Syracuse, N.Y. has made great strides in becoming green. The Bureau of Planning & Sustainability was developed for the planning, coordination and execution of the mayor's sustainability initiatives, major planning and urban design projects, and both intradepartmental and interdepartmental administrative and planning efforts to ensure consistency with and progression of the mayor's agenda for a greener city moving forward.
This bureau is responsible for advancing sustainability initiatives including but not limited to those pertaining to energy, clean air, clean water, storm water management, smart growth, green building, natural resource protection, environmental advocacy and education, as well as interaction with local, state and federal agencies such as the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC), the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA), the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the US Department of Energy (DOE), and other governmental and non-governmental agencies.
The bureau helps the city with the creation and/or implementation of plans and other administrative tools related to land use, zoning, historic preservation, public art, brownfield management, and urban architectural and landscape design. Additionally, the bureau will work with individual city departments to assist in the creation of plans that will help guide operations in the most effective and efficient manner toward a greener future.