Posted tagged ‘New york’

Lifting the Fog in Hastings on Hudson, NY

June 11, 2012

By Jean Hamerman, Hastings on Hudson Conservation Commission  Thanks to a grant from the Community Catalyst Fund of Clean Air-Cool Planet, the Conservation Commission of Hastings on Hudson, NY was able to advance its agenda of promoting community engagement in reducing, re-using, and recycling. We organized a four-part series called Lifting the Fog: Straight Talk on [...]

“Love ’Em and Leave ’Em” Initiative Saves Money, Time & Energy, Helps Environment

May 30, 2012

By Nikki Coddington (chair) and Mark Gilliland, Irvington GPTF The Village of Irvington, NY’s Green Policy Task Force just received an Earth Day award from Westchester County, NY for our “Love ’Em and Leave ’Em” (LELE) initative which could result in significant monetary savings for local municipalities and the County through reduction of the volume [...]

We Are All Downstream

May 2, 2012

By Leese Walker, Artistic Director, Strike Anywhere Performance Ensemble New York State may soon lift its moratorium on fracking, putting our air, food and water at risk.  Hydraulic fracturing or “fracking” is a controversial shale gas-drilling technique that the industry claims is safe and clean.  But you don’t have to drive very far into Pennsylvania [...]

Peekskill Community Garden Preps for the First Growing Season

March 22, 2012

By Jo Boniello, Peekskill Community Garden The grant we received from the Community Catalyst Fund went towards a drainage issue we had at our garden site in the City of Peekskill, NY. Without this being rectified, we could not move forward. It has been a long battle but we were able to convince the City [...]

A Letter to Mrs. Obama from the Tupper Lake (NY) Middle/High School Green Team

March 12, 2012

Dear Mrs. Obama, On behalf of our Green Team/Wellness Committee we applaud your efforts to improve school nutrition and decrease childhood obesity. Our school, and many schools in our country,  rely on federal subsidies to make school lunches affordable and available to our students. Your consideration of the “kinds” of food offered would be so [...]

Cutting Emissions One CFL at a Time

October 17, 2011

By Debra Mastroeni, Village of Montebello Clerk/Treasurer The Village of Montebello, NY, was awarded a $1,000 grant from Clean Air-Cool Planet’s Community Catalyst Fund to pay for a CFL-Incandescent light bulb swap. The light bulb swap enables residents to trade in an incandescent light bulb for a CF light bulb- for FREE. This is the first [...]

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 [...]

Renewable Energy in Kingston, NY

October 12, 2011

 By Rich Schiafo, Climate Analyst, City of Kingston Renewable sources of energy, such as geothermal and solar power, are important pieces of the puzzle necessary to address the impacts associated with burning of fossil fuels as well as the rising cost of energy. This summer, a few City of Kingston Common Council members, some city [...]

Seed Money for Seeds

October 11, 2011

By Helen Brady, President, Friends of Hilltop Hanover Farm and Environmental Center The receipt of a generous grant from the Community Catalyst Fund allowed the Friends of Hilltop Hanover Farm and Environmental Center, Inc. buy the necessary vegetable seeds, soil amendments and supplies to plant our first Community Supported Agriculture program. Hilltop Hanover Farm and [...]

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 [...]


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