Climate Education Events

Tuesday
March
31
1:00 PM
Refrigerants 101
Online Teach-In. Hear from experts in the field to learn the facts about refrigerants, how to safely manage them, and how to support clean power solutions, like heat pumps, to transition our buildings
off of fossil fuels!

Register today for this online teach-in on March 31st at 1pm. You'll have the opportunity to ask questions to our speakers.

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!

Tuesday
April
7
7:00 PM
to
8:00 PM
Virtual Teach-In on Climate Solutions
The Center for Environmental Policy at Bard College is coordinating 55 university-hosted webinars, one in almost every state and internationally, focused on ambitious but feasible state and local solutions to help solve climate by 2030. See which university is hosting your state webinar at: solveclimateby2030.org. At colleges, universities and high schools, teachers can #MakeClimateaClass (on-line) and help refocus the nation and the world on climate change.

From Nebraska to New Jersey, from Idaho to Alabama, and from Bangladesh to Brazil, find out what we can all do right at home to smooth the path for clean energy, and to bring energy justice to our communities. After watching your state webinar, have a virtual class discussion about what students and others can do to make these solutions real.

This opportunity is not just for environmental studies classes. The challenges posed by solving climate change necessarily range across history, science, business, culture, economics, psychology, religion, government, media, journalism and the arts. Solve Climate has teachers guides for all these subjects for a one-hour follow-up discussion to the state-level, solutions-focused webinars.

Students: Ask your teachers to #MakeClimateaClass by assigning your April 7 state webinar as Homework, and talking about it in class.

Teachers: #MakeClimateaClass by assigning your April 7 state webinar as Homework, and talking about it in class. (Register your class here)

Everyone: Everyone knows a teacher or a student. Forward this post and tell them what they can do to #MakeClimateaClass.

Wednesday
April
22
2:00 PM
Drive Electric Earth Day -- Virtual Event: EVs Making a Difference
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.

Join this event honoring clean electric vehicles and their positive impact on our planet’s health.

In the midst of this difficult time, we hope you are remaining safe at home. In recognition of this, we are transitioning the second annual Drive Electric Earth Day to an exciting, live virtual event.

Join us on Earth Day for:
• A live musical performance
• Informative guest speakers
• Information on EV financial incentives
• Engaging videos

Transportation is the leading cause of greenhouse gas emissions in the U.S., with light-duty vehicles accounting for the majority of those. Drive Electric Earth Day highlights the need to transition from gasoline-fueled vehicles to clean transportation, including plug-in electric vehicles, in order to reduce the effects of climate change.

RSVP for this entertaining and informative event today!

Wednesday
April
22
7:00 PM
to
8:30 PM
Webinar - Community Shared Solar in Saugerties
Learn about the new community shared solar farm in Saugerties built atop the town landfill, and how you can go solar and save 10% off your electric bill.

Town of Saugerties Solar Farm saves money for residents and the town, reduces pollution, and supports the Saugerties economy. Learn how you can participate and benefit!
• Savings on your electric bill
• Financial benefits for the town
• Renewable energy to reduce your carbon footprint
• Support for the Saugerties economy

Speakers:
- Saugerties Town Supervisor Fred Costello, Jr.
- Wendy De Wolf, East Light Partners
- Malcolm Bliss, Common Energy
- You!

This will be an online webinar, just click the link below to attend. If you have never used Zoom conferencing before, then we suggest you click the link below 10-15 minutes before the meeting to test your connection, and download required software to your computer.

Saturday
April
25
10:00 AM
to
1:00 PM
CANCELLED - Repair Cafe in Red Hook
Red Hook Community Center
59 Fisk Street
Red Hook, 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
April
25
10:00 AM
to
2:00 PM
CANCELLED - Repair Cafe in Rondout Valley
Rondout Valley Municipal Center
1915-1925 Lucas Ave Ext
Cattekill, NY 
Free repairs by experts... who are also your neighbors. We invite you to look around you, see what needs fixing--and bring it!

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
Thursday
April
30
12:30 PM
to
2:00 PM
Webinar - 'Renewable Natural Gas': Industry's Attempt to Lock us into Fossil Fuels
“Renewable Natural Gas” proposals sprung up in numerous state legislatures, and were pitched as being part of a solution to the climate crisis. Join our panel as they discuss some of these proposals, better alternatives, and why gas is not part our clean energy future.

We are seeing a surge in legislation and regulatory proceedings across the country to promote “renewable natural gas” (aka biogas and synthetic gas), creating many new questions and resource needs from lobbyists, attorneys, and climate campaigners alike. And, we expect that the gas industry will push for biogas and synthetic gas to get included in forthcoming economic stimulus and recovery packages.

