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May 1, 2020:  Vol. 14, No. 5

Heat Smart Otsego Events 

Learn about clean heating and cooling technologies for your home or business through this series of free, 45-minute webinars. Join from your home computer, tablet or smart phone! 
• “Whole Home Retrofit” presented by Snug Planet. Tuesday, May 5, noon. Sign Up Here
• “Geothermal Heat Pump Installation” presented by Dailey Electric. Thursday, May 7, noon. Sign Up Here
• “Whole Home Retrofit,” presented by Halco. Tuesday, May 12, noon. Sign Up Here
• “Heat Pump Installation,” presented by NP Environmental. Thursday, May 14, noon. Sign Up Here

For more information or to sign up, visit heatsmartotsego.org or call (607) 435-1364 or email campaigndirector@heatsmart.org 

OCCA Online Garage Sale Ongoing 
If you’re in the midst of spring cleaning and you find yourself with good condition items that you no longer need, why not get them into the hands of someone who could use them? Donate them to the OCCA online garage sale and help support our efforts to protect Otsego County’s environment! Items should have a minimum value of $10. Please send photos and a description and dimension of the item(s) to occagaragesale@gmail.com. If you’re looking to buy, visit http://occainfo.org/2018-garage-sale-items/ to see what we currently have! 

Invasive Species Spotlight: Hunting the Emerald Ash Borer 

Wednesday, May 13, 12-1pm 

The emerald ash borer is eating its way through New York’s forests and also threatens  ash trees of our streets, parks, lawns and gardens. In this month’s Invasive Species Spotlight, OCCA Program Director, Jeff O’Handley will show you how to identify ash trees on your property, find signs of emerald ash borer infestation, and discuss what to do if you find it. Register for this free Zoom event here.  

OCCA Webinar: The Power of Planning, During and after the Pandemic 
Wednesday, May 20, 1-2pm 

The COVID-19 pandemic has the potential to fundamentally change how our communities are planned for in the future. Communities will have to learn to adapt current planning practices such as holding public meetings, amending zoning codes, and developing comprehensive plans to post-pandemic standards. Join OCCA Environmental Planner, Danny Lapin, AICP to learn how planning can be used as a tool to help communities adapt to a post-COVID-19 world. Sign Up Here!



 
In Case You Missed It !!

COVID-19 forced the cancellation of Earth Festival as an in-person event, but we carried on with a series of online webinars. If you couldn’t make it when the events ran live, don’t worry! All Earth Festival events – and more – are available at our YouTube page. We’ll be adding more content, as well. Subscribe to get notifications of new postings. Click on the title to watch the replay!

Reducing Energy Webinar. Representatives from Heat Smart Otsego and Delaware River Solar present a variety of ways to save energy in your home.

Coffee Talk: Reducing Solid Waste. OCCA Executive Director, Amy Wyant hosts this chat with local officials and business representatives sharing tips on how to reduce our output of solid waste and how to keep recycling during a pandemic.

Reducing Food Waste and Grocery Bills. This dinner hour program will include tips on how to reduce food waste through proper planning and storage, and through creative use of leftovers and odd parts.  It ask includes a kitchen demo from The Fingerless Kitchen!

Earth Day: The Bigger Picture. In partnership with the Choose Clean Water Coalition, we’ll cover a variety of topics related to our place in the Chesapeake Bay Watershed. In addition, we’ll highlight digital Earth Day events happening all over the globe for you to participate in!

Recycle Right! 

With more people at home due to the pandemic, more residential waste is being generated, putting strain on some waste and recycling collection programs. Please consider holding off on any large spring cleaning projects, or focus on small home organizing projects with cleanouts in stages. And when visiting the transfer stations, please protect transfer station employees, your fellow recyclers and yourself by wearing a mask and following social distancing guidelines.  

Did You Know? 

June 7-13 is New York State’s 7th Annual Invasive Species Awareness Week (ISAW). The purpose of ISAW is to promote knowledge and awareness of invasive species and the harm they can cause by engaging in a wide range of activities across the state. OCCA is planning several activities for this week. We’re hoping the situation with COVID-19 will allow us to meet face-to-face; in the event we can’t, we will provide web-based options. Watch our website (occainfo.org) for details, and visit New York Invasive Species Awareness Week’s website (https://nyisaw.org/) for other programs. 



Save the Date — Note, all programs are at the mercy of COVID-19 and are subject to change 
“Paddle and Pull – Goodyear Lake” – June 7, 9am 
“Aquatic Invasive Species Spread Prevention Demonstration” – June 7, 1pm 
“Invasive Species Spotlight—Aquatics” – June 10, noon (webinar) 
“Paddle and Pull – Silver Lake” – June 13, 10am 
“Butternut Creek Fun Paddle” – June 14, 10am-noonish. Free, registration required