Wednesday, December 10, 2008
Monday, November 3, 2008
Looks like we might not have to do it by hand next year...
Tuesday, October 14, 2008
Here is the agenda for the meeting:
1) Roll Call, Approval of Minutes and Vouchers
2) Report out on Budget
3) Energy Audit Update -- Plan to review streetlight activity
4) Recycling -- Status of grant and opportunities to beautify Recycling Center
5) Web Site and Communications update
6) Membership for 2009
7) New Business
See you there!
Chairman, Town of Esopus Environmental Committee
Monday, September 22, 2008
Deadline, though, is Oct. 17 -- not much time.
Washington DC, September 22, 2008 -- Coca-Cola and the National Recycling Coalition (NRC) today announced the third round of their recycling bin grant program designed to promote and support community recycling in the U.S. Through this innovative grant, recipients have the benefit of both the donated recycling bins and the expertise on how to set up recycling programs from the National Recycling Coalition. Grants will be provided for recycle bins at sporting events, music venues, schools and commercial locations. The grant program is part of Coca-Cola’s $60 million investment in recycling programs and initiatives in the U.S.
“We are excited to again partner with Coca-Cola to offer the recycling bin grant program to communities and businesses,” said Anjia Nicolaidis, deputy director of the National Recycling Coalition. “The program is designed to increase recycling rates across the country by helping to off-set the initial costs of recycling bins.”
The bin grant program leverages the purchasing power and expertise of the NRC and Coca-Cola to provide more recycling bins than would be possible if grant recipients were to purchase bins independently. The NRC also will contact grantees to offer guidance on setting up their recycling program and assessing recycling bin needs. NRC bin suppliers will then deliver bins directly to the recipients. Since its inception in the fall of 2007, the Bin Grant program has placed more than 5,700 recycling bins in 150 communities in 48 states and the District of Columbia. Recipients have included municipalities, colleges, Native American tribes, and community organizations.
The grant program is open to cities, governments and schools as well as non-profit groups and for-profit companies. Interested parties may apply for the grant
during spring and fall application periods at: http://bingrant.org/. The current submittal period is open through Friday, October 17th. Grant recipients will be announced on America Recycles Day, November 15. Eligible grant activities include recycling programs at schools, universities, public parks and recreational facilities, sporting and cultural venues and events and commercial locations.
“Coca-Cola has a long history of designing packages that are recyclable and resource efficient and that have a high end-use value,” said Scott Vitters, director of sustainable packaging, The Coca-Cola Company. “We hope the bin grant program will further encourage communities to make recycling readily available as we work to continue to close the loop on our packages as well as other valuable recyclables.”
About the NRC
The NRC is a national, non-profit advocacy group with members that span all aspects of waste reduction, reuse and recycling in North America. NRC’s objective is to eliminate waste and promote sustainable economies though advancing sound management practices for raw materials in North America. NRC works with its members and partners to sponsor programs and stakeholder forums that provide tools and nurture solutions for the recycling industry. Breaking new ground in how Americans think about waste, the Coalition is a strong and clear voice for recycling. For more information about the NRC please visit http://www.nrc-recycle.org/.
About The Coca-Cola Company
The Coca-Cola Company is the world’s largest beverage company, refreshing consumers with more than 450 sparkling and still brands. Along with Coca-Cola, recognized as the world’s most valuable brand, the Company’s portfolio includes 12 other billion dollar brands, including Diet Coke, Fanta, Sprite, Coca-Cola Zero, vitaminwater, Powerade, Minute Maid and Georgia Coffee. Globally, we are the No. 1 provider of sparkling beverages, juices and juice drinks and ready-to-drink teas and coffees. Through the world’s largest beverage distribution system, consumers in more than 200 countries enjoy the Company’s beverages at a rate of 1.5 billion servings a day. With an enduring commitment to building sustainable communities, our Company is focused on initiatives that protect the environment, conserve resources and enhance the economic development of the communities where we operate. For more information about our Company, please visit our website at www.thecoca-colacompany.com.
