“Petroleum Addiction Rehabilitation Summit”

Fifty of the nation’s leading environmental experts, Renewable Energy manufacturers, policy leaders and public officials met near Syracuse, New York last week, to develop recommendations for the U.S. government about powerful green technology and Renewable Energy solutions to our nation’s dependence on oil.

Syracuse, New York – August 19, 2002 [SolarAccess.com] The proposed technology solutions will help advance several large green building efforts currently underway and will be utilized at DestiNY USA, the planned resort destination that once completed in 2004, will be the world’s largest “green” building. “Our goals?” says Congressman Sherwood Boehlert, Chairman of the House Science Committee. “Nothing short of changing the way America thinks about energy, and eliminating the world’s dependence on oil.” International “green” building experts from The Rocky Mountain Institute, the U.S. Green Buildings Council, the Center for Energy and Climate Solutions, the National Renewable Energy Labs and Think Green; executives from leading international renewable energy companies; and government leaders from Washington, D.C. and Albany, New York’s capital, will come together at the Savannah Dhu Lodge to discuss 1) the literal transformation of Syracuse, into a green world-class resort destination, and 2) the entire region’s emergence as the “Silicon Valley” of Environmental Sciences and Renewable Energy. Among the leaders attending the first of two “Petroleum Addiction Rehabilitation Summits” (the second to be held in Washington, DC in September): – Peter Bahouth, former chairman, Greenpeace International, Turner Foundation – U.S. Representative Sherwood Boehlert (R-New Hartford), Chairman House Science Committee – U.S. Representative, James Walsh (R-Syracuse) – William D. Browning, founder, Rocky Mountain Institute – Robert J. Congel, CEO/developer, DestiNY USA – S. Richard Fedrizzi, founding chairman, U.S. Green Buildings Council – David Gottfried, founder of WorldBuilding, Inc. – Rodger LaFavre, CFO, Spire Corporation (photovoltaics) – Lee Eng Lock, founder, Electric Eye Pte, Ltd., Singapore – Joseph Romm, Director, Center for Energy & Climate Solutions – Greg Silvestri, COO, Plug Power (fuel cell systems) – Walter R. Stahel, Product Life Institute, Switzerland – Che Wall, Advanced Environmental Concepts, Australia – Marc Zanchetta, Battle McCarthy, United Kingdom Building big; building green The discussions were expected to advance several mega-scale green building efforts, including DestiNY USA, a US$2.2 billion resort complex planned as the largest “green” building in the world. In addition to 400+ retailers, the 15-million-square-foot retail and entertainment project located on Onondaga Lake will feature 4,000 hotel rooms, 30 restaurants and cafes, a 20-screen movie complex, 3 world-class golf courses, a 6-story rock and ice climbing wall and a 68-acre indoor domed park. “Built completely climate positive and free of fossil fuels on brownfields, DestiNY USA will further energy and environmental technology and reduce costs for projects that are more mainstream in size and scope in terms of development and land rehabilitation,” said its developer, Robert Congel. Participants in the Summit will also be reviewing proposed plans for the development of the Petroleum Addiction Rehabilitation Park (PARP), a 380-acre research and manufacturing campus to be set adjacent to DestiNY USA, which will serve as a living lab for the Park. “With a 380-acre research and manufacturing campus adjacent to the resort district, DestiNY USA will be an ever-evolving showplace for the technology that will change the way America and the world think about the environment and energy,” said Congel. Among the topics scheduled to be addressed at the Summit: – International models of large-scale green development that have driven technology and economic development – Environmental/energy issues and prospective green technology solutions to our nation’s dependence on oil – Presentation of the summary document reflecting the problem recommendations and opportunities developed by environmental industry experts at a summit held in April 2002 – Environmental policy and priorities for DestiNY USA and PARP – Green and renewable energy manufacturers – Opportunities for global technology advancement at PARP Global mega-scale projects that are earth-friendly Many of the panelists have worked on some of the most significant green building projects in the world, including the “Greening of the White House,” the Pentagon Renovation Project, the Sydney 2000 Olympic Village, New York City’s Battery Park City and 4 Times Square, the National Geographic Society headquarters in Washington, D.C. and Playa Vista and Civano, two residential, mixed-use sustainable communities.
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