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Sustainable Practices in Central New York October 2 & 3, 2014

Thank you to all of you who attended the SURE Conference; it was a big success! We hope to see you at SURE 2015!

  • Online registration for Professionals & Students

Registration Fees:

Professional (before September 25): $75

Professional (after September 25): $100

Student: $40

Sponsorship opportunities are also available. Please contact Katherina Searing for more information: kbsearing@esf.edu, (315) 470-6888.

  • Online registration for Sponsors & Exhibitors

Program Overview

Join expert faculty, researchers, & practitioners from Syracuse and beyond as we explore Sustainability Practices employed in Central NY. These presentations will highlight new environmental services and job opportunities that are being developed in CNY.

On Thursday evening, we will have a pre-conference presentation by the Sustainable Enterprise Partnership's (SEP) Fetner Sustainability Fellow, Dr. Brad Allenby, Lincoln Professor of Engineering and Ethics, and Professor of Civil, Environmental and Sustainable Engineering, and of Law, at Arizona State University. He is known as the father of industrial ecology and has written several books on the topic. After his presentation, a panel of local representatives will reflect on what his message means to Central NY.

On Friday, we will have three panels of experts informing us about Sustainability Initiatives at Higher Education Institutions, Carbon Footprinting and Climate Action Planning, & Green Infrastructure projects and evaluation of such, with plenty of time for question and answers about what is happening in your community.

Later in the day, we will take a tour of ESF's new Green Roof, and see a unique & innovative green roof design using native plant species from dunes and alvar pavement barrens on Lake Ontario, including some very rare species.

Lastly, we will take a field trip to Harbor Brook Combined Sewer Overflow Treatment Wetland Pilot Plant (the first in New York State and only one of five in the US), in its first year of operation and then to the Onondaga Lake Visitors Center, where we will learn about the current progress made on the cleanup and restoration of Onondaga Lake (one of the largest lake cleanup projects in the US). Transportation is provided. Afterward, we will enjoy some refreshments by the lake.

The Sustainable Use of Renewable Energy (SURE) program is offered by SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry (SUNY-ESF) as a collaborative effort of the Sustainable Enterprise Partnership (SEP), a partnership of SUNY-ESF, the Whitman School of Management and L.C. Smith College of Engineering and Computer Science at Syracuse University, and the Syracuse Center of Excellence in Environmental and Energy Systems. Together, they form a unique collaboration providing world-class education and research on sustainable enterprise management.

  • Online registration for Professionals & Students

Registration Fees:

  • Professional (before September 25): $75
  • Professional (after September 25): $100
  • Student: $40

Sponsorship opportunities are also available. Please contact Katherina Searing for more information: kbsearing@esf.edu, (315) 470-6888.

  • Online registration for Sponsors & Exhibitors


Refunds, minus a $50 administrative fee, will be issued for requests received by Thursday, September 18, 2014. Requests must be made by email to Terry Webb at tawebb@esf.edu. Cancellations will not be accepted by phone; substitutions can be made at any time.

Program Format, Location, and Schedule (subject to change)

Date and Time

Topics & Speakers


October 2

4:00 - 4:25 PM



Baker 146, SUNY- ESF

4:25 - 4:35

Welcome & Introductions

  • Dr. Neal Abrams, Department of Environmental Studies, SUNY-ESF
  • Dr. Quentin Wheeler, President, SUNY College of Environmental Science & Forestry
  • Dr. Todd W. Moss, Assistant Professor of Entrepreneurship and Sustainability; Faculty Director, Sustainable Enterprise Partnership; Whitman School of Management at Syracuse University
4:35 - 5:05


Industry, Urban Management and Sustainability

  • Dr. Brad Allenby, Lincoln Professor of Engineering and Ethics, and Professor of Civil, Environmental and Sustainable Engineering, and of Law, at Arizona State University.
5:05 - 5:35

Panel reflecting on Dr. Allenby's presentation and what it means in Central NY:

Moderator: Dr. Cliff Davidson, Professor, Civil & Env. Engineering, Syracuse University