Wednesday, September 17, 2008
Monday, August 18, 2008
New York Governor David Paterson signed a legislative package on August 5 that will encourage people throughout the state to install grid-connected solar and wind power systems, systems that generate power from farm wastes, and green roofs. Most of the bills relate to net metering, which allows homeowners and businesses to earn credit for any excess power that they feed back into the electric grid. Senate Bill 7171 expands net metering to include non-residential solar power systems up to 2 megawatts in capacity, or equal in size to the customer's peak load, whichever is less, and increases the maximum solar power system size for residential customers to 25 kilowatts, up from 10 kilowatts. The bill also attempted to increase the limit for farm-based anaerobic digesters to 1 megawatt, but a separate bill, S. 8415, knocked the limit down to 500 kilowatts, which is still an improvement over the previous limit of 400 kilowatts. S. 7171 also requires each utility to develop a model contract and reasonable rates, terms, and conditions for net metering of non-residential customers, and to develop safety standards for interconnecting these customers. It also includes a requirement for an external disconnect switch, which is rarely needed for modern grid connection equipment.
Wednesday, August 13, 2008
Promoting Pride in Port Ewen is proud to announce the award of a $200,000 New York Main Street grant for the hamlet of Port Ewen
The funds will be available in the coming year, so we must get prepared to take advantage of this opportunity now. The work will focus on a concentrated target area on Broadway from the old Riverview Restaurant to the old Library Building.
Promoting Pride in Port Ewen is a group of citizens representing a large segment of the hamlet's population. We have been working for two years to build upon the enhancement of our Broadway corridor. We believe the New York Main Streets grant program is a great beginning towards the renewal of our beautiful hamlet.
The following three types of activities are eligible for funding:
• Façade Renovation - Matching grants of up to $10,000 per building. The grant for Port Ewen has $150,000 in funds available for Façade Renovation.
• Building Renovation - Matching grants of up to $50,000 per building for renovation of commercial/ civic space on first floor and residential units above. The grant for Port Ewen has $25,000 in funds available for Building Renovations on 5 residential units.
• Streetscape Enhancement - Since the NYS DOT has included trees and other can help us provide appropriate signs in accordance with a local signage plan, banners and other enhancements. The grant for Port Ewen has $25,000 available for streetscape enhancements.
To learn more about this grant opportunity, please attend our next meeting at the
Town of Esopus Library Monday, August, 25th at 6:30 pm
Please plan to attend if you operate a business, own a building in the target area, or wish to lean more about how we are planning to improve our hamlet in the years to come. For more information contact Loisingellis@hotmail.com
Wednesday, July 23, 2008
Tuesday, July 22, 2008
When I was writing about the PCB issue for the Poughkeepsie Journal, I was always told by water treatment officials that PCBs could be detected in raw water, but that they were generally removed during filtration. It's not that there's a specific process that removes them chemically, but because they tend to adhere to sediment and sediment is removed, the finished drinking water tends to be PCB-free. The news story says the PCBs were found in "drinking water" which I would interpret as finished treated water, but it's a point I'd like clarified.
Friday, July 18, 2008
Green Best Practices: How Local Governments can Reduce Energy Cost and Minimize Impact on Climate Change.
(This links to a Press Release. The report itself is a pdf, and there's a link on the page to download it. Here's the pdf.)
Quick read shows a lot of what we know: Efficiency is the first step, and second is producing your own alternative power. Some potential action items for us to explore - water and wastewater submetering, and peak load management.
Thursday, July 17, 2008
Sunday, June 22, 2008
10 AM to1 PM
George Freer Beach Park
Please join in to help make our riverfront more navigable and clear this invasive, non-native plant!
You will need to wade into the river to pull these pesky plants.
Sturdy sneakers, long sleeved shirts, long pants and work gloves are a MUST.
Under 18 must be closely supervised by their parents.
No Rain date has been scheduled
Do you like being on the water? Don't mind getting your hands wet? Want to help rid the Hudson of bad neighbors, and regain access to the river? No, not people, we're talking about water chestnuts. We need help pulling these weeds from the water where they grow uncontrollably and choke out other plant and aquatic life. Remember to bring sturdy sneakers, long pants, and gloves. Refreshments donated by local businesses are available to all volunteers.
