Engaging our Communities in Responsible Stewardship



Invasive Species

Our work to control invasive species throughout the county includes the removal of water chestnut and European frog-bit from local lakes and ponds as well as chopping up stands of Japanese knotweed, and more.

Clean Heating and Cooling

Heat Smart Mohawk Valley is a community-based clean heating and cooling initiative to help residents and businesses lower their energy bills, improve comfort, and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

The Little Things Campaign

Taking small steps everyday is how we are going to make a difference in this world, and the proceeds of our “Little Things” midyear fundraiser will support our work in community education. Consider making a donation today!

Online Garage Sale

Items in good condition that you no longer need can be donated to the OCCA online garage sale. Donations support our efforts to protect Otsego County’s environment! Items should have a min. value of $10.


Little Thing #18: Turn your lights on a dimmer switch.

Save energy and extend the life of your lightbulbs by investing in dimmer switches throughout your home and business. Similar to reducing the brightness of your device screens, lowering the brightness of your overhead lights can reduce strain on your eyes.   Additionally, adding dimmer lights can add to the level of comfort in each room

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Little Thing #16: Reduce your screen brightness.

We are living in an age where we spend most of our time looking at some sort of screen every day. Whether we work in front of a computer, or use your cell phone or TV for entertainment, we have nearly unlimited access to screens.   There are ways you can help

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Little Thing #15: Grow your own herbs.

Growing your own herbs has endless benefits! Herbs can be grown and cared for in small pots, making this an accessible option for anyone who enjoys fresh herbs such as basil, cilantro, thyme, rosemary, lavender, dill, and so many more!   This is a sustainable option, because typically store-bought herbs some in packages with

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How to Get Rid Of...

A tool to determine how to recycle or properly dispose of items in Otsego County.

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Donations provide the foundation for our work throughout Otsego County. 
By becoming a supporter of OCCA, you become a part of a unique countywide environmental organization whose mission is to protect local natural resources for the benefit of all. 


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