Solar power makes all the sense in the world for households and businesses now. The Mid-Hudson Solar Initiative is a drive to break through policy barriers and build the marketplace using strategies that have sharply scaled up solar in nearby states. We’ve helped bring in the training and consulting resources of the NY-SUN PV Trainers Network [.pdf] for workshops on solar-friendly local policies and land use strategies (Presentation by Mark Lowery, Climate Policy Analyst [.pdf]). And we are gearing up to launch Solarize Hudson Valley, a breakthrough approach that makes it easier and more affordable to go solar.
Great news! We are funded by NYSERDA to roll out Solarize and an installer apprenticeship program as part of Catskill Mountainkeeper’s $1.875M Renewable New York initiative.
Find out more about Sustainable Hudson Valley:
Sustainable Water Management brings economic opportunities in its own right. While Kingston grapples with the possible sale of Cooper Lake water, SHV is investigating the kind of economy we could build by being serious about protecting our waters.
Photo: Wayne Fawbush
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
Regional conference with Hunter Lovins, President, Natural Capitalism Solutions.
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
On Sept. 6, 2014, all 110 Climate Riders rode the final 80-some miles into Chicago, 4 days out of Grand Rapids.
Cannot figure out how I felt so good. Or maybe I can.
The comraderie was extraordinary. The route was fascinating. No one would have dared predict our weather: 4 blue sky/white cloud days in the 70s. 3 beautiful church camps in a row for our overnights. Logistical support that was experienced & savvy. Memorable programs each evening. And Nathaniel and Shewanna were there at the finish line to welcome me in!
The experiences we exchanged each day along the ride, and the talks we heard each evening, were a combination of discouraging and encouraging. We are handing our children and grandchildren a hard set of circumstances.
This ride - these 110 riders - raised a little over $400,000 dollars and a lot of awareness.
It was a great experience, and I deeply appreciate the support and good will I received from all of you.