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Leading Sustainability in Public, Private and Nonprofit Organizations

Leading Sustainability in Public, Private and Nonprofit Organizations Workshop

Two offerings during the fall 2010

There are many drivers and increasing expectations for government, private, non-profit and educational organizations to meet sustainability obligations.  These expectations are oftentimes difficult to meet, even when institutions and individuals are genuinely committed to doing so. This program is designed for individuals who are responsible for thinking strategically and technically about their institution’s sustainability agendas. You will learn to understand what aspects of your current institutional plans and operating procedures are critical to future success and how to close the gap between your best intentions and what you are actually able to accomplish.

Through this workshop, you will work with a team of experienced practitioners and instructors who will provide you with:

  • Real-world examples of the benefits and costs associated with the adaption and use of renewable technologies and sustainable practices.
  • Authoritative and reliable perspective, recommendations, information and resources that will inform your sustainability-related decision-making, practice and policy.

Click here to read a welcome letter (PDF)about this program from the Program Chair, Dr. Richard Smardon, and Dr. Chuck Spuches, Associate Dean of Outreach.

Who Should Attend

This program serves as a valuable opportunity for early- and mid-career professional assessment and renewal, as well as an opportunity for career development and exploration. Participants may also include early-career and experienced sustainability officers/directors and others in related positions in public, private, non-profit and educational organizations. You will be able to reflect on your own framework of experience, expertise, strengths and weaknesses in order to better serve your organization. 

What You Will Learn

This program will prepare you to meet current and future challenges by being better able to initiate, establish, and advance sustainability planning, implementation and reporting in a variety of organizations.  Through participation in this program you will:

  • Learn approaches to sustainability planning, practice and leadership
  • Develop effective sustainability strategies
  • Evaluate and detail the impact, cost and benefits of your initiatives
  • Organize people and financial resources
  • Understand and overcome the challenges of organizational change

Program Dates and Locations

This program will be a combination of in persons sessions held on the SUNY ESF Campus and a series of webinars It will be offered twice during the fall of 2010. Live, in-person meeting location: Room 408 Baker Lab, 1 Forestry Drive, Syracuse, NY 13210. More information about the agenda and other program details can be found on the agenda page. The dates of the two sessions are:

Group One: (6 required sessions)

  • Live in person sessions: Tuesday, September 21 and Wednesday, September 22 and Thursday, October 28, 2010
  • Webinars: Thursday evenings, October 7 and October 14 and October 21, 2010

Group Two: (6 required sessions)

  • Live in person sessions: Friday, October 1 and Saturday, October 2 and Thursday, October 28, 2010
  • Webinars: Thursday evenings, October 7 and October 14 and October 21, 2010

Continuing and Professional Education

This program is currently under review for continuing education credit for engineers (professional development hours) and landscape architects (learning units). These credits will be awarded following the culmination of the program.

Contact Information

If you have any questions about the Leading Sustainability Program or other SUNY ESF Outreach Programs, please contact ESF Outreach, at outreach@esf.edu.

This program is supported by SUNY Physical Plant Administrators (SUNY PPA), NYS Building Operations Codes Central Chapter (NYS BOC), Greening USA, Technology Alliance of CNY (TACNY), NYS Society of Professional Engineers (NYS SPE) and Sustainability Upstate Network (SUN).

This program is possible, in part, by a grant from the New York State Department of Labor through Central New York Works