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Upstate New York Student Summit
New Visions, New Cities: New Orleans
Savannah Dhu Conference Center
October 28-30, 2005
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Visionary students of all majors are sought to participate in a summit that will produce recommendations for the development of a new generation of cities for the 21 st century. The summit will focus on the opportunity for the “new” New Orleans to be the international showcase for next-generation cities in the U.S. Envisioned next-generation cities will incorporate advances in multiple technologies to realize dramatic improvements in health, quality of life, and security of its citizens while ensuring sustainable urban ecosystems.

The summit will be held October 28-30 at Savannah Dhu Lodge, an extraordinary retreat and conference center in Savannah, NY that offers spectacular opportunities for outdoor recreation (see The program for the summit includes opportunities for participants to interact with representatives from several leading technology companies.  Discussions will explore the entire realm of possibilities, from housing to transportation, and music to architecture. Recommendations developed at the summit will be presented by selected participants at briefings in Washington DC to members of Congress and leaders of major corporations.

The event is jointly sponsored by Destiny USA, The United States Chamber Foundation and Syracuse University. Transportation to and from Savannah Dhu, accommodations, and food will be provided by Destiny USA at no cost to participants.

Engagement of Syracuse University students is being coordinated through the Soling Program with the participation of the Renée Crown University Honors Program; each program encourages participants to use collaborative experiences gained through the summit as part of their academic programs.

The Syracuse Center of Excellence in Environmental and Energy Systems is facilitating engagement of students from institutions across Upstate New York, including Clarkson University, Cornell University, Ithaca College, Lemoyne College, Onondaga County Community College, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry, and SUNY Oswego.

The number of summit participants is limited by the lodging facilities at Savannah Dhu. Participants will be selected to include a diverse range of backgrounds and interests. Students who were displaced from Gulf Coast institutions due to Hurricanes Katrina and Rita are especially encouraged to apply. The deadline for applications is 5pm, Thursday, Oct. 20.

We wish to thank students who have applied.

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