The Bioeconomy Development Institute (BDI)

BDI is a leading research and development organization dedicated to state, regional, and national bioeconomy development efforts.

New York’s Scoping Plan

The Scoping Plan is the framework for how New York will reduce greenhouse gas emissions and achieve net-zero emissions, increase renewable energy use, and ensure all communities equitably benefit in the clean energy transition.

Climate & Applied Forest Research Institute (CAFRI)

The Climate & Applied Forest Research Institute (CAFRI) was founded by SUNY ESF and Cornell College of Agriculture and Life Sciences in 2018 to provide policymakers and the public with knowledge and tools.

Core Values

In order for the Upstate 2.0 Bioeconomy Engine to thrive, it must reflect and involve the communities it serves. We seek to grow the participation and access to leadership for tribal communities and under-represented groups. Our regional, inclusive effort values:

  • Supporting access to those who have historically lacked entry points to the bioeconomy, technologies, policies, supply chains, entrepreneurship, and workforce development.
  • Prioritizing the inclusion of those with a broad background, knowing that such diversity promotes stronger creativity and teams.
  • Recognizing the different circumstances of people, promoting fairness and justice, and the resources required to address imbalances.
  • Practicing providing equal access to those who may be excluded.

The engine team commits to embedding these values throughout the leadership and in all stages of development and implementation of this project.

We commit to continually improving our approach to incorporating these values through learning and adaptivity.

Land Acknowledgement

SUNY ESF is located within the original territory of the Onondaga Nation, the Central Fire and Wampum Keepers of the Six Nations of the Haudenosaunee Confederacy. The Haudenosaunee Confederacy is an alliance of six sovereign Nations with a historic and contemporary presence on this land. ESF’s college’s main campus, its Heiberg Forest and its Lafayette Road Experiment Station are all within the Land Rights Action of the Onondaga Nation. The Onondaga Nation maintains its own distinct government, language and customs based on a smaller portion of its original land base located south of Syracuse.

Cornell University is located on the traditional homelands of the Gayogo̱hó:nǫɁ (the Cayuga Nation). The Confederacy precedes the establishment of Cornell University, New York state, and the United States of America. We acknowledge the painful history of Gayogo̱hó:nǫɁ dispossession, and honor the ongoing connection of Gayogo̱hó:nǫɁ people, past and present, to these lands and waters. We honor their many contributions, including the original philosophy and practice of sustainability and environmental stewardship, and their important contributions to the federal democratic government structure we in the United States value today. We extend deep gratitude to these original people, and to the other animals, plants, and living organisms of these lands.

Cornell & SUNY ESF Summary and Vision

Our eventual Engine aims to “transition Upstate New York (NY) from a fossil-fuel dependent, economically declining region to an inclusive, prosperous, sustainable Climate Smart Bioeconomy”. The Engine will be aligned with the NY Climate Act and will achieve its goals by supporting technologies, policies, supply chains, entrepreneurship, workforce development, and
disadvantaged communities.