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Otsego County Conservation Association’s Nature Walk series continues on Saturday, October 27 in Robert V. Riddell State Park in Davenport. Steve Kent leads this 3.5-mile, 4-hour hike, which will traverse a variety of forest types, makes a stop at a 30-foot waterfall, and leads to Mud Lake, a sphagnum bog on top of South Hill. Along the way, Steve will share the history of the land that was in the Riddell family for five generations. Steve and his wife, Trish Riddell Kent donated the land to the state in 2005. Participants should bring water, a snack, and wear appropriate clothing and footwear. Portions of the trail are steep and may be muddy or icy, depending on weather. Meet at noon at the parking area of the Pine Lake Environmental Campus of Hartwick College, 1894 Charlotte Creek Road, and carpool to the hike’s starting point.

The program is free, though pre-registration is requested. For more information, visit www.occainfo.org, or call OCCA at (607) 547-4488.

Founded in 1968, Otsego County Conservation Association is a private, non-profit organization dedicated to promoting the appreciation and sustainable use of Otsego County’s natural resources through education, research, resource management, advocacy, planning and practice. For more information, or to donate, visit www.occainfo.org.

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New York Department of Environmental Conservation Senior Forester, Nathan Funk will lead an informal walk in Basswood Pond State Forest in Burlington on Saturday, October 20, beginning at 10am. The walk, part of Otsego County Conservation Association’s nature walk series, will cover aspects of the forest’s history, current and planned management activities, including a timber harvest, and the importance of the forest for recreation. Basswood Pond State Forest is a 720-acre multiuse forest that includes 7.5 miles of trails for hiking, snowshoeing, and cross-country skiing, a 15-acre pond stocked with rainbow trout annually. Participants should meet at the Basswood Pond parking lot, Conservation Road, Burlington.

On Saturday, October 27, Steve Kent leads a walk to Mud Lake in Robert V. Riddell State Park. This 3.5-mile, 4-hour hike traverses a variety of forest types, makes a stop at a 30-foot waterfall, and leads to Mud Lake, a sphagnum bog on top of South Hill. Along the way, Steve will share the history of the land that was in the Riddell family for five generations. Steve and his wife, Trish Riddell Kent donated the land to the state in 2005. Participants should bring water, a snack, and wear appropriate clothing and footwear. This is a moderately-strenuous hike. Meet at the parking area of the Pine Lake Environmental Campus of Hartwick College, 1894 Charlotte Creek Road, Oneonta, and we’ll carpool to the hike’s starting point.

Both programs are free, though pre-registration is requested. For more information, visit www.occainfo.org, or call OCCA at (607) 547-4488.

Founded in 1968, Otsego County Conservation Association is a private, non-profit organization dedicated to promoting the appreciation and sustainable use of Otsego County’s natural resources through education, research, resource management, advocacy, planning and practice. For more information, or to donate, visit www.occainfo.org.

The first annual Heat Smart Otsego Campaign kicks off on October 17 with an event at Foothills Performing Arts Center in Oneonta. The event, organized by Otsego County Conservation Association, will run from 6:30-8:30pm and is free.

The event will feature speakers Jay Egg and Bennett Sandler. The founder of EggGeothermal, Egg will discuss the basics of geothermal, and examine how far geothermal can go towards a renewable energy future.

Sandler, Campaign Director for Heat Smart Otsego, will present detailed information on all aspects of the Heat Smart Otsego campaign, providing an introduction to the technologies as well as information on pricing and incentives available to those that install these technologies.

Funded by a grant from the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA), Heat Smart Otsego will introduce renewable heating and cooling technologies to building owners across Otsego County.  These technologies include air source heat pumps, ground source heat pumps (geothermal), pellet stoves and modern wood boilers with thermal storage. Attendees will have the opportunity to sign up for free home visits from any of the selected installer partners as well as a free energy audit as a first step toward evaluating the most cost-effective, energy saving option for their home or business.

The Heat Smart Otsego Kickoff Event is free. For more information, contact Campaign Director Bennett Sandler at (607) 435-1364 or campaigndirector@occainfo.org.

Heat Smart Otsego is funded through the middle of 2021 by the Clean Heating and Cooling Community Campaign initiative, which is administered by NYSERDA.  The initiative supports Governor Andrew M. Cuomo’s ambitious clean energy goal to reduce greenhouse gas emissions 40 percent by 2030 and 80 percent by 2050.

