The newsletter of the Hudson Valley Regional Council
HVRC is a regional planning organization providing outreach, education, and advocacy to the seven Mid-Hudson counties: Ulster, Putnam, Westchester, Orange, Rockland, Dutchess, & Sullivan.
A new year welcomes us in the Hudson Valley, providing the Regional Council another opportunity to assist and partner with local governments and other organizations in our seven-county region. We look forward to continuing to offer a regional perspective and provide education, outreach, and advocacy services to the communities we serve.
In addition to our recent Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS), we continue to administer various grants. These include an EDA planning grant, NYSDEC funding for water quality and storm water management, and NYSERDA's Clean Energy Communities Program, among several others.
Photo credit: Patrica Pomeroy
The view from our Newburgh office serves as a visual reminder to foster economic development that is not at the expense of our region’s natural assets.
CLEAN ENERGY COMMUNITIES PROGRAM
NYSERDA has released an updated PON for the Clean Energy Communities Program. Aside from simplifying some of the requirements needed to gain credit for completing the Program’s High Impact Actions, municipalities in the Mid-Hudson region will now have access to Block 3 grant funding once they become designated.
This $5,000 award is available on a first-come first-served basis to newly-designated communities, with a very simple application process for gaining access to the award on designation (communities that have already received Block 1 or Block 2 funding are ineligible). Below find some helpful hyperlinks.
Communities applying for a Block 3 Grant will complete the CEC Grant Application Form and submit VIA EMAIL to firstname.lastname@example.org with their W-9 form.
As a regional administrator for the CEC Program, HVRC has coordinators that are available to assist your community complete the actions that are best for you. Contact us to learn more about the technical assistance and support that we can provide.
Our region continues to be a leader in NYSERDA’s Clean Energy Communities Program. Dozens of local municipalities are working with HVRC’s Clean Energy Communities Coordinators to complete energy-and cost-saving actions for their communities. Communities completing 4 actions receive New York State’s Clean Energy Communities designation and access to Block 3 grants.
In November, the NYS Association of Conservation Commissions held their annual conference in Kingston. Carla Castillo, our regional director for the CEC Program, gave a presentation entitled Driving Clean Energy Actions . The focus of her talk was on the role of engaged community groups, such as Conservation Advisory Councils or Environmental Boards, in driving clean energy actions and successes at the community and local government level. Cornell Cooperative Extension of Dutchess County Fall Energy Forum
In October, HVRC held the second annual “Feeding the Hudson Valley” event at Poughkeepsie’s Walkway Over the Hudson, in partnership with many organizations and dedicated volunteers. Funding was provided by the NYS Pollution Prevention Institute through a grant from the Environmental Protection Fund as administered by the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation.
Feeding the Hudson Valley is a celebration of positive solutions to the issue of food waste. In addition to a free lunch, the event included live music, expert speakers, local chef demonstrations, educational activities and resources to create awareness about food waste, food recovery, food waste prevention, and feeding hungry people, not landfills.
Thank you to all of the partner organizations and to the amazing volunteers who made another successful event possible! "The River Unite Us": A Geotourism Conference
Executive Director Pat Pomeroy presented on Green Infrastructure at the Scenic Wild Delaware River Geotourism Conference in September. The Scenic Wild Delaware River Stewardship Council held this geotourism conference in Hawlye, PA, focusing on driving economic development by building and promoting the recreational opportunities of the Delaware River, an important natural asset. Protecting Drinking Water in the Saw Kill Watershed: A Regulatory and Policy Perspective
In September HVRC hosted a panel discussion in Red Hook. Topics included the Saw Kill Watershed as a drinking water source, how a community responds to water supply contamination, and why is it important to protect water supplies. Panelists also shared the laws, policies, tools, and resources available to communities to protect their drinking water supplies. Panelists included Riverkeeper’s Water Quality Program Director Dan Shapley. This program was funded by a Hudson River Estuary Program Grant. Water Quality and Onsite Wastewater Systems: A Regulatory and Policy Perspective
This event focusing on the Rondout Watershed was held in Cottekill in September. It was sponsored by the Hudson Valley Regional Council in cooperation with the Pace University Land Use Law Center, the Hudson River Watershed Alliance, the Lower Hudson Coalition of Conservation Districts, the Town of Rochester Environmental Conservation Commission, and other Rondout Creek Watershed communities. This program was funded by a Hudson River Estuary Program Grant.
Provides 50% of the cost to produce an objective, site-specific, and targeted study on how best to implement clean energy and/or energy efficiency technologies. A NYSERDA FlexTech Consultant will work with you to complete the energy study.
Solarize: Applications due by 5pm on February 28, 2018.
NYSERDA invites local governments, school districts, and other community partners to participate in Solarize, an effort to make solar easier and more affordable through community-driven initiatives. In 2018, NYSERDA will be supporting Solarize campaigns, which are short term (approximately 6-9 months, including planning and outreach) local efforts to bring together groups of potential solar customers through widespread outreach and education. This program helps customers choose a solar installation company or community solar project that is offering competitive, transparent pricing.
NYSERDA will provide marketing materials and technical assistance for qualifying projects, as well as funding for campaign expenses, up to $5,000.
Other funding opportunities:
Electric Vehicles: It is a great time to buy an electric vehicle or get a charging station in your community! Available incentives include:
"The purpose of the Environmental Education Local Grants Program in Region 02 is to support locally-focused environmental education projects that increase public awareness and knowledge about environmental and conservation issues and provide the skills that participants in its funded projects need to make informed decisions and take responsible actions toward the environment."