ECO-BULLETIN Vol. 15, No. 5 – May 3, 2021

Our Team is GROWING!

We are currently searching for a Full – Time Project Coordinator, so if you know any one who might be interested, please let them know!
Check out the Full Job Description here!

Earth Festival Success!

Between our online programs, nature walks, and Drive Through, Drop Off recycling event, Earth Festival was a great success! We had 114 cars pass through the Drive Through, Drop Off recycling. In total 4505 pounds of paper were shredded by Empire Recycling, and we collected 20 pounds of toothpaste tubes, toothbrushes, and dental floss containers; 165 pounds of expanded polystyrene foam (“Styrofoam”); 10,000 corks; in excess of 300 lbs of pounds of writing implements, inkjet cartridges, small electronics, glass and eye glasses. Thank you to everyone for bringing us material, or for attending one of our other Earth Festival events. Thank you also to our partners at Otsego County Department of Solid Waste, the Otsego ReUse Center and Casella, for helping us collect, and thank you especially to the 26 volunteers who helped out throughout the day! Finally, thank you to all of our participating organizations, including Otsego Land Trust, Otsego Soil & Water Conservation District, Delaware-Otsego Audubon Society, Mohican Farm and the Susquehanna Chapter Adirondack Mountain Club.

Early Birds at Mohican Farm

May 15, 7-9am, Mohican Farm, Springfield
The early bird may get the worm, but the early birder gets the birds! Join Delaware-Otsego Audubon Society Co-President Becky Gretton for a birding walk around Mohican Farm in Springfield. The farm provides a mix of habitats, including grasslands, woodlands, cultivated fields, and lake shore. Bring binoculars and a field guide. Suitable for any level of birder. Please note: enrollment is limited to 10; masks required. Pre-register here.

Electric Vehicle (EV) Car Show 2021

May 22, 10am-2pm, Damaschke Field, Oneonta
OCCA is pleased to join forces with the Delaware-Otsego Audubon Society for this first-ever event! Local EV Car owners will be on hand to show their vehicles and to share their experiences about owning EVs. Dealerships, businesses and vendors that are aligned with climate change, carbon reduction and sustainability are also invited to participate as sponsors and exhibitors. Visit www.doas.us for details.

Volunteers needed! OCCA is recruiting volunteers to assist with the event. Volunteers will be helping set up the exhibitor area, directing exhibitors/vendors to their sites, directing traffic. Contact Jeff O’Handley at programdirector@occainfo.org to volunteer.

Chesapeake Bay Headwaters Educational Ecosystem

If you’re a teacher looking to bring quality watershed education to your classroom, join the Chesapeake Bay Headwaters Educational Ecosystem! This new program launched by OCCA in a cooperative agreement with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) aims to increase student understanding of local watersheds, ecosystem functions, and issues that impact them through implementation of Meaningful Watershed Educational Experiences (MWEEs). OCCA will be running a special institute for teachers in the New York portion of the Chesapeake Bay watershed this summer. For more information on this exciting program, visit occainfo.org/BWET for more information or to sign up!

OCCA is gearing up for limited attendance, in-person events this summer, starting with Invasive Species Awareness Week activities from June 6-13. We’ll be getting out on the water to pull water chestnut, getting into the water to remove European frog-bit, and will be getting back into the field to dig up Japanese knotweed. Watch our calendar for more details!

Otsego County Household Hazardous Waste Day is coming!

After one year off due to the pandemic, our friends at Otsego County Solid Waste Department are happy to announce that the County’s Household Hazardous Waste Day will return for 2021. The dates are August 20, 8-11am at the Unadilla Town Barn, and August 21 from 8am-1pm at the Meadows Office Complex in Cooperstown. Visit https://www.otsegocounty.com/departments/solid_waste/index.php for more details.

Volunteer needed! OCCA will once again be coordinating volunteers to help out with HHW. Volunteers will help direct traffic, unload cars and recycle paint. Shifts from 7-11am and 10am-2pm (or all day, if you’ve got the stamina!). Email Jeff O’Handley at programdirector@occainfo.org to sign up.

Otsego Octet Summer Challenge

Otsego Outdoors is challenging YOU to get out and explore! This summer’s challenge will include hiking, biking, paddling—and volunteering! Complete eight of the activities and earn a patch from Otsego Outdoors. Details will be coming at www.otsegooutdoors.org.

Climate Action Grants Opportunity

Our friends at the Delaware-Otsego Audubon Society (DOAS) are offering the Audubon in Action 2021 Community Climate Action grant program. Funding is available for projects that address climate change on a local level. Individuals, schools, colleges and college groups, non-profits, and municipalities within DOAS’s chapter region may apply. Applications are due by 5pm on May 14, 2021. For more information, visit www.doas.us.

Otsego County Waste-Smart Business Certification

Our friends at the Otsego County Planning and Solid Waste Department are launching a recognition program for businesses that are taking or have taken steps toward sustainable solid waste practices. These practices can reduce carbon emissions, extend the lives of landfills, and result in less litter in our lands and waters. If you are a business owner or manager and would like more information, visit https://www.otsegocounty.com/departments/s-y/solid_waste/waste-smart_business_certification.php

Heatsmart Mohawk Valley: On Demand!

Want to learn more about Clean heating and cooling technology, but can’t make some of our live webinars? Check out our on Demand programs:

Introduction to Cleaner and Greener Heating and Cooling
Energy Studies: The Place to start for any Building
Agricultural Energy Audit
Visit our website for more information: www.heatsmartmv.org

Saving our Trees: Preventing Imported Forest Pests Panel Discussion:

Join science & policy experts for a virtual panel discussion
When: Thursday, May 6 @ 7pm ET
Where: Virtual, via Zoom, register at EventBrite

Explore the imported forest pest problem + actions needed to protect trees in our forests, parks, & neighborhoods. For more information click here.

Clean Energy Communities Program Overview:

Do you want your community to be a leader in the Mohawk Valley around clean energy and community resilience? Then make sure that your municipal leaders know about the Clean Energy Communities Leadership Round!
OCCA is part of the team working with local community leaders to help take high impact actions to reduce Green House Gas Emission, help you municipality earn grant funds and make our region a more sustainable place.
Send this On-Demand Webinar to your community leaders today or have them check out the website!

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