Founded in 1968, Otsego County Conservation Association is a private, non-profit organization dedicated to promoting the appreciation and sustainable use of Otsego County’s natural resources through education, research, resource management, advocacy, planning and practice. For more information, or to donate, visit www.occainfo.org.

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Save the Date

Trees – Guardians of the Susquehanna (A Riparian Buffer Walk in Cooperstown)

October 6 – 1100am: Doubleday Field, Cooperstown

Join OCCA Executive Director Leslie Orzetti as she guides you through the streets of Cooperstown following Willow Brook from Doubleday Field to Otsego Lake.  The walk will talk about trees as a vital part of the stream ecosystem, their benefits, and programs that help restore riparian buffer ecosystems.  Other stops on the walk include Lakefront Park and ending at Council Rock. The program is sponsored by the Village of Cooperstown under an Urban Tree Grant from the NY Department of Environmental Conservation.  Program is free, registration is encouraged by not necessary.  To register, visit: https://occainfo.org/signup/.

 

Get the Kids Out – Trees!

October 8 – 1000am: Mohican Farm/Spaulding Estate, Cooperstown

Need something to do on Columbus Day? Come to Mohican Farm and explore the world of trees. We’ll search the property and learn how to tell different kinds from each other, understand the role trees play in our world, and have fun! Meet at OCCA’s office at Mohican Farm, 7207 State Highway 80, Cooperstown. Free. Register at: https://occainfo.org/signup/.

Ag Plastic Recycling Collection

October 11 – 800-1100am: Northern Transfer Station, Cooperstown

October 13 – 800-1100am: Southern Transfer Station, Cooperstown

Drop off used agricultural film plastic for recycling. Accepted materials include bale wrap, bunker silo cover, silage/ag bags and greenhouse plastic. Excess dirt/feed must be shaken off as much as possible, and plastic must be sorted according to type. Free, but please contact OCCA with questions or to pre-register. PLEASE NOTE wood pellet bags WILL NOT be accepted. Wood pellet bags may be dropped off at most stores that accept grocery bags for recycling.

Meet Your State Forester

October 20 – 1000am: Basswood Pond State Forest – Conservation Road Parking Area

State Forester Nathan Funk will lead an informative walk through Basswood Pond State Forest.  He will talk about the history, planned forestry actions, and recreational opportunities at the forest. Program is free, registration is encouraged but not necessary.  To register, visit: https://occainfo.org/signup/.

 

Over the Top! Mud Lake

October 27 – Noon: Pine Lake Environmental Campus, Charlotte Creek Road, Davenport

Join Steve Kent for an invigorating walk to Mud Lake in Robert V. Riddell State Park. This 3.5-hour, 4.5-mile hike traverses woods rich in beauty, including a 30-foot waterfall, oak and hemlock groves, and Mud Lake, a sphagnum bog at the top of South Hill. Along the way, Steve will share the history of the land that was donated by Steve and his wife, Trish Riddell Kent, in 2005. We will meet at Pine Lake Environmental Campus of Hartwick College on Charlotte Creek Road and carpool to Gersoni Road to start. Bring snack/light lunch to eat on the trail, water, and proper clothing. Register at:  https://occainfo.org/signup/.

Announcements

 

Farm Insurance Workshop

October 3 –500pm-700pm: Center for Agricultural Development and Entrepreneurship (CADE)

CADE is hosting a workshop educating farmers on their insurance needs. Cecil Davis from Bramely Agency in Delhi will discuss agritourism insurance, workers compensation, disability, product liability and other important insurance requirements related for farm businesses. For more information and to register online go to:http://www.cadefarms.org/events-1/

 

Glimmerglass Film Days

Glimmerglass Film Days, a program of Otsego 2000, features screenings of award-winning films, as well as encounters and collaborations with internationally known artists, activists, filmmakers, and scholars. The four-day series is further enlivened by art exhibits, local foods, brews, wines, and cocktails, as well as  guided hikes and walks, all designed to celebrate the natural, cultural, and historic resources of the Cooperstown region. Film Days is curated by Margaret Parsons, founder and director of the film program at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC.  The film days this year are slated for November 8-12. For more information and purchase individual film tickets go to: http://www.glimmerglassfilmdays.org/

 

Soil Health and Cover Crop Meeting

October 9 – 1030am-330pm: Morris Conference Center, SUNY Oneonta

Otsego County Soil & Water Conservation District will host a Soil Health and Cover Crop meeting. Guest speakers Steve Lorraine, Karl Czymmeck, and Steve Groff will lead discussions on cover crops, improving soil health, soil biology and more. Suitable for crop farmers, folks with livestock and landowners who have an interest in saving and improving soil quality for the next generation. Coffee, doughnuts and lunch will be served. RSVP to Otsego County Soil & Water Conservation District at (607) 547-8337 ext 4, or email weaver@otsegosoilandwater.com by October 2.