Please join Earthjustice, NRDC, and the Sierra Club on Thursday 4/30 at 12:30 – 2pm PST for the first of an online training series on biogas and synthetic gas and why it is a threat to our clean energy and climate campaigns.

The first virtual training will include:

- A technical briefing on biogas and synthetic gas– the fuel sources, costs, environmental impacts, and supply constraints
- Environmental justice concerns
- How “renewable” gas is showing up in legislation and PUC regulatory proceedings, plus tips for defeating these initiatives
- Available and forthcoming reports and resources
- Time for Q&A and discussion

Thursday
April
30
7:00 PM
to
8:30 PM
Webinar - Get Pumped, with Heat Pumps
GET PUMPED ABOUT GETTING OFF FOSSIL FUELS.

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:
• Hugo Jule, energy efficiency specialist and DIY green homeowner, “Getting Your Building Ready for Heat Pumps”
• Derek Koundakjian, Northeast Energy Efficiency Partnership, “Understanding Air Source Heat Pumps and Heat Pump Water Heaters”
• Tom Kacandes, Vermont Energy Investment Corporation, “What You Need to Know About Geothermal Systems”
• Plus Hudson Valley heat pump owners who will share their stories.

Sponsored by:
Sustainable Hudson Valley
Saugerties Climate Smart Task Force

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!

PLEASE CHECK WITH UCRRA TO SEE IF THIS CLASS IS STILL HAPPENING.

Tuesday
May
5
6:00 PM
to
8:00 PM
Webinar - Climate Smart Investing
Investment advisor Doug Adams of Charybdis Investments will give a grounding on what every investor should know about environmental investing and the current macroeconomic picture. Investment writer and money manager Tom Konrad Ph.D., CFA of AltEnergyStocks.com will share his current stock picks, followed by a Q&A session.

Yes, it's on Cinco de Mayo!

Sponsored by Marbletown Environmental Conservation Commission.

Saturday
May
9
10:00 AM
to
2:00 PM
CANCELLED -- Repair Cafe in Woodstock
St. Gregory's Episcopal Church
2578 New York 212
Woodstock , NY 
Free repairs by experts... who are also your neighbors. We invite you to look around you, see what needs fixing--and bring it! Check the repaircafehv.org website to make sure this event is still happening.

Wednesday
May
13
6:00 PM
to
8:00 PM
Webinar - Pollinator-Friendly Hudson Valley
This vibrant webinar features a Master Gardener with vivid images of pollinator-friendly gardens and native meadows, offering a detailed how-to helping us support the pollinators including diverse bugs, bats, bees and butterflies as well as hummingbirds. We'll also include a tip for passing Pollinator-Friendly Resolutions in towns other than Marbletown (we're pretty sure Marbletown will have passed a Pollinator-Friendly Town Resolution by then). The Monarchs had a terrible winter, crashing below extinction levels where they overwinter in Mexico, and we need to do all we can to help these and other pollinators with our joyous plantings, mowing less, using zero neonicotinoids and growing more Milkweed.

Stay tuned for link to webinar.
Sponsored by Marbletown Environmental Conservation Commission.
Thursday
May
21
6:00 PM
Monthly Saugerties Climate Smart Task Force Meeting
Our meetings are always open to the public. Due to the Corona virus restrictions on gatherings, this meeting will be conducted via online video conference. Contact us to get the access code.

We use Zoom video conferencing. Please use the link below to download the zoom client to your computer, tablet, or phone.

The link below will also join you to the meeting.

How to connect your audio:

After you join the meeting zoom will ask you how you want to connect via audio.

If you join the meeting via the zoom app, then you will get prompted to use either “Computer audio” or “phone call”. If you can connect to the audio via your computer that is best. If you can’t use computer audio and opt for “phone call”, then zoom displays instructions on what number to call and displays your “participant ID”.

When you call in, zoom asks for the meeting ID, and after that asks for your participant ID. Entering your “participant ID” let’s zoom know who is talking, and display that to the rest of us. If you don’t want to give a participant ID, just press # to join the conference without one.

Here is a zoom tutorial on joining audio.

Thursday
May
28
7:00 PM
to
8:30 PM
Webinar - Electric Vehicles, Who's In the Driver's Seat and What's Down the Road?
Get the latest on EV technology, economics, driving, charging, new and used models, trends to watch, and shopping tips. It’s information to put you in the driver’s seat, whether you are considering your first EV or planning the next one.

