Green Infrastructure

How Socio-Demographic Factors and the Physical Environment Shape Resident Attitudes towards Green Infrastructure in Syracuse, NY

Abstract
C. M. Foley. How socio-demographic factors and the physical environment shape resident
attitudes towards green infrastructure in Syracuse, NY, 124 pages, 20 tables, 16 figures, 2012.
The effectiveness of Green Infrastructure (GI) as a stormwater management tool relies on
resident participation. Their likelihood of participation is a function of their attitudes towards
GI. My objective was to assess how socio-demographics factors and the physical environment
surrounding respondents’ households shape resident attitudes and perception of barriers towards

Joanie Mahoney and GI in a National Magazine

Joanie Mahoney is the lead story in a National Wastewater Treatment magazine.  The story tells how Syracuse became famous for Green Infrastructure.  Link to magazine article: http://www.mswmag.com/editorial/2012/09/a_better_way_forward

NYSDEC Awards POC and Its Partners a 2012 Environmental Justice Grant

The Partnership for Onondaga Creek (POC) and Onondaga Earth Corps (OEC) are pleased to announce the award of $49,967 by the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYSDEC) to their joint project called “Growing Syracuse’s Next Generation of Environmental Justice Leaders”. Out of 123 state applicants, the POC/OEC project is the sole winner for the Central New York region. The award will be administered by the groups’ fiscal sponsor, the Onondaga Environmental Institute.


“OEI is pleased to serve as the fiscal sponsor on this project,” stated Onondaga Environmental Institute President Edward Michalenko. “The project’s goals to empower youth to be active participants in creating positive change for their communities and the environment aligns nicely with OEI's mission to advance environmental research, education, planning and restoration in Central New York. Amy Samuels, OEI’s Education and Outreach Coordinator, is excited to provide youth technical training and mentoring.”

NYSDEC awards Environmental Justice grant

The NYSDEC granted $49,967 to the POC, the Onondaga Earth Corps and our fiscal sponsor Onondaga Environmental Institute.  This two-year grant will help the POC run our Young Eco-'Cuse Explorer program.

Rain Barrel Workshop

City Hall Commons Atrium
Street:
E. Washington St.
City:
Syracuse
,
Province:
New York
Postal Code:
13202

Contact Info

Carissa Matthews
443-3507
cmatthews@syracusecoe.org

Onondaga Environmental Institute and the Onondaga Earth Corps will lead a workshop on rain barrels. All are welcome to attend and city residents can receive a free rain barrel.  Art supplies will be available for those who want t decorate their ran barrel.

Community meeting on the design plan for the Delaware Rain Garden

Mundy Library's Community Room
Street:
South Geddes & Rowland St.
City:
Syracuse
,
Province:
New York
Postal Code:
13204

Contact Info

Aggie Lane
478-4571
aggielane@verizon.net

Onondaga County has designed a Rain Garden for the area of Delaware and Grand Ave. on the Westside.  They want to show the design to the community and get input.

Community Meeting on county's W. Castle St. Restoration Plan

Southwest Community Center
Street:
401 South Avenue
City:
Syracuse
,
Province:
Postal Code:
13204

Contact Info

Mercedes Bloodworth
315-478-4571

The community meeting answering the question:  After the County pipeline goes in what will our neighborhood look like?

This community meeting is especially for the residents near W. Castle Street but it is free and open to the public.  Refreshment will be provided.  Onondaga Earth Corp youth will present an introduction on Green Infrastructure followed by a county presentation on the proposed restoration plan.

POC strategy meeting

On May 21 from 9 am to 2pm, Partnership members reviewed its mission and the issues that it is committed to.

With facilitating help from Bob Graham and Jessica Maxwell, the POC examined its mission and the issues that the group wants to work on.  We also looked at sustainability and community recruitment.  Some useful ideas and recommendations came out of this meeting, namely, how to share the burden of various initatives and how to recruit more community members and train our future EJ leaders.

See the attached summary document for this meeting.