Building a new and better Adirondack economy

User login

Poll

How much annual electric or oil-based energy could we cut in the Adirondacks by 2013 by adding renewables and reducing waste?:

Finland Blog

Mon, 01/24/2011 - 16:29

Attendance at Wintergreen Promotes Action in Local School District

Here is my brief report from the "Wintergreen" event that was hosted by The Wild Center on Friday November 13th, 2010 at Whiteface Mountain.
 
For a free public event it was well attended with over 70 participants. The main purpose was to get concerned ADK citizens more involved in small ways to curtail their carbon dioxide impact on the environment. From the economic perspective Jim McKenna - President of the Regional Office of Sustainable Development, stated that Essex County winter tourism is 30% of the economic impact. In addition every year more than $1.5 billion is spent on energy in the Adirondacks. That's a bigger sum than the total money that comes into our biggest industry, tourism.
 
It was not a doomsday or finger pointing type of conference, but rather how local Adirondack communities and citizens can have an impact. I have been watching this unfold in the scientific field over the past 15-20 years and have never been a alarmist type, but now clearly see how the links between energy policy, global carbon emissions and weather extremes are now at a tipping point that will affect us regardless of what we want to believe.
 
Main Take Away - The Adirondacks will experience a 5 to 10 deg. F warming over the next 50-100 years depending on how quickly worldwide carbon dioxide emissions are cut.
 
Impacts to our economy and school:
1) Snowmobiling will not be viable except for 2-4 weeks and possibly non-existent. This is mainly due to the fact that it is more dependent on natural snow.
2) Ice fishing season will decrease due to reduced hard freezes on lakes.
Fact - The time between the ice-in and ice-out dates have decreased by 3 weeks since 1960 on Schroon Lake.
3) Shorter ski season and more reliance on man made snow at local areas such as Gore and Whiteface.
3) Air conditioning may need to be installed in SLSC to accommodate hotter Sept, May and June months. This will in turn lead to higher energy demands and then increased carbon emissions if not from a carbon-free source.
4) Loss of boreal habitat on top of high peaks in Adirondacks.
5) Greater weather extremes during all seasons and more occurrences or mid-winter thaws leading to ice dams/flooding on rivers.
6) Possible change/die-out of plant/animal species that are native to the Adirondacks.
 
Recommendations for Town of Schroon and SLSC
1) All Town Board members review/read Jerry Jenkins book - Climate Change in the Adirondacks - My review is that is practical, actionable and realistic.  
2) All future Town and School projects should look at renewable energy or biomass as alternatives to using fossil fuel (propane, oil, natural gas and coal). If the project is conducted properly this can help to attract both tourism and be touted as being environmentally carbon neutral or reduced.  My take away is that this does attract people to vacation and live in the community.
3) Adopt a energy vision statement for the Town and SLSC. e.g. "The Town of Schroon SLSC plans to reduce carbon dioxide emissions by x% by the year 20XX" or "x% of the energy requirements for the Town or Schroon will be supplied by renewable or carbon-neutral power sources".
4) Town of Schroon become more involved with ADKCAP program. A link is at www.adkcap.org.
5) Encourage the Technology, Chemistry and Biology classes at SLSC to incorporate real-life problems such as carbon emissions into the program w/o taking away from State mandated testing and curriculum requirements.
 
Peter Veverka, PhD.
Schroon Lake School District Board Member
..................................................................................................................................................................

Tue, 01/18/2011 - 15:33

Mikko Myllykoski's presentation from the Adirondack Youth Climate Summit

During the first Finland exchange trip,  Mikko Myllykoski presented at the Adirondack Youth Climate Summit about Global Climate Change.  Watch Mikko's presentation.  
..................................................................................................................................................................

Fri, 12/17/2010 - 10:06

Sharing Resources

Jiri Sironen, from the Finland exchange passed along this website from the Ministry of the Environment, Finnish Environment Institute, and The Housing Finance and Development Centre of Finland about sustainable development in Finland.  

............................................................................................................................................................................

