Solarize Hudson Valley is a 3-year, 6 county project that partners municipalities, community organizations and local solar installers to expand the market for solar electric energy in the Hudson Valley.
Sustainable Hudson Valley has partnered with Catskill Mountainkeeper to make this happen in Ulster, Orange, Rockland, Sullivan, Dutchess and Putnam counties. We'll sponsor community workshops, solar home tours and live installation demos... each an occasion to answer questions and invite homeowners and small business owners to become part of their community’s clean & green campaign--with the added benefit of a group purchase discount.
This combination of neighbor-to-neighbor outreach and economic self-interest has proven to be powerful, more than doubling the amount of solar in over 100 New England communities in two years.
Plus, we've partnered with RUPCO to facilitate low-interest loans to help fund the cost of both solar systems and home energy-efficiency improvements for a broad range of consumers.
Wave 1 - Kingston pilot launches May 9, 2 - 4 at Keegan Ales with a family-friendly educational workshop and celebration including demonstration site assessment of the Keegan building.
Wave 2 - Regional program launches July 1 and runs through mid-November. Download the Request for Community Proposals. Due May 22, 2015.
Our working group on using solar power with art and design to transform public spaces. Led by volunteer Gail Lennstrom, we are starting in Kingston as part of the city’s renewables strategy.
Photo: Derrick McConnell
Hold the date, June 6 afternoon workshop in Kingston
Did you know that Sustainable Hudson Valley is a "beneficiary organization" of Climate Ride?
Climate Ride is a national organization that envisions and plans extraordinary events. Each Climate Ride is a 4 or 5 day bicycle ride through some of our nation's most beautiful places. Who rides? People of all backgrounds and ages who are motivated by their support for sustainability, bicycling as a social good, and the environmental future of our children.
Riders raise funds--same as any marathon-type event--and they get to select, from 100 or so beneficiary organizations, the ones they want to receive the majority of the money they raise.
Last September, Sustainable Hudson Valley received funds from Board member John Wackman's Midwest Climate Ride ride from Grand Rapids, MI to Chicago, IL.
This coming September, Sustainable Hudson Valley invites and challenges you to experience your own ride of a lifetime. That's right, we're putting together a Hudson Valley team!
Bar Harbor, Maine to Boston
September 17 - 21, 2015
This ride begins in Bar Harbor, Maine where riders will pedal “Downeast” through Acadia National Park before experiencing Maine’s rocky coast. From there, we’ll travel south and visit lighthouses, sample local foods and ride through scenic coastal towns. Then, it’s an exciting ride following the route of the Founding Fathers for the celebratory end in Boston.
Think about it! You've got the whole summer to get ready.
Our spring symposium, brought entrepreneurs, policymakers and advocates together on April 10th at Vassar College to explore the potential of a water-innovation economy in the Hudson Valley.
The names of the speakers and the talks are as follows:
Regional conference with Hunter Lovins, President, Natural Capitalism Solutions.
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Accelerating sustainability requires moving beyond demonstration projects and re-making the built environments we live in to create low-carbon, high-quality living and working. This means we need strategies for scaling, attracting investment, and getting many more people involved