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Workshops and Tours10th International Phytotechnologies Conference

Tuesday, 1 October 2013

Green Roof Workshop

This workshop is organized by Dr. Clayton Rugh, Manager & Technical Director for Xero Flor America LLC. Dr. Rugh has been involved in design and installation of the Ford Dearborn Truck Plant in Michigan, the Jacob Javits Center and the Empire State Building in New York City. One of Xeroflor’s production facilities is located just 30 minutes from Syracuse. Dr. Rugh will discuss green roof technologies and host a visit to the production facility. There will also be a chance to visit several green roof installations in Syracuse, including the OnCenter Convention Center and two different types of green roof installations at ESF.

The workshop will convene at 10:00 AM on Tuesday, 1 October, and depart for the production facility soon after. Lunch will be provided. Please wear shoes and clothing that will not be damaged while walking on and through plant fields.

Practicing Phytotechnologies

9:00 AM -4:30 PM

Conferences are great places to learn about current research and applications.  But what if you want to learn how to determine if phytoremediation is right for your site and if so, how to install and monitor?

This workshop will be taught by Dr. David Tsao, Americas Remediation Technology Manager at BP and Dr. Walt Eifert, Principal Hydrologist/Vice President at ELM Site Solutions, Inc., who between them have installed numerous groundwater and constructed wetland phytoremediation systems.

After attending this workshop, attendees will be able to:

1.  Understand the basic concepts of plant-based remediation systems including plant function, treatment mechanisms, contaminant and media applicability, and general types of systems.

2.  Step through a decision-making process evaluating whether upland phytotechnology systems and constructed treatment wetlands are appropriate for cleaning up a contaminated site or waste stream.

3.  Select, size and site a phytotechnology system, and subsequently design the system based on selecting treatment mechanisms, materials and plant species.

4.  Understand the long-term operation, maintenance and monitoring needs of these natural treatment systems.

This workshop has been approved for six (6) Professional Development Hours (PDHs) for New York State licensed engineers. You will be required to sign in and out, and must attend the entire workshop in order to receive a certificate.

Please note: When registering for the conference, you may select and attend this workshop for an additional fee of $50. If you are not attending the conference, but wish to participate in this workshop, you may register for a fee of $100. Please visit the registration web page and click on the appropriate registration link.

Onondaga Lake Visit

This site visit is organized by Dr. Donald Leopold, Chair of the Department of Environmental and Forest Biology at the State University College of Environmental Science and Forestry. Dr. Leopold has written several books on native plants and his research interests include restoration and management of impacted ecosystems using native plants.

This tour will include the 5-acre restoration project lead by Dr. Leopold on waste beds that were created by industrial activity at the Lake. The tour will also visit creek sites where major restoration projects are taking place. The tour will conclude with a visit to the Honeywell Visitor Center to learn about and see the remediation work being done on the contaminated lake bottom sediments.

The workshop will convene at 10:00 AM on Tuesday, 1 October, and depart for the field site soon after. Lunch will be provided. Please wear shoes and clothing that will not be damaged while walking through field sites.

Walking tour of the SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry

This tour is especially for students, but all are invited! Get a chance to tour the SUNY-ESF campus; see the research labs and library, and learn about the history of the school. ESF was once the largest forestry school in the country and now is one of the top 10 environmental programs in the US. See the Quad (but don’t walk across it!) and the Robin Hood Oak.


*Finger Lakes Wine Tour

9:30 AM Depart from the Holiday Inn, Liverpool

4:00 PM Arrive at the Holiday Inn, Liverpool

Visit as many of the following wineries as time allows:

Thirsty Owl

Goose Watch

Knapp Winery

Swedish Hill

Stop for lunch at the Knapp Winery's Vinyard Restaurant. Cost of lunch is the registrant's responsibility. Taste testing is optional. Additional cost per person (varies per winery). Some wineries reimburse tasting cost if wine is purchased.

Transportation provided. Cost: $25/per person. Space is limited to 25.

*Plans subject to change.


Friday, 4 October 2013 & Saturday, 5 October 2013

Adirondacks Overnight

Spend a night in the Adirondacks! Get a tour of some of the State University College of Environmental Science and Forestry’s 6000ha Huntington Forest Reserve with Paul Hai, Educational Outreach Coordinator for the Adirondack Ecological Center.

Your overnight trip will start 20 minutes after the close of the conference (box lunch provided), with shuttles to transport you to Old Forge, the gateway to the Adirondacks. Enjoy an afternoon of shopping and visiting in the area, with dinner on your own. Don’t forget to visit the Old Forge Department Store featured in the PBS special about the Adirondacks. Then travel to the Adirondack Ecologic Center where you will stay overnight. A complimentary breakfast will be provided the next day, as well as a boxed lunch.

Saturday will include guided tours of ESF’s forest reserve and research programs, including forestry and restoration work.  You will return to Syracuse between 4:00-5:00 PM, depending on departure time or flight needs.  Please wear shoes and clothing suitable for a walk in the woods!