Clearwater kicked off this initiative May 21st with an intermunicipal workshop on climate justice called "Finding Opportunity in the Climate Crisis." This well-attended and enthusiastic workshop brought together municipal leaders, community members, youth, and environmental/conservation committee members. Participants learned about environmental justice, how climate change will affect the Hudson Valley, and what current initiatives are taking place. After the speakers presented, the group split into breakout sessions to brainstorm on topics such as energy, food and water, transportation, disaster prevention, response and recovery, and economic opportunities/green jobs. At the end of the day, participants left with knowledge, ideas, and tools to bring back to their own cities.
Efforts for this initiative will now take place in each city. To get involved in the planning process, interested participants and groups should contact the city coordinator and attend the meeting of their choice. See below for contact information and dates:
Beacon - Karla Raimundí, firstname.lastname@example.org, 845-265-8080 x7159
July 14th - Clearwater Office at 6:00 pm
Kingston - Victor Pierre Melendez, email@example.com, 845-265-8080 x7159
July 6th - Kingston Library at 6:00 pm
Peekskill - Karla Raimundí, firstname.lastname@example.org, 845-265-8080 x7159
July 12th - Clearwater Office at 6:00 pm
Poughkeepsie - Ryan Palmer, email@example.com,
July 7th - Mid-Hudson Heritage Center at 6:00 pm
Visit Clearwater for more information about this initiative. Also visit NYSERDA's Low Income Programs for project ideas.
Source: Mid-Hudson Energy $mart Communities