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Green Infrastructure Training Program Graduation
Friday, May 20, 2011
10:00 am - 12:00 pm
St. Lucy's Auditorium, Gifford Street, Syracuse
Eight students from the Near Westside Community will be graduating from the Green Infrastructure Training program called "GreenTrain Landscaping and Urban Ecology Program". These trainees have completed a 10-week training program that covered topics of sustainable landscaping, stormwater management, green infrastructure design, build and maintenance, and an industry internship.
The purpose of the Green Infrastructure Initiative is to support the emergence of green infrastructure throughout Syracuse and Central New York by equipping various audiences with the knowledge and skills necessary for green infrastructure design, implementation, monitoring, and maintenance; and by educating them on local funding opportunities and current barriers to widespread acceptance of green infrastructure. Specifically, the Green Train Landscaping and Urban Ecology (GLUE) workforce training program seeks to directly prepare a cohort of Syracuse citizens with the knowledge, skills, and attitudes necessary for employment in the emerging field of green infrastructure. We are partnering with regional organizations to train un/underemployed local residents in an emerging "green" industry sector while also supporting innovative stormwater management in the Syracuse area. The training includes the development and implementation of various green infrastructure projects such as rain gardens, permeable pavers, and urban forests. These projects provide hands-on experience and skill development, while also improving and beautifying the community's infrastructure. The projects will be monitored by engineering faculty and students to investigate the effectiveness of using these practices as a practical method for stormwater management.
This program is in partnership with the Northside Urban Partnership, the Near West Side Initiative, with funding from the US Forest Service and CNY Works.