Open Studio – Dave and Ann Kiehm

October 13 – 100-500pm: 1020 County Highway 46, Oneonta

Local artists Dave and Ann Kiehm once again open their studios for an afternoon of art and conversation. The Kiehms draw inspiration from our natural world to create stunning works of art. For more information, contact (315) 794-8425.

Upper Susquehanna Watershed Forum

The third annual Upper Susquehanna Watershed Forum comes back to Oneonta on October 18 at SUNY Oneonta Morris Conference Center.  Come learn about what our area is doing to protect our waterways and be good stewards of the Chesapeake Bay.  Presentations include information on local work as well as regional and Chesapeake Bay wide work.  The conference is free and open to the public.  For more information and to register see: http://nylcvef.org/events/upper-susquehanna-watershed-forum/

 

Community Shared Solar Opportunities

Southern Tier Solar

Community solar is a program that greatly increases equitable access to locally produced solar energy. Community solar links a customer’s utility bill directly to a local solar farm, allowing them to go solar without installing solar on their home. A customer’s share of the electricity produced on the solar farm is credited directly to their NYSEG utility bill each month. Any NYSEG customer can sign up: renters, homeowners, businesses, and non-profits. To learn more about how you can save money on your electric bill, protect the environment, and support the local solar economy, check out our event schedule for Otsego County:

 

Solstice

Solstice is a mission-driven organization dedicated to bringing affordable solar power to the 80% of Americans who cannot install a rooftop system. Solstice conducts comprehensive marketing campaigns to educate communities about community solar projects in their area, partnering with trusted local organizations to distribute community solar to their membership, conducting outreach efforts and managing the customer experience. There is currently an opportunity to buy into a new solar installation right in your own back yard in Laurens.  To learn more, contact Jackie Burke at 607-345-4816 or jackie@solstice.us or Tim Brown at 607-241-0125 or tim@solstice.us.

Did You Know?

Though ticks are often associated with summer, adult black-legged ticks (Ioxedes scapularis, also known as deer ticks) are most active beginning in October. Adult ticks that have previously bitten an infected animal at an earlier stage in their life are capable of transmitting Lyme disease and a host of other illnesses, including anaplasmosis, babesiosis, ehrlichiosis and Powassan disease. Any sort of warm weather (and “warm” includes high 30s/low 40s, temperature wise) can bring out adult black-legged ticks that haven’t fed yet. Always take precautions when outdoors in tick season.

The agricultural community will once again have two opportunities to drop off their used agricultural film plastic in October through a free program sponsored by Otsego County Department of Solid Waste, Casella Waste Services, Otsego County Soil & Water Conservation District, and Otsego County Conservation Association.

The collections will take place on Thursday, October 11 at the Northern Transfer Station in Cooperstown, and on Saturday, October 13 at the Southern Transfer Station in Oneonta. The time for both days is 8am-11am.

“We’re very pleased to be able to provide this opportunity to remove this material from our waste stream once again,” said Karen Sullivan, Director for the Otsego County Solid Waste Department.

Acceptable film plastics include bale wrap, bunker silo cover, silage bags, and greenhouse cover. Plastic must be relatively clean and dry, and sorted according to type.

“We’re not asking for off-the-roll clean, but an effort needs to be made to shake off excess feed and dirt,” said Jeff O’Handley, OCCA’s program director. “Dirt can damage processing machinery and lead to impurities in the reprocessed material.”

Not accepted in this collection are wood pellet or wood shavings bags.

“Unfortunately, the recyclers we work with do not want our wood pellet bags,” O’Handley said. “However, these bags are accepted in the plastic bag collection bins at stores like Hannaford and Price Chopper, provided they are clean and empty.”

