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A geothermal heating and cooling system in an historic Fayetteville home is being used as a model to help expand the use of the technology.  The installation was honored by a state-wide organization, NY Geo, for its innovation and role in reducing climate change.


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The New York State Senate began a series of hearings on climate change Tuesday. Democrats who lead the chamber back a measure to eliminate all greenhouse gas emissions in New York by 2050, but that may come into conflict with a program being pushed by Governor Andrew Cuomo.


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Environmental groups in New York see danger…and opportunity in the Federal government’s series of reports last week about the implications of climate change.  The report cautioned that failure to address the issue could be detrimental, specifically that in-action would severely damage the American economy over the next half-century. 


Town of Clay Continues Support & Shift toward Green Energy

Oct 17, 2018
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The Town of Clay has already placed itself on the map for green energy initiatives by installing solar panel arrays.  Now the Town Hall will be a pit stop for those with Electric Vehicles.  The town cut the ribbon Wednesday on a new dual-charging E-V station through a $150-thousand state grant that will also implement further green-energy initiatives in the town. 


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Organizers counted more than 1000 people marching from Franklin Square to the Inner Harbor for a Syracuse version of the People's Climate March Saturday.  It coincided with a large march in Washington, as well as several hundred similar events in other cities.

After a brief rally in Franklin Square the procession began down the Onondaga Creekwalk.  The group ranged in age from retirees to young children and families, bicyclists and groups of high school and college students.  

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The technology and the adoption of alternative energy have advanced greatly since the first Symposium on Energy in the 21st Century 13 years ago.  Director Rhea Jezer remembers the state of the industry then.

“It’s very exciting when I look back, what we were talking about then, where we went out and saw our first wind turbine and someone came and showed us what a solar panel was and everyone oohed-and-ahhed.  So in 13 years we’ve progressed a tremendous amount.”  

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As the Trump Administration withdraws green energy policies, Governor Cuomo is investing $15 million to support geothermal installs.  Environmental groups across the state are feeling relieved.  Bill Nowak of NY Geo says many homeowners will benefit with $6,000  installation rebates.

“It was a great day for New York State," Nowak said. "Not just for the industry, but for homeowners across the state that are concerned about their energy bills and also concerned about the impact we’re having on the climate.”

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Syracuse advocates for renewable energy are urging Governor Cuomo to ramp up his efforts to reach a more sustainable New York. Mark Dunlea of the Green Education and Legal Fund says he is pleased that Cuomo recognizes climate change as a serious problem, but…

“Unfortunately, what he has proposed to date in terms of the state’s climate action agenda is not enough to really avoid catastrophic climate change.”

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An offer to “go solar” through a low-cost program has resulted in 70 Onondaga County homeowners placing energy saving solar panels on their rooftops. 

The time to enroll for Solarize Syracuse has passed; but the CNY Regional Planning and Development Board’s Chris Carrick says there are still ways to save.

“So, the federal tax credit is currently 30%, and it’s scheduled to go down to 10% by the end of 2016. So this is a great time for folks to go solar if they’re thinking about it,” Carrick said Thursday.

Greening USA

 Central New Yorkers might see some new billboards and other messages next week urging people to think of the consequences of climate change and to do something about it.   Local organization Greening USA is launching an advocacy campaign on Earth Day to raise awareness about the impact of climate change.   Advocacy Committee Chair Peter Wirth says climate change is  more serious than most people think.

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