Concentration of CO2 in the Atmosphere

Innovative, Effective Responses to Climate Change

The recent news about climate change, hurricanes, firestorms etc is sobering and relates to a significant, often overlooked, cause of climate change namely, the massive amounts of food that we throw away.

This ends up in landfills and, in rotting, emits methane, a powerful greenhouse gas.  We seem to be challenged by climate change wherever we look.

However, challenges often stimulate innovative and effective solutions. In the NY Capital District, a company called FoodScraps360 keeps food waste from the landfill by collecting and composting food scraps from homes and businesses. This is only one of a burgeoning number of examples, in our region, around the country, and around the world, of people finding ways to address climate change through information, action, and resourcefulness.

In that spirit, there will be fifty local environmental companies and organizations, both for-profits and nonprofits that will gather at the Renewable Energy and Sustainability Fair at The Doane Stuart School on October 28, 10-4 pm, to present workshops and exhibits on climate action, recycling, and sustainable lifestyles. The Fair’s keynote speaker will be Judith Enck, former EPA Regional Administrator in the Obama administration. Admission and parking are free.

The fifty exhibits and presentations will include: “drive and ride” electric vehicles, a solar boat, cell phone chargers powered by the sun, solar heat pumps, solar and geothermal companies, ways to pay electric bills via renewable energy, a workshop about investing in green energy funds, and information on conservation, sustainability, and how to lower your carbon footprint. There will also be children’s activities and a tour of Doane Stuart’s “green roof.”

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