Plastic is compressed into bales weighing 1000-pounds by a machine operated by Otsego County Soil & Water Conservation District staff. From there, it is shipped to a recycler and processed into pellets that are used for a variety of products, including plastic lumber or bags. Since 2013, Otsego County has shipped more than 70 tons of agricultural plastic for recycling.

“For the fourth year in a row, the District is happy to provide this free service that keeps this plastic waste from our landfills,” said Jordan Clements, District Manager of the Otsego County Soil & Water Conservation District.

The agricultural plastic collection is free, though pre-registration is requested. Contact Jeff O’Handley, Otsego County Conservation Association at (607) 282-4087 for more information.

Founded in 1968, Otsego County Conservation Association is a private, non-profit organization dedicated to promoting the appreciation and sustainable use of Otsego County’s natural resources through education, research, resource management, advocacy, planning and practice. For more information, or to donate, visit www.occainfo.org.

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Otsego County Conservation Association (OCCA) is formally launching the first annual Heat Smart Otsego Campaign on October 17 at 6:30pm. The event will take place at Foothills Performing Arts Center in Oneonta.

The event will feature guest speaker, Jay Egg. The founder of EggGeothermal, Egg will discuss the basics of geothermal, and examine how far geothermal can go towards a renewable energy future.

“We’re very excited to have Jay Egg join us,” said Bennett Sandler, Heat Smart Otsego’s Campaign Director. “He is a nationally-recognized voice in the geothermal industry.”

Sandler will also present detailed information on all aspects of the Heat Smart Otsego campaign, providing an introduction to the technologies as well as information on pricing and incentives available to those that install these technologies.

“The time to kick the fossil fuel habit is now,” said Sandler.

Funded by a grant from the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA), Heat Smart Otsego will introduce renewable heating and cooling technologies to building owners across Otsego County.  These technologies include air source heat pumps, ground source heat pumps (geothermal), pellet stoves and modern wood boilers with thermal storage. Attendees will have the opportunity to sign up for free home visits from any of the selected installer partners as well as a free energy audit as a first step toward evaluating the most cost-effective, energy saving option for their home or business.

“People are always surprised at how much they can save from making envelope improvements,” Sandler said.

The Heat Smart Otsego Kickoff Event is free. For more information, contact Campaign Director Bennett Sandler at (607) 435-1364 or campaigndirector@occainfo.org.

Heat Smart Otsego is funded through the middle of 2021 by the Clean Heating and Cooling Community Campaign initiative, which is administered by NYSERDA.  The initiative supports Governor Andrew M. Cuomo’s ambitious clean energy goal to reduce greenhouse gas emissions 40 percent by 2030 and 80 percent by 2050.

Founded in 1968, Otsego County Conservation Association is a private, non-profit organization dedicated to promoting the appreciation and sustainable use of Otsego County’s natural resources through education, research, resource management, advocacy, planning and practice. For more information, or to donate, visit www.occainfo.org.

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The Town of Maryland invites its residents to one of the two Comprehensive Plan Open House Meetings at the Schenevus AMVETS Post 2572 on Tuesday, September 25 and Thursday, September 27 from 7:00-9:00 p.m. The Town is seeking input from local residents to help the town’s Comprehensive Plan Steering Committee determine important issues and goals for the community.

Currently, the Town of Maryland is in the process of updating its 2008 Comprehensive Plan. As part of the process, the Town is working with its Steering Committee and its planning consultant, the Otsego County Conservation Association. When completed, the Comprehensive Plan will outline a vision for the Town’s future as well as a set of specific goals and objectives.

“These open house meetings will allow residents an opportunity to provide their input on how the Comprehensive Plan should be shaped,” said Danny Lapin, environmental planner with the Otsego County Conservation Association.

“The information we receive from the public will help us establish a strong foundation for the plan,” said Stephen Barton, the Chairman of the Comprehensive Plan Steering Committee. The plan, which is scheduled to be completed in early 2019, will help the Town identify challenges and opportunities facing the Town, shape the Town’s growth, and enhance the quality of life in the Town of Maryland.

The open house will include a brief presentation of the Town’s current discussions and provide opportunities for further discussions on how the Comprehensive Plan can benefit the Community.

For more information, please visit the Town of Maryland’s website http://www.marylandny.org or contact the Comprehensive Plan Steering Committee via email at sbarton312@gmail.com. The Committee’s outreach process will continue into the fall, with the Draft Plan slated to be complete in late December.