    • Dr. Edward Bogucz, Executive Director, Syracuse Center of Excellence & Associate Professor, Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, Syracuse University
    • Terry Brown, Executive Director, Falcone Center for Entrepreneurship
    • Matt Marko, Vice President, CH2MHill
    • Andrew Maxwell, Director of Syracuse-Onondaga County Planning Agency
5:35 - 6:35 Reception in Baker Laboratory  

October 3

7:15 - 8:10 AM


Check-in & Breakfast

Gateway Center. SUNY- ESF
8:10 - 8:15


  • Katherina Searing, Associate Director of Professional Educatoin and Non-credit Programs, SUNY-ESF Outreach
  • Dr. Richard Smardon, Distinguished Service Professor, SUNY-ESF
8:15 - 9:45

Sustainability Initiatives at Higher Educational Institutions

  • Moderator: Alex Poisson, Sustainability Coordinator, SUNY-ESF
  • Presenters:
        • Lewis H. Durland, Director of Energy Management and Sustainability, Ithaca College
        • Steve Lloyd, Assoc. Dir. for Sustainability, Syracuse University Energy Systems & Sustainability Management
        • Alex Poisson, Sustainability Coordinator, SUNY-ESF
        • Sean Vormald, Director of Sustainability, Environmental Health & Safety, Onondaga Community College
9:45 - 10:15 Break  
10:15 - 11:45

Carbon Footprinting & Climate Action Planning

  • Moderator: Dr. Richard Smardon, Distinguished Service Professor, SUNY-ESF
  • Presenters:
    • Chris Carrick, Energy Program Manager, CNY RPDB
    • Amanda Sopchak, Planner, CNY RPDB
    • Sam Gordon, Director of Planning & Zoning, Town of DeWitt
    • Dr. Richard Smardon, Distinguished Service Professor, SUNY-ESF
    • Allison Muehe, Consulting Engineer, Antares Group Inc.
11:45 - 12:45 PM Lunch  
12:45 - 2:15

Green Infrastructure Projects & Evaluations

  • Moderator: Dr. Richard Smardon, Distinguished Service Professor, SUNY-ESF
  • Presenters:
    • Dr. Russ Briggs, Distinguished Teaching Professor, SUNY-ESF
    • Dr. Cliff Davidson, Professor, Civil & Env. Engineering, Syracuse University
    • Khris Dodson, Communications & Program Manager, Environmental Finance Center, SU Center for Sustainable Community Solutions
    • Paul Legnetto, Onondaga County Program Coordinator, Water Environment Protection
    • Dr. Wendong Tao, Asst. Professor, SUNY-ESF
2:15 - 3:00

Tours of SUNY-ESF’s Gateway Building Green Roof

  • Prof. Doug Daley, Associate Professor & P.E., SUNY-ESF
  • Dr. Don Leopold, Chair, Environmental & Forest Biology, SUNY-ESF
  • Prof. Tim Toland, Associate Professor, SUNY-ESF


3:00 - 5:30

Afternoon Field trips

1. Harbor Brook CSO Treatment  Wetland Pilot Plant

  • Zachary Monge, MS, EIT, CH2M Hill
  • Dr. Richard Smardon, Distinguished Service Professor, SUNY-ESF
  • Dr. Wendong Tao, Asst. Professor, SUNY-ESF


2. Onondaga Lake Clean-up & Visitors Center

  • Craig Milburn, Managing Partner, Brown & Sanford Consulting


5:30 - 6:30 Reception at Onondaga Lake Visitors Center  

SURE 2014 Organizing Team


Neal Abrams, Ph.D.

Dr. Abrams received his bachelor of science degree from Ithaca College in 2000. He earned his Ph.D. in 2005 from The Pennsylvania State University. He was a Postdoctoral researcher at Cornell University from 2005 - 2007 and a Lecturer from 2006 - 2007.

Dr. Abrams’s interests lie in the areas of materials and inorganic chemistry, encompassing areas of alternative energies such as energy storage, photovoltaics, and fuel cells.


Paul Crovella

While studying engineering and architecture at Cornell, Paul spent a summer working as timber farmer and developed a strong interest in the strength and structural performance of timber buildings. His current research strives to develop a non-destructive method for assessing the structural characteristics of timber joinery. Before coming to ESF Paul taught at the University or Puerto Rico and Morrisville State College. He has worked for two years in the Department of Sustainable Construction and Engineering at ESF, helping to develop and teach courses for green construction and is currently working on his PhD at the college. His areas of study include sustainable construction, residential construction, historic preservation and optimum value engineering.


