Environment
Free biodiversity lectures return to UCCC and SUNY-New Paltz this February

Free biodiversity lectures return to UCCC and SUNY-New Paltz this February

It’s that time of year that makes even outdoorsy types turn indoorsy. It’s too cold to hike comfortably, but not snowy enough to enjoy those vigorous winter sports that keep you warm, like Nordic skiing, snowshoeing and sledding. That’s probably why the Shawangunk Ridge Biodiversity Partnership (SRBP) picks February as the time to present its...
Rosendale and New Paltz oppose Pilgrim Pipelines

Rosendale and New Paltz oppose Pilgrim Pipelines

The route of the proposed Pilgrim Pipelines is “planned to go right under Perrine’s Bridge, which is the second-oldest pedestrian bridge in the state,” according to Rosendale councilwoman Jen Metzger. As the town government’s official liaison on the project as well as an organizer of the activist group Citizens for Local Power, Metzger made the...
Walkway Over the Hudson will host a major climate action rally on October 16

Walkway Over the Hudson will host a major climate action rally on October 16

It’s as simple as “off and on,” according to 350.org, the global climate action movement coalition calling for an international day of action on Friday, October 16. “Turn off the old kind of energy that’s killing us, and turn on a renewable future” is the message they wish to send to delegates attending the United...
CROP Hunger Walk expanded this year to include Earth Day-type event at Hasbrouck Park

CROP Hunger Walk expanded this year to include Earth Day-type event at Hasbrouck Park

The annual New Paltz CROP Hunger Walk scheduled for Sunday, October 18 at 2 p.m. will be a different event this year, says Renee Jensen. The purpose of the walk is still to raise awareness of hunger and raise funds to feed those in need, but the faith-based tradition will be expanded this year to...
Call for volunteers to clear water chestnuts from Chodikee Lake

Call for volunteers to clear water chestnuts from Chodikee Lake

The Lloyd Environmental Conservation Council (ECC) and the Adirondack Mountain Club are sponsoring a gathering of paddlers to pull water chestnuts out of Chodikee Lake this Sunday, September 13. The pulling involves light work from either a kayak or canoe (kayak loads will be transferred to canoes). Volunteers will meet at 10:30 a.m. at the...
Mohonk Consultations’ Distinguished Achievement Award goes to Ann Guenther

Mohonk Consultations’ Distinguished Achievement Award goes to Ann Guenther

Ann Guenther will receive Mohonk Consultations’ 2015 Distinguished Achievement Award on Monday, June 8 from 5 to 8 p.m., in the parlor at Mohonk Mountain House. A naturalist and an environmental educator for over 20 years and now a climate-change activist, Guenther explains her journey: “I’ve been a nature lover all my life. Growing up...
Citizen activists convene on “The Future of the Wallkill River”

Citizen activists convene on “The Future of the Wallkill River”

In welcoming the crowd of about 150 clean water advocates who turned out for the symposium on “The Future of the Wallkill River” that convened last Thursday afternoon at the SUNY New Paltz Student Union Building, mayor Jason West called attention to the Regatta coming up on May 3: “That’s the one day a year that...
Hudson Valley Farm Business Incubator prepares to welcome its first participants

Hudson Valley Farm Business Incubator prepares to welcome its first participants

Community members were invited onto the grounds of Glynwood’s Hudson Valley Farm Business Incubator for an open house on Sunday, June 22 as it nears the final stages of repairing the buildings and preparing the land on the 323-acre site for welcoming the first three participants to the new program in late summer. More than...
New Paltz helps homeowners go green

New Paltz helps homeowners go green

Earlier this month, Michael Hein, the Ulster County executive, signed an executive order mandating that the county get serious about green, renewable energy. He’s having Ulster County government buildings switch over to renewable energy-sourced electricity for the remainder of 2014 and all of 2015. According to county officials, Hein’s executive order is one-of-a-kind in New...
Arm of the Sea founders win environmental award

Arm of the Sea founders win environmental award

Patrick Wadden and Marlena Marallo, co-founders of the Arm of the Sea puppet theater troupe, received Mohonk Consultations’ Distinguished Environmental Award during a special ceremony last weekend. “Each piece that they have developed tells us stories about the natural world — and our relationship to it — in ways that are often mysterious, very often...
Earth Day Fair at New Paltz Reformed Church emphasizes taking action

Earth Day Fair at New Paltz Reformed Church emphasizes taking action

The Reformed Church of New Paltz on historic Huguenot Street is an old church with very modern ideas. A house of worship since 1683, it officially became a “Green Church” in 2008. That meant pledging to uphold certain standards of an environmentally friendly faith community, but the church has a history of caring about stewarding...
Leading GMO critic Jeffrey Smith speaks at SUNY New Paltz

Leading GMO critic Jeffrey Smith speaks at SUNY New Paltz

On Monday, April 7 roughly 400 students, area residents and farmers filled Lecture Center 100 at SUNY New Paltz to hear award-winning documentarian and author Jeffrey Smith outline the dangers presented to our society by Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs) and Monsanto’s herbicide products such as Roundup and BT Toxin. There was a strong focus on...