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Otsego County Conservation Association has released its schedule of programs for the month of September.

On Thursday, September 20 OCCA is leading “The Trees of Cooperstown,” beginning at 5:30pm at Pioneer Park in Cooperstown. This walk highlights the benefits of street trees, threats to our urban forests, and will also cover some basics of tree anatomy and identification. The walk is sponsored by the Village of Cooperstown through an Urban Forestry Grant.

On Saturday, September 22, OCCA is seeking volunteers to assist with picking up litter along a 2-mile section of State Route 80 in Cooperstown/Springfield. OCCA adopted this section of road through the New York State Adopt-A-Highway program. Bags, gloves and safety equipment provided. Ages 12 and up. Meet at 8am at OCCA’s office, 7207 State Route 80, Cooperstown.

It’s back to the forest on Wednesday, September 26. Joe Sweeney, Forest Technician with the Otsego County Soil & Water Conservation District leads a walk at John W. Chase Memorial Forest in Middlefield. Sweeney will discuss Otsego County’s 3600 acres of forest land and will illustrate examples of sustainable forest management, best management practices, multi-use land management, and will also discuss forest pests and invasive species. The walk begins at 9am at the intersection of Middlefield, Van Cleef and Pearsall Roads in Middlefield.

All programs are free and open to the public. Pre-registration is preferred, and can be done by visiting or by contacting OCCA at (607) 547-4488 or by visiting https://occainfo.org/program-and-event-sign-up-form/.

Founded in 1968, Otsego County Conservation Association is a private, non-profit organization dedicated to promoting the appreciation and sustainable use of Otsego County’s natural resources through education, research, resource management, advocacy, planning and practice. For more information, or to donate, visit www.occainfo.org.

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Save the Date

Household Hazardous Waste Day

Friday, September 7 – 8 – 11am, Unadilla Highway Department, 216 County Highway 3, Unadilla

Free collection for Otsego County residents of paints, pesticides, solvents, mercury, chemical cleaners and more. Please note: Pharmaceuticals and electronics will NOT be collected at Unadilla.

September 8 – 8am – 1pm:  Meadows County Office Building, 140 County Highway 33W, Cooperstown

This free event allows County residents to dispose of hazardous wastes, including pesticides, paints, antifreeze, batteries, electronics, and more. Check http://www.otsegocounty.com/depts/sw/HHW.htmfor details or call (607) 547-4225.

OCCA Board Meeting

September 13 – 6 – 830pm: Mohican Farm, 7207 State Highway 80, Cooperstown, (corner of 80 and Allen Lake Road)

The OCCA Board of Directors will open its doors for the next full meeting of the board to listen to concerns regarding the recent developments concerning the Oneonta natural gas project proposed by Otsego Now. We understand many of our members have a concern regarding OCCA’s mention in the Otsego Now proposal and the future of the project.  Privilege of the floor will be given at the opening of the meeting at 600pm.  If you plan to come and voice your opinion, please limit your comments to five minutes. We will discuss the project and the current state of energy for Otsego County at this meeting.

The Trees of Cooperstown

September 20 – 5:30pm: Pioneer Park, Cooperstown

Street trees provide far more than pretty scenery. Join OCCA Program Director, Jeff O’Handley on a pleasant stroll around Cooperstown and learn how we benefit from our trees. The walk also includes some basics of tree anatomy and identification, and will highlight how the Village is looking to protect this important resource.  Program is free, registration is encouraged but not necessary.  To register, visit: https://occainfo.org/program-and-event-sign-up-form/.

Highway Cleanup

September 22 – 800am: Mohican Farm, 7207 State Highway 80, Cooperstown, (corner of 80 and Allen Lake Road)

Help keep a 2-mile section of Route 80 in Cooperstown/Springfield looking good! Gloves, bags, and equipment provided. Ages 12 and up only. To register, visit: https://occainfo.org/program-and-event-sign-up-form/ or call Jeff O’Handley at 282-4087.

County Forest Walk

September 26 – 900am: John W. Chase Memorial Forest, intersection of Middlefield, Van Cleef, and Pearsall Roads, Middlefield.

