Syracuse Center of Excellence

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The start of the 2020 school year finds parents, teachers and administrators questioning:  "Is it safe to head back to school without a vaccine for COVID-19?"  Researchers at Syracuse University have been researching effective ways air, heating and cooling systems may play to prevent airborne viruses from spreading while inside.  WAER takes you inside for an audio tour.


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Researchers at the Syracuse Center of Excellence are working with Carrier Corp. on whether indoor environments could have impacts on human health and performance. Center Executive Director Ed Bogucz said by controlling factors such as temperature and humidity in buildings, the air quality affects people's productivity.

side view of a house with boarded windows and a flier posted to one window board with Syracuse Landbank logo
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The Greater Syracuse Land Bank is hoping to deal with its most blighted properties in a more sustainable way by having them deconstructed and recycled instead of demolished and sent to a landfill. The first round of bids includes three houses for deconstruction, and organizers are hoping that the pilot program will grow and result in a boost for jobs and job training opportunities in Onondaga County. Interested contractors attended an information session Thursday, and were able to inspect any of the three homes up for bid.