Greetings! Thursday, July 18 is International Nelson Mandela Day. Worldwide, individuals and organizations are taking time out to contribute 67 minutes as “service to one’s fellow human” as a way to honor the life and work of Nelson Mandela. Why 67? Mandela devoted 67 years of his life to social change.
From 11:30 AM until 12:37 PM on July 18, ASLF staff and other volunteers will be working in our urban vegetable garden. These will include Syracuse Bhutanese refugees, with whom we have been working recently on establishing a community center on the North Side. After the 67 minutes of service, we will have a light lunch. We would love for you to attend our Mandela Day celebration, and participate in the service. We are at 658 West Onondaga Street in Syracuse. Simply let us know if you plan on attending. Thank you.
ASLF’s headquarters was a scene of celebration and reflection as environmental activists, government leaders, and agency friends convened December 6 to mark our 30th anniversary as an environmental group. We commemorated the accomplishments made since 1982 and showcased current projects that so essentially need the support of everyone who cares to make a difference. These include: urban agriculture, urban forestry, green infrastructure, green jobs, water resource management, and environmental communication to undeserved groups. Please feel free to make a donation towards any of the program areas listed above (just specify in an email or on your check). Checks can be made payable to: Atlantic States Legal Foundation, and can be mailed to 658 W. Onondaga St. Syracuse, NY 13210. You can also use the online credit card donation feature located here on our website. Thank you and have a great New Year!
As recent inductees into the United Nations, ASLF has been invited to partake in the RIO + 20 conference on Sustainable Environment. For more information about this conference please go to http://www.uncsd2012.org . More news will come as ASLF decides on what role it partakes in the conference in the coming months.
The Low Impact Development Symposium of 2011 has accepted an abstract submitted by the Atlantic States Legal Foundation. The ASLF staff gave a presentation on September 27 at the Symposium in Philadelphia. With a theme of Greening the Urban Environment, this conference brings together three separate organizations: the 19th National Nonpoint Source Monitoring Workshop, the 5th National LID Conference and the 2011 Pennsylvania Stormwater Management Symposium, into a single venue to share information, exchange ideas, demonstrate technologies and discuss utilizing LID strategies to address changes to water quality and quantity in the urban environment.
The ASLF presentation shared with the community the experiences gained from the process that took Onondaga County from struggling to comply with the Amended Consent Judgment (ACJ) court order to being named by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) as one of the nation’s top 10 leaders in using green infrastructure to reduce combined sewer overflows (CSOs). Challenges that any entity may have to deal with when pursuing green infrastructure in their community and the benefits of green infrastructure practices were also discussed in the presentation.
Mathew Millea, the Deputy County Executive, and Brian Marengo of CH2M Hill, also presented on the County’s Save the Rain program, which made Onondaga County one of the places most frequently referenced at the conference for its aggressive green infrastructure program.