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Jessica Chesher

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Resource Spotlight: New York State Center for Excellence



The New York State Center for Excellence in Environmental and Energy Systems in Syracuse is one of a number of Centers of Excellence and Centers for Advanced Technology supported by the State of New York through Empire State Development and NYSTAR to coordinate research and resources in specific areas.  The focus of the Syracuse Center of Excellence is on energy efficient buildings.The COE has a number of resources to accomplish this including an impressive, state of the art, Platinum LEED building and staff savvy about all aspects of efficient buildings. Ed Bogucz, the Executive Director, leads a multi-faceted team available to work with established companies, university researchers and start-ups. The beauty of COE’s is the centralization of knowledge and contacts regarding an area of practice for the benefit of New York innovation ecosystem. The Center is also the “far” upper west side to new building technology in New York City. 

Areas of proficiency include energy efficient windows, acoustics, heating systems, cooling systems and lighting. It also researches intelligent controls. 

The Center is also home to the Strategically Targeted Academic Research (STAR) Center for Environmental Quality Systems (EQSTAR). Syracuse University leads the consortium of 11 research organizations that have joined forces to create EQSTAR. Backed by a NYSTAR award of $15 million, the EQSTAR is a first-of-its-kind research facility serving as catalyst for research and development collaborations among more than 100 researchers in environmental quality systems. 

The Center is planning the Symposium on Energy, April 12, 2013. The theme is A Future Using Net Zero Energy. The goal of net zero energy is to produce all energy needs from on-site renewable sources. The Net Zero Army installations are a successful example of this on a large scale project, and experts in this area will convene to discuss how the army model can be used in smaller efforts for communities, institutions and individual businesses and homeowners. 

Speakers include Secretary Katherine Hammack, primary advisor to the Secretary of the Army and Chief of Staff of the Army on all army matters related to installation policy, oversight and coordination of energy security and management; Jonathan Powers, the Executive Director of the White House Council of Environmental Quality responsible for the promotion of environmental and energy sustainability in Federal agencies and the implementation of Federal Sustainability and the GreenGov initiative; Jerry Davis, a Senior Engineer at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), the U.S. Department of Energy's primary national laboratory for renewable energy and energy efficiency research and development; Sergej Mahnovski, Ph.D, Director of Energy Policy, NYC Office of the Mayor. Sergej is the principal energy advisor responsible for managing NYC energy policy; Chris Carrick, Director of Central New York Regional Planning &Development Board, and manager of the Climate Change Innovation Program (C2IP), funded by a Climate Showcase Communities grant from the U.S. EPA, which provides financial and technical assistance to local municipalities.

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