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August 12, 2010 The Onondaga Earth Corps. (OEC) Youth-led Green Festival takes place at Kirk Park from noon until 4:00pm. Children, youth and community members can enjoy games, music, food, fun and prizes with OEC crew members. Highlights will include a rap produced by the youth, games and displays to help convey the importance of green infrastructure and the environment, and a prize wheel. Youth planned the festival as part of a youth-led project for the OEC summer program. The OEI has been partnering with the OEC and providing instruction on various green infrastructure topics throughout the Summer.

August 5, 2010 OEI's Amy Samuels teamed up with the Onondaga Earth Corps. (OEC) to coordinate a green landscape makeover for a home included in the Block Blitz. The makeover included environmentally friendly landscaping as well as installation of rain barrels. The OEC will return to the property in the fall to to plant trees.

July 27, 2010 Rain garden installation event - Onondaga Environmental Institute is working with Onondaga County’s Department of Water Environment Protection to develop a demonstration rain garden and supporting educational materials, including a maintenance booklet, sign, brochure, and photo “tour” of the process. The rain garden will be located on METRO property on Hiawatha Boulevard, Syracuse.

July 16, 2010 Amy Samuels of Onondaga Environmental Institute and the Onondaga Earth Corps youth organized activities and games for youth from the Southwest Community Center (Syracuse).  This was part of “Onondaga Lake Day”, an event planned by Mat Weber of Project Watershed and held at Willow Bay, Onondaga Lake Park on July 16th.  Other activities were created and staffed by volunteers from SUNY-ESF, New York State Parks and Recreation, Central NY Chapter of the Izaak Walton League of America, Project Watershed, and Southwest Community Center staff and volunteers. All activities were hands-on, interactive, and centered on watershed issues, green infrastructure, stormwater, and the fish, wildlife, and history of Onondaga Lake. The kids from the Southwest Community Center had a great time while learning about nature and conservation.

July 14, 2010OEI's Amy Samuels will be presenting a FREE Water and Wallet Friendly Homes and Landscapes class at Home Headquarters from 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm as part of their Home Ownership Summer Support Series. Click to view complete list of Home Ownership Summer Series presentations.

July 6, 2010 U.S. Representative Dan Maffei and U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand celebrate the future of Onondaga Lake with the introduction of the Onondaga Lake Restoration Act, joined by elected officials and citizens at the Inner Harbor. The Onondaga Lake Restoration Act embraces a holistic approach, building upon a long standing federal commitment to restore and protect Onondaga Lake, part of the Great Lakes watershed.  Onondaga Lake is sacred to the Onondaga Nation, revered as the birthplace of democracy, and suffered a century of abuse from open dumping of industrial toxic and municipal pollution. The Onondaga Lake Watershed Council will be administered by the Onondaga Environmental Institute. More...

June 18, 2010The long-awaited Fedge Phase 1) will be installed next week along Onondaga Creek. The students and staff at the Expeditionary Learning School (ELMS) near Clary have planned, prepared and are now in the process of implementing this ground-breaking project. It was undertaken as a citizens' action response to the Onondaga Creek Revitalization Plan and Valley TNT Neighborhood Plans, which both call for eventually replacing chain-link fences along Onondaga Creek with a vegetative barrier of diverse native plants (ie, "fedge"). During the early part of the week the students will be preparing the ground of the 10 x 20 ft plot. The plants come Thursday, June 17, and will be planted Friday, June 18. Weather permitting they are working 8-10 am preparing the plot by removing turf, adding compost, etc. All are invited to join, grab a shovel or cheer them on!

May 31, 2010 OEI congratulates Neighbors of Onondaga Nation, Partnership for Onondaga Creek, Citizens Campaign for the Environment and Sierra Club for sponsoring the Syracuse showing of Gasland, an award-winning documentary about the hazards of hydrofracking for gas. Gasland’s premier will be June 11, 2010, 7pm at the Palace Theater, 2384 James Street.

May 19, 2010 Michael Spada of Upstate Freshwater Institute, which has partnered with OEI on several projects, has organized a field trip, sponsored by the Onondaga Lake Partnership, to Onondaga Lake for local high school students (Syracuse Post-Standard). More...

May 24, 2010 The OEI would like to welcome Sarah Wraight and Janaile Spence as our newest staff members. Sarah will be a temporary staff writer producing educational materials for the Onondaga Nation Environmental Monitoring and Cultural Awareness Program. Janaile will be our new graphic design intern.

May 12, 2010 OEI would like to welcome intern Matt Rozycko, to the company. Matt, a senior at Paul V. Moore High School in Central Square, NY, will be joining us through the Career Exploration Internship Program coordinated by Partners in Education and Business. The internship will introduce Matt to work in the non-profit sector dealing with current environmental issues. OEI is very pleased to have the opportunity to work with Matt, and looks forward to working with future interns.

May 7, 2010 Syracuse, NY – The Onondaga Lake Partnership (OLP) awarded seven mini grants for the 2010 program totaling $23,765.67.  Funding will support various green infrastructure, and lake and watershed education programs in the community including More...

October 23, 2010 OEI sponsors a room at the United Way - Success By 6 2010 Book Fest at Hughes Elementary Middle School. The theme of the this years Book Fest was "Read, Reuse, Recycle", so Success By ^ coordinators contacted OEI to participate. OEI was happy to volunteer. OEI employees took turns reading "The Snowflake: A Water Cycle Story" by Neil Waldman, to kids as they stopped by their room. Although, the kids enjoyed story time, they seemed understandably distracted by the EnviroScape: watershed/non point source model, which, OEI volunteers also took turns demonstrating for the kids and their parents. Please check back soon for pictures.

October 18, 2010 OEI is seeking a full-time Executive Assistant (Job Description). Qualified applicants please email your resume and salary requirements to outreach@oei2.org with Executive Assistant in the subject heading.

September 30, 2010 OEI would like to congratulate Les Monostory for being one of the six national finalist for Field and Stream's Heroes of Conservation Award. Mr. Monostory and the Izaak Walton League of America (Central New York Chapter) are partners of the OEI.

Article from the Syracuse Post-Standard by David Figura.

"Izaak Walton League member Les Monostory, of Fayetteville, is one of the six national finalists for Field and Stream’s Heroes of Conservation Award. Monostory will be honored Oct. 6 when the magazine hosts its fifth annual Heroes of Conservation Awards gala in Washington, D.C.

Monostory, 67, a retired environmental planner, was initially recognized in Field and Stream’s June issue. The magazine highlighted Monostory’s accomplishments — particularly his efforts as the founder of the Central New York Chapter of the Izaak Walton League of America more than 20 years ago, a group in which he is still actively involved.

The magazine noted: “He also helped start Project Watershed, an outreach program that recruits high school and elementary students to clean up and monitor local lakes and streams. He continues his decades-long effort to clean up Onondaga Lake.”

Monostory appears again in this month’s issue of Field and Stream, in which the finalists are announced. As a finalist, he will be awarded at least $5,000 by Toyota, which co-sponsors the award. The grand prize winner will also receive a Toyota 4Runner.

Monostory has already been given $500 for being featured in the magazine’s June issue."

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