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February 24, 2014

Oneonta's future to be focus of summit

The Oneonta Sustainability Summit scheduled for March 1 will be an interactive discussion about the local economy and environment.

The meeting will be in the Morris Conference Center at the State University College at Oneonta from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.

The event is hosted by the town and city of Oneonta and is open to the public. A fee of $10 in advance and $15 at the door includes snack and lunch, but organizers said space is limited and registration online at eventbrite.com is encouraged.

Neil Murphy of the SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry will be the keynote speaker.

Questions to be addressed include how can the natural surroundings be protected as businesses are attracted to the area in efforts to strengthen the economy and create jobs, according to a notice about the summit. Topics for discussion groups include economic development, transportation, land use and livable communities, water management, materials management, energy and agriculture and forestry.

Sponsors of the summit include SUNY Oneonta, Hartwick College and Drogen Electric Supply.

COLLABORATIVE SEEKS ENERGY-EFFICIENT PROJECTS

The Energy Efficiency Innovation Collaborative, a public-private partnership of energy industry leaders spearheaded by the New York Power Authority, is looking to improve energy efficiency in state buildings and spur economic growth in emerging technologies, a media release said.

The Power Authority plans to finance more than $800 million in energy efficiency projects during the next several years in support of Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s Build Smart NY initiative, the release said. The Power Authority seeks to incorporate emerging energy-saving technologies into the projects it is undertaking at schools, colleges and universities, offices, health-care facilities and other public buildings throughout the state. 

“The goal of this collaborative is to spur the growth of the most promising energy-saving innovations, with a focus on those that match the energy needs of public buildings,” said Gil C. Quiniones, president and chief executive officer, NYPA, said in a prepared statement. “Encouraging highly promising and expanding energy efficiency companies will also offer increased economic development benefits for New York State. In short, it means jobs.”

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