Bacon Wrapped Water Chestnuts
1 pound bacon
Water chestnuts, cleaned and dry
1 cup mayonnaise
1/2 cup white sugar
3 tablespoons dill pickle relish
1/2 cup ketchup
Preheat oven to 425 degrees F (220 degrees C).
Wrap single pieces of bacon around individual water chestnuts, securing with a toothpick.
Place the wrapped water chestnuts on a large baking sheet. Bake in the preheated oven 20 minutes, or until the bacon is crisp. Remove from heat and drain.
In a medium bowl, mix the mayonnaise, white sugar, dill pickle relish and ketchup. Pour the mixture over the wrapped water chestnuts.
Bake in the preheated oven 10 minutes, or until the sauce is hot and bubbly.
Wednesday, June 11, 2008
Wednesday, June 11, 7 PM
Barnes and Noble, Route 9W, Kingston
Join Holly Anne Shelowitz, Certified Nutrition Counselor, as she leads this lively discussion about what "going green" can mean for you, how to eat local food and what that means, support your community, be healthier, and save money at the same time. Go to Nourishing Wisdom to learn more.
Tuesday, June 10, 2008
Hudson River Maritime Museum
50 Rondout Landing, Kingston
HRMM Lecture Series:
John Burroughs and the Hudson River
Dr. Stephen M. Mercier, Marist College English Dept.
$4 (students & seniors)
free (museum members)
Thursday, May 22, 2008
Meeting of the Main Street Grant Stakeholders, which includes anyone who cares about Port Ewen and the Town of Esopus...help revitalize the Broadway corridor. At this meeting we will set goals for Main Street improvements, and finalize committee assignments. For information, contact Lois Ingellis, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Wednesday, May 21, 2008
8th Annual Youth Award Recognition Event
Thursday, May 29
6 PM (registration begins at 5:30)
Woodcrest Community, Route 213, Rifton
David Higgins, junior member of the Esopus Environmental Board, will receive a Community Service Commendation for his efforts on Meaningful Community Involvement to Improve the Community. Congratulations, David!
Wednesday, May 14, 2008
The presentation was developed after more than a year of research, with the goal of getting the County to incorporate a strategy for shrinking its carbon footprint and reducing its contribution to global warming into its operations, including the County employee personnel handbook.
Tuesday, May 13, 2008
is a monthly networking event for people who work in the environmental fields, the sustainably minded, and the eco-curious. Meet over drinks to share, inquire, brain storm, find job leads, make new friends, hang out...
Tuesday, May 13
6:30 PM to 9 PM
1 West Strand, Kingston
$5 plus a business card
RSVP: Call or e-mail Marie-Celeste (845-454-8151) with your name & organization/company. Doing it in advance will get you a snazzy name tag. RSVPing also helps make sure we have enough space at the venue.
May door prizes:- Four-Season Harvest: Organic Vegetables from your Home Garden All Year Long
- Leonardo DiCaprio's DVD The 11th Hour
...will be given out during Talk Fest (a pause in the networking to thank all involved in today's event.
The May podcast will feature your definitions of current industry buzzwords.
Yearly memberships are available; see HVGD.
Saturday, May 3, 2008
The Rosendale Earthfest and Energy Expo is a "how-to" seminar and vendor show, intending to fight global warming, lower energy costs, and apply green designs to homes, businesses, and community.
Indoors: speakers and vendors on the theme Shrink Your Carbon Footprint, with honored guest U.S. Representative Maurice Hinchey as he receives the Green Energy Leadership Award
Outdoors: Earthfest activities, food, entertainment
1 PM Big Sky Ensemble
4 PM Arm-of-the-Sea Theater performing Turtle Island Medicine Show
Cost: $5 per person, $10 per family
Rosendale Community Center
1055 Route 32
Contact: Jennifer Metzger, 845-658-8967
Sponsored by: Rosendale Environmental Commission