Archive for the ‘environment’ category

10% Challenge Training

October 17, 2011

 By Melissa Everett, Ph.D., Executive Director, Sustainable Hudson Valley Sustainable Hudson Valley was generously awarded a CA-CP Community Catalyst Fund Mini-Grant to capture lessons learned in the pilot phase of our 10% Challenge, by designing and delivering a training session for regional champions who could then scale up the Challenge in their own communities.   Through [...]

Middle Township Achieves Sustainable Jersey’s Bronze Certification – Update!

October 11, 2011

By Elizabeth Terenik, Principal of Terenik Land Use Consulting Updated 1/25/2011 This time last year, as part of the Mayor’s initiative to green the Township, the Middle Township Environmental Commission was re-established after many years of not functioning. Also at this time, the Township had been registered in the Sustainable Jersey program, but had not [...]

Out with the OLD and in with the NEW: Single-Stream Recycling Begins in Farmington, CT

July 25, 2011

By Liz Dolphin, Assistant Town Planner, Town of Farmington, CT Education is the first step in a successful recycling program, and thanks to a grant from Clean Air-Cool Planet’s Community Catalyst Fund, the Town of Farmington, CT is off to a great start as it enters the new era of single-stream recycling.  The Community Catalyst [...]

Welcome to the Ringwood (NJ) Community Garden!

July 25, 2011

By Amy Jolin, President, Eat Local Thanks to a generous grant from the Community Catalyst Fund, Eat Local, Inc. was able to purchase lumber, fencing, water barrels, and soil for a large, beautiful garden in the wooded and rocky soils of Ringwood, NJ.The project started in 2010 as a charity garden organized by Girl Scout [...]

A Busy Year for Spencer-Van Etten Middle School’s Greenhouse Program

July 22, 2011

By Brenda J. Anderson, Spencer-Van Etten Middle School The 7th and 8th grade students in my Greenhouse Program (GHP) at Spencer-Van Etten (S-VE) Middle School in Spencer, NY, plan big .  The students in this hands-on integrated elective continued their work from previous years of promoting Green Education in their building, district and community in a variety [...]

Community Catalyst Fund Supports Municipal Green Team Development in Westchester County Villages

July 22, 2011

By Dani Glaser, Green Team Spirit “To hit the climate challenge ahead of us we need to make changes now.  Our village governments need to set an example for our communities, and this change starts from within. Our village green teams will help change the culture, and this training will help us do that.”
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A Community Harvest in Mansfield, CT

July 20, 2011

By Dr. Beth T. Gankofskie, Food Service Director Mansfield Public Schools With support from the Community Catalyst Fund, Southeast Elementary School’s Garden Project started last summer (2010), has continued through to this spring (2011), and will continue through the summer. The garden is a raised bed measuring 20 feet by 24 feet with a surrounding [...]

Keeping Warm and Saving Energy in Tarrytown, NY

June 6, 2011

By Susan Schwartz, Tarrytown Environmental Advisory Council Tarrytown, New York, has, thanks to a generous grant from the Community Catalyst Fund, embarked on a Neighbor to Neighbor Keep Warm/Save Energy project designed to reach residents where they live. With help as well from NYSERDA and Con Ed, we are setting up events in a variety [...]

Sustainable Development in New York’s Capital Region

June 6, 2011

By Patrick Clear, Executive Director, ECOS: The Environmental Clearinghouse On March 4, over 140 people took part in the third Sustainable Development in the Capital Region of New York Conference, held at Union College in Schenectady, New York. It was titled “Toward a Sustainable Future,” and aimed at educating those on the front lines of [...]

Thousand Islands Young Leaders Organization Celebrates with Cleanup and Greenfest

June 3, 2011

By Alicia Dewey, Thousand Islands Young Leaders Organization The Thousand Islands Young Leaders Organization (TIYLO) celebrated the 41st anniversary of Earth Day with its annual Community Clean Up and “Green Fest” Saturday, April 30th at the Cerow Recreation Park in Clayton, NY.  Similar to last year’s festivities, the focus was to offer a “green” forum [...]


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