Did you know Otsego County owns over 3600 acres of forest property? Join Joe Sweeney, Forest Technician with the Otsego County Soil & Water Conservation District on a walk through the John W. Chase Memorial Forest in (Which town is it in?) and learn about sustainable forest management, best management practices, forest pests, invasive species, and multi-use land management.  Program is free, registration is encouraged but not necessary.  To register, visit: https://occainfo.org/program-and-event-sign-up-form/.

Trees – Guardians of the Susquehanna (A Riparian Buffer Walk in Cooperstown)

October 6 – 1000am: Doubleday Field, Cooperstown

Join OCCA Executive Director Leslie Orzetti as she guides you through the streets of Cooperstown following Willow Brook from Doubleday Field to Otsego Lake.  The walk will talk about trees as a vital part of the stream ecosystem, their benefits, and programs that help restore riparian buffer ecosystems.  Other stops on the walk include Lakefront Park and ending at Council Rock. The program is sponsored by the Village of Cooperstown under an Urban Tree Grant from the NY Department of Environmental Conservation.  Program is free, registration is encouraged by not necessary.  To register, visit: https://occainfo.org/program-and-event-sign-up-form/.

 

Meet Your State Forester

October 20 – 1000am: Basswood Pond State Forest – Conservation Road Parking Area

State Forester Nathan Funk will lead an informative walk through Basswood Pond State Forest.  He will talk about the history, planned forestry actions, and recreational opportunities at the forest. Program is free, registration is encouraged but not necessary.  To register, visit: https://occainfo.org/program-and-event-sign-up-form/.

 

Announcements

OCCA Kicks of Heat Smart Otsego Program

Funded by the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA), Heat Smart Otsego aims to educate home- and business owners about economic and environmental benefits of clean heating and cooling technologies, and seeks to streamline the process of integrating these technologies into existing and new infrastructure. Campaign Director Bennett Sandler, founding partner of Equity Energy, will be leading workshops and information sessions throughout the region over the next few months. Visit www.occainfo.org/hso for more information.

 

Upper Susquehanna Watershed Forum

The third annual Upper Susquehanna Watershed Forum comes back to Oneonta on October 18 at SUNY Oneonta Morris Conference Center.  Come learn about what our area is doing to protect our waterways and be good stewards of the Chesapeake Bay.  Presentations include information on local work as well as regional and Chesapeake Bay wide work.  The conference is free and open to the public.  To register visit: https://www3.thedatabank.com/dpg/255/personal2.asp?formid=nylcvefmeet&c=3400622. For more information on the conference see: http://nylcvef.org/events/upper-susquehanna-watershed-forum/

 

OCCA Citizen Science Stream Monitoring Program Seeking Volunteers

We’re about to finish up our first year of monitoring, and we couldn’t be happier with our stream team and the results they have collected so far!  Not long ago we received a grant to help us expand our program, and we’re looking for more volunteers to help us monitor an additional 5-10 sites around Otsego County.  If you’re interested in getting your feet wet, learning about water quality and the health of one of our local streams, this program is for you.  The project is perfect for school groups, church groups, scouts, and just your average Joe looking to do something to get out into the environment.  Volunteers can expect to monitor sites once a month throughout the year as conditions allow.  A time commitment of approximately 3-4 hours a month is required.  Interested in being a Stream Team member, call Leslie Orzetti at 547-4488 to sign up!

 

Household Hazardous Waste Day Seeking Volunteers

Volunteers are needed on Saturday, September 8 to help with the annual latex paint recycling collection at Household Hazardous Waste Day in Cooperstown. Volunteers will sort, open cans, and mix paint, and will also help direct traffic, flatten cardboard, and other tasks. Shifts are available from 7:30-11am or 10:30am-1pm (or all day!). Contact Jeff O’Handleyprogramdirector@occainfo.org, to sign up.

SUNY Cobleskill Announces Schedule for 7th Generation Lecture Series

SUNY Cobleskill announced their schedule for the 7th Generation Lecture Series this fall.  The series focuses on environmental conservation and is open to the public.  For more information and this fall’s program, see https://cobleskill.edu/about/sustainability/pdfs/7thGenLectureSeries_Fall2018.pdf

Community Shared Solar Opportunities

Southern Tier Solar

Community solar is a program that greatly increases equitable access to locally produced solar energy. Community solar links a customer’s utility bill directly to a local solar farm, allowing them to go solar without installing solar on their home. A customer’s share of the electricity produced on the solar farm is credited directly to their NYSEG utility bill each month. Any NYSEG customer can sign up: renters, homeowners, businesses, and non-profits. To learn more about how you can save money on your electric bill, protect the environment, and support the local solar economy, check out our event schedule for Otsego County:

 

Solstice

Solstice is a mission-driven organization dedicated to bringing affordable solar power to the 80% of Americans who cannot install a rooftop system. Solstice conducts comprehensive marketing campaigns to educate communities about community solar projects in their area, partnering with trusted local organizations to distribute community solar to their membership, conducting outreach efforts and managing the customer experience. There is currently an opportunity to buy into a new solar installation right in your own back yard in Laurens.  To learn more, contact Jackie Burke at 607-345-4816 or jackie@solstice.us. Tim Brown at 607-241-0125 ortim@solstice.us

CADE Farm and Food Business Workshop

September 13 – 500pm: CADE Offices, 189 Main St., Fifth Floor, Oneonta

In this workshop, CADE will focus legal structuring for farm and farm businesses. Trainers will explore the difference between Sole proprietorship, LLC, C Corp, S Corm and Partnerships. We will explore the differences and what would work best for each business circumstance. Print outs and materials will be provided to each attendee. The cost is free and is open to the public. To sign up, please emailcorey@cadfarms.org with your name, phone number and number of people attending. Please use Legal Workshop in the subject of the email.

Did You Know?

Yellowjackets become extra pesky at this time of year. During the height of summer, yellowjacket workers are kept busy hunting for high protein meals like insects, spiders and carrion, which they feed the larvae in the hive. Once the queen stops laying eggs in late summer, workers pretty much fend for themselves, and seek foods high in sugar, such as nectar, rotting fruit—and Labor Day barbecue favorites like soda, watermelon, and Grandma’s famous baked beans. Avoiding yellowjackets at this time of year is hard; consider keeping foods tightly covered or inside until it’s time to eat. Keep garbage cans away from where guests congregate. And maybe put out a shallow dish of soda or juice before your cookout to attract the yellowjackets. If a yellowjacket does get in your face, don’t wave or swat at it: back away slowly—and keep your mouth closed!

(COOPERSTOWN) – The Otsego County Conservation Association and newly hired Campaign Director, Bennett Sandler, formerly of Equity Energy LLC, are excited to announce that OCCA is the recipient of a New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) grant to create Heat Smart Otsego, a campaign to educate citizens about the economic and environmental benefits of clean heating and cooling technologies and streamline the process for integrating these technologies into their homes and businesses.

“There are a number of options out there for building owners to reduce their energy consumption and save money.  Heat Smart Otsego is here to help folks understand what those options are and to connect them with qualified installers offering discounted pricing,” said Sandler.

Technologies targeted by the campaign will initially include ground and air source heat pumps, as well as high-efficiency, low-emission pellet stoves and wood gasification boilers. These technologies are safe and efficient, saving consumers money while increasing comfort.  Further, these technologies help move building owners away from fossil fuel systems and towards renewable energy sources such as solar and wood.

Heat Smart Otsego is modeled after a similar program run in Tompkins County that introduced discounted, up-front pricing and pre-vetted installers to interested building owners.

“In the coming months I’ll be going out all over Otsego County to discuss these technologies and the incentives that exist to install them,” Sandler said. “We will also recruit technology installers who already participate in NYSERDA rebate programs to join the Heat Smart Campaign.”

“We are excited to have received this grant to help educate citizens on reducing their carbon footprint through efficiency upgrades and switching to clean heating and cooling technologies,” says Leslie Orzetti, Executive Director of OCCA.  “We are also happy to be working with Bennett who has a wealth of knowledge and experience in this area and will be a great ambassador for the program.”

Heat Smart Otsego is funded through the middle of 2021 by the Clean Heating and Cooling Community Campaign initiative, which is administered by NYSERDA.  The initiative supports Governor Andrew M. Cuomo’s ambitious clean energy goal to reduce greenhouse gas emissions 40 percent by 2030.

All inquiries can be directed to the Campaign Director, Bennett Sandler at campaigndirector@occainfo.org or at (607) 435-1364.

Founded in 1968, Otsego County Conservation Association is a private, non-profit organization dedicated to promoting the appreciation and sustainable use of Otsego County’s natural resources through education, research, resource management, advocacy, planning and practice. For more information, or to donate, visit www.occainfo.org.

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