Dr. Cliff Davidson

Dr. Davison is the Thomas and Colleen Wilmot Professor of Engineering at Syracuse University in Syracuse, NY. He currently holds appointments in the Civil and Environmental Engineering Department and at the Syracuse Center of Excellence in Environmental and Energy Systems, and he is the Program Director for Environmental Engineering. He received his B.S. in Electrical Engineering from Carnegie Mellon University, and his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Environmental Engineering Science from California Institute of Technology. Following his PhD, he joined the Carnegie Mellon faculty in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering and the Department of Engineering and Public Policy where he served for 33 years. He joined Syracuse University in 2010. Davidson has written and edited a number of books, has over 100 articles in refereed journals, and was President of the American Association for Aerosol Research during 1999-2000. He is the Founding Director of the Center for Sustainable Engineering, a partnership among several universities led by Syracuse University. His research interests have varied over his career, starting with environmental pollutant studies in remote areas including the Himalayas, the Arctic, and several U.S. National Parks. Since the 1990s, he has studied the role of engineers in sustainable development as well as lay people’s perceptions of technology and their understanding of the environmental impact of their daily activities. He is currently investigating what engineering students know about sustainability as well as how to teach sustainability in engineering courses. He is also researching urban redevelopment for sustainability, for example, investigating the role of green infrastructure in helping to solve air and water management problems.


Michael Kelleher

Director of Renewable Energy Systems at SUNY-ESF, is focused on expanding the use of sustainable technologies and energy efficiency to reduce the College's carbon footprint. Prior to joining ESF, Mike served as an executive with National Grid and Niagara Mohawk. Mike joined the College of Environmental Science and Forestry as the Director of Renewable Energy Systems. In this position he is focused on expanding the use of sustainable technologies and energy efficiency to reduce the College’s carbon footprint. Prior to joining ESF Mike served as an executive with National Grid and Niagara Mohawk. He has extensive hands-on senior management experience in market assessment, strategic planning, mergers & acquisitions, corporate finance, and transaction structuring. Mike and his team built and maintained strong relationships with commercial, industrial, and municipal customers for National Grid. In addition, he developed effective economic development and pricing programs to attract and retain customers. He has also held a variety of financial and resource planning positions with Niagara Mohawk. Mike earned an M.S. in Agricultural Economics, and a B.S. in Agricultural Engineering Technology from Cornell University.


Todd W. Moss

Assistant Professor of Entrepreneurship and Sustainability and the Faculty Director of the Sustainable Enterprise Partnership at the Whitman School of Management, Syracuse University. He earned his Ph.D. in Business Administration with an emphasis in Strategy and Entrepreneurship from Texas Tech University in 2011, and previously served on the faculty at Oregon State University. Prior to his career in academe, he worked at Ford Motor Company in various product strategy and engineering assignments. He holds BS and MS degrees in Mechanical Engineering and an MBA, all from Brigham Young University. He and his wife Jenifer have been married for 17 years and are the joyful parents of three sons and five daughters.

Professor Moss's research interests focus on the intersections of entrepreneurship, innovation, and social responsibility. His most recent work addresses crowdfunding and the various types of value creation pursued by microenterprises. He research has appeared in journals such as Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice, Strategic Entrepreneurship Journal, and Family Business Review, among others. He currently teaches graduate courses in sustainable enterprise and sustainability consulting.​


Richard Smardon, Ph.D.

Dr. Richard C. Smardon has lived and worked in Vermont, Massachusetts, Kentucky, Oregon and California before coming to the State University of New York's College of Environmental Science and Forestry. At SUNY-ESF he was, until recently, Chair of the Dept. of Environmental Studies. He is Professor of Environmental Studies and Director of the Randolph G. Pack Environmental Institute.  He has a Ph.D. in Environmental Planning from the University of California, Berkeley and a Masters in Landscape Architecture and Bachelors in Environmental Design from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. He has edited/written three books; The Future of Wetlands; Assessing Visual-Cultural Values (1983) with Allenheld-Osmun; Foundations for Visual Project Analysis (1986) with John Wiley and Sons; and The Legal Landscape: Guidelines for Environmental and Aesthetic Protection (1993) with Van Nostrand Rhinehold. He is also engaged in writing a book "Sustaining the World's Wetlands" with Springer Press, which will focus on the role of NGO's in international wetland management.

