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Last week NWEAC, SWEAC, and PACE Law hosted an unique and important conference about Solar permitting procedures and regulations. The long range plan is to standardize as much as possible to enable the industry to grow rapidly in our County with the consequent impact of reduced energy costs and GHG Emissions.

The following is a succinct summary of the day by Nina Orville, our SWEAC partner:

“The event went very well - we were very pleased by the attendance (quantity as well as who showed up) and the quality of the presentation.  We had at least 65 people in attendance, the significant majority of whom represented local governments in Westchester and surrounding counties as well as reps from utilities (Con Ed and NYPA) and solar installers.

The turn-out demonstrated the level of interest in Westchester County and the Mid-Hudson in preparing to welcome an expected surge in solar installations: 

· 44 people representing local governments.  5 counties represented, 25 municipalities total... 

· Very strong Westchester representation - 35 people representing a total of 20 local governments.

Lower prices for solar installations and strong support for solar from the state, as well as programs SWEAC and NWEAC are developing in Westchester are expected to result in a dramatic increase in solar installations locally. The role that local governments play in making this possible is significant – every installation must comply with their zoning, go through their permitting process and be inspected by them.  The organizers of the event want the jurisdictions to be able to support the opportunities that solar brings while making sure there isn’t undue burden for local governments.  Streamlining solar permitting is one important step in marrying those goals.

In addition, achieving consistency of processes is important as Westchester has 45 municipalities, each with their own zoning and permitting requirements for solar installations. We recognize that this lack of consistency creates inefficiencies as well. We learned that the municipalities are at a similar baseline - none have information about requirements for solar installations available on-line, none have check-lists for installers. The attendance shows the level of interest in addressing these opportunities for improvement.

NWEAC and SWEAC are planning to partner with others who can help bring additional assistance to Westchester and the Mid-Hudson region to move this process.”


runner_bottleIn the habit of chucking those shampoo bottles? Attached to a tiny recycling bin? As of June 1st Westchester County is asking you to step up to the plate and recycle plastics 1-7. Check out their new recycling guide. For the full story try Westchester County's new recycling web page. Knowing what not to toss in the recycling bin is almost as important as knowing what to toss. 

CWBrownCharlie and Renee Brown and their incredible staff retrofitted a typical light industrial building in the heart of Armonk to LEED Platinum standards. Everything from no VOC paint and green flooring, recycled wood wall treatments and recycled countertops, to solar panels and daylight harvesting make this space an efficient and beautiful work of art. This extraordinary space is now their headquarters. Interested is how it's done?  Want to know about the ROI and find out for yourself how a space like this feels?  They are open to tours and teaching events.    Contact F Paul Fuhr from Green Guru Network's Community section for more information. Check out their new Green C. W. Brown website. How to fund it?  Check out their video.
2009_Tappan_Zee_BridgeCongressman Maurice Hinchey introduced the Hudson River Valley Special Resource Study Act in November of 2009. What does this mean to folks living in the Hudson Valley?  Possible designation of part of the Hudson as a National Park, greater funding opportunities for conservation, and more.  From www.OurHudson.org.

closetWhen it's "gotta go" it's gotta go...

Now is a great time to clean up, consolidate and get rid stuff you don't need. That old dress, the spare bike that was replaced by your new mountain bike, kid's clothes and toys, and pretty much anything else you can think of will find a welcome home somewhere else. All you need to know is where to take it! Just in the nick of time the County's Department of Environmental Facilities new recycling quick reference guide is here. Not only will it give you basic recycling guidelines for Westchester County it has a terrific guide to help you find convenient locations for giving away your unused stuff.


They also have a great web page to help you figure out how to recycle almost everything else:


Giving away your used but still great stuff, helps reduce waste, combats global warming and gives you that wonderful fuzzy feeling of helping others.

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