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ECO-BULLETIN Vol. 16, No. 11 – July 1, 2022

Plastic Free July is a global movement aimed at solving the problem of plastic pollution. By pledging and acting to eliminate the use of single-use plastics, we can have a cleaner, healthier environment. Visit plasticfreejuly.org to take the pledge! The website offers resources and strategies for reducing use

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New Job Opening: Sr. Environmental Planner

OCCA is looking to add an experienced, motivated Environmental Planner to our growing team. We work with a variety of communities to develop/update Comprehensive Plans, develop natural resource protection plans, and assist communities with long-range climate mitigation and adaptation plans. This individual will work collaboratively with

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ECO-BULLETIN Vol. 16, No. 10 – June 15, 2022

Come say “hi” to OCCA this weekend at the Cherry Valley Outdoor Games! June 17th, 18th, and 19th at Alden Field in Cherry Valley. You can find more information about the event and a schedule of events here. The OCCA table will have information about upcoming programming, information

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ECO-BULLETIN Vol. 16, No. 9 – June 1, 2022

June 6-12 is New York State Invasive Species Awareness Week! Check out the DEC’s website for information about invasive species in New York and read on for more information about how to get involved with OCCA’s invasive species management efforts! In honor of New York State Invasive

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ECO-BULLETIN Vol. 16, No. 8 – May 13, 2022

The deadline for OCCA’S free summer professional development institute for teachers is MAY 15! If you’re an educator who works in the New York portion of the Chesapeake Bay watershed, please join us for this fun, educational, 40-hour institute that will take place from July 18-22 at the

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Gilbertsville-Mount Upton school wins film plastic challenge

(GILBERTSVILLE) — Gilbertsville-Mount Upton swept the Otsego County Film Plastic Recycling Challenge, with a combined total of 1,517 pounds of film plastic recycled. The elementary school at GMU collected 959 pounds, while the middle/high school gathered 558 pounds. The Otsego County Film Plastic Recycling Challenge is

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ECO-BULLETIN Vol. 16, No. 7 – May 2, 2022

THANK YOU to everyone who played a part in our April 23 Drive-Thru, Drop-Off recycling event at Brewery Ommegang. Almost 150 participants recycled 7,387 pounds of material. A special thank you to Tim Holmes and the team at Ommegang who provided us with an excellent space,

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ECO-FAIR 2022

PLEASE NOTE – THE 2022 EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELLED, BUT WITH THE HOPE THAT WE CAN BUILD ON PARTICIPATION TO RUN THE EVENT IN LATE AUGUST 2023.  Please email Anna to make sure you are on our lists for the 2023 event. The Susquehanna Headwaters Environmental

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ECO-BULLETIN Vol. 16, No. 6 – April 20, 2022

Have you reserved your spot for Drive-Thru, Drop-Off recycling this Saturday at Brewery Ommegang? If not, there’s still time! Click here to learn more about what we’ll be accepting and learn how to register. If you have any questions please call or email Anna at 607-547-4488,  coordinator@occainfo.org. Have

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ECO-BULLETIN Vol. 16, No. 4 – March 1, 2022

We are excited to announce Earth Festival 2022! Please join us on April 23, 2022, for our second Earth Festival Drive-thru Drop-off Recycling event! Were thrilled to be partnering with Brewery Ommegang this year. Bring your difficult to recycle materials, including clothing and textiles, Styrofoam, cork,

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ECO-BULLETIN Vol. 16, No. 1 -January 21, 2022

We are looking for your feedback! Please use the QR code above or follow this link to access the survey. Thank you!OCCA Annual Report Survey School Film Plastic Recycling Challenge After a COVID-induced hiatus, the Otsego County Schools Plastic Film Recycling Challenge is back and underway!

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Position Filled: Jr. Environmental Planner

OCCA is looking to add a motivated Jr. Environmental Planner to our growing team. Wework with a variety of communities to develop/update Comprehensive Plans, developnatural resource protection plans, and assist communities with long-range climate mitigationand adaptation plans. This individual will work collaboratively with our team to

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NEW Environmental Collaborative Seeks Members 

Representatives of Otsego County Conservation Association, Delaware-Otsego Audubon Society, and Otsego County Department of Solid Waste and Planning are excited to announce the formation of a new collaborative group. The Susquehanna Headwaters Environmental Collaborative will bring together environmentally-minded organizations, businesses and individuals in order to expand

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ECO-BULLETIN Vol. 15, No. 17 -December 15, 2021

As we enter the season of giving, make sure you’re reducing your contribution to landfills by reducing your waste, being a mindful consumer, reusing or gifting what you can, and recycling items appropriately.  Holiday Lights RecyclingHoliday lights aren’t just a headache to hang on a tree

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ECO-BULLETIN Vol. 15, No. 16 – December 1, 2021

Garage Sale (ongoing)As part of OCCA’s mission to reduce our carbon footprint we will be holding our traditional “Reduce, Reuse, Recycle Garage Sale” digitally.  You will still have the benefit of donating items to OCCA, getting some GREAT deals, and knowing that you are keeping things

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ECO-BULLETIN Vol. 15, No. 15 – November 15, 2021

Thank you to everyone who joined our Clark Tower Hike on 11/11, in conjunction with Glimmerglass Film Days. We had a wonderful turn out! Throughout the walk, we listened to Program Director Jeff O’Handley, and learned all about local geology, and details about forest soil and

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ECO-BULLETIN Vol. 15, No. 14 – November 1, 2021

NYS DEC Presents:Uninvited: The Spread of Invasive Species This 55-minute documentary educates the viewer on invasive species and highlights some of the species directly impacting New York’s environment and economy. Viewers will benefit from learning of the innovative ways NYS is combatting these threats.  The documentary

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ECO-BULLETIN Vol. 15, No. 13 – October 15, 2021

HeatSmart Mohawk ValleyIntroduction to Clean Heating & Cooling  WINE DOWN WEDNESDAYS @ 6pm Come join our Campaign Coordinator, Anna and our Outreach Specialist, Natalie every Wednesdays at 6PM EST for fun discussions about the HeatSmart Mohawk Valley program and other environmental sustainability conversations! 🙂We hope to see

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ECO-BULLETIN Vol. 15, No. 12 – October 1, 2021

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

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