He was appointed by the Governor of New York to the Great Lakes Basin Advisory Council in 1989 and has chaired the council. He has serves on several editorial boards including Landscape and Urban Planning, Environmental Science and Policy and ScientificWorld. His major areas of expertise include landscape assessment and management, wetland assessment and mitigation, environmental management/citizen participation, law and aesthetics, ecotourism and heritage resource management, and energy sustainability planning implementation. He currently writes a column for Central New York Business Exchange magazine on energy and environment.


Timothy Volk, Ph.D.

Senior Research Associate at SUNY-ESF and Co-Director of the SUNY Center for Sustainable and Renewable Energy. Dr. Volk has over 20 years of experience working in the fields of forestry, agroforestry, short-rotation woody crops, bioenergy and phytoremediation in the Northeastern United States and Africa. He holds degrees from the University of Guelph (BS (Agr.), Guelph, Ontario) in Natural Resources Management, Cornell University (MS, Ithaca, NY) in Forest Science and SUNY – ESF (PhD, Syracuse, NY) in Forest and Natural Resources Management. He is responsible for a series of research projects focused on the development of shrub willow biomass cropping systems as a feedstock for bioproducts and bioenergy and the use of willow as an alternative cover for industrial waste sites. He is also actively involved in research and development of sustainability assessments of bioenergy systems, life cycle assessments of willow biomass crops and woody biomass from forests, assessments of woody biomass availability from natural forests, economic modeling of short rotation woody crops, living snowfences, regional woody biomass resource supplies, and harvesting systems for short rotation woody crops. He chaired the ad hoc committee at SUNY-ESF that developed and is now implementing the curriculum for a minor in Renewable Energy and is currently teaching courses on Energy Systems and Biomass Energy. He chaired the ad hoc committee at SUNY-ESF that developed and is now implementing the curriculum for a minor in Renewable Energy and is currently teaching courses on Energy Systems and Biomass Energy.

SURE 2014 Presenters


Dr. Brad Allenby

Graduated cum laude from Yale University in 1972, received his Juris Doctor from the University of Virginia Law School in 1978, his Masters in Economics from the University of Virginia in 1979, his Masters in Environmental Sciences from Rutgers University in the Spring of 1989, and his Ph.D. in Environmental Sciences from Rutgers in 1992. He joined AT&T in 1983 as a telecommunications regulatory attorney, and was an environmental attorney and Senior Environmental Attorney for AT&T from 1984 to 1993. From 1991 to 1992 he was the J. Herbert Holloman Fellow at the National Academy of Engineering in Washington, DC. His areas of expertise include Design for Environment, industrial ecology, telework and netcentric organizations, and earth systems engineering and management. During 1992, he was the J. Herbert Holloman Fellow at the National Academy of Engineering in Washington, DC. From 1995 to 1997 he was Director for Energy and Environmental Systems at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, on temporary assignment from his position as Research Vice President, Technology and Environment, for AT&T. In June, 2000, he chaired the second Gordon Conference on Industrial Ecology. In 2007 he was President of the International Society for Industrial Ecology; Chair of the AAAS Committee on Science, Engineering, and Public Policy; a Batten Fellow in Residence at the University of Virginia’s Darden Graduate School of Business Administration; He is a member of the Virginia Bar, and has worked as an attorney for the Civil Aeronautics Board and the Federal Communications Commission, as well as a strategic consultant on economic and technical telecommunications issues. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society for the Arts, Manufactures & Commerce. He is currently a former member of different boards.

His principal areas of teaching and research are design for environment; earth systems engineering and management; industrial ecology; technological evolution; and the convergence of nanotechnology, biotechnology, information and communication technology, and cognitive sciences. Dr. Allenby entered academia after a 20-year career as senior environmental counsel, research vice president for technology and environment, and environment, health and safety vice president for AT&T. He teaches courses in engineering and ethics, earth systems engineering and management, industrial ecology, and design for sustainability. His current research investigates ethical and social dimensions of emerging technologies; earth systems engineering and management, especially in regard to information and communication technologies; transhumanism; and development of sustainable engineering theory and curricular materials.


