• 10% Challenge Campaign
  • Walking the Talk at Melissa’s
  • Omega Center for Sustainable Living - courtesy of Omega Institute
  • People’s Climate March 350,000 strong

Climate change is the challenge of our era.
Dealing with it dynamically can be the economic engine of a lifetime.

Sustainable Hudson Valley's mission is to speed up the shift to a low-carbon economy with high quality of life for all, by bringing people together with knowledge, tools, community and a sense of the possible.

Research shows that people are best able to deal with the climate crisis, and take action, when they are invited into a conversation about the local implications of a changing climate, from extreme weather to food security; when the call to action is based on values (not narrow self-interest or the illusion of convenience); and when they are part of a group conversation which helps bring home the reality to participants and allows them to make and witness commitments to action. We engage communities in “wake-up conversations” to establish a climate action pathway that plays to each community’s strengths and promotes visible transformation.

 

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Solarize Hudson Valley

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.

Solarize Hudson Valley is a project funded by a New York State Regional Economic Development grant made to Catskill Mountainkeeper and Sustainable Hudson Valley, announced in December 2014. It is supported by NYSERDA, the state energy authority, through the Cleaner, Greener Communities program.

Below is the timeline for our "1st Wave" (pilot campaign) in Kingston, NY:

  • May 1 - 1st day of customer enrollment
  • May 6 - 13 - Press events, initial community workshops
  • June-July-August - We're everywhere in Kingston!
  • Sept. 12 - Pilot campaign ends

Our "2nd Wave" in multiple communities and counties will begin in July & run through October.

Download the Solarize Hudson Valley RFQ [.pdf]

 

Mid-Hudson Solar Initiative

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.

Crowd-fund this!

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.

Read the press release

Listen to Melissa Everett and Seth Leitman on WDST Radio

We are finalizing scope and timeline with NYSERDA and expect to launch this spring.  To find out how your community can participate, email solarizeinfo@sustainhv.org

Learn What We're Up To

Find out more about Sustainable Hudson Valley:

Read our strategic plan [.pdf]

Water and economic development - beyond extraction:

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.

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Catskill Stream

Photo: Wayne Fawbush

Mid-Hudson Eco-Districts Initiative

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

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Hold the Date: April 10, 2015

Regional conference with Hunter Lovins, President, Natural Capitalism Solutions.

Hunter Lovins, President, Natural Capitalism Solutions

Registration fee: $75 includes a delicious lunch, $65 if you register before Friday, March 20, 2015.

Register today

Sol-Art:

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.

Catskill Center & MARK Project Solar-Art Project

Photo: Derrick McConnell

The Ride of a Lifetime

Did you know that Sustainable Hudson Valley is a "beneficiary organization" for 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? Climate Ride casts a wide net. The answer is: 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.

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