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Green Train Landscaping & Urban Ecology: Workforce Training ProgramDeveloping Central New York's Green Infrastructure

The Green Train Landscaping and Urban Ecology (GLUE) workforce training program seeks to prepare Syracuse citizens with the knowledge, skills, and attitudes necessary for employment in the emerging field of green infrastructure. We partner 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. ESF Outreach is pleased to be collaborating with the Northside Urban Partnership, the Near Westside Initiative, and the Centerstate Corporation for Economic Opportunity in this effort. Please check out the program curriculum, partnerships, and other details by selecting the appropriate links to the right. Pictures of some of the GLUE projects and highlights from our 2011 and 2010 program offerings can be viewed below.

Selected projects

Rock Pathway Garden Gardeners

Above, Left to Right: Porous paver walkway and sustainable landscaping at lot on corner of Gifford and Oswego St.; rain garden and landscaping on Tully st.; porous paver patio, rain garden, tree planting, and maintenance at McGroarty Park.

Spring 2011 Program Highlights

Gardeners brushing stone Gardener Gardeners putting in stones

This spring, the GLUE program expanded to the near westside neighborhood, a move that was made possible by new partnerships with the Near Westside Initiative, the Westside Learning Center, the Huntington Family Center, and St. Lucy's Church, among others. The trainees learned the fundamentals of stormwater management and green infrastructure implementation and maintenance through classroom instruction, field trips, and hands-on work. In addition, some students received instruction in English as a Second Language, others worked toward completion of their GEDs, and still others gained experience in basic construction work. The class completed several significant projects on the near westside, including a vacant lot transformation on Gifford St., a rain garden installation on Tully St., and urban tree planting along Oswego St.

Gardeners Woman at desk Worker digging in soil

Fall 2010 Program Highlights

 Students installing a pervious patio and rain garden at McGroarty Park. Dr. Ted Endreny instructing a student on stormwater management.

The GLUE class of 2010 consisted of twelve students who represented five nations and a variety of previous work experiences.  In addition to receiving eight weeks of classroom instruction on stormwater management, green infrastructure, and English as a Second Language, the class completed several green infrastructure projects on the northside and near westside of Syracuse.  These projects provided hands-on experience in landscaping, urban forestry, and green infrastructure installation, and also served to beautify and enrich the local community.  Finally, students participated in two-week internships with nurseries, landscape contractors, and other local companies related to green infrastructure.  The combination of classroom instruction, hands-on training, and on-the-job experience equipped students to enter the workforce and play an active role in implementing green infrastructure techniques in the city of Syracuse.

A student carrying plants to be planted in the rain garden at McGroarty Park. Students learning how to select appropriate plants for rain gardens.  A student creating a rain barrel.

Graduation ceremony:

Graduate on stage Graduation ceremonyGraduates


If you have any questions about green infrastructure and current training programs, please contact outreach@esf.edu.

This project is funded in part by the US Forest Service