Mon, 12/06/2010 - 18:26

Images from our Finland Exchange

Check out our Facebook page full of images from our Finnish exchange in early November. Pictures are from the Adirondack Park Agency, the Adirondack Business Center in Saranac Lake, The Wild Center, Golden Arrow Resort in Lake Placid, North Country School and Adirondack Loj.

............................................................................................................................................................................

Fri, 12/03/2010 - 19:17

Local media coverage of the Finns visit to the Adirondac

Below are links to some of the local media coverage generated by the Finnish visit in November 2010.

NCPR
November 5th, 2010
 
WNBZ
 
Adirondack Daily Enterprise
November 13th, 2010
Climate change could devastate winter tourism, speakers warn
 
Press Republican
November 13th, 2010
 
NCPR
November 23rd, 2010
 

............................................................................................................................................................................

Fri, 11/19/2010 - 19:59

Did you follow the exchange on Facebook?

We compiled thoughts and images from our Finland exchange on our Facebook page.  

Please become a friend and keep up to date with the exchange.  

............................................................................................................................................................................

Tue, 11/09/2010 - 20:25

Meet the people who have come from Finland

Tuuli Kaskinen
Tuuli Kaskinen is a Project Director at Demos Helsinki. Demos Helsinki is Finland’s only independent think tank. They work with companies, NGOs and Finnish ministries, the parliament, municipalities and other organizations of the public sector that are willing to widen their perspective and renew themselves. The starting point of the collaboration is acting, learning and creating together.

Mikko Myllykoski
Mikko Myllykoski is the experience director of Heureka, The Finnish Science Centre. Mikko is a historian by training and has worked in interactive exhibition development since 1990. Heureka's exhibitions travel worldwide: they've been seen by 18 million people in 25 countries on four continents.
Right now Heureka is preparing a futures exhibition "20X0" and a version of the immersive "Klima X" exhibition about climate change.  Mikko has a company bicycle and so far he has pedaled more than around the world while commuting his almost daily 20 miles.

Aleksi Neuvonen
The special interests of Aleksi delve into urban development, low carbon society, democracy and participation and theory of foresight. In addition to his work at Demos Helsinki, Aleksi advances these topics in Dodo and at the Aalto University, School of Art and Design, where he lectures on futures studies. Aleksi has been with Demos Helsinki since its foundation in 2005.

Previously Aleksi has been working as researcher for Finland Futures Research Centre, VTT Group for Technology Studies and University of Helsinki, Department of Philosophy and as independent journalist and writer.

In addition to Demos Helsinki reports Aleksi has edited with Roope Mokka "We Were Consumers - Four Stories On Year 2023" (In Finnish, Olimme kuluttajia - Neljä tarinaa vuodesta 2023). He has given hundreds of lectures both in Finland and abroad. In 2007 Aleksi was part of the team of "Towards City 2.0" which was awarded in the ideation competition of Greater Helsinki Vision 2050.

Sirpa Pellinen
Sirpa Pellinen is the Chief Communication Officer from the Finnish Environment Institute (known by its Finnish acronym SYKE) in Helsinki. She will represent the data and information sector. SYKE is Finland’s national center for environmental research and development. SYKE produces data on the state of the environment in Finland, including significant environmental trends and develops solutions to promote sustainable development. Sirpa Pellinen is experienced in external communication. She works with the Finnish media on environmental issues. Especially she deals with communicating climate change and environmental policy.

Jiri Sironen
Jiri Sironen is the area Coordinator of the Citizens Service Department. He is working closely with the young citizens through the City’s Youth Council and District Committees and he facilitates citizens’ input to their leaders.

............................................................................................................................................................................

Tue, 11/09/2010 - 16:37

Wild Center to host group from Finland in Science Exchange

A group from Finland will be coming to the Adirondacks and blogging here. Their visit will include the Adirondack Youth Climate Summit and Wintergreen event at Whiteface mountain. You can read about their impressions and ask questions here starting Tuesday, November 9th.

............................................................................................................................................................................

Tue, 11/09/2010 - 16:26

Finnish Group on their way to the Adirondacks

Just a note that the Finnish team is arriving soon. It will be great to get their reactions to the Adirondacks.

............................................................................................................................................................................