Cornell hopes to help revive Utica

Recently reported in UTHICAOD.com

The city faces immense challenges on its way back to economic vitality – from hundreds of millions of dollars worth of crumbling infrastructure, to neighborhoods hollowed out by a loss of middle class residents, to the barely audible legislative peep it registers when compared to the powerhouse cities of downstate and Western New York.

But those traits are exactly what several optimistic professors from Cornell University are looking for, and why they’ve selected Utica as one of two cities for its Rust to Green program that seeks pathways for urban rebounds. The other city is Binghamton.

“An interesting part about these cities, they are particularly poised to undertake a recovery,” said Jamie Vanucchi, a lecturer in Cornell’s school of landscape architecture.

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NY State Governor signs Green Building Act

Governor David A. Paterson recently signed the State Green Building Construction Act. The new law gives OGS the authority to develop and implement new green building standards for New York State.

“The State of New York is committed to integrating sustainable design principles and energy efficiency into its building design and construction projects. The goal is an optimal balance of environmental, public and human benefits for meeting the state’s construction needs,” said Governor David A. Paterson. “Over the years OGS has demonstrated its ability to put policy into practice through its sustainable policies and LEED-certified green buildings program. I am confident that OGS will chart a sustainable path for environmentally sound, healthy and productive environments.”

SOURCE: OGS (NY)