Monthly Archives November 2013

Hudson Fjord Trail Proposed

Putnam and Dutchess County citizen groups and governmental agencies continue to work together to develop the Hudson Fjord Hike/Bike Trail – a separated multi-use 9-mile trail linking Constitution Island in Cold Spring to the City of Beacon Train Station.  The riverfront towns of Philipstown and Fishkill, the City of Beacon and the Village of Cold Spring, Dutchess and Putnam counties, Scenic Hudson, Hudson Highlands Land Trust, The Open Space Institute and elected officials are working collaboratively with NYS Department of Transportation, NYS Office of Parks Recreation and Historic Preservation, and Metro-North Railroad. The project has also been featured in both
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Green Guru Network Holiday Mug Awards

You asked!  We listened We’ve extended our Holiday Mug awards!  Nominate a green business, non-profit, or leader. Tell us in 500 words or less what makes their work important and register to win Green Guru Network Holiday Breakfast Baskets with Hudson Valley locally roasted coffee, GGN mugs, local half and half, baked treats made with local grain, and locally farmed honey for both of you! New Deadline Friday December 6, 2013! Email your entry to [email protected]  or send a message here!
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Complete Streets Comes to Rye

The City of Rye became the 6th Westchester municpality to pass a Complete Streets Policy on October 28.  The policy is intended to promote the design of roads and streets  that balance the needs of all users  while incorporating community values such as environmental stewardship; scenic, aesthetic, historic and natural resource preservation; safety; security; mobility and individual freedom. The policy applies to all roadway projects, including those involving new construction, reconstruction, repaving, or changes in the allocation of pavement space on an existing roadway and instructs planners to seek to enhance the safety, access, convenience and comfort of all users
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Funding Emerging for Stone Ridge Orchard

We are pleased to announce that Equity Trust, Scenic Hudson and the Open Space Institute have all provisionally agreed to provide various levels of funding and support for the acquisition and long term conservation of Stone Ridge Orchard. We are still seeking one or more funding partners so that we can finalize our purchase of Stone Ridge Orchard by the end of the year. These funders can be private individuals or foundations. We are still seeking some funds so that we may have a timely funding by the end of the year. Please contact Elizabeth Ryan by text at 845-453-0242
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Chef Kroner’s Thanksgiving Tips

A few tips for the cooks in the family as we are about a week away from Thanksgiving: 1. Eat Local! Get your turkey from a local farm. Shop the Rhinebeck Thanksgiving Farmer’s Market this Sunday. 2. Brine your bird. It takes 18-30 hours, so plan ahead, but it gives you a moist, flavorful turkey every time. Try my simple recipe. 3. Get everyone involved. Have guests bring a dish. Let the kids help in the kitchen. They can learn how to make some tasty stuffing this Saturday at our Taste and Talk. Basically, make sure you have a chance
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SWEAC Something Brilliant Streetlight Forum

Southern Westchester Energy Action Consortium’s Energy Efficient Street Light Forum shared Yonkers, Eastchester and Dobbs Ferry’s success’s in LED Street Light Retrofitting and connect with thought leaders who can help keep your municipality bright and in the black. SWEAC, in collaboration with Abundant Efficiency LLC, organized an Energy Efficient Streetlight Forum generously hosted by Pace Land Use Law Center on November 7th, 2013.   29 local governments were registered for this event which spotlighted the extraordinary opportunity that installing LED streetlights now represents. Most local governments can save money, reduce energy use and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. In addition to
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Hilltop Hannover Farm’s Thanksgiving Farm Stand Days

Hilltop Hanover Farm – Thanksgiving Farm Stand Days Friday  1:00 PM – 6:00 PM Saturday  10:00 AM – 4:00 PM Monday 12:00 PM – 6:00 PM Tuesday* 12:00 PM – 6:00 PM What’s availilbe? Eggs, carrots, leeks, scallions, celeriac, mizuna, yukina, bok choy, spinach, daikon radish, turnips, broccoli raab, broccoli spears, cauliflower, hot peppers, lettuce, frisee, endive, escarole, herbs, winter squash, pie pumpkins, onions, shallots, our own Hot Pepper Jelly, jam, maple syrup, honey, grains, popcorn, and local eco-apples. Hilltop Hanover Farm to Table – Holiday Gift Baskets Looking for a unique gift for the holidays? We have it! A
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Hurry For Funding From EPA’s Construction Rebate Program

Dear Clean Diesel Stakeholder, EPA’s Construction Rebate Program has opened!  Please see the following links for info about the construction rebate program. The application period will be open November 20 through January 15 and applicants will be chosen by lottery. Eligible applicants for this funding opportunity include regional, state, local or tribal agencies or port authorities with jurisdiction over transportation or air quality.  Private entities that operate nonroad construction equipment under a contract or lease with a public entity are also eligible to apply.  Applicants must operate their equipment in areas of poor air quality, and a full list of
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Press Release – Inspiring New Read: Green Town USA

Press Release from our friends at Hatherleigh Press: GREEN TOWN USA: New Book Documents Pathway to Sustainability Hope for a greener America . . . from the extraordinary community that made it a reality. “There was never a town with a truer name, though it didn’t really discover it till tragedy created an opportunity that residents seized with head and heart!” — Bill McKibben, author Oil and Honey: The Education of an Unlikely Activist The important new publication of sustainability in action, Green Town U.S.A., recounts Greensburg, Kansas’ inspiring story of resilience, community, and sustainability which began on the evening of May 4, 2007, when disaster
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15 Questions to Ask the Reference Your Energy Audit Contractor Gave

Getting your free home energy audit is a brilliant financial move!  Getting references from at least 3 of your potential auditor’s  satisfied customers is critical to saving money and your sanity! This Contractor Reference Check Script will help. Feel free to add more questions. If you do please send them to us so we can update this script for others! Reference Interview Questions: 1. How did you meet this contractor? Take note of answers like: “He’s my cousin’s friend etc..”  Not necessarily a bad sign, just worth weighing in your decision. 2. Has the contractor completed a Free Home Energy
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