The Northeast Organic Farming Association of New York has issued a challenge for the month of September: eat as locally and organically as possible to support businesses and sustainable farming in your community. The “Locavore Challenge” involves everything from shopping for local and thoughtfully-grown produce at the market to experimenting with various preservation methods like freezing, canning and fermentation.
The Regional Farmers Market is the first stop in a series where we document some of the local farms, businesses, and ideas that are shaping the locavore landscape in Central New York.
A Central New York grass-roots initiative is taking strides to save people money on electricity while saving the environment. Solarize Syracuse is hosting 9 free workshops over the course of several weeks to educate the public about solar panels and make them more accessible to residents. Chris Carrick is the Regional Planning Development Board’s Energy Program Manager. He says 230 people in the area have already signed up for a site-assessment. Carrick says he’s pleased there’s more interest than solar panel installers usually see.
A few dozen Syracuse-area residents gathered today to talk about climate change at a community roundtable today hosted by EPA Regional Administrator Judith Enck.
She opened the discussion with some staggering statistics, noting that this past May was the hottest May in over 130 years of recorded temperature records. Enck said that fossil fuel power plants - those that burn coal, oil, and gas - produce about 40% of all greenhouse gas pollution. The EPA has a history of regulating other air pollutants, and now it's planing to address the greenhouse gas pollution problem.
Honeywell Summer Science Week at the Museum of Science and Technology, or the MoST, is underway this week. It began with water sampling and plant and wildlife monitoring, with a special boat navigating the waters of Onondaga Lake.
“I’m happy to be with you today for the Honeywell Most Summer science week. I’m going to help you identify birds today.”
70 middle schoolers from around the area were on board the boat… identifying birds…
“look at him! Look out for the ostrich and the eagles”
New York’s rivers and lakes are still a dumping ground for polluters…and some of the worst are here in Upstate New York. That’s the assessment of the research group “Environment New York.” Their new report “Wasting Our Waters” points at Anheuser-Busch in Baldwinsville for dumping 1.4 million pounds of toxic waste into the Oswego River in 2010.
It also notes Eastman Kodak had the most discharges by toxicity with 12,000 pounds of toxic compounds released into the Genesee River. Environment New York Director Heather Leibowitz wants to see practices change.