ECO-BULLETIN Vol. 14, No. 12 – December 1, 2020

Today is the day!


Today is Giving Tuesday and this year and we are doing something a little different. Our goal this year is not around money.  We are focusing our attention on the PEOPLE. We want to grow our OCCA community and include everyone who wants to stand up and be counted as a supporter of environmental conservation.  This year, we are running a campaign to get 300 individual supporters! We want to show the power of people and bringing us all together.  

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Join us for OCCA Tonight!
Virtual Holiday Celebration

This year, we are hosting our very first virtual, interacting holiday celebration for our awesome OCCA community, and you are all invited! Join us on Dec. 3rd at from 6:30 – 7:30 pm for a Zoom hosted interactive “Talk Show” hosted by the OCCA staff and board.  We will have a guest bar tender, to show us how to make a festive (and educational) cocktail, host conversations with some of our partners to see what fun things they have coming up in the new year, as well as eco-trivia and more! 
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Don’t miss out, its just 2 days away!

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High Noon at Riddell State Park 

Saturday, December 12, 12pm-2pm 

Stretch your legs and connect with natural and local history on this easy walk at Robert V. Riddell State Park. Steve Kent, who donate the park in 2005 with his wife, Patricia Riddell Kent will share tales of the land before it became a park, and Jeff O’Handley will highlight some of the interesting natural features of the park. The walk is about 2 miles over mostly easy terrain, and will included open fields, woodlands, and views of Schenevus Creek. 

*Please note, in accordance with New York State COVID-19 requirements, all participants will be required to observe social distancing guidelines and wear a cloth face covering. Enrollment is limited to 25. Please use the form at

Climate Action: The Dire Need for Net Zero and What You Can Do

December 8, 6:30-7:30pm 

Are you not sure where or how to start taking action on climate change? View this pre-recorded webinar by Dr. Chandu Visweswariah, CEO of Utopus Insights and founding Board member of CURE100, a community-based not for profit aimed at achieving net zero greenhouse gases in our community by 2040. Dr. Visweswariah’s presentation focuses on climate science, concrete pathways that can be taken to limit global warming, and local and personal ways to address the climate crisis. This webinar was originally presented by the Audubon Council of New York and is being re-presented by Delaware-Otsego Audubon Society. For more information or to register for this free program, visit There will be a panel discussion follow-up on January 5, 2021. 

Holiday Recycling Guide

Each holiday season sees a surge of items going to the garbage or recycling bins. Before you throw away, take a few minutes to think: 

Can this item be used by someone else? If so, give it to them, or donate it to a thrift store—there are plenty of options in our area (see below) 

If the item is worn beyond use, please check to see whether it can be recycled or must be disposed of in the landfill. For a guide to recycling and alternate means of disposal for many items, see “How Do I Get Rid Of…?” at either OCCA’s website or at Otsego County’s Solid Waste Department.  

It’s a rite of every holiday season: finding that, after eleven months of storage, one or more strings of lights no longer work. If you have determined that the string has truly gone bad and doesn’t just need a bulb replaced, consider recycling. HolidayLEDs has a mail-in recycling program (visit for defunct light strings. Locally, Lowe’s in Oneonta will be collecting holiday lights for recycling through December 24.  NEVER put holiday lights in your recycling bin: they get caught up in the machinery at recycling facilities, requiring delays and often causing costly repairs. 

If 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 If you’re looking to buy, visit to see what we currently have! 

Shop for Eco-Friendly Gifts- 40% of the proceeds goes to OCCA!

Shop for your holiday gifts at this Boon Supply link and 40% of the total spent will be donated to OCCA to support our outdoor education, planning and more:
Shop Here

Happy Holidays from OCCA

Wishing you a safe and healthy holiday season, from all of us here at OCCA

-Amy, the Staff and Board

How You Can Help Protect Our Local Environment

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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