The Feinstone Environmental Awards
2009 Feinstone Awards:
Recognizing the Role of Innovative Transportation in Sustainable Communities
The Sol Feinstone Environmental Awards seeks to recognize singular achievements in advancing the cause of the environment. One of the oldest and most respected in the field, the Feinstone Award was established in 1976. Past recipients have come from science, conservation, government, public policy, teaching and the media. For 2009, the Feinstone Awards Committee seeks to recognize the role of Innovative transportatlon in sustainable communities.
On October 22, 2009 at a dinner held at the University Sheraton In Syracuse, ESF alumnus, E. Scott Kasprowicz received the Honorary Felnstone Award. Kasprowicz is an entrepreneur, business leader, and community activist. He recently served as Deputy Secretary of Transportation for the Commonwealth of Virginia as part of Governor Tim Kaine's administration. As Deputy Secretary his work focused on transportatIon policy reform, transit oriented design, and the development of a passenger rail extension connecting Dulles Airport with Washington DC. Scott currently serves on the board of directors and executive committee of the Piedmont Environmental Council (PEC). At the PEC he works on sustainable community development policy and is currently leading an effort to assemble multiple tracts of land for a regional gateway park. He Is also a founding member of Nuride, Inc, an incentive based ride network founded to relieve traffic congestion and Improve air quality.
Keynote speaker at the event was Syracuse Mayor, Matthew J. Driscoll. Mayor Driscoll Is serving out his second four-year term In office having distinguished his tenure by implementing accountability strategies that have won the New York State award for Best Practices; has branded Syracuse as the "Emerald City" because of the environmental, energy and sustalnabllIty initiatives that are known on a national stage and is acknowledged as an energy Ieader among cities in New York State. At the Felnstone Banquet Mayor Driscoll spoke about possible reconstruction alternatives for Interstate-81 within downtown Syracuse.
The Feinstone Environmental Awards Banquet Is the primary annual fundraislng event for SUNY-ESF. The event normally attracts over 200 Central New York business and community leaders. Proceeds raised from the event are used for the ESF Presidential Scholarship Awards to attract and retain a group of future environmental leaders.
The event was hosted by radio personality Jim Reith of 570 WSYR and host of the Jim Reith Show.
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