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Energy Reduction

Thursday, January 10th & 24th, 1 to 2 pm on www.wioxradio.org or 91.3 FM We're taking Transition Streets to the airwaves! Transition Streets is an award-winning program designed to support you, and the people you live with, to make simple, practical changes to your home and to your habits. Households that participate in the program typically save about $900/year on expenses and reduce carbon emissions by 1.3 tons. The workbook covers five areas: Energy, Food, Water, Waste and Transportation. In January, we're covering the Energy chapter over the course of two sessions on our radio show, Here Comes the Sun (where we explore the sunnier side of sustainability.) February 7th and 21st, we'll cover the Food chapter. If you'd like to have your very own copy of the workbook, you can get one from Transition US here. And if you'd like to try the program on your street, contact our coordinator, kz at transitioncatskills.org and we'll set you up with workbooks and even facilitate your first meeting. We hope you'll join us as we explore ways of saving energy, street by street.  

By |January 24th, 2019|Energy, Event|0 Comments
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Green Drinks – Margaretville

Thursday, Feb 17th, 5 to 7 pm La Pizza Nostra, 585 Main St., Margaretville, NY Come join people who care about the environment for 2 hours of networking, conversation and pizza. La Pizza Nostra makes excellent Italian food, but they don't have a liquor license, so Transition will bring beer and wine, which will be available at-cost. Across the hall, Honeybee Herbs will be open with samples of healing herbal teas. We hope to see you there!

By |January 13th, 2019|Event|0 Comments

Going, Going by Philip Larkin

I thought it would last my time— The sense that, beyond the town, There would always be fields and farms, Where the village louts could climb Such trees as were not cut down; I knew there’d be false alarms In the papers about old streets And split level shopping, but some Have always been left so far; And when the old part retreats As the bleak high-risers come We can always escape in the car. Things are tougher than we are, just As earth will always respond However we mess it about; Chuck filth in the sea, if you must: The tides will be clean beyond. —But what do I feel now? Doubt? Or age, simply? The crowd Is young in the M1 cafe; Their kids are screaming for more— More houses, more parking allowed, More caravan sites, more pay. On the Business Page, a score Of spectacled grins approve Some takeover bid that entails Five per cent profit (and ten Per cent more in the estuaries): move Your works to the unspoilt dales (Grey area grants)! And when You try to get near the sea In summer . . .        It seems, just now, To be happening so very fast; Despite all the land left free For the first time I feel somehow That it isn’t going to last, That before I snuff it, the whole Boiling will be bricked in Except for the tourist parts— First slum of Europe: a role It won’t be hard to win, With a cast of crooks and tarts. And that will be England gone, The shadows, the meadows, the lanes, The guildhalls, the carved choirs. There’ll be books; it will linger on In galleries; [...]

By |January 1st, 2019|Environment|0 Comments
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Going Solar in Stamford

Thurs, January 3rd at 2 pm & 6 pm at the Stamford Village Library Join Transition Catskills, the Village of Stamford and Delaware River Solar for a free 1-hour presentation about tapping into a Community Solar farm for your electricity. Discover how to: Reduce your electric bill by 10% Help the Villages of Stamford and Hobart qualify for grants Offset the yearly carbon emitted by your car How can you do all that? By choosing to get your electricity from a Community Solar farm, rather than from fossil fuels. INFO SESSIONS are at 2 pm or 6 pm, and last about an hour. Stamford Village Library • 117 Main Street • Stamford, NY 12167 For more info, contact: Catherine Scott 845-702-1020 cat.scott@DelawareRiverSolar.com or kz@TransitionCatskills.org

By |December 31st, 2018|Energy, Event|0 Comments
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Transition Streets

Starting Thursday, December 13th from 1 to 2pm, we're featuring the award-winning program Transition Streets on our show "Here Comes the Sun" at 91.3 FM and streaming at www.wioxradio.org https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6cgH1JasBi0 Transition Streets brings neighbors together to implement simple household changes, turning concern into action and building community street-by-street. Participating households typically save about $900 per year on expenses and reduce carbon emissions by about 2600 lbs per year. Transition Streets provides a curated guidebook to make changes, empowering neighbors with proven actions to conserve energy and save money. The actions are mostly no-cost or low-cost, so anyone can play. Each show will feature two neighbors in the studio. We'll also have a call-in expert, who can answer any questions that arise. Follow along with us as we go through the handbook's chapters on Energy, Food, Water, Waste and Transportation. At the end of each section, we'll each commit to one or two actions we can take to save money and reduce carbon, and we urge you to do the same.  Here's the schedule for December thru May on our every-other-Thursday 1-2 pm time slot: December 13th:  GETTING STARTED Carolyne Stayton from Transition US in Sebastopol, CA, joins us to introduce the Transition Streets program. Kirk Ritchey from Woodstock Transition will weigh in on the Transition movement and what's happening in their group. January 10th & 24th: ENERGY  Using less electricity, oil or gas in your home will save you money and reduce carbon emissions. Often we can waste a lot of energy without realizing it. This section of the workbook offers a dozen ideas to start saving $$ right away. February 7th & 21st:  FOOD Having a strong local food system is essential if our communities [...]

