Monday, November 22, 2010

Facilitator Workshop Project Learning Tree

Saturday December 4th, 2010 from 8:30am to 5:00pm (1/2 hour for lunch) Facilitator Workshop Project Learning Tree- Pre-K through 8. Held at the Montezuma Audubon Center in Savannah 2295 State Route 89, Savannah, NY; (315) 365-3580. Montezuma Audubon Center. Cost is free please bring your own lunch.Environmental To register, call or email: Mary Jeanne Packer or Pam Bianco-Dennis 607-535-9790. Education trainers and PLT facilitators will:

• Expand their options for offering professional development to environmental educators, classroom teachers, and home school instructors;
• Engage in hands-on activities;
• Investigate environmental topics through indoor and outdoor lessons—please dress for the weather;
• Receive PLT’s PreK-8 Environmental Education Activity Guide, correlated to national and state academic standards;
• Obtain a copy of NY-PLT Facilitators Handbook with resource CD.

Friday, November 19, 2010

Christmas Lights Recycling Program

Send your old incandescent Christmas lights to for recycling and receive a coupon good for 25 percent off any purchase.

What happens to the lights you send?

They are taken to a recycling facility located in Jackson, MI, where they are put through a commercial shredder, which chops them into little pieces. The pieces are further processed and sorted by the various components that make up the lights (pvc, glass, copper). These materials are then separated and transported to a regional cnter for still more processing.

Send holiday lights for recycling to:
Attn: Recycling Program
118 Rosehill Dr.
Suite 1
Jackson, MI 49202

Include your name and e-mail address (clearly printed). All coupons are e-mailed (about once a month), which is why your e-mail address is required.

How to pack lights for shipping
Please follow these instructions for sending your old lights to be recycled:

*Coordinate with family, friends, neighbors, co-workers and other groups to collect and send lights in a bulk shipment. This helps reduce shipping has on the environment.

*Make all lights sets as compact as possible so that they fit into the smallest packaging feasible.

*Use cardboard boxes or other packaging that can easily be recycled.

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Putting Smart Growth to Work in Rural Communities

Many rural communities are facing challenges, including rapid growth at metropolitan edges, declining rural populations, and loss of working lands. This report focuses on smart growth strategies that can help guide growth in rural areas while protecting natural and working lands and preserving the rural character of existing communities. These strategies are based around three central goals: 1) support the rural landscape by creating an economic climate that enhances the viability of working lands and conserves natural lands; 2) help existing places to thrive by taking care of assets and investments such as downtowns, Main Streets, existing infrastructure, and places that the community values; and 3) create great new places by building vibrant, enduring neighborhoods and communities that people, especially young people, don’t want to leave.

Download: Putting Smart Growth to Work in Rural Communities

Hard copies of the report are available by emailing or calling (800) 490-9198 and requesting EPA 231-K-10-003.

Schuyler County Annual Meeting

The Annual Meeting of the Cornell Cooperative Extension of Schuyler County Association, scheduled for Thursday, December 2, 7:30-9 a.m., will feature Dr. Jennifer Wilkins, Sr. Extension Associate with Cornell University’s Division of Nutritional Sciences, who will speak on “Local Food for Healthy People and Strong Communities.” CCE Annual Meeting Flyer.

The Annual Meeting is open to the public and will include a full breakfast, short business meeting with election of members to the Board of Directors, and our featured speaker. Cost is $10 per person. Reservations with payment are required by November 30, 2010. Call 607-535-7161 or email to for information. We hope to see you there!

Monday, November 8, 2010

Proper Medication Disposal Just Got Easier

There is now no waiting required to properly dispose of your unused or expired medications. Henderson’s Healthmart is actively participating in an effort organized by the National Community Pharmacists Association (NCPA) which is promoting pharmacists as medication experts from dispensing to disposal. Starting November 1, 2010 Henderson’s Healthmart will be accepting unused or expired medications for proper disposal. For more information on why you should participate please visit Dispose My Meds

Henderson Healthmarts are located at:
320 W. Main Street, Montour Falls 535-7272
210 N. Franklin Street, Watkins Glen 535-4660

Friday, November 5, 2010

Rust to Green New York State

Rust to Green New York State is an emerging network and action research initiative. We are academic, citizen and community partners collaborating to explore and advance green futures for New York’s rust-belt cities. Rust to Green NYS identifies and designs innovative ways to assist cities in realizing their potential to become livable and resilient places.

Rust to Green website