Our Environment. Our Home. OUR CHALLENGE.

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Otsego Residential Clean Energy Tour

November 2, 1100-300pm

Join Heat Smart Otsego Campaign Director, Bennett Sandler on a tour of three homes in the Cooperstown area that have installed ground or air source heat pumps. This is a great opportunity to see what they look like, how they sound, and learn how they can save you money. The tour is free, but pre-registration is required. See this link or contact Bennett at campaigndirector@occainfo.org for information or to register.

Food for Thought:  Decreasing Plastics in Our Lives

November 10, 1200-300pm – Unitarian Universalist Society of Oneonta, 12 Ford Avenue, Oneonta

Program Director, Jeff O’Handley, will give a talk on a brief history of plastics and their impacts on our world. Enjoy a complimentary lunch featuring several soups and accompaniments and visit with exhibitors to learn about products that can replace plastics. Free samples will be given out as long as supplies last. The event is being sponsored by UUSO Social Action Team and the Green Sanctuary Task Force. There is no charge to attend this event.

Get the Kids Out! – Glimmerglass Film Day Version

November 11, 1145 am – Village Hall, 22 Main Street, Cooperstown, NY

How do plants and animals survive and thrive in their environment? Adaptations! Join us on this walk through Cooperstown as we look for examples of adaptation. This walk is offered in conjunction with Glimmerglass Film Days and Otsego 2000, and will follow the screening of the kids’ film. This year’s kids’ film is “Fantastic Mr. Fox,” and has a local connection with co-producer Molly Cooper who will be present at the film.

Be Informed!  Lecture Series – Invasive Species, Past, Present and Future

November 20, 630 – Clark Sports Center, Cooperstown, NY

Catch up on what’s happened—and what’s likely to happen—in our area with regard to invasive species. Holly Waterfield, SUNY Oneonta Biological Field Station, will discuss ecological changes that have taken place since the establishment of the zebra mussel. Dr. Jonathan Rosenthal, Ecological Research Institute, will present on the current status of emerald ash borer, what can be expected in terms of its spread and impacts, and what can be done to best prepare for and respond to this pest as it increases in our region. This program is co-sponsored by Mohican Farm and the Catskill Regional Invasive Species Partnership.


Executive Director, Leslie Orzetti, Steps Down

After three years at the helm of OCCA, Executive Director Leslie Orzetti will step down in late December.  Orzetti is moving to the Buffalo area to be closer to family and seek new challenges in the conservation arena.  During her time with the organization she began the Be Informed! Lecture Series, Get the Kids Out nature walk program, citizen science water quality monitoring program, the Otsego County Environmental Collaborative, and was appointed to the Leadership Committee of the Otsego County Energy Taskforce. While she is excited to be moving to spend more time with family, she is sad to be leaving this great organization. 

OCCA Seeks Executive Director

OCCA is seeking a new Executive Director to begin as early as mid-December.  The successful candidate ideally has a background in environmental science or a related field, experience in non-profit management, and a passion for natural resource conservation.  For more information on duties and specific qualifications, see our position announcement at:  http://occainfo.org/position-announcement-executive-director/.  If interested, send cover letter, resume, and references to Search Committee at occainfo1@gmail.com.

Hartwick Hamlet Sewing Bee

With the ban on grocery store plastic bags beginning on March 1, 2020, many will be looking for reusable bags to purchase.  A sewing bee to teach how to create bags from various feed bags will be offered in Hartwick. The sewing bee will be held on November 5 at 9:30am at the Former O.S. Burch Store at 3097 Co Hwy 11.  Four sewing machines are available to use, or you can bring your own if you prefer.  All other materials will be provided.  You may keep any bags you make, or you may donate them to be sold as a fundraiser for OCCA. Contact Martha Clarvoe for more information and to register at (607) 293-6654 or martha.clarvoe@gmail.com.

Recook Café

November 4, 7:30-9pm – Iroquois Room, Otesaga Hotel, 60 Lake Street, Cooperstown.

Learn how to prevent wasted food—and save money! Jim Perillo, Executive Chef at the Otesaga Hotel will discuss how he stretches the menu with leftover parts most people throw away. This will include dishes to sample. Following Jim, Jan Ryder, Master Food Preserver, Cornell Cooperative Extension Schoharie and Otsego Counties will discuss food preservation techniques. This program is free and open to the public, with registration, as part of the New York State Association for Reduction, Reuse and Recycling’s (NYSAR3) annual conference.

Second Annual Plastic Film Recycling Challenge

OCCA, the Otsego County Planning & Solid Waste Department and Casella are once again sponsoring the Plastic Film Recycling Challenge for schools in Otsego County. During the challenge, school communities are asked to collect film plastic (bags, package wraps, bubble wrap, etc.) for recycling. Participating schools will receive a collecting bin courtesy of Casella, and the winning school will receive a prize. Schools can also sign up to participate in a national challenge sponsored by Trex. The Film Plastic Recycling Challenge runs from November 15 through April 15, 2020. For more information or to register, contact Otsego County Recycling Coordinator, Shane Digan at (607) 547-4256, or at digans@otsegocounty.com.

County Compost Project Begins

Otsego County residents can now recycle food scraps at the Southern Transfer Station in Oneonta! Food scraps, such as fruit, vegetables, coffee grounds and filters, and grains can be dropped off at the Southern Transfer Station. The scraps will be taken to a local composting facility. To help keep your food scraps contained, OCCA and the Otsego County Planning & Solid Waste Department have food waste bins available for sale. These bins have sturdy handles for easy transport, a hinged lid that locks into place, and are easy to clean. Bins can be purchased at the Southern Transfer Station in Oneonta and are available in 2-gallon and 6-gallon sizes for $6 (2-gallon size), $15 (6-gallon) or $20 for one of each.