Climate Education Events

Thursday
February
6
7:00 PM
A Catskill Conversation on the Climate Emergency
Kingston High School Auditorium
403 Broadway
Kingston, NY
Columbia University Climatologist and former NASA astronomer Dr. James Hansen will lead a Catskill Conversation, alerting students and community members to the present day climate emergency, and inaugurating the Ashokan Youth Empowerment and Sustainability Summit (YESS!).

Dr. James Hansen, formerly Director of the NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies, is Adjunct Professor at Columbia University’s Earth Institute, where he directs a program in Climate Science, Awareness and Solutions.

Since the late 1970s, he has focused his research on Earth’s climate, especially human-made climate change. Dr. Hansen is best known for his testimony on climate change to congressional committees in the 1980s that helped raise broad awareness of the global warming issue.

Sponsored by The Ashokan Center. $10 Donation / $5 Youth.
Contact: Max Rainwater, (845) 657-8333 x29, max.rainwater@ashokancenter.org

Wednesday
February
12
7:30 PM
Climate Action Film Festival
Upstate Films
Rhinebeck, NY
The mission of the Climate Action Film Festival is to bring together stories and filmmakers from around the globe to address the climate crisis.

The first annual Climate Action Film Festival is a celebration of short films with a focus on solutions to the climate crisis. It is the first festival of its kind to exclusively feature storytelling around solutions rather than simply the impacts of climate change. CAFF 2020 will be a touring, single-night event featuring approximately 90 minutes of short films. The festival will tour the Northeast U.S. in its inaugural year, with additional screenings to be added. Proceeds from screenings will be donated to local climate action groups.

Sunday
February
16
1:30 PM
Climate Action Film Festival
Upstate Films
Woodstock, NY
The mission of the Climate Action Film Festival is to bring together stories and filmmakers from around the globe to address the climate crisis.

The first annual Climate Action Film Festival is a celebration of short films with a focus on solutions to the climate crisis. It is the first festival of its kind to exclusively feature storytelling around solutions rather than simply the impacts of climate change. CAFF 2020 will be a touring, single-night event featuring approximately 90 minutes of short films. The festival will tour the Northeast U.S. in its inaugural year, with additional screenings to be added. Proceeds from screenings will be donated to local climate action groups.

Wednesday
February
26
7:00 PM
Youth Climate Movement Online Teach-in
Tune in on Wednesday, February 26 at 7pm to hear from young leaders working on climate solutions in New York!

Leaders from the Student Climate Coalition, the New York Youth Climate Leaders and others will be speaking about the work they do to #ActOnClimate across New York State and how you can take action!

Zoom will need to be downloaded on your device to attend the teach-in https://zoom.us/download

Saturday
March
14
11:00 AM
to
3:00 PM
Repair Cafe in Kingston
Redeemer Lutheran Church
104 Wurts St
Kingston , NY
Free repairs by experts... who are also your neighbors. We invite you to look around you, see what needs fixing--and bring it!

Saturday
March
21
10:30 AM
to
11:30 AM
Electric Vehicle Charging 101
Saugerties Public Library
91 Washington Ave
Saugerties, NY
Are you considering an electric vehicle but not sure how to keep it charged? Confused by all the charging choices available? Wondering how you will take a road trip? This class will help answer all those questions. Including a live demo of the charger at the library.

The presenter, Steve Wehr, is an electric vehicle enthusiast and owner of a Tesla Model 3. He is a member of the Tesla Owners Club of NYS, the Hudson Valley Electric Vehicle Drivers, and the Saugerties Climate Smart task force, and he is the "Tech Tutor" at the Saugerties Public Library.
Thursday
March
26
6:00 PM
to
7:30 PM
Green Spring Cleaning
Ulster County Resource Recovery Agency Main Office
999 Flatbush Rd
Kingston, NY
Green-up your Spring clean-up! Learn what to do with ‘odd recyclables’ – items that can be recycled, but do not go in the recycling bin. This free class will cover what to do with your unwanted items, including information about household hazardous wastes and safer alternatives to cleaning chemicals.

Class size is limited! Pre-registration is required.
Reserve your seat today!

Saturday
March
28
2:00 PM
to
4:00 PM
Get Pumped -- with Heat Pumps
Greco Senior Center
207 Market St
Saugerties, NY
Learn how electric heat pumps can heat, cool, and dehumidify your building, and help you shift to renewable energy.

Residents and small business owners are invited to a free and friendly special presentation about electric air-source and ground-source heat pumps and heat pump water heaters.

Find out:
- How the technologies work and how to make the economics work for you.
- What kinds of buildings are best for them.
- What are local residents' experiences with Heat pump technologies.

Featured Speakers:
Derek Koundakjian - Northeast Energy Efficiency partnerships.
Tom Kacandes - Vermont Energy Investment Corporation
Central Hudson will discuss new incentives.

Sponsored by:
HeatSmart Ulster Sullivan
Saugerties Climate Smart Task Force
Wednesday
April
1
9:00 AM
to
11:00 AM
UCRRA Commercial Partners in Composting Program – Open House
Ulster County Resource Recovery Agency Main Office
999 Flatbush Rd
Kingston, NY
This seminar is designed for local business owners or managers that want to learn how their business can go green through composting food scraps. Come learn about the UCRRA Organics Recovery Facility and how to become a Partner in Composting! The seminar will finish with a tour of UCRRA’s commercial composting operation.

Class size is limited! Pre-registration is required.
Reserve your seat today!

Monday
April
20
12:00 PM
Drive Electric Earth Day
Drive Electric Earth Day is a national campaign to share information about electric vehicles during the month of April. In addition to being better for the environment, electric vehicles are more fun to drive, more convenient to fuel and less expensive to operate than gasoline vehicles.

Attend an event near you to learn from real electric vehicle drivers about the many advantages of driving electric. Use the link below to find an event near you.

Monday
April
27
7:00 PM
to
8:30 PM
ReThinking Disposables for a Cleaner Planet
Woodstock Jewish Congregation
1682 Glasco Turnpike
Woodstock, NY
With short videos and local experts. The world produces two billion tons of solid waste yearly, with Americans producing three times the global average. Disposable food and beverage packaging make up 67% of litter on our streets. Be inspired to make better choices for a cleaner planet.

Part of the 2020 Film & Discussion Series

For More Information, Visit
WoodstockLandConservancy.org
WoodstockNYTransition.org
WJCShul.org
Saturday
May
2
10:00 AM
to
12:00 PM
Intro to Home Composting
Ulster County Resource Recovery Agency Main Office
999 Flatbush Rd
Kingston, NY
Composting 101! Learn how to start composting with confidence! This free class will cover the benefits of home composting, and other composting basics like how to choose a bin, balancing ‘browns and greens’ and other tips to get started. The class will finish with a tour of UCRRA’s commercial composting operation, and a free gift for all participants!

Class size is limited! Pre-registration is required.
Reserve your seat today!

Saturday
May
2
2:00 PM
to
4:00 PM
Advanced Composting Seminar
Ulster County Resource Recovery Agency Main Office
999 Flatbush Rd
Kingston, NY
This advanced course is perfect for the home composter that wants to ‘up their game’ and learn more skills for making ‘gardener’s black gold’! The free class will take a more in depth approach to how composting ‘works’, how to troubleshoot a compost pile that’s not heating up, and what to do with finished compost. The class will finish with a tour of UCRRA’s commercial composting operation, and a free gift for all participants!

Class size is limited! Pre-registration is required.
Reserve your seat today!