OEI performs outreach and education to develop an informed public, promote environmental ethics and build an environmentally conscious citizenry.

The OEI will foster and conduct formal and non-formal public education and outreach via industry, business, professional societies, academic institutions, public and private schools, environmental organizations, recreational, sporting, neighborhood and citizens groups, electronic and print media, and the internet.  Public education and outreach may be performed independently or as collaborative efforts using a variety of partners, methodologies, and technologies.  Formal education may involve school programs, curriculum and lesson development for teachers and students.  Workshops and in-service training seminars may be used to promote web-based, classroom, and outdoor nature education.  Indoor and field experiences will be implemented through various grants and other sponsored initiatives.  The OEI may produce or supplement activities and events with a diverse array of off-the-shelf or in-house products and materials, including web-pages, audio-visual presentations, kiosk or panel, book or booklet, poster, and pamphlet or brochure.  The OEI will maintain a corporate website that posts and updates OEI projects and activities.  The public may also be informed by public service announcement or news release to local television, radio and newspapers.

Below are some of OEI’s related projects.

Amplifying the Partnership for Onondaga Creek’s Environmental Justice Voice

Central New York (CNY) Watercraft Steward Program

Clean Streets

DeWitt Rotary – Rain Rangers

Engaging EJ Youth in Restoration of Onondaga Lake Watershed

Environmental Science for Green Infrastructure Installation and Maintenance Training

Floatables Assessment Plan

Franklin Park and Park Hill Rain Barrel Programs

Green Infrastructure (GI) Training and Maintenance

Green Infrastructure Training Workshop: Engaging and training EJ communities in the restoration of Onondaga Lake

Growing Syracuse’s Next Generation of Environmental Justice Leaders

Great Lakes Restoration Initiative (GLRI): Improving Aquatic Habitat Connectivity in the Onondaga Creek Watershed for Coldwater Species Restoration, Tully, NY

Lessons for the Mohawk River: Engaging Students in Flood Resiliency Projects in the Age of Climate Change

Lessons for the Mohawk River: Teacher Training & Support

Lessons for the Mohawk River: Youth Engagement and Environmental Stewardship

Local Waterfront Revitalization Project

Our Water, Our Lives

Promoting Healthy Homes in Syracuse Through Public Awareness and Training

Reviving Place: Onondaga Lake Watershed Community Mapping and Environmental Planning Project

Salmon Run – Creekwalk Mosaic Mural

Save the Rain – Rain Barrel Workshops

Support for an education program to engage youth & teachers in a pilot of place-based outdoor and indoor science adventures

Support to create programmatic collaboration with Syracuse youth and Onondaga Nation youth

Translating impact to engender environmental stewardship

Trees for Tribs – Riparian Restoration of the Ley Creek Watershed (Onondaga County, NY)

Youth Exploration in Improving Air Quality

Youth River Education and Recreation Grant – restore a sense of place through science and art