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New Year News & Updates

Updated: Jan 21, 2022

Monthly Meetings Schedule Change

Kids sledding on snowy hillside.

We're now meeting on the 3rd Tuesday of each month, and will continue

to meet at 7:00 PM on Zoom. Our next meeting is Tuesday, February 15, 2022.

Andy Shapiro Steps Down

The Climate Smart Task Force thanks Andy Shapiro for his time on the task force. In addition to many helpful contributions, it was Andy that put together our great little community EV Car Show in October!! He continues to serve on the Zoning Board of Appeals and the Conservation Advisory Committee.

Erin Nylen Joins the CAC and CS Task Force

This month we are delighted to welcome Erin Nylen as a member of the CAC and the Climate Smart Task Force. She is a Communications Associate at Scenic Hudson, the area's largest environmental organization. She is "thrilled to be joining this group of dedicated folks that are working hard to protect our community's natural assets, create sustainable solutions, and ensure Hurley remains a great place to live for years to come." We look forward to Erin's help, especially with our media outreach.

$5,000 Grant Awarded

The successful completion of our Solarize Hurley campaign opened the door to apply for a $5,000 grant. Kristen Schara was instrumental in obtaining requisite materials and submitting the application. The grant was awarded this week and is being used to procure an actionable Energy Audit for Town Hall.

2021 Achievements

Hurley's Climate Smart Task Force made enormous progress in this, our first full year. Kristen Schara completed the Local Champions program, and is fully trained in New York's Climate Smart program. Under her direction, we're choosing specific actions to assist the Town of Hurley to both mitigate and adapt to a changing climate. As coordinator, Kristen is responsible for grant applications, task force submissions and reporting to agencies. Lynne Bailey created and maintains this website and established our Facebook page. Our big events can be found in these pages - the Solarize Hurley campaign, participation at the Ulster County Fair and our own Green Living Car Show & Expo. That's also when we planted a pollinator garden in front of Town Hall. And - if you'd like to help with nurturing that garden, please contact us!

What's Ahead for CS This Year?

We're looking to complete a number of projects and apply for Climate Smart Bronze Certification. Tasks to finish include a Greenhouse Gas Inventory of municipal properties, energy-saving and sustainable policy recommendations, the town energy audit, documenting our town's progress to date, and planning community events.

We're particularly interested in sharing info and techniques that we can all use at home and in town that helps mitigate climate change. Composting is one strategy that directly helps reduce landfill gasses and something we'd like to learn more about. Are you a dedicated composter - or would you like to learn more about this, too? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below, or send us an email.

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