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OCCA, CHAMBER HOST BREAKFAST MEETING ON SMALL BUSINESS ENERGY EFFICIENCY PROGRAM

May 26, 2011

ECO-BULLETIN FROM OTSEGO COUNTY CONSERVATION ASSOCIATION

May 25, 2011: Vol. 4, No. 10

Eco-bulletin headlines this issue:

OCCA, CHAMBER HOST BREAKFAST MEETING ON SMALL BUSINESS ENERGY EFFICIENCY PROGRAM

FRIENDS OF GLIMMERGLASS TO KICK OFF OCCA NATURE WALK SERIES AT NATIONAL TRAILS DAY® EVENT

OCCA, CHAMBER HOST BREAKFAST MEETING ON SMALL BUSINESS ENERGY EFFICIENCY PROGRAM:On Tuesday, June 7, Otsego County Conservation Association and the Cooperstown Chamber of Commerce will co-sponsor an informational breakfast meeting to educate commercial property owners and municipalities as to how they can improve their lighting, reduce energy use, and therefore save on electricity bills. The meeting will be held from 8:30-10:00 a.m. at Templeton Hall, 63 Pioneer Street, Cooperstown. The fee is $15 for Cooperstown Chamber of Commerce and OCCA members, and $20 for non-members; pre-registration and pre-payment are required by Friday, June 3. Continental breakfast fare will be provided.

The Small Business Energy Efficiency Program is being offered by NYSEG to business customers under 100 kWh usage for a limited time. Join the Cooperstown Chamber of Commerce and OCCA to learn how eligible businesses and municipalities can receive free energy assessments and 70 percent of the cost of recommended energy efficient lighting upgrades. These upgrades could include replacement of existing fluorescent fixtures with higher efficiency lamps and ballasts; changing incandescent bulbs to compact fluorescent lights (CFLs); and upgrading exit signs to light emitting diode (LED) technology.

EnerPath representatives Heather Halstead and Lorraine Keckeisen and Tad Palmer from NYSEG Commercial and Industrial Rebate Program will be on hand to provide details, answer any questions, and schedule free assessments. EnerPath serves as the Small Business Energy Efficiency Program administrator for NYSEG.

Some local businesses are already participating in the program.

When Ian Porto of Tin Bin Alley was asked why he is signing up with EnerPath, he said, “It makes good sense – payback is in 7.8 months and my costs are under $800 of a $2,400 bill to upgrade light fixtures and ballasts. The lighting will be brighter and more energy efficient. These improvements should reduce my light energy bill by 40 percent.”

Business representatives who have participated in the Small Business Energy Efficiency Program will also be available on June 7 to share their experiences.

Over 2,500 business customers are benefiting through the New York State Electric and Gas Corporation Small Business Energy Efficiency Program. Together, they are saving more than 19 million kilowatt-hours of electricity and more than $2,375,000.

To register, contact OCCA via email at admin or by phone at 607-547-4488.

Otsego County’s oldest environmental conservation organization, OCCA is a private, non-profit membership group dedicated to promoting the enjoyment and sustainable use of Otsego County’s natural resources through education, advocacy, resource management, research, and planning. For more information on OCCA, or to donate, visit www.occainfo.org.

Cooperstown Chamber of Commerceserves as a resource and catalyst to develop, promote, and support business in the Cooperstown area, while acting as an ambassador on behalf of the membership. Chamber programs foster a diverse business climate, benefit the membership, and promote tourism.

FRIENDS OF GLIMMERGLASS TO KICK OFF OCCA NATURE WALK SERIES AT NATIONAL TRAILS DAY® EVENT:On Saturday, June 4, Friends of Glimmerglass State Park will host a number of free activities in celebration of the American Hiking Society’s 19th annual National Trails Day.® This event, co-hosted by the Otsego County Conservation Association, will be held at Glimmerglass State Park from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The program begins at 11 a.m. at the Nature Center with instruction by Ryan Hudyncia on the basic tenets of the national “Leave No Trace” program: plan ahead and prepare, be prepared for surprises, respect the land, dispose of waste properly, minimize campfire impacts, respect wildlife, and be considerate of other visitors. Hudyncia will then lead participants along the park’s Beaver Pond Trail for observations and clean-up. The group will return to the Nature Center for instruction on how to make a safe campfire and to cook lunch (hotdogs).

This event is for all ages and will be held rain or shine. Those taking part are asked to dress appropriately for weather conditions – hiking boots and work gloves are recommended – and may bring small work tools. Lunch and water will be provided. Pre-registration is appreciated by calling the park at friendsofglimmerglass. Participants should use the Mill Road entrance to access the Nature Center.

The Beaver Pond Trail hike and clean-up mark the beginning of OCCA’s 2011 Nature Walk Series. Since 2001, OCCA has organized and/or co-sponsored nature walks on local trails. Other confirmed dates, venues and hike leaders for 2011 are: June 12, The Robert V. Riddell State Park, Trish and Steve Kent; July 2, Lordsland Preserve, Connie Tedesco and Dick deRosa; July 9, Hooker Mountain, Terry Bliss; August 6, Milford State Forest, Dave Kiehm; September 10, Betty and Wilbur Davis State Park, Joe Ritton; October 23, The Robert V. Riddell State Park, Trish and Steve Kent; and January 15, 2012, The Robert V. Riddell State Park, snowshoe hike with the Kents.

The OCCA hike schedule is still taking shape – for more information, e-mail admin.

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