Hear from:

John Voelcker, auto industry journalist and long-time editor of Green Car Reports on technology and market trends

Rebecca Hughes, Senior Program Manager, EVOlve-NY, NY Power Authority on charging today and tomorrow

Seth Leitman, EV program manager for Sustainable Hudson Valley and Sustainable Westchester, and President of the EAA Hudson Valley Chapter

And…your EV driving neighbors with stories to tell!

Co-hosted by: Sustainable Westchester & Sustainable Hudson Valley.
In cooperation with the Electric Auto Association

Friday
May
29
1:00 PM
to
2:30 PM
Green Jobs: Making a Living while Making a Difference
Join Citizens for Local Power and Hudson River Sloop Clearwater for an online panel discussion on green jobs!

Speakers include:
Christopher Boston & William Artist,
Nubian Directions,
Cecil Corbin-Mark,
WE ACT,
Bryana DiFonzo & Rodney Rainey,
PUSH Buffalo,
Melinda & Bill McKnight,
Energy Conservation Specialists (ECS).

Thursday
June
18
6:00 PM
Monthly Saugerties Climate Smart Task Force Meeting
Our meetings are always open to the public. Due to the Corona virus restrictions on gatherings, this meeting will be conducted via online video conference. Contact us to get the access code.

We use Zoom video conferencing. Please use the link below to download the zoom client to your computer, tablet, or phone.

The link below will also join you to the meeting.

How to connect your audio:

After you join the meeting zoom will ask you how you want to connect via audio.

If you join the meeting via the zoom app, then you will get prompted to use either “Computer audio” or “phone call”. If you can connect to the audio via your computer that is best. If you can’t use computer audio and opt for “phone call”, then zoom displays instructions on what number to call and displays your “participant ID”.

When you call in, zoom asks for the meeting ID, and after that asks for your participant ID. Entering your “participant ID” let’s zoom know who is talking, and display that to the rest of us. If you don’t want to give a participant ID, just press # to join the conference without one.

Here is a zoom tutorial on joining audio.

Monday
July
27
11:30 AM
to
12:45 PM
Webinar -- Fire and Ice: The Impact of Climate Change on Environmental Ecosystems
Climate change is having a significant effect on the biological, topological, and geophysical traits of various ecosystems. This 75-minute webinar will explore how climate change has caused massive ecological alterations through impacts on plant physiology and ice sheet melting.

Presented by The New York Academy of Sciences.

In This Webinar, You’ll Learn
- How climate change can cause an increase in droughts and forest fires while also accelerating ice sheet melting and sea level rise.
- How climate change is impacting tree physiology, which may contribute to droughts and forest fires.
- The latest technological advances in measuring climate change impact on ice sheet melting and sea level rise.

Friday
October
9
8:30 AM
to
3:00 PM
2020 NY Geo Electrify Your Heat Conference
The Albany Marriott Hotel
189 Wolf Rd.
Albany, NY 
This is America’s premier Renewable Heating & Cooling conference, so don’t miss it! The conference date has been moved up by 2 weeks this year so that more installers are able to attend.

Whether you’re interested in heat pumps for your home, your business or as a career, this is the place for you! NY-GEO has been named to the City & State’s Energy & Environment Power 50 List as among the organizations that are “true power players in New York.”

At this conference you’ll meet all the top players: manufacturers, distributors, installers, trainers, renewable energy consultants and policymakers.

Learn about: Heat Pumps 101, the Future of NYSERDA’s Clean Heating & Cooling programs, Electrification, Navigating Codes, Standards and Practical Experience, Heat Pumps for Low and Middle Income Households and many other topics.

Sponsors and exhibitors are welcome! Scholarships are available.

Organizer:
NY-GEO
Bill Nowak
nygeoinfo@gmail.com

Tuesday
October
27
8:30 AM
to
3:00 PM
14th Annual Alliance for Clean Energy NY Fall Conference
Albany Capital Center
55 Eagle St
Albany, NY 
Stay tuned for more information on upcoming speakers and topics.

Participants will explore New York’s goals, progress, and challenges in light of the recently enacted Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act. This new law has dramatically changed the energy policy landscape in New York State. It has established a renewable electricity mandate in statute for the first time; it sets very ambitious renewable and energy efficiency goals; it compels rapid electrification of home heating and transportation, and it requires equitable investment in disadvantaged communities.

These are the issues we will explore at Clean Energy Now – Defining Climate Leadership with a mix of global climate leaders, New York State decision-makers, renewable energy developers and consultants, and supporters of the clean energy transition.