Dr. Edward Bogucz

Executive director of the Syracuse Center of Excellence in Environmental and Energy Systems (Syracuse CoE), was honored as Green Building Advocate of the Year during the 2014 New York State Green Building Conference held in Syracuse.Bogucz served as dean of engineering and computer science at Syracuse University, and has teaching and research expertise in fluid dynamics, energy systems, computational methods and multidisciplinary design. He earned his bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering from Lehigh University; his master's degree in heat transfer engineering from Imperial College, University of London; and his doctorate in mechanical engineering from Lehigh.

Russell Briggs

Dr. Russ Briggs

Briggs joined the ESF faculty in 1995, having earned his Ph.D. at the college 10 years earlier. He is a professor of forest soils, director of the Division of Environmental Science, and director of the Forest Soils Analytical Laboratory. Briggs' areas of expertise are forest soils and silviculture.

He is held in high regard by his peers for both the diversity of courses he teaches as a divisional director and the joy and enthusiasm he brings to his daily work. Briggs is an outstanding researcher who is active in the Soil Science Society of American and the Society of American Foresters. He has held leadership positions in both organizations and was recently selected to serve as division chair within the Soil Science Society. He has authored or co-authored with his students more than 70 articles for these professional societies. He has served as an associate editor for two national/international journals in the field and has helped numerous graduate students and young scientists publish their first manuscripts and begin their professional careers.

Briggs has consistently demonstrated a commitment to training future generations of forestry professionals. His past students attest to the impact he has had on their lives. For many, being in his class is a life-changing event; several emphasize that new career options opened for them because of Briggs' inspiration. He is generous with his ideas and shares credit willingly with colleagues and students.


Terry Brown, PE

Terry L. Brown, PE, is the executive director of the Falcone Center for Entrepreneurship at the Whitman School of Management. In this role, Brown oversees and develops the Falcone Center’s strategic plan, manages its budget and development initiatives, advises student entrepreneurs, and works to strategically develop the entrepreneurial community both on and off campus.

Prior to joining the Falcone Center, Brown was involved in a number of entrepreneurial projects, held several high-level positions at O’Brien & Gere from 1975-2011 (including chairman, chief executive officer and president), and served in the U.S. Marine Corps. Most recently, he was president and chief executive officer of Warner Energy Solutions, LLC a start-up company focused on developing renewable energy and environmental projects. Brown has extensive experience in executive leadership, project management, strategic planning, fundraising, marketing, branding, development, mergers and acquisitions, grant writing, and developing business models. He also holds three patents.


Chris Carrick

Directs the Energy Management Program for the Central New York Regional Planning and Development Board, a public agency that serves Cayuga, Cortland, Madison, Onondaga and Oswego counties. In that capacity, Chris coordinates several NYSERDA programs, including Climate Smart Communities, which assists local municipalities to reduce energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions through the preparation of energy and climate protection plans, and the implementation of clean energy demonstration projects. Chris received his Master’s degree in Community Development from the University of California-Davis and was a Fulbright scholar as a doctoral student in City and Regional Planning at Cornell University. He has over twenty years of experience in planning and economic development and has worked in British Columbia, California, Maine and New York.


Prof. Doug Daley


Khris Dodson

The Associate Director of Syracuse University's Environmental Finance Center where he provides training and technical assistance to local governments related to environmental infrastructure projects. He has been Education & Outreach Coordinator for Onondaga County's Save the Rain program since 2010, as part of an ongoing contract with Syracuse University, SUNY ESF and others to provide public education and outreach opportunities. He has a Masters degree from SUNY ESF and a second Masters degree from Syracuse University.


