ECO-BULLETIN Vol 14, No 2 – February 4, 2020

Get Out and Walk!

Sunday, February 9, noon-2pm, Clark Sports Center

Take a brisk trail walk with OCCA and the staff of the Clark Sports Center at the Clark Sports Center! We’ll wind our way through hemlocks and hardwoods, along the river’s edge and onto a floodplain. The exact route depends on trail and weather conditions. Please note that snowshoes may be helpful, but you must provide your own. Meet at noon in the main lobby at Clark Sports Center, 124 County Road 52, Cooperstown. Program is free, but registration is appreciated. Visit occa/ This program is offered as part of the Cooperstown Winter Carnival. For a full listing of events, visit

Clean Energy Workshop

Monday, February 10, 1pm, Cooperstown Community Senior Center, Parish Hall, St. Mary’s Church, Cooperstown

Heat Smart Otsego Campaign Director Bennett Sandler and Jackie Burke, Community Outreach Coordinator for Delaware River Solar will address how home owners can save money and contribute to a healthier environment. Contact Heat Smart Otsego Campaign Director, Bennett Sandler at (607) 435-1364 for information. Program is free.

Naked Eye Astronomy, Winter Edition—Are You Sirius?

Wednesday, February 19, 7:00pm, Mohican Farm

Join OCCA Vice President, Jim Hill for an evening of naked eye astronomy as we tour the spectacular night sky of February. The winter sky provides a wonderful array of zero and first magnitude stars (the lower the magnitude, the brighter the star!). We will explore constellations including Orion, Gemini and Taurus; the magnificent asterism known as the winter circle; and the open star cluster, the Pleiades.  If we’re lucky, we might get a glimpse of the most distant object you can see with the naked eye, Andromeda. Most of this program will take place outside, so dress for the weather and bring a chair so that you don’t have to sit on frozen or snowy ground. Binoculars are optional. Hot chocolate and a snack will be served. In the event of cloudy/bad weather, program will take place on Friday, February 21.

Clean Heating and Cooling Options in Otsego County

Friday, February 21, 7:30-8:30pm, Elm Park United Methodist Church, 401 Chestnut Street, Oneonta

Heat Smart Campaign Director Bennett Sandler will educate home and business owners about renewable, clean heating and cooling technologies such as heat pumps and modern wood burning technologies at the monthly meeting of the Delaware-Otsego Audubon Society. Program is free. Refreshments available. For information on Heat Smart Otsego, visit For information on Delaware-Otsego Audubon Society, visit

Earth Festival—Call for Exhibitors/Vendors

Planning for the 15th annual Earth Festival event is underway! Earth Festival is a fun, family-friendly gathering of environmentally-oriented organizations, individuals and business sharing information about the world, products and services that is attended by 1000 people per year. This year’s event, to be held on April 18, will include favorite activities such as the pre-event bird walk, an Earth Festival movie, free recycling collection of items including Styrofoam, glass, chip bags, and more; the EcoArt contest; and the vendor/exhibitor information fair. If you would like a table at this year’s Earth Festival, visit for information on how to apply. 

The Bag Ban is Coming—Are You Ready?

On March 1, retail establishments in New York State that are required to charge sales tax will no longer be able to hand out single-use plastic carryout bags to their customers (with some exceptions, see link). If you are a retailer and you’re wondering what you will need to do, visit for details. Paper bags may be available at some stores, but please note that paper bags are also problematic for the environment. Please consider stocking up now on inexpensive, long lasting reusable bags. The Otsego County Solid Waste Department currently has a limited supply of reusable cloth bags available, free of charge. Contact Recycling Coordinator Shane Digan at (607) 547-4225 for information on how to get one. Remember, when going to the store—any store—Pack Your Bags!

Solar Energy Workshop

March 7, 8:30am-3pm, Herkimer College

Solar Energy and the Future of Farming in the Mohawk Valley brings together experienced renewable energy professionals in the fields of energy economics, land use planning, leasing law and dual use agricultural practices to give area residents the tools to make informed choices about solar energy development in their communities. This workshop will help farmers, land owners and municipal officials plan for the development of large (2-5MW) and utility scale solar installations in the Mohawk Valley. Attendees will learn about the best practices in working with solar developers, how farmers are creating new opportunities through hosting solar installations on their land, and will have the opportunity to ask questions about land leasing terms and conditions, alternative strategies and municipal impacts. Workshop is free and open to the public by prior registration. To register, please call (315) 866-7920 or visit .

For more information, contact Garet D. Livermore at the above number, or by email: Workshop is sponsored by OCCA, Mohawk Valley Economic Development District, Herkimer College and Cornell Cooperative Extension—Herkimer County.

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