Cancelled Earth Day activities have you feeling blue about being green? Cornell Cooperative Extension has the answer! CCE Dutchess County is partnering with CCEs across the Hudson Valley to bring you the Earth Day STREAM-A-THON! CCE educators and staff will be taking to social media to provide a day chock-full of short presentations pertaining to plastic recycling and reduction, energy efficiency, composting, and even a guided stream-side woods walk!
Take a break from your regular quarantine programming and join us live on our CCE Dutchess Facebook page (or on Zoom if you prefer!) throughout the day for some great information, resources, and all-around Earth Day fun! The schedule for the day and instructions on how to participate can be found on our website.
We would love to have you celebrate Earth Day with us in this new and exciting way! And if you would also like to help us promote the event on your social media you can just share our event on your page.
We hope everyone is staying safe and we look forward to celebrating Earth Day 2020 with you all!
Source: CCEDC Environment & Energy Team
As we prepare to celebrate New York State Compost Awareness Week in conjunction with International Compost Awareness Week, May 3 – 9, 2020, we’re interested in hearing from you!
Email firstname.lastname@example.org with any compost related events (composting workshops, volunteer opportunities, etc.) happening in your community throughout April and May.
Leading up to Compost Awareness Week, we will be sharing these events, social media and resources relaying the importance of compost to soil health.
- May 2, 2020 (Postponed. Contact email@example.com for further info)
- WHERE IN DUTCHESS COUNTY:
- Beacon: Denning’s Point Cleanup
Beacon: Riverfront Park Cleanup
Poughkeepsie: Waryas Park Shoreline Cleanup
Poughkeepsie: Kaal Rock Park Cleanup
Staatsburg: Mills Historic Site Cleanup
Tivoli: Cleanup of the Hudson River at Tivoli Landing
Wappingers Falls: Lower Wappinger Creek Cleanup by Kayak/Canoe and Land
Join us for the 9th annual Riverkeeper Sweep, our annual day of service for the Hudson River and its tributaries! Over the last 8 years, we have had 737 projects along hundreds of miles of shoreline from Brooklyn to the Adirondacks. More than 14,000 volunteers have removed 259 tons of debris, planted 2,372 trees and native grasses, and removed tons of invasive species.
Riverkeeper organiza todos los años una jornada dedicada a la limpieza del río Hudson y sus tributarios. Riverkeeper Sweep se realizará el 2 de mayo. Leér mas en La Voz: A cuidar nuestro río.
A full list of 2020 Sweep sites will be posted here on April 1, 2020. To get a sense of where sites have been in the past, check out the list from 2019.
Ways to get involved:
Organize a project: Is there a park or shoreline in your community in need of a cleanup? Submit the Sweep Leader Interest Form and we will reach out with more information about organizing your own project for Saturday, May 2.
Volunteer: Interested in pitching in? Submit the Volunteer Interest Form to receive updates about volunteering on Sweep day.
Sponsor Sweep: Do you own a business interested in helping restore the Hudson River? Email Elizabeth Allee at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information about sponsoring the 2020 Riverkeeper Sweep.
It takes hundreds of local volunteers to make Sweep happen in their communities. If there is a local park or stretch of shoreline not listed, e-mail email@example.com to learn about how you can organize a project. Click here to visit our page with resources for Sweep leaders, which will be updated in the coming months.
On Tuesday CCEDC’s Environment and Energy Program hosted its’ Annual CAC-EMC Roundtable. The event began with a presentation from Resource Educator, Michelle Gluck, on the Dutchess S.U.P.P.P. Campaign. Michelle spoke to the issue of single-use plastics (SUPs) and discussed how Conservation Advisory Committees (CACs) can be involved to make for an even stronger and successful impact to reduce single-use plastic usage throughout Dutchess County! Dutchess County Recycling Educator, Kerry Russell, was available to answer questions as well.This presentation was very timely as the NYS Bag Waste Reduction Law goes into effect on 3/1/2020. The Roundtable was hosted as a “zero-waste “event with attendees asked to BYO mug. Some attendees went above and beyond and brought their own plate too! Continue reading
Plastic Bag Ban Coming Soon
Did you know that New Yorkers use more than 23 billion plastic bags a year? That’s around 1,000 bags per person annually. When we dispose them improperly, plastic bags pose threats to fish and wildlife, clog machinery at recycling facilities, and litter the pristine outdoor places we love and enjoy spending time in with our friends and family.
Starting March 1, 2020, a new plastic bag waste reduction law will take effect in New York State, and your reusable bag should be in hand when going shopping. Whether you’re going to the grocery store, clothes shopping, or to a home improvement store, make sure to bring your reusable bags. You don’t need to wait for March 1st to take action! Start bringing your reusable bags to the store ahead of the ban to build a new habit. Remember, your reusable bag means conserving natural resources, creating less litter, and keeping New York beautiful for future generations.
Additionally, stores covered under the NYS Plastic Bag Reduction, Reuse and Recycling Act will still be required to collect plastic bags and other film plastics from consumers for recycling. Film plastics include items such as bread bags and plastic wraps that come over cases of water, paper towels and other similar items). As a consumer, you can help by continuing to recycle these items at participating retailers.
Questions on the upcoming plastic bag ban? E-mail DEC at: firstname.lastname@example.org.