Lewis H. Durland, PE, LEED AP BD+C, C.E.M.,

The Director of Energy Management and Sustainability at Ithaca College. He and his team are currently developing the college’s strategic plan for energy and sustainability. Durland is a mechanical engineer who has focused his career on energy systems and high-performance buildings. He’s a Board Advisor to the USGBC New York Upstate Chapter Board of Directors, on which he served for four years, and is a past President of the ASHRAE Twin Tiers Chapter. Lew is a former Ithaca Energy Commission Chair, where he received NYS and USDOE Awards for Energy Innovation. He’s a Cornell University engineering graduate and a member of the USGBC New York Upstate Chapter, the Association of Energy Engineers, ASHRAE, Sustainable Tompkins, and the Sustainable Enterprise and Entrepreneur Network.


Samuel Gordon

Currently serves as the Director of Planning and Zoning for the Town of DeWitt, a suburban community (pop. approx. 25,000) located at the eastern edge of the City of Syracuse in Central New York State. Sam has over 15 years of experience in coordinating community participation and engagement for the development of sustainable communities. Sam has managed and/or provided consulting expertise on a variety of projects from greenway planning, energy conservation and renewable energy deployment, to neighborhood revitalization, specializing in the development of effective techniques and visualization tools for actively engaging the public in adopting sustainability practices. Sam received a Fellowship in 2005 to work with the Center for Environmental Studies in Vitoria-Gasteiz, Spain, which was selected as the European Green Capital for 2012. He has Master's degrees in Landscape Architecture and Environmental and Community Land Use Planning from the SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry in Syracuse, NY.


Paul Legnetto, CPESC,CPSWQ

Paul is the Onondaga County Program Coordinator for (Stormwater Management) in Syracuse, NY. He has more than 30 years of experience in stormwater engineering and related fields of expertise. He is a Certified Professional in Erosion Sediment Control (CPESC) and a Certified Professional in Stormwater Quality (CPSWQ). He serves on Board of Directors for the Central Chapter of New York Water Environment Association, Inc (NYWEA) and holds several other Professional/Accredited Registrations. Paul has been employed by Onondaga County Water Environment Protection since April of 2009 and is in charge of the Onondaga County MS4 program and is responsible for the County’s compliance with all stormwater regulations. In addition to the County stormwater program, Paul is the point of contact for, Water Environment Protections "Green Infrastructure Program" and serves as the program manager for all green infrastructure projects, including oversight of all GI maintenance of County operated facilities. Paul also has oversight of the Green Improvement Funding program (GIF) and the Suburban Green Improvement Fund (SGIP). The GIF program targets stormwater collection on private properties within the combined sewer service area, while the suburban GI program is targeted to reduce infiltration and inflow of stormwater into the municipal sewer collection system. Both GI programs will reduce the amount of stormwater from entering the sewer systems while providing stormwater quality treatment before release. The County’s “Green Infrastructure Program” under the “Save the Rain” umbrella will be responsible for an annual capture of over 250 million gallons of stormwater before entering the combined sewer system.


Dr. Donald Leopold

Donald J. Leopold earned his Ph.D. in forest ecology from Purdue University in 1984 and joined the Department of Environmental and Forest Biology at SUNY-ESF in August 1985. In 1998 he was promoted to Distinguished Teaching Professor; in 1999, he was awarded the first SUNY-ESF College Foundation Award for Exceptional Achievement in teaching. In 2004, he was given the SUNY Research Foundation Excellence in the Pursuit of Knowledge award, and in 2007 received the SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Faculty Service. Don has been Chair of his Department since February 2006. In March 2014, Don was selected as one of Purdue’s College of Agriculture Distinguished Agriculture Alumni. Don has published six books; four are major treatments of trees in North America. His fifth book, Native Plants of the Northeast: A Guide for Gardening and Conservation (Timber Press, Portland, OR) was given the Garden Writers Association Silver Media Award for excellence in horticultural writings. In August 2009, he received the New York State Nursery and Landscape Association George L. Good Gold Medal of Horticulture Award for outstanding contributions to horticulture in the state of New York. Don has garnered nearly $35 million of extramural funding as principal or co-principal investigator. His research primarily focuses on the ecology of native plant species, examining drivers of diversity and rarity at micro to macro scales, the restoration of unique plant communities on alkaline industrial wastes in urban areas, and applications of this research to sustainable, urban landscapes and green solutions.


Steve Lloyd

Associate Director for Sustainability, has been with Energy Systems & Sustainability Management since its inception in 1997. He is a Certified Sustainability Development Professional accredited by the Association of Energy Engineers, and has been certified by APPA in Facilities Management Strategies for Campus Sustainability. He has been at Syracuse University since 1972 and has worked on sustainability, building operations, energy programs and conservation for the past 40 years.


