53 New Projects to Benefit from Enitiative Grant Funding
Green Energy Co-Op, Redhouse Arts Radio Among 53 New Projects to Benefit from Enitiative Grant Funding
Thursday, September 4, 2008
Enitiative–the Syracuse Campus-Community Entrepreneurship Initiative–has awarded funding for 53 new projects centered on neighborhoods, arts and culture, and technology that connect campus and community through entrepreneurship.
Funding for the projects is part of a $3 million, five-year grant awarded to Syracuse University by the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation of Kansas City, Mo., as part of its Kauffman Campuses initiative. The foundation’s vision is to foster a society of economically independent individuals who are engaged citizens, contributing to the improvement of their communities.
Among the projects, Michael Kelleher and Neal Abrams from the SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry (SUNY-ESF) have been awarded an Enitiative grant to develop a green energy cooperative. Scientists from SUNY-ESF and business students from SU’s Whitman School of Management will develop a business to deliver biodiesel to SU and SUNY-ESF made from waste oils from the campuses.
“We are excited to help SUNY-ESF and SU students develop a Green Energy Cooperative that will deliver environmental benefits to our campuses,” says Kelleher, director of renewable energy systems at SUNY-ESF. “We think that the experience of science and business students working together will foster understanding and teamwork in their future careers.”
Joanna Spitzner, assistant professor in SU’s College of Visual and Performing Arts, and Natalia Mount, managing director of the Redhouse Arts Center, have been awarded an Enitiative grant to create Redhouse Arts Radio.
Redhouse Arts Radio will use the latest trends in Internet technology to become more sustainable by broadening its reach into the local and global community. The radio station will deliver an MP3 stream and podcast archive of music, discussion, documentaries, theater, literature and audio art. Its programming will be developed with existing businesses, cultural and community groups in Syracuse, as well as through curriculum connections at SU. Le Moyne College students have been involved in the planning process and will continue to work on the creation and implementation of this new venture.
“The Kauffman funding has enabled us to fund great faculty and community members with great ideas,” says Bruce Kingma, associate provost for entrepreneurship and innovation at SU. “Faculty and students at the six Central New York Kauffman campuses have shown they are willing to connect with entrepreneurial and innovative organizations to make a difference. We will see the fruits of these efforts for years to come.”
Among the other projects being funded:
Descriptions of all of the funded projects can be viewed on the Enitiative website.
The next deadline for Enitiative proposals is July 1, 2009. To apply for a grant, visit www.entrepreneurship.syr.edu or contact the ExCEL Center at Syracuse University at (315) 443- 7086 or firstname.lastname@example.org.