Wed, 04/25/2012 - 15:35
June 21 - 22 in Lake Placid
The Adirondack North Country Association is hosting its first-ever North Country Clean Energy Conference, happening June 21-22 in Lake Placid, NY. Taking place at the stunning new Lake Placid Conference Center, the conference will begin Thursday, June 21 at 5 p.m. with networking, a student poster session and other activities. Dinner will be served at 6:30. Friday’s session is a full day, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., featuring workshops in five areas: solar, wind, hydro, biomass, and...
Wed, 04/25/2012 - 15:27
Offered at SUNY Canton
SUNY Canton is offering Building Analyst Training that can lead to BPI certification starting May 21st. Give your business or personal professional status an edge over the competition by earning BPI certification. Learn Building Science/Energy Efficiency from a leader in this field. Sign up now for a 45% savings from 2011 tuition fees. Please see the attached flyer for more information and the registration sheet for this class.
Mon, 04/23/2012 - 14:41
Study finds that cap-and-trade and other clean energy policies have helped Northeastern states cut CO2 emissions faster than
by Maria Gallucci, InsideClimate News America's greenhouse gas emissions are headed up again, driven by a recovering economy, federal government data show. The Northeast may be able to buck that trend thanks in part to cap-and-trade, the controversial system for curbing global warming gases that Congress and many state governments scorned in recent years. According to a recent study, cap-and-trade and other measures to combat climate change and stimulate demand for renewable energy helped 10...
Thu, 04/19/2012 - 15:09
First policy report
This is ECC's first policy report on weatherizing distressed properties. We're taking the first steps toward improving housing quality and providing access to energy services in our communities. The report includes extensive background research, a field survey of the Weatherization Assistance Program (WAP), and three focus groups of weatherization service providers and affordable housing managers that work in communities ravaged by housing divestment and neglect. It reveals that those that need...
Thu, 04/19/2012 - 14:55
from EESI Climate Change News
Ecosystems that depend upon a snowy winter are going to be impacted the most by rising temperatures. A Long Term Ecological Research (LTER) study, a program of the National Science Foundation, has compiled data results from more than thirty years. The research shows that as average temperatures increase in ecosystems with winter snow and ice, a significant amount of stream water is lost to the atmosphere. "Streams in dry forested ecosystems seem more resilient to warming. These...
Thu, 04/19/2012 - 14:51
from EESI Climate Change News
Research based on data from the Long-Term Ecological Research (LTER) Network published in the journals Ecological Applications and BioScience found that development threatens carbon capture by U.S. northeastern forests. Each year, Massachusetts forests capture the carbon dioxide equivalent to powering one million American homes, but carbon storage could decline 18 percent in the next 50 years under current development trends. “The rebounding forests of New England provide a tremendous...
Fri, 04/13/2012 - 09:48
Presentations now online
The Wild Center hosted climate experts and authors of a recent New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) report on the State’s adaptation recommendations regarding “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...
Thu, 04/12/2012 - 16:15
Meetings scheduled for input
On October 24, 2011, the Public Service Commission (PSC) ordered the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) to administer a five-year (2012-2016) Technology and Market Development Program Operating Plan to be funded from rate payer Systems Benefit Charge (SBC). The Advanced Buildings Program, a component of the Operating Plan, has broad goals to reduce barriers and costs and increase market acceptance of high-performance, high-efficiency building...
Thu, 04/12/2012 - 16:10
Energy Savings Solutions
Many of my home energy audit customers have asked, “How can we be more comfortable?” Here are some strategies… Comfort is a function of how much heat enters an area versus how much heat leaves the area in a given time period. If more heat can enter the area than leaves it, then the heating system can attain the thermostat set point and you are probably comfortable. When it is colder outside (e.g., below zero) more heat leaves the area than when it is in the 40’s. In...
Thu, 04/12/2012 - 11:38
Large Day to Day Variations in Temperature Could Result in Thousands More Deaths Per Year
Boston, MA – New research from Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH) suggests that seemingly small changes in summer temperature swings—as little as 1°C more than usual—may shorten life expectancy for elderly people with chronic medical conditions, and could result in thousands of additional deaths each year. While previous studies have focused on the short-term effects of heat waves, this is the first study to examine the longer-term effects of climate change on life...