Give Plastic Free July a Try!

What’s better than sunshine and summertime? Enjoying it all with less waste of course!

Join us and people all over the world in celebrating Plastic Free July! Plastic Free July was started by an organization in Australia and is now a global challenge with 120 million people across 177 countries participating in 2018. Pledge to make a change and reduce your use of single-use plastics. Remember, you don’t have to go completely plastic free in order to claim success for yourself! Make it fun and create your own plastic free bucket list.

Here are some tips and tricks to help you get started:

  • Support farmers and local businesses – purchase food or other goods from your local farm stand or farmers market that aren’t packaged in plastic
  • Make homemade Popsicles instead of purchasing ones that come individually wrapped
  • Up your cooler game and try out stainless steel ice packs
  • Reduce both wasted food and packaging waste by bringing reusable containers to your next BBQ

Let us know how you celebrated Plastic Free July at organicrecycling@dec.ny.gov, We encourage pictures. You just might be featured in upcoming DEC social media!

Source: NYS Department of Environmental Conservation Newsletter

Current Openings – Volunteer Opportunities

There are currently two at-large seats open on the EMC, potential candidates are  encouraged to apply for these openings!

Please submit a resume and cover letter, stating your background and/or interest in protecting Dutchess County’s natural resources and environment, and commitment to full participation in EMC meetings and projects to Carolyn Morris, Clerk of the Dutchess County Legislature at cmorris@dutchessny,gov, copying Steve MacAvery, Chair of the Dutchess County EMC at smacavery2@live.com.  Please review the Position Description for EMC Appointed Members to learn more about the responsibilities and requirements of EMC members.

All applicants will be reviewed and interviews will be conducted by the Legislature.  EMC provides equal opportunities; minorities and women are encouraged to apply.

2019 Dutchess County Annual CAC & EMC Roundtable

“Dutchess County State of the Environment”
Date: Wednesday, February 27, 2019 (Snow date: Thursday, March 7th)
Time: 7:00pm – 9:00pm
Location: The Farm and Home Center, 2715 Route 44, Millbrook, NY

Join Cornell Cooperative Extension Dutchess County, the Dutchess County Environmental Management Council (EMC) and several Conservation Advisory Committee’s in Dutchess County on Wednesday, February 27th from 7pm – 9pm for the 2019 Annual CAC & EMC Roundtable. Continue reading

Energy Innovation and Carbon Dividend Act of 2018

Introduced in House (11/27/2018)

This bill amends the Internal Revenue Code to impose a fee on the carbon content of fuels, including crude oil, natural gas, coal, or any other product derived from those fuels that will be used so as to emit greenhouse gases into the atmosphere.

The fee is imposed on the producers or importers of the fuels and is equal to the greenhouse gas content of the fuel multiplied by the carbon fee rate. The rate begins at $15 in 2019, increases by $10 each year, and is subject to further adjustments based on the progress in meeting specified emissions reduction targets. The bill also imposes a specified fee on fluorinated greenhouse gases. Continue reading