By |December 12th, 2018|Event|0 Comments
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Here Comes The Sun

Every other Thursday, 1 to 2 pm, www.wioxradio.org or 91.3 FM On our radio show, we explore the sunnier side of sustainability (it's not all doom and gloom). Thursday, Nov 29th, we'll be discussing wood stove heating with Jeff Potent and Geothermal with Steve Lopez.

By |November 29th, 2018|Energy, Event|0 Comments
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Solarize Stamford

Thursday, Nov 8th, 5 to 7 pm at the Stamford Village Library Come join us for an information session about Community Solar and the Clean Energy Communities program. The Village of Stamford has already completed 1 of the 4 high-impact actions required to be a Clean Energy Community. Running a Solarize program will be action number 2. In this presentation, you will learn about the Solarize program and about Community Solar, which is a solar farm in Sullivan County that ties into the grid. You can opt to receive your electricity from clean energy and receive a 10% discount off the NYSEG rate at the same time. The Stamford Village Library, 117 Main St., Stamford, NY  12167

By |November 6th, 2018|Energy, Environment, Event|0 Comments
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Repair Café – Roxbury

Join us Saturday, Sept. 29th, 10am-3pm at the Roxbury Arts Group, 5025 Vega Mountain Rd in Roxbury for our sixth Repair Café. Thrilled. That was the dominant emotion felt by the two-dozen people who brought their broken items to be fixed at the Repair Café we held in Delhi in July. They were thrilled to finally get their broken possessions fixed and put back into service, whether it was a chandelier with a faulty switch, a toaster oven that had stopped toasting, a vacuum cleaner that no longer cooperated, or a favorite pair of pants with a tear at the knee. Do you have a broken appliance that’s collecting dust till you find some way to fix it? Now’s your chance. Bring it to one of our volunteer Repair Coaches and work with them to make it run again. Do you have favorite articles of clothing that are ripped and need mending? Or maybe your blouse is missing a button. Bring it to the Repair Café and sew a button back on while enjoying a cup of coffee and a homemade cookie. We have a large assortment of buttons and thread of all colors. Our Repair Coaches will work with you to fix: small appliances vacuum cleaners lamps clothing jewelry remove scratches from picture frames digitally retouch photos We can’t guarantee that everything will be fixed, but we’re certain you’ll have an interesting time.

By |August 30th, 2018|Event, Skills|0 Comments
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Community Solar – Hobart

Tuesday, August 7th, 6:00 - 7:30 pm Hobart Community Center, 80 Cornell Avenue, Hobart, NY 13788 Join us for a presentation by Delaware River Solar about how you can benefit from community solar, even if you don’t have a suitable rooftop! Perfect for homeowners, renters and small businesses. The presentation will be followed by an informal Q&A where all your questions will be answered. When you source your electricity from a nearby solar farm, you’ll save 10% off what you currently pay on your NYSEG bill. It’s easy to sign up, but there are a few things you should know: Billed separately, and must be paid monthly with automatic debit Requires a “soft credit check” – won’t affect your credit score The 10% discount comes off your annual average, so some months may not seem to show a discount. Over the course of a year, you will pay 10% less  Available to homeowners, small businesses and renters Not available to homes with solar panels, nor to larger commercial establishments with demand meters Only offered to NYSEG customers No contract – you can cancel at any time The CO2 offset by solar panels is significant. For the average homeowner, it means that you will essentially neutralize all the carbon emissions from your vehicle over the course of a year. Just 10 signups from this event will help Hobart achieve Clean Energy Community designation, which will make the village eligible for NYSERDA grants. You can RSVP here, but if you can’t plan that far ahead, it’s okay to just show up.

By |August 7th, 2018|Event|0 Comments
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Community Solar – Margaretville & Arkville

Thursday, August 2nd, 6:00 - 7:30 PM at Union Grove Distillery Join us for a presentation by Delaware River Solar about how you can benefit from community solar, even if you don't have a suitable rooftop! Perfect for homeowners, renters and small businesses. The presentation will be followed by an informal Q&A where all your questions will be answered. When you source your electricity from a nearby solar farm, you'll save 10% off what you currently pay on your NYSEG bill. It's easy to sign up, but there are a few things you should know: Billed separately, and must be paid monthly with automatic debit Requires a "soft credit check" - won't affect your credit score The 10% discount comes off your annual average, so some months may not seem to show a discount. Over the course of a year, you will pay 10% less  Available to homeowners, small businesses and renters Not available to homes with solar panels, nor to larger commercial establishments with demand meters Only offered to NYSEG customers No contract - you can cancel at any time The CO2 offset by solar panels is significant. For the average homeowner, it means that you will essentially neutralize all the carbon emissions from your vehicle over the course of a year. Just 10 signups from this event will help Margaretville achieve Clean Energy Community designation, which will make the village eligible for NYSERDA grants. You can RSVP here, but if you can't plan that far ahead, it's okay to just show up. The Union Grove Distillery is located at 43311 NY-28, Arkville, NY at the intersection of the Arkville cutoff (County Rd 38). Hope to see you there!  

By |August 2nd, 2018|Event, Uncategorized|0 Comments