Green Innovations

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Thursday, September 22, 2011

SyracuseCoE and CenterState CEO Announce Next Round of CAP Grants

The Syracuse CoE and CenterState CEO have announced the next round of solicitations for Commercialization Assistance Program (CAP) grants. The grants will be awarded to projects that commercialize new products and services in the fields of indoor environmental quality, water resources, and clean and renewable energy. Up to $50,000 is available for individual projects, with approximately four expected recipients in this round. To qualify for CAP funding, a proposing company must provide matching funds of at least 1 to 1 for every dollar requested. Matching funds can include cash or in-kind services.

The deadline for submission of proposals for this round is November 11, 2011. Projects should start January 1, 2012 and be complete on or before Sept. 30, 2012. Program guidelines and funding applications will be available on the SyracuseCoE website: The CAP is funded with grants.

To date, the CAP program has awarded more than $1 million to 21 upstate companies for projects that have commercialized new clean tech products and services, and created or retained more than 152 green jobs in New York State. Regional companies that have benefited from CAP grants include: OrthoSystems, Air Innovations, NuClimate Air Quality Systems, O'Brien & Gere, Taitem Engineering, Galson Laboratories, Rupprecht & Patashnick, Double A Willow, Isolation Sciences, VentoTek, Widetronix Semiconductors, e2e Materials, and Orthogonal.

For more the full release visit Next Round of CAP Grants
For a complete CAP application package, visit Syracuse CoE
For more information and to review previous CAP awards view the CAP program

Friday, September 9, 2011

Syrcacuse COE's 11th annual Symposium on Environment & Energy Systems

The Syracuse Center of Excellence is holding it's 11th annual Symposium on Environment & Energy Systems on September 22nd-23rd at the Oncenter Complex in Syracuse, New York.  The theme of this years symposium is "Unleashing the Clean Economy: Regional Innovation for Sustainable Communities" and will focus on community-based innovations, as well as resource, energy and advanced building innovations.

Keynote presentations will be given by John Cronin, Director and CEO of the Beacon Institute for Rivers and Estuaries, Eric Keune of AIA, Skidmore and Owings & Merril, and Amy Liu, Co-director and Senior Fellow, Metropolitan Policy Program at The Brookings Institution.

For more information, including registration visit

Thursday, September 8, 2011

The New York State Green Building Conference seeks presentation proposals

The SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry and the U.S. Green Building Council New York Upstate Chapter are seeking presentation proposals for the 10th annual New York State Green Building Conference, which will be held on March 29-30, 2012 at the Oncenter in Syracuse, New York. Presentations should be 50 minutes or less and be applicable to one of the four conference tracks, green building for commercial construction, green building for residential construction, green chemistry for the built environment, and deconstruction.

The deadline for presentation abstracts is October 21, 2011.

For more information, including access to the abstract submission form visit

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

NYSERDA releases PON for the installation/demonstration of CHP Systems

The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) has released a program opportunity notice for the installation and demonstration of Combined Heat and Power (CHP) systems at facilities in New York State. Combined Heat and Power Systems utilize thermal energy lost in electricity generation for heating applications.

The program provides installers with 30% to 50% of the total associated costs, with a maximum of $1,000,000 per project. The program has a total of $5,500,000 available.

Proposals are due by October 4.

For the full PON visit

Friday, September 2, 2011

Madison County gains national attention for efforts taken in sustainability

Central New York's Madison County has gained national recognition for being the first municipality to employ solar panels on a capped landfill cell. Traditionally unused space, the county saw an acre of southern-sloping, freshly capped landfill as an ideal opportunity to harvest energy.

The solar array is not the first sustainability effort taken by the Madison County Landfill; for more than a year, methane gas has been harvested from capped cells. With an estimated 40,000 kWhs of power coming from the solar array, the landfill's recycling center will be completely energy self-sufficient. NYSERDA provided Madison County with $380,000 for the project, offsetting the total cost to $470,000.

The only two similar projects in the nation are located on privately owned landfills in Georgia and Texas. Having a much colder climate, Madison County's landfill will serve as an experiment for the installer, Carlisle Energy Services.

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