25 Creative Core Apple Trees, 16 Locations, 1 Earth Day Celebration!

For Immediate Release Contact: Elle Stasz, Director of Marketing
April 20, 2009 Central Upstate Regional Alliance

Central Upstate Regional Alliance to Plant Crispin Apple Trees for Earth Day

Syracuse, NY‐ The Central Upstate Regional Alliance and the Green Team will celebrate Earth
Day and the National Green Apple Festival by planting 25 Crispin apple trees throughout the
Creative Core. The festival is America’s largest Earth Week celebration, drawing more than
500,000 people at events across the country.
The Creative Core green apple trees will be planted at 3:00 p.m. on April 22, 2009 at variouslocations throughout Central Upstate New York. There will also be additional Earth Day activities coordinated with the tree plantings to highlight the many green sector assets across
the region.Trees will be planted by these partners:

  • Auburn Beautification Commission Downtown Auburn
  • Congressman Daniel Maffei Spanish Action League, Syracuse
  • Clarkson University Clarkson University Campus, Potsdam
  • City of Oswego SUNY Oswego, O’Mara Welcome Center, Oswego
  • City of Syracuse Syracuse Technology Garden terrace, Syracuse
  • Greater Syracuse Chamber of Commerce 527 South Salina Street, Syracuse
  • Hopko Designs 75 East Court Street, Cortland
  • LeMoyne College Lemoyne College Campus, Syracuse
  • Lime Hollow Center for Environment & Culture 338 McLean Road, Cortland
  • Mohawk Valley Edge Ellsworth Road, Griffiss Business and Technology Park, Rome (They will plant three apple trees, one from Creative Core and the others were donated from North Star Orchard in Clinton.)
  • Morrisville State College Aquaculture Center, adjacent to Callaghan Brook*
  • National Grid of Syracuse Walnut Ave. at Water St. and Erie Blvd., Syracuse
  • Onondaga Community College OCC campus, Syracuse
  • St. Lawrence University Flint Hall, Canton
  • SUNY ESF 504 Niagara Street, Syracuse
  • Syracuse Center of Excellence 504 Niagara Street, Syracuse
  • Syracuse University 504 Niagara Street, Syracuse
  • Syracuse Technology Garden Syracuse Technology Garden terrace, Syracuse
  • Utica College North & South Residence Halls, Utica

*Planting will take place April 24, 10:00 a.m., Arbor Day.

“This green apple tree planting is not just an opportunity for us to celebrate Earth Day, it also
symbolizes our partnership with the Creative Core,” said Mary Vanouse, director of community
development for the City of Oswego. “Creative Core partners have committed to advancing
regional sustainability through creative initiatives, and the City of Oswego is proud to beengaged in these collaborations.”

”The trees being planted around the region today demonstrate the incredible support the
Creative Core initiative has received,” said Elle Stasz, director of marketing for the Central
Upstate Regional Alliance. “The Creative Core message, reflected in the green apple and now
shared by more than 200 partners, highlights our region’s green strengths while promoting a
green and sustainable future for Central Upstate New York.”

“Planting these green apple trees represents our commitment to sustainable and creative
endeavors,” said Dr. Raymond Cross, president of Morrisville State College. “The trees will be a
reminder that we cannot produce instant fruit, however, with time, the results of our collective
efforts to improve and promote a Central Upstate will reap great benefits.”

Crispin Apple Trees: Crispin apples, also known as the mutsu apple (Malus domestica), were
first introduced as an apple tree variety in 1930. The Crispin is one of the top ten apple
varieties grown in New York State, out of the nearly 1,000 varieties produced here. Crispin
trees usually require two other species of apple trees to pollinate and bear fruit, are hearty, and
do well in just about any climate and soil. The trees being planted are semi‐dwarf trees, 4’ tall
and ¾” caliper, and will grow to about 9’tall.
About New York’s Creative Core: New York’s Creative Core encompasses 12 Central Upstate
counties and more than 200 partners who proactively advance regional development efforts by working together to promote the region’s strengths in leading‐edge technologies, academic excellence, and vibrant communities. The partners share a common message on the region’s unique economic development opportunities and quality of life. Through a strong regional image, Creative Core partners are shaping Central Upstate New York’s growth and success.

To become a Creative Core partner, visit the Partner page at www.creativecoreny.com.

About the Central Upstate Regional Alliance: The Central Upstate Regional Alliance is a 42
member partnership formed to promote and market the region’s assets and to retain and
attract business and talent. The 12‐County partnership includes: Cayuga, Cortland, Herkimer,Jefferson, Lewis, Madison, Oneida, Onondaga, Oswego, Seneca, St. Lawrence and Tompkins Counties.

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