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February 27, 2014

Summit to discuss Oneonta's sustainability

Oneonta’s environmental and economic vitality will be the focus of a meeting Saturday that will combine teaching and brainstorming components to plan for the community’s future.

The Oneonta Sustainability Summit at the Morris Conference Center at the State University College at Oneonta will be from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. The public event welcomes anyone interested in developing and maintaining a thriving community, organizers said.

By Tuesday afternoon, more than 60 people had registered for the summit, organizers said. The fee, which includes lunch, is $10 for registering in advance at eventbrite.com and $15 at the door.

Energy use, economic development, transportation, land use and livable communities, among other topics, will be addressed, and in addition to comments by speakers, attendees will meet in discussion groups.

The summit grew from discussions after an Oneonta city task force completed a report in June on “Oneonta 2030: Growing into a Sustainable Community.” The city and town of Oneonta are hosts of the summit.

In recent years, summits have been held in Oneonta on the arts and economic development.

This summit will provide opportunities to gather ideas about the use and stewardship of community resources and possible paths of sustainability, according to Mark Davies, chairman of the Oneonta 2030 Sustainability Task Force.

“This is a way to jump start a whole lot of ideas,” Davies said Wednesday. “It is certainly a beginning — and an exciting beginning.”

The Oneonta 2030 Sustainability Task Force discussed many issues facing the city of Oneonta and surrounding communities, according to the 16-page report available at www.oneonta.ny.us through a link to the city clerk’s webpage.

Oneonta 2030 is a plan to preserve the community’s environmental health and vitality by examining, preserving and enhancing natural resources, the report said, and it calls for measures to reduce energy use and pollution and to build a “healthy food infrastructure and network” during by 2030.

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