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The SAGE ProjectSustainability & Green Entrepreneurship

  • For more information, please contact Chuck Spuches, Associate Provost for Outreach, (315) 470-6817; cspuches@esf.edu.

The SAGE Project engages high school students and teachers with people and ideas that demonstrate the green entrepreneurial spirit. Participants will become better versed in entrepreneurial thinking, the science of environmental challenges, and the role they can play in meeting these challenges. Environmental innovation is not only a social consciousness issue but an economic one. New advances and innovations can lead to new jobs, careers and business enterprises.

Global energy needs and other environmental challenges make environmental—or “green”—entrepreneurship a compelling and timely area of interest. A national study (Battelle Memorial Institute) reported that the Syracuse/Central New York area is seen as a national leader in several sectors of green technology and innovation. The SAGE Project builds upon our region's natural, economic, educational and workforce resources to support the sustainability and green entrepreneurship education and professional development needs of students, teachers, and professionals.

Our goal is to create a “green entrepreneurial culture” of informed and prepared young people in our region.


This project is a collaboration between the SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry (ESF) and CenterState CEO, with support, in part, from a NYS Department of Labor grant led by CNY Works and a Kauffman Foundation Partnership Grant led by Syracuse University.