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SUNY Buffalo State College officially opened its state-of-the-art Technology Building on Thursday. The facility cost $36.5 million and was paid for through the SUNY Construction Fund.

The new building is 35% more energy efficient than another facility of the same size and build. It is equipped with PV solar panels that produce 50 kilowatts of electricity, as well as a lower roof with vegetation that helps reduce storm water runoff, and aids heating and cooling.

The building is expected to be Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design or LEED Gold certified by the United States Green Building Council.

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Non-profit education initiative Say Yes to Education marked five years in the Syracuse school district by touting increases in college enrollment and adding some top schools to the program.

Say Yes entered Syracuse schools in 2009 with the goal of overhauling urban education and increasing the city's chronically poor graduation rates. Syracuse was the first city-wide implementation of the program.

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A western New York Community College is launching a first-its-kind Food Processing Technology program in the fall of 2014. The program at Genesee Community college will help meet the growing demand for skilled food processing workers in the region.

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It’s an initiative that aims to boost student interest in Science, Technology, Math and Engineering across the state. The Master Teachers program is also aiming to ensure teachers perform at their highest level.

More than 250 current Math and Science teachers will be chosen from the Mid-Hudson, North Country, central New York and western New York regions to participate in the program, where they’ll mentor undergraduate education students and early career teachers.

Erie Community College has chosen its North Campus as the site for a new $30 million science, technology, engineering and math building.

$15 million worth of the project will be funded by the state, Erie County has raised nearly $7.5 million over the years for the building, and the rest of the funds come from the community college itself.

Deputy County Executive Richard Tobe said the campus was chosen after a study was conducted by JMZ Architects and Planners, P.C. that concluded it was the best site for the development, considering the many STEM courses already offered at ECC North.