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Winnakee Land Trust: Stewarding Healthy Forests to Fight Climate Change

Dutchess County-based Winnakee Land Trust introduces its Forever Forest program, a nature-based strategy to address our climate crisis by protecting and restoring 10,000 acres of forest in the next 10 years.

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Educating for the Clean Energy Transition & the Future of Work

A wave of green jobs is coming to New York and local educational institutions are meeting the moment.

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Beating the Oil Tank Blues

Newburgh’s Optima Environmental Services Helps Homeowners Head Off Oil Tank Disasters
Newburgh-based Optima Environmental Services provides environmental, regulatory, and construction solutions to families and businesses throughout New York State.

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Climate Health is Human Health

Making progress on climate action will give us all longer and healthier lives— even if we don’t stop global warming. A collaboration with The River Newsroom.

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Seven Climate Solutions We Can Implement Locally

And their Local Champions
Lissa Harris of the River Newsroom’s Climate Lab talks to regional climate activists about local solutions for a warming planet.

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Climate Solutions Week Returns October 17-24

6 Events to Help You Close the Gap Between Concern and Action
Sustainable Hudson Valley, a regional organization whose mission is to speed up progress against climate change, is producing a week of climate action this month.

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8 Hudson Valley Climate Advocacy Organizations

From registering non-voting environmentalists to lobbying for the creation of green jobs and rallying against a fracked gas power plant, these 8 Hudson Valley climate advocacy organizations are making big waves in the region.

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A More Hopeful Climate Story

Melissa Everett, executive director of the local climate solutions nonprofit Sustainable Hudson Valley, offers a more hopeful climate narrative.

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A Change of Atmosphere

Critics of Governor Cuomo believe he was all talk and little action on climate change, despite the state’s passage of the ambitious 2019 Climate Leadership and Protection Act. What happens next on climate with Cuomo out of the picture?

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“Is It Native?” Why The First Question You Ask When Plant Shopping Is the Most Important

“Is it native?” That's the first question you should ask when you see a plant you like at a nursery, says John Messerschmidt, owner of Hudson Valley Native Landscaping in High Falls. "If the answer is no, it does nothing to contribute to the wildlife around you." Here, the native plants expert explains why and how those non-native plants in your garden are affecting the local populations of caterpillars and birds that rely on native plants for food.

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Clarkson’s Beacon Institute Is Moving to Its New Home at Dennings Point This Month

For over a decade, Clarkson University’s Beacon Institute has been a mainstay of downtown Beacon. From its location on Main Street, the Institute has become a leading voice in research into healthy water solutions in the region and has been an important local resource for STEM-driven educational programs for K-12 students, families, and the public alike. This June marks a major milestone for the growth of the Institute, as it officially relocates just a few miles south to Dennings Point—a scenic 64-acre peninsula that juts into the Hudson River and is part of the Hudson Highlands State Park.

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Winnakee Land Trust Opens Vlei Marsh to the Public

The Winnakee Land Trust opened Vlei Marsh to the public on June 1, a 165-acre nature preserve that is Rhinebeck’s second largest wetland area. Multi-looped, newly upgraded trails at Vlei Marsh take visitors through both wetland and forest, home to scores of mammals, amphibians, and birds. A 30-year-old accredited land trust and nonprofit, the WLT focuses on protecting and stewarding forests, farmland, natural habitats, and water resources from development, for both ecological health and community enjoyment. They have expanded into acquiring and maintaining land in the Hudson Valley in the past few years.

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Riverkeeper Sweep Returns for Its 10th Anniversary Event on May 1

The annual day of service offers volunteers from Brooklyn to the Adirondacks the opportunity to help rejuvenate sites along the Hudson River and its tributaries
After nine years, 804 projects, and 275 tons of debris removed from the Hudson River and its tributaries, the annual Riverkeeper Sweep has become one of the region’s most enduring environmental traditions. With over 120 project sites and 17 new projects that will offer anyone who wants to volunteer the chance to get involved, this year's 10th anniversary event on May 1 is shaping up in peak form.

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Designing a Climate Positive Future

ChoShields Studio Founders In Cho and Tim Shields Are Committed to Making Passive House Mainstream
Through their work designing Passive House buildings and empowering an ever-widening audience from elementary school students to building professionals with the knowledge of Passive House, In Cho and Tim Shields, founders of Kingston and Brooklyn-based architecture firm ChoShields Studio are advocating for a climate positive and socially equitable future. “Passive House is something that we would love to become public knowledge so it’s not just within our specific field,” says In. “It really has to be expanded to everyone. Our goal is to spread this knowledge so that everyone knows exactly what Passive House means the same way you do something as easy as recycling.”

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A Growing Concern

Hudson Valley Farmers Face the Climate Crisis
From increasing pest problems to less productive plants, climate change is creating problems for local farmers.

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