COOPERSTOWN—Otsego County Conservation Association begins its “Be Informed!” lecture series on February 15, 2017 with a talk by Dan Sullivan, of the Mohawk Valley Regional Development District. Sullivan’s talk, “How You Can Make an Impact Using Clean Energy,” covers clean energy, how citizens and municipalities can get involved in clean energy programs, and the positive impact this can have on our changing climate.
“We’re really excited to start off this lecture series. I hope Otsego County residents take advantage of this resource and we can give people the opportunity to learn about new and exciting ways to help conserve our natural resources,” said Leslie Orzetti, OCCA’s executive director.
Sullivan is currently the Outreach Coordinator for the Mohawk Valley region’s Clean Energy Communities Program, a NYSERDA-funded initiative that seeks to provide local governments with funding for Clean Energy projects. He has been involved with energy efficiency advocacy since 2007, when as Sustainability Coordinator for the North Rockland Schools (NY), he launched a program to reduce the District’s carbon footprint. Sullivan has edited the Climate Smart Communities Pledge to be applicable to school districts, and in 2014, he secured passage of the Pledge in the Town of Richfield. Currently, he serves on the Board of Directors for the Otsego Land Trust and Otsego 2000, and is the Chairman of the Town of Richfield Comprehensive Plan Committee. Dan and his wife Teresa live on a 70-acre organic farm in Richfield.
“The turn towards clean, sustainable energy for the Mohawk Valley is a key factor in both the preservation of our natural beauty and environmental quality, and our economic revival,” Sullivan said.
“This is the first of four lectures in the series,” said Orzetti. “Future topics will include hand-on forest management, stream ecology, and native organisms of Otsego County.”
The talk will take place in the workshop at Mohican Farm, 7195 State Highway 80, Cooperstown. The program is free and open to the public, though pre-registration is highly suggested. To sign up for the program, visit http://occainfo.org/program-and-event-sign-up-form/.
Founded in 1968, OCCA is a private, non-profit membership group dedicated to promoting the appreciation and sustainable use of Otsego County’s natural resources through education, advocacy, resource management, research, planning, and practice. For more information on OCCA, or to donate, visit www.occainfo.org