State initiative encourages cost-efficient renewable energy

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Heat pumps like these, advocates say, can reduce greenhouse gas emissions and air pollution, while also keeping your home toasty in winter.

NEW YORK — A state initiative to reduce greenhouse gas emissions sparked a slate of programs across the state dedicated to motivating homeowners into renewable energy systems this winter.

 

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Lonely Planet Names Catskills One of Top Ten Regions to Visit in 2019

Lonely Planet, one of the world's most iconic travel guides, named the Catskill region one of its Best in Travel 2019 Top Regions. From the article:

This beautiful mountainous region west of the Hudson Valley has been a popular getaway since the 19th century. The romantic image of mossy gorges and rounded peaks, as popularized by Hudson Valley School painters, encouraged a preservation movement: in 1894 the state constitution was amended so that thousands of acres are 'forever kept as wild forest lands.'

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Homeowners can get help with weatherization, upgrades

By Daniel Axelrod

December 14, 2018

TUSTEN – There was only one place for Brian Mendoza and his wife, Susan, to move from Park Slope, Brooklyn, and Sullivan County was the charm.

The Mendozas first bought their 2,200-square-foot, three-bedroom, two-bathroom Cape Cod-style home in the Town of Tusten as a second home five years ago.

Smitten with the bucolic setting, the couple and their three teenage boys now live full time on their 12-acre spread full of goats, sheep, chickens, cats and dogs. But while they can keep most of the animals out of their 30-year-old home, they can’t keep out a chilly draft.

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Over 100,000 Petitions Demanding Full Fracking Ban Delivered

December 12, 2018

Organizations and Residents Ask Governors to vote at DRBC to ban fracking, frack waste and water withdrawals for fracking 

Washington Crossing, PA – Representatives of organizations and members of the public submitted 104,805 signed petitions to the Delaware River Basin Commission (DRBC) at their public business meeting today.  The petitions, collected by 15 organizations representing members in all four states that are part of the Delaware River Watershed, asks the Governors of New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Delaware to vote for a complete and permanent ban on fracking and its activities.  The petitions call for a ban on fracking throughout the Delaware River Basin, a ban on frack wastewater storage, processing and discharges in the Basin, and a ban on water exports from the Delaware River Watershed to fuel fracking elsewhere.

 

 

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More Than 100,000 Petitions Demanding Fracking Ban Delivered To Governor Murphy

December 11, 2018

More Than 100,000 Petitions Demanding Fracking Ban Delivered

Governor Murphy asked to vote for a COMPLETE fracking and fracking waste ban in

Delaware River Basin

Trenton – Representatives of New Jersey organizations submitted 104,101 signed petitions to Governor Murphy at his West State Street office today after a State House news conference. The petitions, collected by groups representing members in all four states that are part of the Delaware River Watershed, asks the Governors to vote at the Delaware River Basin Commission for a complete and permanent ban on fracking and its activities.  The petitions call for a ban on fracking throughout the Delaware River Basin, a ban on frack wastewater processing and discharges in the Basin, and a ban on water exports from the Delaware River Watershed to fuel fracking elsewhere.

 

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Anti-fracking advocates push for action on Delaware River Basin

December 10, 2018

ALBANY — A coalition of environmental groups presented over 100,000 signatures to Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo on Monday, urging him to support a full ban on hydraulic fracking and its related activities in the Delaware River Basin.

The activists gathered at the state Capitol's historic Million Dollar Staircase and called on the governor to expand the state's 2014 ban on hydraulic fracking by prohibiting use of the basin for treatment and processing of fracking waste, or for water withdrawals for fracking.

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Nonprofit Innovation Awards announced

November 20, 2018

BETHEL, NY — Linda C. Hartley, co-principal of H2Growth Strategies, announced the five Nonprofit Innovation Award winners at the annual reception for the Community Foundation of Orange and Sullivan. The awards marked the final distribution of the funds raised by the Nonprofit Leadership Executive Committee, which produced the annual Nonprofit Leadership Summits at Bethel Woods Center for the Arts from 2010 to 2016.

 

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HeatSmart campaign announced

October 31, 2018

LIVINGSTON MANOR, NY — Catskill Mountainkeeper and Sustainable Hudson Valley on October 29 announced HeatSmart, a state-supported community campaign to help local home and business owners increase energy efficiency with clean heating and cooling systems.

 

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Sullivan County schools celebrate Farm to School Month

October 13, 2018

FERNDALE – October is National Farm to School Month, a time to celebrate the connections happening all over the country between children and local food.

In Sullivan County, the Catskill Edible Garden Project (CEGP) will host “Chef in the Classroom” events at the Emma C. Chase Elementary School, Liberty Elementary School, Sullivan West Elementary School and the Hebrew Day School as part of National Farm to School Month.

 

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Climate Action Coalition Hosts March for Action

By Mahnoor Ali

September 20, 2018

Just before 11 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 15, people started to gather in the New Paltz Middle School parking lot for the first ever annual Zero Emissions Parade. 

The event was administered by New Paltz Climate Action Coalition, along with New Paltz Smart. The local Tin Horn Uprising played to get the crowd in the mood and children and adults alike rolled in with their bicycles and Teslas, Chevy Volts and Bolts, among other electric vehicles to show support. What started on South Manheim Blvd., led down Main Street and into the village.

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