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ESF Researchers Receive Enitiative Grant

Project to develop Green Energy Coop

SYRACUSE - Two researchers from the SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry (ESF) were awarded a grant to develop a green energy cooperative.

Michael Kelleher, director of renewable energy systems at ESF, and Neal Abrams, assistant professor in the chemistry department, received an Enitiative grant to work with students from Syracuse University's Whitman School of Management to develop a business to deliver to ESF and SU biodiesel made from waste oils from the campuses.

"We are excited to help ESF and SU students develop a Green Energy Cooperative that will deliver environmental benefits to our campuses," said Kelleher. "We think that the experience of science and business students working together will foster understanding and teamwork in their future careers."

Enitiative (the Syracuse Campus-Community Entrepreneurship Initiative) awarded funding for 53 new projects centered on neighborhoods, arts and culture, and technology that connect campus and community through entrepreneurship. Funding for the projects is part of a $3 million, five-year grant awarded to Syracuse University by the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation of Kansas City, Mo., as part of its Kauffman Campuses initiative. The Foundation's vision is to foster a society of economically independent individuals who are engaged citizens, contributing to the improvement of their communities.

Other projects being funded include:

  • Joanna Spitzner, assistant professor in SU's College of Visual and Performing Arts, and Natalia Mount, managing director of the Redhouse Arts Center, will work with SU and Le Moyne College students to create Redhouse Arts Radio. Redhouse Arts Radio will use the latest trends in Internet technology to become more sustainable by broadening its reach into the local and global community. The radio station will deliver an MP3 stream and podcast archive of music, discussion, documentaries, theater, literature and audio art.
  • Geoffrey Navias, artistic director of Open Hand Theater, will work with Le Moyne faculty and students to develop a Mask and Puppet Cultural Heritage Library through the Open Hand Theater.
  • Steven Keeler, professor at Cayuga Community College, will create the C3 Studios Initiative in which students will learn the business of running an independent video and film production and distribution company.
  • Carol Hill, of the Greater Syracuse Chamber of Commerce, will work with Larry Bennett and Craig Watters, faculty from SU's Whitman School of Management, to develop a Family Business Center. The Center will develop strategies and policies to perpetuate family ownership while advancing those strategies necessary for success, such as business planning, organizational structure, management practices and succession planning.
  • Onondaga Community College (OCC), Child Care Solutions, the Small Business Development Center and the Children's Learning Center at OCC will help students preparing for careers in early childhood education develop the entrepreneurial skills they will need to creatively respond to the unique challenges of the field and adapt to evolving, diverse child care needs within our communities.
  • Morrisville State College and the SCORE Association of Madison County are collaborating in an effort to expand entrepreneurship in the community. The project includes a boot camp for SCORE members, entrepreneurial video toolkit and consulting projects for students at Morrisville State College in the entrepreneurship and small business management degree program. These efforts will help to further the skills of SCORE members, expose entrepreneurship students to real entrepreneurs and create entrepreneurial projects for future entrepreneurs.
  • Michael D'Eredita, professor of practice in SU's School of Information Studies, and Nasir Ali, vice president at the Greater Syracuse Chamber of Commerce, will co-teach Technology Entrepreneurship at the Syracuse Technology Garden. The course takes young technology entrepreneurs from SU and enables them to take their first step by offering them both the education and resources necessary to be successful in Central New York.

Descriptions of all of the funded projects can be viewed on the Enitiative web site (www.entrepreneurship.syr.edu).

The next deadline for Enitiative proposals is July 1, 2009. To apply for a grant, visit www.entrepreneurship.syr.edu or contact the ExCEL Center at Syracuse University at 315- 443-7086 or excel@syr.edu.