Synapse Partners actively invests in and promotes sustainable initiatives that demonstrate our commitment to implementation of our personal business and social beliefs. Synapse seeks to be part of the global solution through community action.
For this reason, our founders, Eckardt C. Beck and Vita DeMarchi, also founded Synapse Sustainability Trust, Inc., a not-for-profit 501C3, community based organization whose mission is to: lessen the burdens on government/education institutes; foster public awareness and participation in sustainable environmental initiatives; and provide technical assistance to local government, educational, and community stakeholders.
Synapse Sustainability Trust partnered with NYSERDA to develop EVPass (tm) and the CNY electric vehicle Destination Charging Network, the first area-wide transportation plan in the USA to be based on the concept of providing charging services "where the car wants to go, not where it lives." Some 68 electric vehicle charging stations were sited at New York shopping malls, including DestinyUSA, higher education institutions such as SUNY-ESF, entertainment venues such as the JFK Arena in Rome, NY and the Oncenter Convention Center in Syracuse, NY; and 39 downtown commuter parking locaitons in Syracuse, NY. In April, 2013, EVPass and the CNY Network were acquired by Car Charging Group, Inc. (OTCQB: CCGI), a nationwide provider of convenient electric vehicle charging services.
The Restoration Tree Trust is another initiative of Synapse Sustainability Trust. The objective of Restoration Tree Trust is to foster urban and rural reforestation to make a difference on a local and global level by working collaboratively with multiple stakeholders. Restoration Tree Trust's activities and products address environmental issues, land use and reuse, including greenhouse gas emissions, renewable energy and energy management with sustainable site development and long term stewardship. In the past 18 months, in conjunction with the Audubon Society, Ducks Unlimited and BK Leach, Restoration Tree Trust planted over 5000 trees io aid reforestation of migratory flyways.
Energy in the 21st Century is Synapse Sustainability Trust's renowned annual Symposium directed and chaired by Rhea Jezer, Ph.D. Held for the ninth time on April 12, 2013, this year's theme was "Planning for a Net Zero Energy Footprint." It featured the most distinguished experts on the topics of Net Zero Definitions and Possibilities, Secure Energy, NYC's initiatives Toward Sustainability, Community Inititives for Net Zero, Alternative Fuels and Transportation, and How to Finance and Launch Local Energy Projects. The Symposium was attended by an overflow crowd with visitors from numerous states, and Canada.
UBRC (Universal Brownfield Restoration Corporation) is one of our earliest initiatives. Its efforts have been directed at promoting Smart Growth communities through approaches that reclaim distressed and underutilized property and promote economic redevelopment in former industrial areas by: • returning land to active community use • creating private redevelopment opportunity • simply transforming a blighted space into an aesthetically inspiring passive space.
CuseCar has been an initiative by which Synapse Sustainability Trust explored Syracuse, NY's interest in supporting a hybrid and electric car sharing opportunity. We found that only certain neighborhoods, with people who live in a small radius of each other, or who work at the same location, were successful at sustaining a car sharing group. We ourselves are not running a sharing program at this time. However we are available to advise and help self formed groups, landlords, employers, hotel management, to establish car sharing programs centered around their specific communities.