cold beverages will be available.

Each Green Bag Lunch topic mirrors a different trait of GreeningUSA's 12 Traits of Sustainable Communities 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.

For more information on the March 8 Green Bag Lunch or the series, and on volunteering as a guest panelist for this or other 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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