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Public comments on the plan accepted through June 15
May 31, 2012

The City of Syracuse Bureau of Planning & Sustainability recently rolled out its draft Sustainability Plan (pdf) for residents and stakeholders to review and comment on (see "Get involved with the plan" below) before it submits the final version to the Common Council for approval.

Photo from the Spring Greening 2011 workshop.  
The City of Syracuse held a Sustainability Plan Summit meeting on March 29, 2012, in which the five advisory teams working on different sections of the draft sustainability plan presented their portions for discussion and feedback.

Get involved with the plan
Public comment period for the City's sustainability plan runs through June 15.

The Bureau of Planning & Sustainability continues to make the draft sustainability plan accessible. The public is invited to learn about the plan, ask questions and share their ideas for making a more sustainable Syracuse during the following upcoming Tomorrow's Neighborhoods Today (TNT) group meetings:

  • June 12, 7 p.m., TNT Area 5, Eastside - IT Central (former Levy School), 111 Fellows Ave.
  • June 13, 5:30 p.m., TNT Area 1, Downtown & TNT Area 8 Lakefront - City Hall Commons Atrium, 201 E. Washington St.

The City used GreeningUSA’s 12 Traits of Sustainable Communities Rating System in 2010 to initially measure its sustainability performance. Along with other tools, the City’s 12 Traits assessment helped it to better understand its baseline sustainability metrics and create priorities for the sustainability plan. After completing the 12 Traits data collection and scoring, the City was recognized by GreeningUSA as the first municipality to achieve the program's "Sustainable Community" designation.

To learn more about the City of Syracuse's 12 Traits assessment and performance, download their 12 Traits assessment summary report (pdf).

Five advisory teams made up of local experts and City personnel developed the five chapters of the sustainability plan, which include Energy & Green Building, Waste & Recycling, Natural Environment, Food Systems and Education.

For more information about the City of Syracuse’s sustainability plan, visit

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