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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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ECO-BULLETIN Vol. 15, No. 11 – September 15, 2021

Butternut Creek Float Thank you to those who joined the float down Butternut Creek with OCCA and Butternut Valley Alliance! A beautiful day to appreciate our natural resources! Thank you for joining!!   Join OCCA for a Highway Cleanup morning!September 25th, 8:30-11am at Mohican Farm Join us

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POSITION FILLED.

Internship Opportunity!  The Otsego County Conservation Association, Inc (OCCA) is seeking an intern to head up the design and building of an interactive website using a website builder platform. Using the Otsego County Energy Taskforce (OCET) Roadmap draft, the intern will work with staff and contractors

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POSITION FILLED.

OCCA is hiring! PT HeatSmart Mohawk Valley Outreach Specialist Job Overview:Outreach SpecialistHeatSmart Mohawk ValleyCompensation: $16- $20 per hour, 15- 25 hours a week Job Type:Part-time, 1 Year Contract with option to renewNumber of hires for this role: 1 Full Job DescriptionOCCA is looking for a customer

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By appointment only!

To keep our OCCA team and supporters safe, we ask that you call our office at (607) 547-4488 to schedule any in-person meeting.Thank you for your understanding!

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Little Thing #39: Respect natural habitats.

We are incredibly lucky to have access to gorgeous hiking trails, lakes, streams, and ponds. The ability to bike, hike, run, swim, fish, and boat is unlike any other in Otsego County.   To maintain the quality of our resources, we must make sure to respect the natural habitats, and

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Little Thing #38: Support local artists and creators.

One great way to engage with your community and help the environment is to support local artists and creators. Now, more than ever, we can connect with local creators through social media or in-person events/shops. Otsego County is filled with amazing individuals waiting to share their work with

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Little Thing #37: Consume less.

Similar to using what you already have (or borrowing from others), it is also helpful to consume less in general. We are surrounded by the desire to purchase new, non-essential products on a daily basis. Our society promotes the next best thing before the last next best thing is even out of

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Little Thing #35: Go digital!

These days, you are probably getting most things delivered digitally. We have developed one-click systems to avoid getting unwanted physical mail. However, without realizing, you may still be getting significant amounts of mail through the mail system, which increases waste and costs. Do you have a pile of mail

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ECO-BULLETIN Vol. 15, No. 9 – August 15, 2021

Be Counted! Join our Little Things Campaign today! Summer is in full swing here in Otsego County Conservation Association! We hope you are enjoying all that our corner of the world offers. Our campaign to get more people involved in protecting the environment is still happening! Our goal

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Little Thing #33: Use what you have!

More often than not, we already have what we’re looking for. Before you purchase something new for anything (clothes, shoes, household wares, supplies for your car/bike, etc.) take stock of what you, or friends and family have on hand.   By taking this pause, you’ll easily save money and help

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Little Thing #32: Use rechargeable batteries.

With repeated use, rechargeable batteries have been found to be more efficient than their alkaline counterparts. Rechargeable batteries are commonly reliable after 500-800 charges, making them incredibly versatile in their household use.  There is one thing to note, though. Some devices or situations do still call for alkaline batteries due to the extended shelf life (about

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Little Thing #31: Plant a tree (or more!)

As the saying goes, the best time to plant a tree was twenty years ago, and the second-best time is now.  Now that we’re here, the best time of year to plant trees is late summer into early fall – think late August into early October. This provides the

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Little Thing #30: Make simple swaps in your bathroom.

Similar to our kitchens, our bathrooms are another spot in our home that we can make easy swaps to more sustainable and reusable items. If you haven’t already tried one or some of these swaps, now is a perfect time!  Switch out your plastic body wash bottles for bars of soap.  Do

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Little Thing #29: Make simple swaps in your kitchen.

We use our kitchens often, and we use and reuse many items for food preparation, cooking, and storage. To adopt more sustainable kitchen practices, try switching out single use, throw away items for their reusable items. Think about the items on the following list, and see which swaps you can make in your

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Little Thing #28: Don’t Litter! (And help clean it up)

One of the easiest things you can do to help our environment is actually something you shouldn’t do. We’re talking about littering!   When you litter, you’re putting your environment and the ecosystem of plants and animals at risk. You’re also taking away from the natural beauty that surrounds us. While everyone knows we shouldn’t

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Little Thing #26: Is your home energy efficient?

Is your home warm in the summer and cold in the winter? Have you checked your home for drafts/lack of insulation/old windows? HeatSmart Mohawk Valley may be able to help! Our team at HSMV will help you navigate the federal and state benefits of making your home more energy

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Little Thing #25: Join our garage sale!

There is no denying that it’s garage sale season! Historically, OCCA has had an in-person sale for the whole community. Now, we’ve taken things online for easier access and browsing!   Following the link below will bring you to our current offerings. We are always looking for buyers

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Little Thing #24: Use your local library!

Did you know that you can save costs relating to shipping and energy use by visiting your local library? Our library system reaches across four counties (Four County Library System, or 4CLS) – Broome, Chenango, Delaware, and Otsego! That means, if you visit any of the 13 libraries in Otsego

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