Green Programs


The Vacant Lot Program involves the conversion of City and County-owned empty lots into usable spaces for public benefit. This conversion can be done while capturing stormwater at the same time. The first green project in the Vacant Lot Program was implemented in 2011 at 701 Oswego Street. Three more projects were completed in 2012, on Hartson, W. Onondaga, and Putnam streets. Vacant Lot Project - 109 Hartson Street
The Rain Barrel Program distributes free rain barrels to Onondaga County homeowners. The goal of the program is to capture rain water from rooftops, which would otherwise flow into the storm system. This action increases the available capacity of our combined system (stormwater and sewer) during storm events. Over 2,000 rain barrels have been distributed to date. Rain water collected in the barrels can be used to water flowers, wash cars, or other non-potable purposes. Every drop counts! STR_RainBarrel
The Tree Planting Program is planting thousands of trees throughout the City of Syracuse! More than 7,500 trees have been planted to date. Some of these are street trees in the city right-of-way between the sidewalk and curb and others are planted in parks during community tree planting events. Contact us to find out if you are eligible for a free tree 🙂 Tree Planting
STR in our Schools – The Save the Rain program has partnered with schools in Onondaga County to provide in-classroom education about green infrastructure and the restoration of Onondaga Lake to school students at all grade levels. Save the Rain provides an educator that leads children through a 45 minute interactive presentation catered to their age group. The students then end the lesson by playing a game of “Save the Rain Jeopardy” complete with prizes.