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March 3, 2014

Ideas burst forth at Sustainability Summit


“We live in a difficult world,” he said. “For every downside, there is a tremendous upside potential.”

Sustainability means learning to “live green” and consider the needs of populations living seven generations from now, among other considerations, Murphy said. A sustainability plan addresses not only energy and water conservation but also considers other factors that shape a community.

“It’s about improving the quality of life,” Murphy said.

The summit was open to the public. Registration for the summit was $15 at the door or $10 in advance. Organizers said sponsors included SUNY Oneonta, Hartwick College, Casella Waste Systems Inc., Drogen Electric Supply, Sodexo and the Future for Oneonta Foundation.

Oneonta Mayor Dick Miller said he and co-host town Supervisor Robert Wood were pleased at the turnout. The work-group reports presented new options and some ideas in existing programs, which may as a result be further emphasized, Miller said.

“This has been an extremely gratifying morning,” Miller said.

Wood said he looks forward to the implementation of some of the ideas proposed. “There was a real lot of positive energy,” he said.

Melissa Allen, a participant in the water resources group and director of financial aid at Hartwick College, said the attendance showed a commitment to determining steps that will make the community more sustainable.

“I was heartened to see the large turnout today from all sectors of the community,’’ Allen said.

Joseph Yelich, superintendent of the Oneonta City School District, participated on the economic development working group. The summit generated a lot of “really good conversation”” that can lead toward action, he said.

“Working together going forward is the way we’re going to get this done,” Yelich said.

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