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SUNY-ESF, Czech Tech to examine sustainable systems in Caz

— What are the opportunities for developing sustainable food and energy systems in Cazenovia compared to a similar town in the Czech Republic?

This is the question addressed by students in the landscape architecture department at SUNY-ESF and students from the Czech Technical University in Prague, as part of a cross-cultural workshop that will be conducted in Cazenovia during the week of Dec. 10.

Students will develop design ideas for Cazenovia and the town of Slavonice in the Czech Republic, both of similar size, but with very different situations. Slavonice sits on the Czech border with Austria and has undergone extensive change with Communist collectivization and then post-Communist privatization. This situation is compared with Cazenovia at the edge of suburban growth on the one hand and the challenges of maintaining viability of farming on the other.

In both places students have worked with farmers, new energy and food initiatives and other community members as part of the process of developing visions for sustainable landscapes of food and energy.

A public presentation of the results of the workshop will be held in the Cazenovia Public Library Community Room at 4 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 14.

For further information, contact Matt Potteiger at mpotteig@syr.edu.

Mark Potteiger is a Professor for Department of Landscape Architecture at SUNY-ESF.

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