Matthew Marko

A New York State licensed Professional Engineer, an American Academy of Environmental Engineers Board Certified Environmental Engineer, and a Vice President with CH2M HILL’s Water Business Group managing their Syracuse, NY office. In 2008 Mr. Marko was appointed by the New York State Governor to serve as Trustee for the SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry, where he also is a Visiting Instructor. He’s active with NY American Water Works Association, the NY Water Environment Association’s Sustainability Committee as well as the Green Infrastructure Task Force, a Past-President of the Syracuse Section of the American Society of Civil Engineers and proud Fellow. He’s a graduate of the University at Buffalo, and studied abroad at the University of North London. He is a Program Manager for Onondaga County’s CSO Abatement Program, a national model for Green Infrastructure implementation. Matthew resides in the City of Syracuse with his incredibly patient and supportive wife Carrie, and two active young boys Jackson and Cooper.


Andrew M. Maxwell, MPA:

Andrew currently serves under Syracuse Mayor Stephanie Miner and Onondaga County Executive Joanie Mahoney as Director of the recently reconstituted Syracuse­ Onondaga County Planning Agency.  The Agency acts as consolidated planning department for both the City of Syracuse and County of Onondaga, and contains planning, zoning, Geographic Information Systems, sustainability, historic preservation, public art and urban design functions for both governments.  The Agency's mission is to promote sound planning in Syracuse and Onondaga County that fosters greater economic vitality, environmental stewardship and improved quality of life.

Prior to directing the joint City-County planning agency under the recent merger, Andrew served as founding Director of Syracuse's Bureau of Planning & Sustainability, created by Mayor Miner in January 2010.

From August 2006 until December 2009 Andrew worked in the City of Syracuse's Community Development  Department managing the City's Comprehensive Plan, the City's Tomorrow's Neighborhoods  Today (TNT) citizen participation  program, Community Development  Block Grant programming, and the AlA's Sustainable Design Assessment  Team (SDAT) program, as well as other housing, planning, and community development related initiatives.

Andrew sits on the board of directors of FOCUS Greater Syracuse, the Downtown Committee of Syracuse, the Onondaga County Resource Recovery Agency (OCRRA), Leadership Greater Syracuse, Syracuse MetroNet, the Onondaga Citizens League, the Onondaga County Agriculture and Farmland Protection Board, and serves on the Onondaga Lake Watershed Partnership, Onondaga County Agriculture Council, the Central New York Regional Planning and Development Board, and the Syracuse Metropolitan  Transportation  Council.

He received his B.A. in History and American Studies from St. John Fisher College in Rochester, NY, and his Masters in Public Administration from the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University.

Andrew was born and raised in Syracuse, NY, and is a proud graduate of the Syracuse City School District.

Craig Milburn

Managing Partner at Brown & Sanford Consulting and has been working with Honeywell as a full-time consultant on the Onondaga Lake project since 2004. He oversees Honeywell's communications, community affairs, and government relations programs associated with their work on Onondaga Lake. He works closely with community members on the Onondaga Lake Citizen Participation Working Group, local stakeholders and government officials to keep them apprised of the progress with the lake cleanup. Craig has overseen three community planning projects that gathered community input for future uses of Honeywell-owned land along Onondaga Lake. He's lived in Central New York since 1994 and is a 2007 graduate of Leadership Greater Syracuse


Zach Monge

Has been a Project Engineer with CH2M HILL for 3-1/2 years after receiving his Masters in Environmental Engineering from UMass – Amherst and Bachelors in Environmental Engineering from UConn. At CH2M HILL he has designed more than 25 Save the Rain projects and overseen the construction of more than 40 Save the Rain projects. These projects have ranged from smaller vacant lot projects, to natural treatment projects like the Zoo Stormwater Wetland and Cistern to large scale green corridors like the West Onondaga and Westcott Street Green Corridor projects completed in 2013. Zach is the task manager for the Harbor Brook CSO 018 Constructed Wetlands Pilot Treatment System project, and in this role, he has overseen construction closeout, and the start-up of the monitoring program. In the future, Zach will coordinate the 2 year-pilot monitoring program, collect samples from the wetlands for analysis and tabulate data for regulatory submission.


