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ECO-BULLETIN Vol. 16, No. 17 – November 1, 2022

Thank you for reading this edition of OCCA’s Eco-Bulletin! We have a couple updates to start but read on to learn about what OCCA has planned for the month of November.  Proposition One—In addition to candidates for various state and local offices, this election day, New

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ECO-BULLETIN Vol. 16, No. 16 – October 15, 2022

The spooky season is underway! This Bulletin is a little long, but there’s lots of information about many exciting things coming up over the next couple months. We’d also like to announce a new essay series which will start next month. Students from Will Walker’s class

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ECO-BULLETIN Vol. 16, No. 15 – October 1, 2022

The OCCA Halloween Hike-A-Thon is this month!  There is still plenty of time to sign up as a team leader and participate. You can find out more about the Hike-A-Thon and sign up on the Hike-A-Thon page on the OCCA website. October 2, 2022I Spy Invasive Species10am

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ECO-BULLETIN Vol. 16, No. 14 – September 1, 2022

Save the date! We are putting together an exciting new event for this year’s spooky season. There will be candy! There will be hiking! There will be environmental education! We’re excited to share more with you soon.  BUTTERNUT FUN FLOAT Sunday, September 11, 10am-12:30pm Meet: Spring Street bridge,

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We are Hiring! Clean Energy Outreach Specialist

Clean Energy Outreach SpecialistJob Type: Full time, 2-year contract with option to renewNumber of Hires for this role: 1Compensation: $37,000-$45,000 based on experience plus paid health insurance, paid dental, retirement match, paid holidays, paid vacation and paid sick leave.OCCA is in search of a customer service

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Getting Outdoors

Otsego Outdoors is a collaborative effort of three leading environmental organizations in Otsego County, New York; Otsego Land Trust, Otsego 2000, and Otsego County Conservation Association. Our goal is to provide residents and visitors with comprehensive information on Otsego County’s publicly accessible, year-round opportunities to experience

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Collaborations

Have you heard of SHEC? The Susquehanna Headwaters Environmental Collaborative is a group of like-minded organizations, individuals, and businesses who are coming together to share resources, promote environmental initiatives, and create community in the conservation space. You can read more about SHEC on OCCA’s website and

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OCCA’s Eco-Bulletin

Do you receive our Eco-Bulletin? The Bulletin is a great way to learn about what’s going on in our local conservation community! You can learn about upcoming events and get important information about environmental issues in our area. We only send the Bulletin twice a month,

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Composting

Do you compost? Composting is a great way to reduce household trash while producing useful materials for your garden. It has the added benefit of being low-cost and easy to implement. OCCA has resources available to help you learn how to compost. Check out the composting

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Plastic Film Recycling

Did your community’s school participate in this year’s Plastic Film Recycling Challenge? Unlike rigid plastics, film plastic isn’t collected as part of most recycling programs. To combat film plastic waste, OCCA partnered with Otsego County’s Solid Waste and Planning Department to bring you the Plastic Film

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Otsego Re-Use Center

Have you been to the Arc Otsego ReUse Center? We are so lucky to have this resource available to our community. The ReUse Center provides affordable, gently used materials to the general public while keeping materials OUT of the waste stream. Next time you’re completing a

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Recycling Where You Live

Do you know how to recycle where you live? If you live in Otsego County, you can visit our friends at Otsego County Solid Waste and Planning to learn more about single-stream recycling: Welcome to Otsego County, NY.  Don’t forget – all containers you recycle must

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Drive Through Drop Off

Did you attend Drive-Thru-Drop-Off Recycling this past April at Brewery Ommegang? Attendees with the help of OCCA and our partners recycled 7,387lbs of material! This included textiles, polystyrene foam, VHS tapes, small electronics, and more. Events like this are not free for OCCA—we pay each vendor

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Join Our Team!

Currently we are in search of a new Senior Planner! You can check out the full job description here at our website: https://occainfo.org/job-opening-environmental-planner/

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Climate Resiliency Planning

OCCA approaches climate resiliency planning through our coordination services with NYSERDA’s Clean Energy Communities program, DEC’s Climate Smart Communities program, and our expertise with grants and other funding options for clean energy and zero emission vehicles. Additionally, our partnerships with other organizations such as MVEDD enable

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Farmland Protection

Did you know that OCCA lead the update of Otsego Counties Farmland protection plan back in 2014? We are currenty speaking with stakeholders to plan the next update but until then, take a look at the plan here: https://occainfo.org/agriculture-farmland-protection-plan/ Our work has grown and expanded, but

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Municipal Comprehensive Planning

One of the many planning services we offer is Municipal Comprehensive Planning.  We work with municipalities to help develop or update their comprehensive plans. Comprehensive plans incorporate the needs and desires of communities to create a guiding document for the next ten to twenty years, providing

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Climate Smart Communities

Climate Smart Communities is a New York State program to help municipalities mitigate and adapt to a changing climate with free technical assistance, grants, and a rebate program for electric vehicles. Liv Kuss is our Climate Smart Coordinator, working closely with participating municipalities to assist them

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Clean Energy Communities

Did you know that OCCA director Amy Wyant is also a Clean Energy Communities Coordinator? Across the State, local governments are striving to create a healthy and sustainable environment by investing in future-focused clean energy solutions for their community, while at the same time facing unprecedented

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Clean Heating and Cooling

Have you participated in a Clean Heating and Cooling Community Campaign? There are many campaigns active throughout the region and participating can help your community earn grant money, reduce your carbon footprint, and educate citizens about clean energy opportunities. Reach out to us for more information

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Electric Vehicle Information

Have you considered purchasing an electric vehicle? There are programs available to make them more affordable and OCCA can provide information and education about these programs. How do you connect to conservation? Our work has grown and expanded, but funds are required to continue protecting the

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HeatSmart Mohawk Valley

How do you connect with conservation? HeatSmart Mohawk Valley is our regional clean energy campaign. HSMV is here to help you learn about clean energy upgrades for your home or business and to help you navigate grants and incentives to make it all affordable. Our work

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ECO-BULLETIN Vol. 16, No. 13 – August 1, 2022

https://occainfo.org/wp-content/uploads/2022/07/2022MidYearAppeal-AW.mp4 We believe everyone has a connection to conservation, whether it be composting, recycling, or protecting water. The Otsego County Conservation Association wants to help you find the unique way you connect with the work we do. OCCA needs your donor support more than ever! If

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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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