Tuesday, April 2nd 5:30 - 7 pm Join us for the launch of our Drawdown EcoChallenge. This event will include videos, community discussion, and practical next steps to “draw down" carbon from the atmosphere by participating in an online challenge. Participants form teams and get points by completing carbon-reducing actions. The challenge takes place April 3-24. The Drawdown EcoChallenge provides tools and inspiration to turn intention into action, and gives participants a fun and social way to think about and act on proven solutions to reverse global warming.
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.
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
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.
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
Join us Saturday, December 2nd at the Union Grove Distillery for a free presentation about Geothermal heating. Learn how to cut your heating bills dramatically, with presentations at 5:30, 6:30 and 7:30 pm. Geothermal heating is an affordable, environmentally-friendly alternative to heating your home with oil, propane, natural gas or wood. If you're curious how it works, come to a pithy PowerPoint, followed by Q&A with Jake Kornack from Dandelion. Dandelion is a Google X spinoff that launched this summer in upstate New York with the goal of making geothermal heating a good alternative for people who want to reduce their carbon footprint at home. Join us!
Regardless of where your vehicle lies on the fuel-efficiency spectrum, you can still significantly reduce your CO2 emissions by altering the way you drive. Every gallon of gas burned equals 22 lbs of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere. The best way to reduce greenhouse gas pollution is to drive less—plan your trips, carpool, bike or walk. If you must drive, EcoDriving significantly decreases your carbon footprint. EcoDriving is a set of learned habits behind the wheel that, with a little vigilance, add up to more money in your wallet and less carbon dioxide in the atmosphere. Idling Damages Your Engine One of the leading misconceptions in fuel efficiency is that restarting your car uses more gas than letting it idle, when in fact, idling your car for just 10 seconds uses more gas than turning the key and emits 80% more pollution than driving. Idling generates partially combusted gases that accumulate in the engine and do lasting damage EcoDriving is Easy By adopting a few simple habits, you could save an average of 20% on fuel expenses each week (as much as $500 per year): Drive slower. In the 1970’s, Federal Law reduced highway speeds from 75 mph to 55 mph, which conserved gasoline by as much as 30%. Be gentle on the pedals. Vehicles use the greatest amount of gas while accelerating. When possible, coast to slow down, rather than braking. For every 10,000 miles driven with cruise control, the savings can amount to $200. Keep your vehicle maintained: Changing the air filter, changing lubricants, and keeping tires inflated can increase fuel efficiency by 19%. Plan your outing – Wandering aimlessly wastes over 350,000 tons of fuel every year. Drivers waste about $59 million [...]
For those of you who were not able to attend the Fleischmanns Biomass Project on August 9th, please take a look at the video now and learn more about how the project might help support our local economic, environmental, and energy needs.
Join us to learn more about this exciting community energy project! A recently completed short film about this potential municipal heating project, created by Jessica Vecchione and funded through the Catskill Forest Association will be shown for the first time. Informative discussion to follow: bring an open mind, and a friend! Coffee and pastries will be served. August 9, 2014 -- 9:30 a.m. La Cabaña Restaurant, Main St. Fleischmanns
Where We Go From Here Opportunities and Solutions for an Interdependent World Last weekend, I was fortunate to attend “Where We Go From Here,” a conference at the Omega Institute for Holistic Studies near Rhinebeck, NY (http://www.eOmega.org). Omega is set in the hills of the Hudson valley and the campus features rolling green lawns, tall trees, and camp-style buildings linked by meandering mulch paths. The conference consisted of keynote speeches and a panel discussion, as well as opportunities to network with attendees. At the close, the audience was asked to consider three questions, which you can see if you scroll down to the very end. They’re good questions, so I hope you will consider them, too. My overall takeaway from the weekend is hopefulness. Watching world events unfold, one can easily get the impression that nothing positive is going on anywhere. It was humbling to hear the keynote speakers and realize how much has already been done to build a better future. All of the projects were extraordinary. It was inspiring to be among my fellow participants who were all determined to play a role in putting humanity on a wiser path than our current trajectory. If any of the talks summarized below spark your interest, you can view them for free until Dec. 5th (all except Clinton’s speech). Simply go to the Omega website, click on the Where Do We Go From Here panel, and register (name and email). You will receive a link, and there’s a drop-down menu with the individual speakers listed. * The Main Hall accommodates about 500 people on folding chairs, an intimate setting to hear one of the greatest public speakers of our time, President William Jefferson Clinton. Friday [...]