Allison A Muehe, PE, LEED AP, ENV SP

Ms. Muehe earned a Masters of Engineering from Cornell University in Environmental Engineering after a Bachelor of Science from Carnegie Mellon University in Chemical Engineering with a minor in Manufacturing Management and Consulting. Her Masters’ project work was completed during her Peace Corps assignment in Uganda during 2006-2008. Since graduation, Ms. Muehe has worked in the Energy and Environment Group, Solid Waste Group, and Water Group for GHD, Inc., a Civil/Environmental Engineering Consulting firm and for the past year has been involved with energy efficiency and renewable energy projects with the Antares Group Inc. In her spare time, Ms. Muehe is an executive officer of the Greater Syracuse Area Society of Women Engineers, enjoys playing team sports and homesteading with her boyfriend, and has a dog named Bella.


Alex Poisson

A Ph.D. student in Ecological Economics at SUNY-ESF, interested in evolution, energy transitions and the history of science. He is also ESF’s campus Sustainability Coordinator, working with Michael Kelleher (Director) at the College’s Office of Energy and Sustainability. In 2011, Alex completed his Master of Science at McGill University, in Ecological Economics, preceded by a Bachelor’s of Arts and Science, also at the McGill School of the Environment. As an undergraduate, Alex helped found McGill’s Office of Sustainability, following a senior year Sustainability assessment project of the University. He continued to stay involved in campus Sustainability as a graduate student in Montreal, by co-founding an annual Sustainability Symposium (now in its fourth year). At ESF, Alex has become increasingly interested in implementing innovative local food systems that can also help create a culture of biodiversity awareness and stewardship. He is helping to coordinate a new vision and multi- year project for the College’s campus grounds, tentatively called the “Edible Landscape”. The project will strive to slowly “transform under-utilized campus spaces into delicious and ecologically functional habitats” using edible wild perennial flowers, shrubs and trees.


Amanda Sopchak

A Planner in the Energy Management Program at the Central New York Regional Planning and Development Board (CNY RPDB). She works primarily with local municipalities in the five-county region (Cayuga, Cortland, Madison, Onondaga, and Oswego) to complete climate action planning work. Amanda provides technical assistance to local municipalities to create Greenhouse Gas Inventories and Climate Action Plans in order for the municipalities to better understand how they use energy and create associated emissions and to set goals to reduce energy use, emissions, and become more sustainable. Amanda received her Master’s degree in Environmental Studies with a focus in policy at the State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry in the spring of 2013 and has since been working with CNY RPDB in this capacity.

Wendong Tao

Dr. Wendong Tao

Wendong Tao is an assistant professor in Environmental Resources Engineering at SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry. After receiving a MS degree in Environmental Geoscience from Beijing Normal University, he worked on water pollution control and environmental assessment projects for 9 years in China. He received his PhD degree in Environmental Engineering from The University of British Columbia, Vancouver. For doctoral thesis research, he investigated chemical and biological processes for woodwaste leachate treatment in constructed wetlands, at laboratory, mesocosm, and pilot scales. At ESF, his research has been focusing on constructed wetlands and gravel biofilters for nitrogen and copper removal. He has published more than 20 peer-reviewed papers on constructed wetlands. In early 2013, he joined the ESF team for the Harbor Brook CSO 018 Constructed Wetlands Treatment System pilot study. The 2nd part of his research is to develop technologies to recover nutrients and energy from bio-residues as chemicals, fertilizer, and biogas.


Prof. Tim Toland

Tim Toland, RLA, ASLA, LEED-AP, MLA, SUNY-ESF, 1998 Associate Professor, Department of Landscape Architecture, SUNY Environmental Science and Forestry. Tim’s research interests focus on applications of green infrastructure in difficult climates, with the goal of improving designer’s decision making processes by providing tested and proven information. With a background in practice and degrees in both horticulture and design, Tim is able to bring together the issues of hardscape and softscape for the creation of innovative and enduring installations. His approach is interdisciplinary and inclusive, looking to make all participants active stakeholders in the design and implementation process.