Since the Northeast Biomass Heating Expo & Conference was launched in 2009, over 1,450 individual attendees and 320 different businesses, agencies and organizations have attended one of America's fastest growing biomass energy conferences.
Join the region’s largest biomass heating conference and expo by attending the 2013 Northeast Biomass Heating Expo April 3-5, 2013 in Saratoga Springs, NY. The 5th annual event unites a diverse audience from the biomass fuel, supply chain, developer, manufacturer, and government sectors to break barriers and ground for biomass thermal and combined heat and power (CHP) systems.
From the expo floor, to panel discussions, to technical workshops for engineers, the refreshed and fast-paced interactive program will emphasize practical learning and real project case studies. Explore the conference site to register or exhibit today. For more information.
Adirondack Youth Climate Summit in November
The fifth annual Adirondack Youth Climate Summit will take place in November 2013 .
NET-ZERO HOUSE TOUR in Lake Placid
All Contractors, Builders & Designers invited – Event includes refreshments
On Tuesday, October 23, from 4-6pm, please come as you are and join other contractors, builders and designers to tour an “energy neutral" or net-zero home recently completed on River Road in Lake Placid.
Larry and Nancy Master, The Wild Center, and Adirondack Life invite you to a fun, inspiring, and interesting visit to this LEED Platinum site right in our neighborhood! Hang out on the deck, chat with the architects and engineers, and see the latest green building technology available and applied in an Adirondack vernacular.
The technology is here and is completely viable for new construction or remodeling in this region!
The tour will display the use of:
(1) cellulose, spray foam, and high quality windows for insulation
(2) reduced VOCs for the health of workers as well as occupants
(3) recycled and locally sourced materials
(4) geothermal for heating and cooling
(5) solar electric power
(6) reduced construction waste
(7) LED lighting
(8) native plants for landscaping, and more.
Come by right from your workday – anytime between 4pm and 6pm; enjoy burgers, michigans, beer and soda on the deck; see The Wild Center’s exclusive video series (available at www.wildcenter.org/netzerohouse) as you tour the house; get the current Home issue ofAdirondack Life, including an 8-page spread on this special building.
Please stop by and bring other friends in the building trade!
ClimAID Workshop for Municipal Leaders
Small Adirondack region communities are often constrained from getting vital information they may need for budgeting, planning to meet future infrastructure needs, and preparing for unforeseen circumstances by the virtue of their size. They frequently have only a few thousand residents, part-time supervisors, few staff, tight budgets, and extremely limited time, yet they have extensive mandates for maintaining local infrastructure, economy, and well-being.
ADKCAP and NYSERDA will host a workshop on Tuesday, September 25th from 10am until 2pm, to address these issues and share the information available in the ClimAID report and in the region, specifically for North Country/Adirondack region municipalities and community planners.
Local Impacts of Climate Change
State leaders presented findings from major report
at The Wild Center
March 29, 2012
A detailed presentation of a state report outlining expected impacts on the Adirondacks from climate change was the highlight of a future-looking event at The Wild Center recently. The report can be found online at “Responding to Climate Change in New York State” or “ClimAID”.
Download the presentations below.
The Context: Why ClimAID? Overview of the Report - Mark Watson & Amanda Stevens, NYSERDA
Impacts and Adaptation Strategies for the Adirondacks - Jonathan Comstock
Intro to ADKCAP and CEEM, Regional Action - Kara Page, ADKCAP
Perspective on Adirondack Water/ Lands / Forests sector – Dirk Bryant, The Nature Conservancy,
2012 ADKCAP flyer
Community Energy Efficiency Management (CEEM) project flyer
Scientists highlighted pertinent findings of the report they have titled ClimAID, and Adirondack region scientists and members of the Adirondack Climate and Energy Action Plan (ADKCAP) network discussed local efforts to prepare for and slow the changing climate. Over the coming months, ADKCAP will offer additional seminars, based on the report’s findings for this region.
The event coincided with the Association of Science and Technology Center’s (ASTC) participation in the international “Planet under Pressure” conference in London, where The Wild Center’s Executive Director, Stephanie Ratcliffe, a member of the ASTC board, joined the ClimAID event by Skype to share the international perspective. The study focuses on the potential impacts of climate change on New York State – changes that, by the 2080s, could result in temperature increases of up to 9 degrees F and significant impacts on agriculture, winter tourism and many other areas.
The 600-page “Responding to Climate Change in New York State: The ClimAID Integrated Assessment for Effective Climate Change Adaptation” or “ClimAID” assessment and its 50-page synthesis report, released by NYSERDA, present the projected changes in climate for seven geographic regions of the state, ranging from the coasts of Long Island to the mountains of the Adirondacks and the farms of Western New York. The report also details the potential impacts of these changes on eight sectors across the state: water resources, coastal zones, ecosystems, agriculture, energy, transportation, telecommunications and public health, as well as the steps that government, businesses and private citizens can take to adapt to those changes.
ADKCAP is a partnership of The Wild Center and 30 other institutions in the region. ADKCAP works through existing organizations around the region to implement a proactive strategy to enable the Adirondacks, approximately 20% of the land area of New York State, to improve energy and cost savings within the region. To heat and power itself, the region currently uses more than 46 million gallons of fuel oil and LPG, and 925 million kWh of electricity annually, draining $263 million a year from struggling economies of the region. Investing in local efficiency helps to keep that money in the region. The Adirondacks are nevertheless a model of conservation for the nation and are positioned to lead in establishing a "green" economy. For more information please visit www.adkcap.org.